Saturday, March 17, 2018
A small (7 x 14 inches) painting of a foggy morning a few autumns ago.
Here, in Kentucky, we're hoping for spring. Although winter is still holding on, we are thankful that we didn't get the snowmageddens they got in the northeast over the last few weeks - those poor folks may not see spring until May!
I got off the postcard and/or bird themes with this one...but don't worry, more birds to come! ha ha
And Happy St. Patrick's Day to ya!
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Ready for some Easter bunnies?
I got out my postcards (Jack Richeson blank watercolor cards made up as postcards, ready on the back to address and mail) and decided that Easter was close enough to start thinking about bunnies.
A little flop-earned bunny to start us off.
She looks a little sad.
And this one looks a little grumpy! Maybe I can't "do" cute??
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018
Using the Fluid Watercolor paper I purchased some time ago for another black bird - not a crow, but still in the Year of the Bird theme, a grackle with a blue patch. Grackles are rowdy birds that take over the feeders, when they can, and are pretty noisy, but when the sun hits their black feathers you can see those feathers shine with blue and purple and green iridescence. Still, most people don't like them because they are so pushy.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Artists are well-known for sharing their work, either with auctions which go to good causes, or just to each other, each person receiving and giving of the artwork created. I have been very fortunate to meet, online, artists who have wanted to share their work with me, as I want to share with them. It is a definite win-win situation. I have many paintings on my walls from artist/blogger friends, and I cherish each one.
These lovely little birds arrived, out of the blue, as a belated birthday gift to me from my friend and fellow blogger, Sadami. They flew all the way from Sydney, Australia, to get to me - and it was a wonderful surprise. Sadami has such a light touch with watercolor - she says, in a few brushstrokes, just what is needed, and no more :) Love her work - and her illustrations in 2 children's books so far have just brought her name to the forefront in picture book illustration.
And what did she get in return from me?
This little bluejay flying as fast as he can on a postcard I picked up in St. Augustine, Florida. I hope this little "bluebird of happiness" brings her much happiness through the year.
But that's not all! This week also brought me a watercolor and ink painting from Canada and my friend and fellow blogger, Bruce Sherman! He sent it because, when I discovered his wife, Deb, collects ladybugs, I had to send her my little ladybug on a postcard painting.
He matted it for me, too, so it's ready to put into a frame and hang on the wall.
This, also, was a special surprise - not just for the artwork, but for the connections we often make through our blogging and artwork. One never knows when someone will come along who makes a difference in ones life by just something they think is simple, of no real consequence. So it always helps to be kind, be open, and be willing to share your talent and skills with others.
I thank you so much, Sadami and Bruce! I got the better deal on these exchanges, but I hope your little postcards bring you much pleasure in the coming days.
Oh, and another little postcard is winding it's way to....Scotland. Look for it in your postbox, Caroline :)
Monday, March 5, 2018
We all know that art supplies are not cheap - so it's always great to get a gift card for a birthday or Christmas present. Then you can spend a few minutes choosing some new art supplies (or replacing those things you have about exhausted in your kit). So for my birthday, I got a gift card from Dick Blick Art Supplies - and bought some replacement pigment (2) and a new watercolor block I've never tried, and 3 new brushes. I had to kick in a bit of $ for the final cost, but it was fun picking out things. How about you? Do you like getting artist gift cards for presents?
(My birthday was in January but the family couldn't get together until February and I just received the things I ordered.)
I also pulled out a pack of Strathmore blank postcards I had with my printmaking paper, along with a block of 6 x 8 inch Fluid Watercolor paper. I'll be using them to play and make little things to send to friends :)
(Caroline, I have your address now and will be sending you something by next week - I imagine it will take a week to get there to snowy Scotland, but one never knows.)
Wish I could share the little bee painting on the postcard, but I ruined it :( Will try another.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Darkened some places in the background. Done. Looks like he's doing his morning stretches.
Now time to do a little postcard with a bee buzzing on it :)
And it's finally March with hopes of spring! The last few days of February brought so much rain that the Ohio River went past flood stage and stayed that way for days. Many streets are closed and some towns along the Ohio have homes flooded - and yet, people still are shown trying to drive through 3 feet of water and having to be rescued. Hope it dries out for everyone soon.