Monday, May 23, 2016

FRUITY STAMPS



Using fruits as stamps for watercolor stamping on paper.  Then cut out the shapes.  Makes a cute card or small painting to send to a friend.

You can try apples, pears, even the base of a celery stalk - use your imagination and see what you can create :)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

GREEN



Another older, small painting.  Thinking about landscapes as the land becomes so green (from all the rain).

Sunday, May 15, 2016

CHAINS





Rusted Chains




Another oldie.  
Watercolor on gessoed paper.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WATERCOLOR INKS


Just using the 3 watercolor inks I have (red, blue, yellow) to make pseudo-flowers that will get pasted onto cards.  One even made its way to a Mother's Day card...



















And while these were drying, I saw this mystery bird who had shown up from just ink drips and wipes on the foamboard.  I guess the birds are still calling to me (we have been having a few pretty ones coming through to the feeders lately, including 5 male rosy-breasted grosbeaks and 1 female).


Saturday, May 7, 2016

NATURE









Fiddlehead Ferns.  




Another oldie until I paint something new that's good enough to share.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WOODS













In the middle of this road we call our life
I found myself in a dark wood
With no clear path through.
      --- Dante Alighieri (Divine Comedy "Inferno")





Friday, April 29, 2016

A LITTLE CARD



Using the popcicle drawing, I put this onto a blank watercolor card.  I changed the colors around a bit.


So now it's a birthday card for my stepdaughter, Jenny.  SWEET!!

We met her for lunch today to celebrate (even though it's belated because everyone is always soooo busy).




Monday, April 25, 2016

EVEN A STONE


I once had a book called
Even a Stone Can be a Teacher.

I don't remember anything about the book except the title.  I'm pretty sure it was coming from a Buddhist perspective. 


This is a little bit of a painting (about 5 x 7 inches) and I'm calling it
Even a Stone


Sometimes it's fun and invigorating to just play with textures.  


Thursday, April 21, 2016

SOMETIMES STOPPING DOESN'T HELP



Remember this one?

I asked what colors to add to that final popcicle and got mostly comments on my Facebook page to use purple.  

So that's what I did.  


But I wasn't crazy about and and then I went in with the shadows and made ugly shadow shapes.  UGH!





So I used a strong spray bottle and washed as much of the color off as I could.  

Then it had to sit and dry before I could go back and try to "fix" it.














I reapplied the paint, changed the napkin color a bit and cut it down a lot.

Not great, but it is what it is.