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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Paper Sculpture Zentangled Stars

I took a break from painting, created some zantangle  stars and then scored and folded them into 3 dimensional paper forms.  They are made from card stock and micron-pigma black pens.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Vintage Sunset

This is my latest painting, done from a source photo from The Photo Guy Photography, photos by Darren Fisher.  He has graciously allowed me to use it for a painting - and of course, you all know how I love vintage trucks!  His work can be found on Facebook and Fine Art America.  Check him out!  Thanks, Darren!

This painting is 9" x 13" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper in transparent watercolor.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Deb's Peony

This painting is one of two I prepared for the demonstration in Cincinnati for the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society on October 2nd.  I finally finished it over the weekend. I started the process by drawing the flower using a grid, and then continued  by pouring with acrylic inks. I finished with negative painting techniques in transparent watercolor.    The painting is 18" x 22" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  It is painted with permission from a source photograph from my friend, Deb Holmes in Florida, who is an excellent photographer who generously shares her pictures with me.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Limited Edition!!!

This is the reason that I haven't been posting the last week!  I was commissioned to do a series of limited edition (18) ornaments for the gift shop, "Just That n' This" in Jackson Center, Ohio.  Each ornament is a Christmas painting of the outside of the shop -  hand painted in acrylic paint with Micron-Pigma pen details.  Each year Just That and This plans to offer a uniquely designed, limited edition ornament.

Just That and This is a very unique shop - filled with completely original fine arts and crafts - all from local west central Ohio artists and craftsmen.  You can find a gift for anyone in this wonderful place.

Monday, October 14, 2013

More of the Work From My Talented Watercolor Students

Back row: MaryAlice Brewster; Patricia Crawford; Cindy Staples; Misty Steinke: Deb Sommerville; 
Front row: Bridget Weller; Dave McNeal; Jennifer Rockhold; Janice Belgiovone

Well, they did it again!!! They created a "bunch" of beautiful leaves and tulips - paintings, I mean!!!  We painted tulips last Monday evening, and the leaves this evening.  The leaf group of painters is smaller because many were not finished yet.  

The tulips were done in traditional watercolor in which we worked with graduated washes going from light to dark, and in some cases, from one color to another.  The painters did so well, as you can see.

The leaves were done first by doing a wet-in-wet background and the leaves were defined by painting in the negative areas, instead of the positive, leaving the original wet-in-wet wash for the leaves. They aren't as crazy about negative painting techniques - I guess, like a lot of painters, it is not a favorite watercolor technique.  Guess we won't do it again for a while!!!

I sure do love these people!  Great friends and dedicated artists!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October Colors Revisited

This is the project painting for the October "all paint from one photo" for the Watercolor Workshop online Yahoo group.  I used the acrylic ink I had prepared and used for "October Song" which I posted earlier.  The colors are the same, but this looks much different - tighter and not as "watercolorly!"  

This painting is 8" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper.

I plan to use this painting as next weeks lesson for the intermediate watercolor class I teach at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  Hope they like it!  Although this was poured in acrylic ink, I think I will have the class  use wet-in-wet techniques in transparent watercolor.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Demonstration Painting Finished

I have worked on this off and on for the last 3 days.  This is the painting I started during my demonstration for the Cincinnati Watercolor Society.  If you would like to see that demonstration, it can be found on Rhonda Carpenter's blog, www.rhcarpenter.blogspot.com.

This process uses acrylic ink instead of watercolor during the pouring process and makes use of Pebeo drawing fluid to mask out areas.  This painting is 1/2 sheet of 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper and was finished in traditional watercolor.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Watermedia Demonstration in Cincinnati

Yesterday,I was honored to be asked to do a watercolor demonstration for the Cincinnati Watercolor Society.  My friend Rose and I left early in the a.m. and arrived in Cincinnati around 9:15 a.m.

The program director for the society, Rhonda Carpenter, has a wonderful explanation of the process, with pictures of the demonstration on her blog.  Thank you, Rhonda!  If you are interested, you can check this out at www.rhcarpenter.blogspot.com.

We had a wonderful time visiting with the members and appreciated the invitation. It is always a treat spending time with artists!  It was a great day!