Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December Activities

Colorful Sails
Watercolor 15 X 22

The first weekend in December I participated in a watercolor workshop with Linda Lucas as the instructor. I've been away from watercolors for a little while so the first painting we won't even photograph. This is the second painting which turned out OK. The unique thing about Linda's work is that she uses very diluted acrylic ink for her background painting. Then she uses watercolor for the subsequent layers. Why haven't I thought of that before? This allows the background colors to remain bright and unmuddied  by the watercolor layers. In this painting we used clear contact paper as a mask for the sails and waves. The acrylic ink was applied over wet paper and allowed to run across the page. When that was dry we removed the contact paper, wet the painting with no fear of removing the background since it is acrylic and allowed our watercolors to flow across the sails. This was a fun and easy way to a watercolor. 
Since the workshop everything has been Christmas! Cards, decorating, making ornaments and baking cookies and bread.
Palm Ornament
Old watercolor and glitter
Glass Ball
Alcohol Ink, acrylic pen, stick on rhinestones

Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas 
and
a prosperous new year!

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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.