Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Daydreaming Summer







Daydreaming Summer
watercolor on paper
8.5" x 11.5"/21.5 x 29 cm.


It has become rather cold and dreary. I thought this would cheer me up, hopefully it will you as well!

Happy New Year!


  

Saturday, 17 December 2016

From My Garden

 From My Garden
watercolor on paper 
8" x "8"
Here are the last two paintings part of the gift to my parents. This is the final bloom from my Hibiscus bush, it is hard to believe it has kept blooming as far as December. The pink tones have a bluish hue in the autumn light.

"August Window" is from a photo I snapped during the Italian holiday of Ferragosto , celebrated the 15th of August. It is a very hot part of summer, it is very uncommon to see an open window in the midday sun. I attempt to convey this feeling from a special, rather quiet time of year.



 August Window
 watercolor on paper
8" x 9"

This is the final project: what it will look like on display....


all lined up and finished!




My friends, I wish you much joy and happiness this Christmas!





Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Vine Ripe

Vine Ripe
 watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper
9" x 12"/ 23 x 30,5 cm
 available

This is an older painting I reworked. I felt I could have pushed it more, I feel better about the result now.
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sweet Renewal





Sweet Renewal
watercolor on Arches paper
8" x 8" / 20 x 20 cm



 This painting is the second in a four part gift I am preparing. You can see the first one by clicking here.

I painted this set up from life completely except for the macaroons, which  I made up.  I am trying to keep the theme in the four paintings light and airy in color.




Sunday, 30 October 2016

Pumpkins





Pumpkins
watercolor on Fabriano paper
30 cm x 23 cm/ 12 " x 9"
available



This painting is based on a photo provided by art friend, Geri Berkenstock, painted with his permission.  I really love the warm colors of the season. It took me quite a bit of effort to build up the strong oranges, glazing my colors with many layers.

This is a fun time of year, especially for kids. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Preserving It Fresh


 Preserving It Fresh
watercolor on Arches paper
17 cm x 17 cm
NFS


 I started this still life painting from freshly bought flowers I purchased during the summer. Even if I had to put the painting aside for a while, I was finally able to finish it last week from some photos I had taken. It is one of four paintings I am working on for a series which I will be presenting as a gift.

The painting went through a series of scrubbing off and paint reapplying. I normally don't prefer to use masking fluid but found it necessary to preserve the various areas of color and build up the hues. I was always worried I would end up tearing the paper when rubbing but it handles it well ...I sweated bullets, as can be imagined, in the process.



(below, various stages of my work in progress)





Sunday, 16 October 2016

Portrait of Wilson

 Portrait of Wilson
watercolor on Arches paper
11 x 7 inches
available


I painted this back in July but have not had a chance to share it here. It was painted for the monthly art challenge of my on line art group. The photo was kindly provided by Geri Berkenstock: it is his handsome rooster, Wilson. I had a lot of fun trying to convey his personality. It is something I always wished for, to have a farm! 

Thank you for stopping by!

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