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Violets

Violets watercolor on paper 12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"  Available
The one tiny bloom in my African Violet has inspired me to grab my paints. The leaves with their funny texture always attract me, I decided to highlight them more in my composition. I was also tempted to break the rules of perspective. Instead of placing the focus in the obvious center, I positioned it in the upper corner. My wish is to build up to the bloom. I hope it works.

I hope everyone is having a nice Sunday!

Sometimes

“Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
― A.A. Milne


 hand-lettering project watercolor on paper 21 x 30 cm.



 close up of the dragon fly
My daughter asked me to create this for her room. I love including handlettering in my sketchbook, usually quick notes to myself. I also enjoy copying different font styles, mostly playing with ideas, always in my sketchbook. This is the first for me. After a hundred tries,  I think I am finally happy with the outcome. It has been very difficult to get the paint just right on my brush to keep the flow.  A dragonfly adds extra interest to the composition. I had a lot of fun with the project.

 I'm including a link to a video of an artist I subscribe to. I love her tutorials, this might be useful to anyone exploring the concept.

Saturday is National Handwriting day. The day is celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of John Hancock. I will celebrate by practicing my penmanship, how abou…

A Good Morning

A Good Morning  29,5 x 22 cm watercolor on  paper Available
 I always wish to improve when I challenge myself anyway I can. The Daily Paintworks weekly challenge is exactly what I am talking about...to paint pastry. It is naturally challenging to paint food from life and not a photograph because it means contemplating it, not eating it right away. It took me two days, safe guarding it in the refrigerator in the meantime. I wanted to capture the early morning light as it streams into my kitchen.  I am very proud, I fought the temptation to the very end!




CLEMENTINE'S

 Clementine Still Life 18cm x 25,5 cm
watercolor on paper Available

I hope everyone is beginning 2016 well. It is a time of year for renewal and self improvement. I am always hopeful to discover ways of improving and growing as I develop my artwork: more sketching and painting are always on top of my list!
My first painting of the year is a clementine still-life. I painted this set up from life. They are presently found in abundance, easy to peel and full of flavor. I have been buying them by the crate load. I find the long leaves elegant and with the right amount of contrast to the bright orange peel.