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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tomatoes in Copper Colander


I completed this painting during the weekend - a good activity for cold, snowy weather ...it is a painting for my intermediate watercolor class to paint.  It is 8" x  9" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

It is painted from a photo on the Paint My Picture web site and the photographer is Lillian Bell.  I am unhappy that the camera read the colors so strongly- especially the reds in the tomatoes.  They are not that intense in the painting.

The most difficult thing to paint in this painting was the background, and then the tomatoes.  I could not get them to look like tomatoes and finally gave up.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Star Barn

This is one  of the paintings I have prepared for my intermediate watercolor class at Riverside Art Center.  It is painted on Canson's 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  The source photo was from Cricket Hackmann Photography with permission from the photographer.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Autumn Leaves Final


I think that I have finished this - finally!   I will leave it unframed for a while and look at it and analyze, etc.  This is a full sheet of  watercolor paper - 30" x 22" and is totally transparent watercolor.  This was painted on 1140 pound Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I love this paper - it is very responsive and workable.  I am open to suggestions, criticisms, etc.
This is from a photo I found on the web site Paint My Photo by Andre van de Sande. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Autumn Leaves 4


I was able to work some more on this last night and today.  Since I have my 2 grandchildren (10 and 12) for the week, my time is limited.  We are having a great time with them and they are elated tonight to learn that there is a 2 hour snow delay tomorrow at school.

I am happy with the way this painting is coming along and am becoming anxious to get it finished now.  I am in love with the colors!

Tomorrow is the day I have my EEG and MRI and I am not anxious for that at all.  I hope that they don't find any issues, but something is causing my tremors - it may just be my age - I am no spring chicken!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Still Life with Crocks and Apples


I took time away from the colorful leaves painting to prepare a painting to teach my class at Riverside Art Center.  This painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. Canson cold-pressed watercolor paper. The source was from a photo from Wet Canvas image library.  Now I am back to the autumn leaves painting.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Autumn Leaves 3

Another afternoon and evening of work and I am beginning to see where I will carry the pattern of darks and lights and the colors I plan to use to carry the eye throughout the painting.  It is always good to get away from your painting occasionally.  I am enjoying painting this piece very much.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Autumn Leaves 2

I have been working on this large piece, but it is taking a long time, along with my other duties, I fear! I have also been having some health issues, which makes things more difficult.  I think that I mentioned before that I have Essential and Familial Tremor and now have an EEG and MRI scheduled for next week as things are not improving.  

I am truly enjoying working with the colors in this - you all know that I am in love with color in any way, shape or form.  This is actually going better than I expected...I can see now that I have gotten away from it,  that there are some changes I will have to make.  It is funny how these things become evident as soon as you post on the internet!

Stay tuned to this "channel" to see the progress on this painting!