Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sail Away and Sunset Stroll, 27 & 28

Sail Away
Watercolor, 11 X 7 1/2

Painting number 27. This idea I found in a magazine illustration that I thought was charming and whimsical. It was fun to try to render it in watercolor. This is the last painting posted in the 30 in 30 blog. Thanks to Leslie Saeta for encouraging so many artists to get into their studios and paint. 
http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com 


Sunset Stroll
Watercolor 10 1/2 X 7

We do have these wonderful sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico this time of year. Don't we all dream of walking on the beach at sunset with our favorite fellow or gal? 
Even though the official 30 in 30 blog is finished, I still want to finish 30 paintings and I have two more to go. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sunflower, #26

                                                  Sunflower
                        Watercolor over Textured Acrylic on paper, 10 X 12

I'm caught up! This is my painting number 26 but it's posted on day 29 of the "30 paintings in 30 days blog". The blog has one official day left but I will have 3 more paintings to do to complete 30. This has been challenging but fun. I had to push myself on some days. Some of the paintings were quick and sketchy but the important thing was that I painted every day and that's a good thing. I don't think I've ever painted 26 days in a row before. I'd like to develop some of the ideas into larger, better paintings. 
This painting done on one of my gesso backgrounds was fun to do. I'm getting to like the textured gesso for a background more and more. It's a very forgiving surface to paint on and I think it makes for an interesting painting.

Ambience, #25

                                                   Ambience
                                  Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 8 X 8

This is Number 25 for day 28 of the 30 paintings in 30 days blog. Since I started 3 days late I will not be able to post my last 3 paintings on that web site, but I plan to finish the 30 paintings anyway. This one is another one that I did in an image transfer class. The canvas has been painted and had different texture elements on it. Then the image transfers and other collage pieces are added to make what I hope is a cohesive painting. The black lines are a combination of collage and black pen. I like the image transfers because they allow the background of the painting to show through.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Image Transfers in a Painting, #24

 
                                            Time Watcher,
                              Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 8 X 8

I've been taking a class on image transfer the last three weeks and although this  is not strictly a painting, it has image transfers and collage elements, I'm still counting it as my painting #24 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days. The background was acrylic over tissue paper for texture. The woman and the clock were image transfers on gel skins, the script and lace are collage. 


Monday, January 28, 2013

Sunset Wash, #23

                                            Sunset Wash 
                                       Watercolor, 15 X 11

I'm learning things as I go along in this daily painting. Sometimes I like to paint on the back of another painting. The back of this painting had a piece of another kind of paper glued to it. I found that this affected the ability of the paper to hold the water and for the paint to blend as I was accustomed. Also, the push back that the water usually does to the paint along the water line didn't work as well, either. I really had to force the issue in order for it to work. I decided to post it anyway, it's not what I wanted or expected but it's what happened.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

After Chiuly II, Number 22

                                After Chiuly II, Watercolor 11 X 7 1/2


I love the abstract quality of the insides of the blown glass bowls by Chiuly. This one was magenta with blue. He puts a layer of white between some of the glass layers; that makes the bowls have so much depth. It's hard to capture that in watercolor but the abstract design is fun to try to duplicate. 

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.