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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Beach Child Holding Red Ball Seashore Watercolor Painting

https://www.etsy.com/listing/196109345/beach-boy-red-ball-seashore-art-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!
 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beach Boy with Red Ball Watercolor Painting

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195080291/boy-child-and-red-ball-art-print?
 
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Here's my modern little Yankee Doodle Dandy to help celebrate the holiday! As soon as I saw him on the beach, I knew that he'd be the perfect subject for my Independence Day tribute! "Freedom" is what my newest painting is all about!
 
You may be surprised to see that this time I didn't paint the sand and sea. I felt that with the shadows, the painting said everything that I wanted to express - childhood, freedom, joy, motion.
 
What does this watercolor painting say to you?
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blue Butterfly Watercolor Painting Art

https://www.etsy.com/listing/193447303/swallowtail-butterfly-painting-art-print?
 
When I first saw this gorgeous butterfly, my jaw dropped! Not only is turquoise my favorite color, but the luminous quality of this blue and the brilliant contrast of its black edges just blew me away!

I love painting butterflies, especially the Monarch, but this one was a special challenge. The scales on the wings are reflective and seem to shine. I tried to convey that in this painting. Unlike the Monarch Butterfly painting, which feeds on bright yellow-orange flowers of the milkweed Asclepius, I wanted to make the background out of focus, just giving hints through color of the leaves and flowers this stunning creature lives among.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/154764254/monarch-butterfly-painting-art-print
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/166839979/monarch-butterfly-painting-art-print-of?

When I created this painting, I thought that it would be a wonderful addition to a child's nursery or for an accent to any room in your home! What is your favorite butterfly!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Beach Adirondack Chairs...And the Winner is...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176111955/beach-adirondack-chair-art-print?
 

Thanks to all of you who entered my Mother's Day Contest! You shared wonderful memories of your moms, based on my paintings that reminded you of her. ...And the Winner is Lou Anne P! Congratulations! The prize is a $52 gift certificate from my shop for a large matted 16x20 fine art print of her choice.
 
"We didn't sit on the beach but in the back yard almost every summer evening chatting, laughing, telling stories, playing. My mom and whomever had time to enjoy the moment would choose a spot from her eclectic, colorful supply of outdoor furniture. These precious evenings continued her whole life and I often ponder the memories today as I sit in my own colorful eclectic supply of furnishings on the patio."  Lou Anne

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Beach Boy with Red Shovel Painting

https://www.etsy.com/listing/189880125/beach-boy-child-red-shovel-seashore?
 
A perfect day for the beach, so grab your shovel and head to the surf! I just love seeing children on the beach and this little fellah is no exception.
 
When I created this watercolor painting, I wanted to capture the wonderful reflections and shadows in the watery sand, the foamy surf, and a beautiful sun-filled sky.
 
Do you remember when you were a child and strutted unafraid toward the ocean? Do you recollect the thrill of a beach adventure? Do you recall the unique feelings of joy you felt there? I do and still relive them every time I walk the beach!
 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ming Vase Orange Lily Painting in Progress

 
I absolutely love mixing my Ming Vase with things orange! Last year I created a composition of a blue and white vase with two orange segments. Although it took a very long time to get the oranges just right and give the illusion that they were on a mirror, I  was happy with the final result.
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/157557764/blue-white-ming-vase-orange-art-print-of?
 
Now is my chance to create another painting with one of my favorite vases. I found a lovely lily that has fabulous color, structures, and texture. Placed on the mirror along with the vase, I sketched the composition.
 
Next, I painted the dark background of blues and purples to create depth. Then came the vase details.
 
 
Below, you can see the painting of the tops of the stamens (the anthers), the top of the central pistil (the sticky stigma), and a few of the petals. [I know, I just can't help myself. I taught biology for close to 40 years!]

 
 
There's still a lot more to be done here. This is just the start. So, what do you think? Does this painting look like it may create the illusion of the vase and flower reflected on a mirror?
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pink Lily Watercolor Painting Art

https://www.etsy.com/listing/187190007/pink-lily-flower-painting-art-print-of?
 
I absolutely love this flower! When I first saw the Alstroemeria, I thought that it was an artificial silk flower. This South American Peruvian Lily, or Lily of the Incas, seems to be available at most markets and lasts up to three weeks. What more could I want from such a stunning cut flower for brightening my kitchen.

After planning for a long time, I decided not to paint the entire bouquet, but focus on one beautiful blossom of the Alstroemeria Lily. Although I favor realism in my art, especially in creating flowers, I prefer to make the backgrounds impressionistic. If you look carefully, you can see hints of buds just starting to open.

I hope that you enjoy this Fine Art Print of my Original Watercolor Painting which will last even longer than the real thing! It will give you many years of pleasure!

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