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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Beach Girl with Red Shovel and White Hat Watercolor Painting in Progress

https://www.etsy.com/listing/202599428/beach-girl-child-seashore-art-print-of?
 
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!
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202599428/beach-girl-child-seashore-art-print-of?
 
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"         
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/94598177/beach-girl-polka-dot-sun-hat-art-print?  
                                                            "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!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/194569861/beach-boy-child-mom-mother-seashore?
 
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

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!