Friday, September 22, 2017

Artistic Style and IRIS PROMISE.

Watercolor on tissue - 11x15

I have taught watercolor classes for over seventeen years and I enjoy it as much now as when I began. It is of course important to teach the basics of applying the paint, handling a brush, designing a composition, and using value and color appropriately but it is equally important to help each student develop their own personal artistic style.

When we begin our creative journey it is obvious to focus on realism and depicting the subject matter as accurately as possible. It can be difficult to break away from this approach and experiment freely so that we can discover our own self expression. In each class I try to combine the best of both worlds, teaching the tools needed to paint accurately while also allowing students to experiment with different techniques, colors and materials to discover their own creative style.

As an example of pushing the artistic boundaries, Iris Promise was painted on crumpled tissue paper that was first sprayed with water so that the paint would mix and flow into the crevices of the paper to create a unique texture. I also loosened up the shape of the irises to get away from pure realism and to add my own personal expression to the overall composition.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Watercolor & Words Wednesday - BLOOM Watercolor Print

Watercolor Print - 5x7 or 8x10

Bloom Where You Are Planted!

Using an image of one of my original watercolor paintings I added a quote to design an art print that is ready to be framed and displayed in your home or to give as a gift. My Watercolor & Words prints are a great way to make a creative connection with someone special in your life. I invite you to view all of my art prints in my Etsy Shop!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art With Heart Monday and BUTTERFLY DREAM

Watercolor - 11x15

'What is creative living? Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.'

Elizabeth Gilbert ~
Author of Big Magic

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fall Colors and Hurricanes!

Watercolor on gesso paper - 11x15

It definitely feels like fall has come early this year. Cooler temperatures and falling leaves. My thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Our daughter is living in Jacksonville so last night was a little tense for all of us but luckily she is fine. She had to spend the night at the hospital with the other residents but is back in her apartment tonight and blessedly has power and water. Hopefully we can all get back to more normal weather soon. Have a great day!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fall Creative Reboot & LAKESIDE

Watercolor - 11x15

I LOVE summertime when the days are long and living is easy. Lots of sunshine, barbecues
and time to play with family and friends. In fact, we had such a great summer that I got out of my creative routine and did not get a whole lot of paintings finished. Now that fall is in the air it is time for a 'creative reboot'. Time to organize the studio and get back into creating art. Time to start teaching my weekly watercolor class and join my plein air group to paint outside. With the leaves starting to fall, the days getting shorter and nice cool air coming in to the studio there is nothing better than getting back into that creative groove!