"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Boneyard

I finished this painting this evening.  I started it before I got sick and found it difficult to get back into the "swing" of things painting again.  This, of course, is my favorite subject - vintage trucks -  and I had a lot of fun with the color in this.  It is a large painting - about 18" x 30" and I will probably mat it in white with a warm wood frame.

It is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper and I used a lot of one of my favorite colors, Dragon's Blood in this one.

This was painted from a photo by Carla Parris with her permission.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Monday Night Intermediate Watercolor Class Paintings

I gratefully got back to teaching my Monday night watercolor class after taking time off to recouperate from some serious weaknesses caused by essential benign tremors and myoclonus jerks. I am feeling so much better and it was so nice to be back with my watercolor family again.

We did a painting I saw in a demonstration by the blogger "The Frugal Crafter" on her blog.  It has a very interesting sky with an oriental type of boat in silhouette against the sky and water.  They did so well on this project!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Why I Haven't Been Posting...

Just a note to let you know what has been going on with me...
I have had a hard time of it.  It seems that I have inherited my grandfather's  (Mother's father) essential benign tremors with myoclonus jerks and it has absolutely turned my world upside down.  For a while they thought that I had Parkinson's - but thank goodness that is not the case.  What did happen, though, is that I fell 3 times last month due to the jerks because I do not know when they are going to occur.  During one of the the falls, I lacerated my knee - 6 inches long and 1/2 inch deep and had to have 28 stitches in the ER.  I tore muscles in my calf also and my foot and ankle swelled for 3 weeks during which time I was reclining in my recliner trying to keep my leg up.  During this time I became weaker and weaker until finally I had to be admitted to the hospital for weakness and dehydration.  After 3 days I was moved up to transitional care where the physical and occupational therapists worked with me for 2 weeks.  I am getting much stronger and am gradually taking on household chores. They said that I have to use a walker from now on because I have no idea when these things are going to happen. I have done very little painting and the tremors have affected my painting so I guess I am going to get my wish to become a "loose" woman painter.  I jerk at the most inopportune times!  Interesting!!!

Keep "tuned" to this "Station" to see the new Barbara!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New England Fishing Village

I finished this painting this evening.  I cropped the scene from a large photograph and just zeroed in on the boat and the grey building.  The things I like best about this painting are the colors. The painting is 11" x 8 1/2" and is painted on Canson's 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

I plan to use this as the painting for the class at Riverside Art Center this coming week.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Karen's Beautiful Magnolia

This painting was done from a photograph taken by a friend and former student, Karen Spencer Brown.  She is a wonderful artist and has a lovely eye for beauty!  She has also graciously allowed me to use her photo for my class.  

The painting is 12" x 9" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper with the new QoR watercolor paints from Golden.  They are wonderful.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Blue Door

This painting is from a group of photographs posted by artist Deb Watson on her blog and which she allows artists to paint from.  I always enjoy pictures of entryways - especially colorful ones like this one.  Thanks to Deb Watson for allowing us to use her beautiful photos.

I thought this might make a great lesson for my class at Riverside Art Center, but after all the time it took me to paint it, they may have other ideas!!!  Actually it would not be necessary to paint in individual bricks - just suggest them.

This painting is approximately 12" x 9 " and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed Canson watercolor paper using a variety of watercolors from a variety of companies!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spooky White Trees

This is the latest lesson I have prepared for my intermediate watercolor class at Riverside Art Center.  I got my inspiration from a painting I saw on Pinterest, "Shadow Play" by Teresa Ascone.  I drew this myself, but I have to admit that the colors and the concepts were not mine and I will not take credit for them.  I thought that it would make a great lesson, though, especially in the color combinations

This painting is 12" x 9" and is painted on Canson 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.