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Saturday, December 11, 2010
Illuminated Iridescence Selected for the 2010 Watercolor Competition and Exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art
I was delighted to learn that my "Illuminated Iridescence" painting was selected for the 2010 Watercolor Competition and Exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art. The Jurors for the show were Rebecca Schapp, Director of the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, and Art Educator and Watercolor Artist, Karen Frey. The show will be on display at the Triton Museum of Art from December 11th through February 27th.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Welcome! to the new followers of this blog, I'm glad you're here. My apologies for being neglectful of my blog lately.
Reflection, Refraction, 6" x 6", Transparent Watercolor
Wanting a challenge, I went a bit out of my realm with this painting, as I've only painted glass one other time, and it was clear, not colored. Color and light draw me to paint something more than almost anything else, and this is full of both. I had a lot of fun painting this. Also, I did a less detailed drawing this time, and found it more enjoyable to do a bit of "guesswork" with the brush.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
"Toots" - 7" x 10", Transparent watercolor
I've heard it said that you should paint what you know and now I completely understand why. My aunt is having a big milestone birthday soon, and I wanted to give her something special. She adores her horse, Toots, so I figured a painted portrait of her would be a great gift. The problem is, I don't know horses. I've rarely been around them and since I don't live near Toots, I had to work from the few, not so great reference photos that other people had taken. I probably got some of the muscle and bone structure wrong, but I did the best I could with what I had. All things considered, I'm pretty happy with this painting.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Spring Preview, 18" x 24", Transparent watercolor
I'm ecstatic! I found out this week that my "Spring Preview" painting has been accepted into the CWA's 41st National Exhibition. I'm new to entering shows, having only entered one other show before. Two of my paintings were accepted into that show and one of them placed 2nd. That was very exciting, too.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
"Fuzzy Mug, #6" - 6" x 6", Transparent Watercolor
Number 6 in my "Fuzzy Mug" series. These are so fun to paint, and lucky for me there is an endless pool of subjects out there to choose from. Of course, I'm biased to this sweet, little, fuzzy face. I started with a very colorful underpainting to give lots of depth to the black fur. It was all done with transparent watercolors, no opaque white, so I had to do a little masking.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
"Dewy Daisy", 12" x 12" - Transparent Watercolor
When I went outside the other morning, the sun was shining on the dew covered African Daisies in front of our house. They looked so pretty, I decided to do a (relatively) quick painting of one close-up.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
"Spring Preview", 18" x 24", Transparent Watercolor
Ahhhhh, it's finished! This was only the second time I have attempted painting white flowers and the first time was a disaster. White is relative. There was actually no stark white left on the flower in the painting; everything had at least a hint of pink. The flower itself was white on the inside and purple on the outside, so it cast a lot of pink. I thought the crystal would be the hardest portion of this painting, but it turned out to be the flower and the shadow instead.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I darkened the shadow, added the hint of a prism on the bottom right side of the table, and began the tedious work of the crystal. It's amazing how many colors you can see in the crystal when you look closely.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
18" x 24" - I started with the background on this painting since that is usually my least favorite part. I figured if I messed up now, there wouldn't be as much at stake. Warm reds and browns were used for the wall and a yellow/violet mixture on the tabletop. Not masking the whites saved a lot of time; it also meant I had to work quickly around all the shapes. The shadow is proving to be harder than I thought. It will need some darkening...
Friday, January 29, 2010
"Sunlit Lily", 21" x 14", Transparent Watercolor
It's finished. This was a fun painting; I love working with bright, vibrant colors. It turned out to be a bit of a challenge as the masking fluid damaged the surface of the paper very slightly making it harder to achieve a sharp line in places. A challenge is good, though. It teaches you a thing or two.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Sunlit Lily - 22" x 15", Transparent Watercolor.
It's close to being finished. I have to add the black dots that are speckled all over the petals, remove the masking fluid, and complete the stamens and anthers. I like how it looks without the black dots and am a bit nervous about adding them, but all the Oriental Lilies I've seen have the dots.
Monday, January 4, 2010
"Backlit Orchids" 16" x 22", Transparent Watercolor
I'm breaking away from painting furry creatures for a bit. During the long, dreary days of winter, painting something vibrant and colorful helps lighten my mood.