Sunday, May 30, 2010

Caribbean Blue

New in my shop... I love the Caribbean and the soothing blue and turquoise colors you find there. I am really having fun with the black pen (sharpie fine point) illustrations.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fuschia Hydrangea

Have a wonderful weekend! Be sure to visit me

"Fuschia Hydrangea", original watercolor

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Violet Hydrangea

You know I have to always paint more than one of each subject...
Introducing "Violet Hydrangea"
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Green Hydrangea

Another Green hydrangea for Summer... New in my shop!
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Line and Shape

In this workshop we concentrated on line being independent of shape. First we lightly sketched out our subject on the paper. Then we would collage random shapes with different materials from paper bags to washi papers. This builds the surface with wonderful textures.
Sketch process
While still wet, we dropped watercolor shapes over the colleged shapes. Anything goes! We experimented with spattering and adding more lines into the wet surfaces.
Collage process
When the surface dried, we added pen and ink
to develop the focus further.
Colors of the Caribbean
Original watercolor painting, 11" by 15"

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Summer Container Garden

By sketching in black pen on top of the washi and watercolor, the shapes get more defined.
Original watercolor painting, 11" by 15"
stay tuned for collage techniques tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gerald Brommer Watercolor Workshop

This week has definitely started on a bright note! Gerald Brommer, the Juror for the 31st Annual VWS Exhibition at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center is giving a fabulous workshop on line, shape, and collage. We are learning so many fascinating techniques to create interest in our paintings.
the collage process
Today we experimented with Washi. There are so many kinds with all different colors and textures to choose from. First we tore the washi into several pieces, and then stained the pieces with watercolor. After they dried, we brushed the pieces on our watercolor paper with matte medium. The washi pieces create a lovely dimension to your painting. Here is a sneak peek... finished paintings to follow, so stay tuned.
the beginning stage

the creative process

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Nautical Summer Chic

Can't wait for Summer! All individual prints available in my shop.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Watercolor Workshop - Gerald Brommer

Next week I am taking a watercolor workshop from Gerald Brommer. I am so excited to learn new techniques and take advantage of an entire week of Painting!! I will post about the day and what we learned starting May 10th. Come get inspired with me!
Gerald Brommer has exhibited in more than 300 solo and group shows throughout the United States and abroad during his illustrious fine art career. His work is represented in over 300 private and corporate collections worldwide. He is a life member, and past president, of the National Watercolor Society and a member of the West Coast Watercolor Society, the National Arts Club and many other professional organizations. His biography is included in Who's Who in American art, Who's Who in the West, Contemporary Authors, and the International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement.


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