Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, December 28, 2012

White Almond Flowers

I recently completed this floral watercolor...it is from a photo provided by the online group I am a member of - the Watercolor Workshop, and is their "all paint from one photo" painting "white" project for December.  The photo was taken by Roger Brown and was posted on PMP web site.   The painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.
I tried to reach a balance between "tight" and "loose" in this and am happy with the results.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

52 Years Together

Well -imagine! -  today is our fifty-second wedding anniversary...52 years filled with love and blessings, with just a few potholes along the way!  Rock and I have been blessed with 3 wonderful children, 2 sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, six grand-children,        two great-grandchildren, and many precious friends.

I usually make my card for Rock, and this year I thought I would zentangle the front of my card (what I wrote inside is private - smile!)  

I used an Espresso fine point marker pen on the front of a 4"x6" blank greeting card.  Zentangle inspired art is so much fun and I thank my friend (and blogger) Ginny Stiles, for introducing me to this wonderful method of creating design in art.

Our family on Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24, 2012

Season's Greetings!

Holiday Greetings to all my Blogger friends...I hope you all have a wondrous holiday with a multitude of blessings in the New Year.  You are all very special to me - I love the opportunity to share my art explorations with you,  and many thanks to you all for following my blog!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Two Old Crows Revisited

Patty - one of my talented watercolor students at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta mentioned that she thought it would be fun to paint the crows (oil painting in my previous post) in watercolor.  So...I also thought it would be interesting to see how they change with the different medium - so here they are in watercolor.  I'll have to say that I like the watercolor version best!  How about you?
This painting is 12" x 8" and it is painted on the heavy white printmaking paper.  I did find out that you cannot use liquid masque on this paper - it lifts the top surface of the paper - don't do it!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Two Old Crows

Well - I felt like oil painting today, so I painted a couple old crows!  I've been doing a lot of watercolors for some commissions and also for the classes I have been teaching in intermediate watercolor so I needed a break. The commissions were for gifts for Christmas, so I will post them after the holiday.  This painting is small -7" x 5" and is painted on a linen canvas panel.  What fun!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Still Life with White Pitcher and Grapes

I painted this still life for the last lesson of this session of classes at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  My painters had requested a still life for the last class and so I found the photo for this painting  in the reference library of Wet Canvas.  The painting is approximately 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.  This is a lesson, also, in painting drapery and white objects.  They did very well on this project.  We will start classes again in January.