Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Peony named "Faith"

It seams I'm stuck in a flower painting mode. I am getting closer to the delicate transparency I've so desired to achieve in my flowers. Watch out "roses" this is all a preparation for an all out attack on your delicate species. CP 140 lb. Arches cut to fit in a 16 x 20 frame; the original is matted behind an 11 x 14 opening.

"Resolved" on the Homepage?

Why did I name this painting "Resolved"? Well I'm glad you asked :) Sometimes life throws us a curve and we go through a mega shift. So is the case with a job change for the person who pays the bills, and now a possible move for the two of us - I have resolved myself. Orange is my least favorite color but working on this lily reminded me of my life lately. Seeing some beauty emerge from the darkness I decided maybe I do like orange after all and maybe a shift in life isn't so bad either. This painting now belongs to Linda Palattao in the Phillipines; Linda was my assigned SWAP partner for fall 2006. I was overjoyed to see it on the Homepage for Yahoo's SWAP group during our '06 winter SWAP.

Dublin - Polish Embassy

In September of 05 I searched the internet looking for a "shoe" photo to use for the Watercolor Workshop project. I was excited with the photo I found on the website of the Polish Embassy in Ireland. I used the photo with their permission, and to my delight they featured my painting on their website.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dahlias - two in one, named "Peace"

Each painting is a learning experience and this was no exception. The largest watercolor I've painted so far, matted to fit in a 16 x 20 frame. Some just seem to paint themselves, so was the case with this; maybe it helped that I love the colors.

On the Homepage

"Amber Mums" My very first experience with painting crystal I felt that I was successful at portraying the blast of light that so fascinates me. I am grateful to Watercolor Workshop for featuring me on their Homepage all the month of October with this painting; a special thanks to Dorena Kerry for allowing me to use her photo.

Sunlit Daisy

The drama of a dark backgrond created a more contemporary look than I am used to painting; this by permission from Michel Fleury for the photo reference. The way the sun hits the petals drew me in and kept me captivated until this painting was finished. Will I ever be able to paint a flower again without a black background, well we'll see.

Josh and Carter

Yesterday I studied skin tones and blond hair color as a result of a discussion on Watercolor Workshop. I uploaded it at WcW, thank you Jolene for use of your photo. This was fun and I promise I will be spending more time painting children. Here is the palette I used: Cobalt Blue, Q. Gold, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cad Red, Cobalt Blue Violet

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As a child I began designing my own clothes while in 5th grade. Grandma let me use fabric from her stash and showed me how to use the treadle machine. My love for art and the creative began at that point, always having a current project of some kind. Painting has provided a unique creative outlet for me that I am thankful for, an exciting journey where there's always something new to learn.