Sunday, February 15, 2015

Beach Conch Seashell Watercolor Painting
For all of the years I've walked the beaches of Florida and the Caribbean collecting seashells, I never found one with chevron stripes like this one. I had to paint it and share it with you!
Have you ever seen a shell like this Fighting Conch? I'm told that they were once plentiful, but if you found one like this, please let me know where.
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Art Demo Video - Alstroemeria Lily Flower Watercolor Painting

I've finally finished my Alstroemeria Lily Flower Watercolor Painting!
As you can see from the blog post below, it looks similar, but certainly a lot of "fine tuning" has taken place. One of the main things that I did was deepen the dark pinks of the shadows and put more golds and yellows into the petals. Whenever dark colors are made even darker next to light ones, like on the far right petals, it makes the flower "pop."
I also properly defined the stems below the flowers. Once they were in, I was able to put shadows and a dark background to give depth and drama.
For the background on the left, I used more layers of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna next to the flower to "push" the flower image forward, also creating greater depth. In the video below, you can see that cross-hatching watercolors can create a rich, deep background that makes the subject of the painting POP! I learned many of my techniques from renowned artists, including Ann Abgott. 
If the video below does not function (I've had a lot of trouble with this!), please click on this link. 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Alstroemeria Pink Flower Watercolor Painting in Progress

I just can't help myself! I've put it off for as long as I can, but I can no longer delay painting these fabulous flowers!
When I first saw Alstroemeria, I thought that they were "fake" silk flowers. It wasn't until I actually touched them that I realized they were indeed real! I have been buying fresh cut Alstroemeria for quite some time now because not only are they beautiful, but they last weeks!
Here is the beginning of my painting of a bouquet of salmon-pink flowers. After I penciled them in, I started to lay in the colors to get the general shapes and experiment with the background.

After weeks, it's finally starting to look like something. I'm trying to get that luminous quality that these flowers are known for.
I still have a long way to go, but I will keep working at it. It's the tiny details that make all the difference! I hope that you enjoy getting a glimpse at my painting in progress. When I finish, I'll post the completed Alstroemeria!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Season of Giving ART

SAVE THE DATES – December 3 and 4, 2014!

It's that time of year again – Main Street Boutique is back! Please join me for one of the most highly anticipated shopping events of the season to support Abington Health and the healthcare of our local community 

This is a great day out at the lovely Huntingdon Valley Country Club for ONE STOP HOLIDAY SHOPPING! (2295 Country Club Drive, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006)  

I’ll be exhibiting my Original Watercolors and affordable Matted Fine Art Prints, along with more than 35 others showing their jewelry, clothing, art, skin care products, and much more! Visit my website here to get a preview of my work. I’m looking forward to seeing you at this very special event.
  • Stop by my exhibit to enter my free raffle for a Fine Art Print. 
  • Can’t make the event? Order online directly from my Etsy Shop.
Please forward and share this with your family and friends to help spread the word about this unique opportunity to benefit our community and have a wonderful holiday shopping experience, too!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Beach Girl with Red Shovel and White Hat Watercolor Painting in Progress
As soon as I saw this little girl on the beach, I knew that I wanted to paint her! I was struck by the child's activity, methodically and purposefully digging the sand, plopping it into piles, and gazing periodically at the ocean.
She was wearing a yellow striped bathing suit and surrounded by nothing but sand from my vantage point. I started to paint her that way, but quickly wanted a more vibrant bathing suit and a rich cobalt blue sky. I love painting shadows on something white. As you may know from my earlier blog posts, I'm using the mingling technique for her hat with mingled permanent rose, verditer blue, and mineral violet watercolor paints.
Once finished the bathing suit, I worked on the flesh tones, facial features, clouds, richer sky colors, along with texture and color to the sand.
At first, I was going to leave the ocean as a distant shore, planning on having the painting focus mainly on the child. But the more I looked at it, the more it seemed like she was sitting in a desert! I really missed showing the ocean, especially with lots of waves!
Once the ocean was painted, I concentrated on refining the rest of the painting, lightening the sand piles where the sun hits them, toning down the sand a bit, and deepening the color of the water at the horizon to give it added depth.
I haven't shown all of the steps that it took to get to the finished painting which took me three weeks to complete. I just wanted to give you a bit of insight into my watercolor painting process.
I hope that you enjoyed this little taste of my decision-making process with this painting!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nursery Art Beach Children Paintings

Boy into the Surf 
  "Boy into the Surf"    
                                                            "Beach Girl with Big Hat"

My paintings "Boy into the Surf" and "Beach Girl with Big Hat" (unofficially, I call her "Beach Girl with Cheeks of Tan!") fine art matted prints, have gone to a new home in California!

Recently, I have found that many of my paintings of children have been used to decorate the nursery or used in a seashore-themed home. Since I do love the beach, I find myself noticing children anywhere I travel and then painting them in a beach setting.

That's how I did the painting below. This adorable little boy was at a festival with lots of booths, fun, grass, and trees. After getting permission from his mom, I painted them at the beach instead!
I hope that you enjoy these paintings! Please let me know what you think.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Beach Child Holding Red Ball Seashore Watercolor Painting
It looks like I just can't get enough of this adorable little boy! I saw him on the beach with his father and grandfather and, of course, asked if I could photograph him for some new paintings. No problem! Although the pictures that I took showed only sand as a backdrop, I wanted to create a beautiful sunny day with waves and clouds.
Colorful shadows are always important to me in creating an interesting painting; after all, this is art and not a photograph! I used the mingling technique of letting one color delicately run into the next, careful not to get mud!
My painting is of a child clutching his big red ball enjoying the day with his family. He seems to be in his own happy world of perfect peace, soaking up the sunshine, surf, and warm sand!
I created this watercolor for all of you who enjoy family beach vacations. For me it brings back warm memories of my now-grown children, for you it might remind you your own children or even grandchildren playing on the beach! Enjoy!