Friday, 31 May 2013

Spring Cleaning Painting Giveaway winner!

My lovely assitant helped me pull a name out of a hat!

the winner for my Spring painting giveway is...

Thank you so much for all the nice comments and participation in my Spring cleaning painting giveaway! The winner is Debbie Nolan from View from Harmony Hills blog!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Value study of an Indian Youth

"Indian Youth" watercolor on paper 29 x 20 cm/11".5 x 8 in.

This is a step-by-step demonstration done in values of gray from Painting Watercolor Portraits that Glow  by Jan Kunz. This young man looks so beautiful and proud in his ceremonial dress. I wish I could match the ideas in my head with more skill in my hand.
 I will try and do more studies like these in the future. I liked illiminating color and just focusing on the values and light.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

It's not easy being green-Plein Air sketch

"Plants on the Rocks" watercolor on paper 10" x 7 "

More often than not, you can find me in the proximity of rivers and other bodies of water, if you haven't noti
ced already. Thanks to my kayak loving husband, this is where I spend many afternoons. Coming from the city, I crave solitude and being able to get lost in a watercolor with just the sounds of birds chirping and a running brook...well, Italians call this a river. This is the Aniene River, as it flows through the medievel town of Subiaco. It is about an hour's drive from Rome and a delightful place to paint. 
I'm trying to focus more on a single subject when plein air painting and less on detail, hopefully I'll improve with practice. Being surrounded by green is somewhat overwhelming, and the fly fisherman, naturally, came after I had gotten my drawing down: if I would have known, I would have changed my composition to include him for sure!
My sketch with its model

fly fisherman on the Aniene river, Subiaco
I hope everyone is having a nice Sunday!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Spring Cleaning Painting Giveaway!

"Watering Can" 11".5 x8 in. watercolor on acid free paper 

I've been spring cleaning this week and would like to donate the community a painting. I have been reaping the benefits offered by technology and by the outstanding people I have discovered through it, I should have already given back long ago  ... For those who are interested, you should indicate it in the comment section. The deadline is May 31st. I will then proceed to have a drawing, the winner will then indicate the mailing address (I offer the mailing fees). I would prefer for it to go to a loving home where it will be appreciated. I put a lot of love into my paintings and would not want that feeling to get lost! Thank you for visiting my blog!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Happy Mother's Day

"Princess Dandelion" watercolor on paper 10".5 x 14".5 in./ 27 x 36 cm.

The Dandelion Vase

© Jennifer L. Holte

This vase may be quite tiny,
but its importance is monumental and grand!
For the love that went into each picked 'flower,'
was carefully chosen by your child's small hand.

How important these pesky 'flowers' become'
and how great they will make your day,
when your child comes running across your lawn'
'I picked these just for you,' they'll say!

No other flower can show your child's love,
than that of the dandelion in bloom!
For sometimes in the thicket of weeds,
God's love is revealed to you!

So each time you use this vase,
remember how great the reason!
For nothing can compare to the love of a child,
when the dandelions are in season!

Source: The Dandelion Vase, Children Poem

It is a painting of my youngest daughter, Luisa, when she was six. I wanted to capture the excitment, energy and wonder children have at this age. At the time, we were lucky to live next to a Nature Area. She and her sister were big explorers who loved to pick dandelions and buttercups. She was fond of wearing an old shiny blue skirt on her head which she dubbed her "blue long hair" which she complemented with a fancy dress with puffy sleeves. Wearing costumes all year at our house was "in"! Today she is close to finishing her first year of high school ... they grow up at the blink of an eye!

I wish you a Happy Mother's Day and a great weekend! 

 WIP ... it helps sometimes to work the painting upside down too!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Pushed by the Wind-plein air painting

"Pushed by the Wind" watecolor on paper 8" x 12"/ 20 x 30 cm
I was back painting plein air at my favorite beach spot this weekend. I tried to narrow down the focus on the enormous clouds and the water. The kitesurfers were out trying to catch the waves, driven by the wind. It's a very daring sport. I threw the surfer in at the last moment while he stood still for a moment.There are a lot of varying colors in this landscape. It always makes me think back to my painting teacher's lessons. When painting landscapes,  avoid the sky is blue, grass is green approach. Painting what we think we know but not what is actually in front of us. I saw every part of the landscape was the color it was not "supposed" to be. The ocean, for instance, had an array of colors. In the distance there were turquoise and blues. As it came nearer it changed to purples and the browns-reflecting the sand below. The sky seemed yellow and violet, the sand green. I tried to fight the feeling that it wasn't going to "look right". This was my attempt for the day.

Thank you for viewing!
I acquired my husbands old work bag from L.L. Bean, I love it becaus it has so many pockets and zippers!


Monday, 6 May 2013

Collage of my work

I have taken up a 30 day marketing challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta. She is a marketer turned artist, offering daily ideas on marketing artwork. She has some great suggestions, one is to  create a collage that features your paintings. I used PikMonkey for mine or you can also use iPiccy.

These are some of my favorite paintings, I think they do show an array of subject matter. I don't like to stick to just still life’s or portraits but am interested in light and color, showing the joy intrinsic of simple moments and objects. I'm not after ground breaking ideas, I just love the process of painting and illustrating the world around me. I am representational but do not strive for photo realism. I admire people who achieve it but would never have the patience for it.

 Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!
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