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Friday, January 17, 2014

Beach Adirondack Chairs Painting, Watercolor Art Print

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176111955/beach-adirondack-chairs-art-print?
Barbara Rosenzweig
Watercolor Painting
 
Where do you find the best place to relax? My spot is on the beach! Here, colorful chairs look out to the ocean to create a relaxing, peaceful seashore spot for you to dream.
 
To give you a bit of insight into my painting process for this one, here are a few of the stages this new watercolor went through. Early on, I decided to have four colorful Adirondack chairs looking out at the beach and ocean. I roughed in where I wanted the clouds and chairs.
 
 
Next, I started to add vegetation and darken the backs of the chairs and shadows under them. This is a much longer process than you see here. My purpose is to give depth and drama to the painting.
 
 
 
Creating dramatic clouds turned out to be the most difficult part of this painting. I didn't want them to look like a big white blob, but wanted them to be light and airy, letting a cobalt blue sky shine through. At this point, though, it still wasn't right. The blue was too deep in spots. I also added low and tall grasses in the foreground for depth and further darkened the backs of the Adirondack chairs. 
 
 
Finally, I lightened the blue in the clouds and blended more of the clouds to give a softer effect, as well as added a third tall grass on the right.
 
Barbara Rosenzweig
Watercolor Painting
 
I'd love your opinion on my new watercolor painting!
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Family Beach Walk Painting Father Children Watercolor Art

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173400031/beach-family-seashore-ocean-father-dad?
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames
 
I love getting commissions for portraits at the beach! This painting was created from cherished family photos. Since I totally enjoy painting beach scenes, this was a delight to do. Colorful clothes, shadows across the water and sand, reflections in the water, never-ending waves, along with a beautiful sky, perfectly captures this family's wonderful memory of a meaningful vacation!
 
 
 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Autumn Leaves Watercolor Painting Process


I guess that I just couldn't get enough of the leaves! As you can see, there were lots of leaves to choose from. I took a number of photos, two of which I included here.

 
From the photos, I sketched in the leaves and then added my watercolors, making sure to vary the tones within each. This is just the first “layer” of color. Since this is a painting, I am not necessarily tied to the actual colors or positions of the leaves in the photos. For this particular painting, I decided that the composition looked better turned upside-down! The large yellow shape at top felt “heavy.”
 
 
Once that decision was made, I added other leaves where they were needed.

 
A second major change was to “delete” the green leaf in the center. It was way too distracting, so I lightened as much color as I could by “lifting” it with a brush, water, and blotter. Then I added another leaf over part of the former green blob. I have to constantly keep in mind the shapes of the “negative spaces” between the leaves for when I add the background.
 
Next, I decided to feature the leaves on still-green grass. I intended to show bits of twigs as I had in my previous smaller painting. But for this one, I felt that they were too distracting with so many more leaves in this painting.

  
 
Finally, I completed the background by adding a few layers of greens and blues to give it depth. You can see by comparing these last two photos that I’ve painted over many of the distracting twigs. Now your eyes can focus on the beauty, textures, and colors of Autumn Leaves! Enjoy!

“Autumn Leaves II”
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Autumn Leaves Watercolor Painting Art

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167864029/autumn-leaves-art-print-painting-of?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=leaves
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 
SORRY, SORRY, SORRY! I just couldn't help myself! The earlier leaf painting below looked good, but not great. I went back and made the background a richer mingling of blues and greens to make the leaves "pop!" Was this an improvement? ...or am I the only one who sees this? 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/167864029/autumn-leaves-art-print-painting-of?
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 
The colors and shapes seem endless as I look at the leaves that have fallen from my trees this autumn! I love the curled edges, the great shapes of the holes, and the patterns of one leave on another!
 
My new painting is a tribute to this glorious time of year!
 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Holiday Gift Certificate for Fine Art Print of Original Watercolor Painting

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167567211/52-dollar-art-print-gift-certificate?ref=shop_home_feat

Not sure what to give this holiday season, but are sure that the recipient will love a Fine Art Print of my Original Watercolor Painting from my shop? Here's the answer - A Gift Certificate for any 16x20 matted print!!

This takes the guesswork out of choosing the ideal gift for family and friends!

Selecting from the Sports Series for athletes is easy, just select from
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarbaraRosenzweig?section_id=11890447

...but maybe not for the others on your list. Gift Card Certificates are great for that reason!

When you purchase the Gift Certificate, you can opt to receive an actual gift card in the mail or have an emailed pdf to print and give as a gift. This entitles the person you give it to, to choose any matted 16x20 Fine Art Print from my Etsy Shop. If it's offered in the smaller matted 11x14 size, I can make it in the 16x20 size for them.

Bonus!! FREE GIFT WRAP

If you do not want the physical gift card mailed to you, please put that in the note to buyer and include your email address. I will email you the pdf to print (as appears in the listing photo). Both will include complete instructions on how to redeem the Certificate.

The archival print of my original watercolor painting will arrive to your recipient's home as an 11x14 print in a 16x20 white, bevel cut mat, enclosed in a clear protective plastic sleeve ready for easy framing. It fits into a standard 16x20 frame.

If you would like a Gift Certificate in any other amount, simply convo me and I will set up a customized listing just for you!

This Gift Certificate is valid only in my Etsy shop and it is only redeemable here.
 
 

 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Monarch Butterfly Painting Art Print of Original Watercolor

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166839979/monarch-butterfly-painting-art-print-of?
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 
It seems that I just can't get enough of painting this fabulous butterfly! I'm lucky to have the Asclepias plant in my garden. It's a milkweed that the Monarch loves and I, too, love it for its bright yellow and orange colors. You can see that I like to fade out the flowers to better feature the butterfly. I chose this "pose" to paint because its wings were partly closed showing the beautiful markings there.
 
Here's my other Monarch Butterfly painting with the wings open. Do you have a preference? It seems that there were fewer Monarchs around this summer. Have you seen that difference, too?
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154764254/monarch-butterfly-art-print-reproduction?
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

White Hibiscus Flower Watercolor Painting

© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 
I had so much fun making the many shadows on my "Yellow Hibiscus" watercolor painting (http://barbararosenzweig.blogspot.com/2013/04/yellow-hibiscus-flower-art-print-of.html), that I knew one day I would paint a white hibiscus! That "day" has come (it actually took quite a long time to create this) and you can check out the results for yourself.
 
As you can see, the brilliant shadows really stand out against the white petals. I love vibrant, rich color! To create this "Mingling" effect, place the first color at one corner of the shadow and, while it is still wet, quickly clean your brush, load with another color, and lightly touch the edge of the brush to the previous color. Then watch the magic begin as the paints blend to form wonderful patterns! Continue this process until the shadow is complete and use this method wherever the mingling works best for the painting.
 
I became so fascinated with this process and its wonderful results, that I created an entire series of painting using ONLY the Mingling technique. You can see this in my experimental Sports Series. https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarbaraRosenzweig?section_id=11890447 
 
Even if you don't consider yourself an artist, grab a children's watercolor set or get one at the dollar store, and just have fun trying this out!