Wednesday, December 28, 2011
6 x 6 watercolor on 140 lb Arches paper $55.00 unframed
Yesterday, I judged some grade school paintings 1st - 8th. They were all so wonderful and I had a difficult time choosing. There were obvious pieces that I thought were more well constructed, but there were some that were simply personality. That is what I decided my tomatoes were. Personality! They reminded me of musical notes with their angular stems and bright color.
5/10/11 5.5 x 15 watercolor on 140 lb arches paper $55.00
In Colorado Springs, there are so many places to explore, photograph and paint. My rendition of the Garden of the Gods, is steep. I have witnessed people riding their bikes in and around the rockyness of this place. I have trouble keeping my two feet from stumbling.
Monday, December 26, 2011
w/c on 140 lb Fabriano paper 9 x 12 5/7/11 private collection
prints available $45.00
A mommie with golden curly hair and a child with shiny dark hair embracing and hugging. In life, time goes by quickly. These moments can never be retrieved, but they can be recorded.
Hug your children. Give them positive vibes. Create a safe environment for them.
w/c on 140 lb Fabriano paper 5/4/11 21" x 29" $1250.00 framed
Skimming the Waters" from the 2009 CS ballon fest, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Some of the balloonists lower their balloons and just skim the waters to give onlookers a treat. Thousands of people have awakened early in the morning, pulled on their warm clothes, grabbed their children and of course their cameras,and a snack and if it is not a windy day, the balloonists are given the okay to rise. With a whoosh of hot air they are up up up and away in their beautiful balloons. It is a "heavenly",sight and a great way to spend a couple of hours for free! Bring your lawn chairs and a friend or two for a spectacular event in the park.
oil on canvas board 9 x 12 5/3/11 SOLD
A coolish feeling on the beach with a bit of sun beginning to rise. The morning beach weather can be very breezy and chilly before old sol wakes everyone up. It's a great time to take your big dog for a brisk walk and wear him out so you can go home, have your morning coffee and think about your workday. Or not.
6/9/11 1 1/2 x 20 x 20 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
sold 20 x 20 prints available $85.00
This is done in a watercolor style, all wet and washy and
fun. I added lime greens, buttercup yellow, lavender, a few
touches of coral and brilliant blue colors together on a wet
canvas and using my spray bottle letting it float and do its
own thing with just a few odd touches, it looks pretty in
every direction. Does it say springtime to you?
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
w/c on 140 lb Arches paper 11 x14 7/3/11 SOLD
This painting is now finished. The wonderful thing about painting peoples faces is that while you are painting, if you know the person well, you remember times spent with them and how they grew up, their strengths, their soft spots, their joys and sorrows and it is kind of like prayer. You always desire the best for them in every circumstance and ask God to protect their minds and bodies and relationships. You want them to have a really good and honest and loving joyful life. Every person has value whether you know them or not.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I want to teach you how to maximize the look you want
painting inspirational, informational and impressionistic portraits in watercolor.
Let me show you how I do it.
#46 "Jack the Musician" unfinished 6/29/11 11 x 14 watercolor. NFS
I will work on this painting again tomorrow when I am fresh. So far it looks pretty much like Jack, my son, who is the band leader for Velvet Rut. They play popular music from almost any era all over the midwest and he will be playing at our 50th anniversary. Yay! He is such a dedicated young man and I love being his mom and live for his bear hugs and smile.
As you can see, this painting is a little over halfway finished. Since this photo was taken I have already lightened most of the blue shirt on the left shoulder (right bottom of the paper) with my sink sprayer. It is just too dark.
1.To begin, I carefully drew the face, measuring with my pencil. I lie it flat on the paper to get proportions. this painting is twice the size of my photo. You can use a grid or whatever suits you best or you can work from life
2. After I get the drawing finished I add masking with a masquepen to keep the wonderful whites and pieces of light. This masque tint is green, but you can get other colors.
3. Next I proceed to put a wash of clear water over almost all the face, hat, ears and hair.
4. Now I added a light wash of lemon yellow over the face and letting it bleed out into some of the other areas. It is very light, so it will not be seen much, but it adds life.
5. Proceeding while the painting is still wet, but not shiny, add any of the colors that you see in the photo or make them up, but keep them subtle at this point and tip your paper to let the colors bleed. make sure you wet any dry edges while you are on the face so that you don't have specific lines. At this point you want it very soft.
6. Please stop and evaluate now and let the painting dry or go on to the hat or background.
After the whole painting is dry, I then rewet almost all of the face except the lightest parts with clear water, and begin the same process over again trying to maintain similar colors, and heightening the shadows. Sometimes it will look pretty garish when it is wet, but remember, it dries lighter.
7. The painting as you see it is finished to this point. After it was dry I removed the masking on the face.
I am going to finish it and show you the background and finish the detail that will make it sparkle.
# 46 "Jack the Musician" 6/29/11 11 x 14 watercolor.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
watercolor on 140 lb archces paper
$175.00 framed and matted
Golden winter bushes with blue shadows behind the tree and rocks, muted trees in backlit shadow. The twin towers are also muted at the back of the park The grayish sky is all this painting needed to be a fading memory.
Let's Stop and Look Over the Edge"
pastel 6/2/11, 11 x 14. I have heard that there are no shadows in heaven, and yet an artist depends on them for depth and of course color. I imagine heaven like a butterfly wing or a clean fresh child's face. No need for shadow there!
Just purity. These rugged rusty rocks are filled with jigs, jags, rough texture and very colorful slubbed shadows. They are weathered and full of secrets of age.
"Lean on Me"
5 x 7 acrylic $45.00
6/5/11 Grapefruit and lemons are colorful, good for you and yummy too. Gobble them up with gusto, put them in your drinks, your salads, and make sure you have some citrus with breakfast. My mouth is watering!