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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spring Blossoms



Spring Blossoms

I finished this watercolor over the weekend and plan to use it as a lesson for my watercolor class at Riverside Arts Center.

The watercolor is painted on Dick Blick student grade 140 lb. watercolor paper.  It worked pretty well, although the paper doesn't have enough sizing for my needs.  The paint doesn't lift when you want it to so you have to be pretty certain about your strokes from the start.  All in all,  the paper worked well considering the economical factor - it is not expensive and is great for beginners.  It would frustrate experienced painters.

The painting is 8 1/2 x 11 inches.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cardinal



A good friend gave me a thank you card this week with several birds on it.  I was particularly taken with the cardinal, so this evening I painted a small (4"x 6") watercolor of the cardinal.  It is painted on 140 lb. hot-pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.  It was a fun activity for a Saturday evening. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Misty's Barn



This is a painting I did from a photograph taken by one of my adult painters at Riverside Art Center, Misty Steinke..  It is a barn in northwest Ohio.  I was taken by the beautiful clouds in her photo and felt I just had to paint it.

The painting is approximately 8 1/2 x 11 and is painted on 140 lb. hot pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.

I decided to use this painting for my watercolor class and they did so well with it.  I am so proud of them - they are really good painters!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Peggy's Cove Revisited


"Peggy's Cove Revisited"


This is the painting I prepared for last weeks lesson...it isn't as bright and cheerful as the others I have painted about Peggy's Cove.  This one is on a dreary, misty, foggy day.  I imagine they have those days as well, in Nova Scotia.
This painting is 8 1/2 x 11, and is painted on 140 lb. hot-pressed Fabriano Artistico  watercolor paper. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

First Peonies

"First Peonies"

I recently finished this painting and plan to use it as a lesson for my watercolor class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
This painting is from a photo by Rosalind-Amorin on the PMP web site where they share photos and we are allowed to use them as source material.
This painting is approximately 9" x 11" and is painted on  140 lb. cold-pressed Fabriano-Artistico watercolor paper.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Swallowtail



I recently finished this painting from a beautiful photo from my friend, Deb Holmes.  She is a wonderful photographer and she generously shares her work with me.  I am going to use this painting as a lesson for my adult watercolor class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  I hope they enjoy painting it as much as I have.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Watercolor Class Explores Abstraction


                             Back: Lea; Terry Nelson; Elaine Mikesell; Sandy Davis; Rose Hawkins;


            Back: Cindy Staples; Molly Kohut; Dave McNeal; Front: Misty Steinke; Janice Belgiovane

Last night, my watercolor class worked in abstraction.  The subject was a water lily and as you can see, there are not any two alike.  I think they had a lot of fun...we plan to finish next week.  I am so lucky...this is such a great group!