Monday, March 19, 2018

Daisies & Impressionism

Watercolor - 15x22

Impressionism as a style of painting is defined as aiming to represent overall impressions rather than exact details of the subject. Painting with watercolor helps to achieve an impressionistic effect because of the way the paint moves and blends on wet paper, creating soft edges. It is then up to the artist to decide how much detail to add and how much to leave to the imagination of the viewer. 

Friday, March 16, 2018


Watercolor Batik - 9x12

My brother lived in beautiful Hawaii for many years and I was always amazed at all of the gorgeous tropical flowers that bloomed year round.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PUEBLO VILLAGE & Four Focus Areas

Watercolor - 11x15

With every painting I try to focus on these four areas as I paint:

Color - a color scheme for harmony, color variety in each shape, neutrals added for balance
Value - at least 3 values for each shape and the entire composition, a path of darks 
Edges - a variety of hard and soft edges throughout the painting
Composition - center of interest defined by largest shape, brightest color, most detail

Monday, March 12, 2018


Watercolor - 15x22

This was such a fun watercolor to paint. It began as a demo for one of my classes where we were painting flowers in a loose way. As with most of my demos I did not have time to complete it so when I later pulled it out to work on it there was a lot of white paper left to fill.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and pulled out some of my stamps and a few lace dollies and went to town. You can see where I stamped some hearts and fern leaves and then used the dollies as stencils to suggest lace peeking in and our of the flowers. Sometimes when we take a creative risk it is well worth it!

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Little Mystery & IRISES

Watercolor Batik - 12x18
"A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.' 
~ Edgar Degas ~