Thursday, November 1, 2012

NEW PAINTING "Garden Tools with Sun Hat"

I love the creative process of gardening. Both my mother and grandmother were gardeners who inspired me. The tools in this painting are theirs and I love the beauty of the rust. This art print of my original watercolor would make a marvelous addition to your sun room or the perfect gift for the gardener in your life!

I thought that you would like to see how I create my watercolor paintings. After starting with a photograph of the still life on my kitchen table that captures the light at that moment, I begin to paint. The green ribbon on my hat blended too much with the greens in the background, so I changed it to red. Decision time begins when I have to plan what type of surface I want my leather gardening glove, rusty gardening tools, and straw sun hat to rest on. At first, I have to admit that I was timid. I wanted it to be a wooden bench, but was not real adventuresome about the colors of the wood. Finally, as you can see in the finished painting at the top, I threw away all inhibitions!

Not quite done. Check the top finished photo to see the refinements.
I'd love to hear your reactions to my latest watercolor painting!


  1. Very nice to see the transition and the final version has a great "weathered" look! Very nice balance of colors and great form -- love the rusted tools and the wooden planks...well done!!


  2. I really, really love this painting! Gorgeous.

  3. Oh wow. Love the texture and the feeling of anticipation you've captured in this lovely painting, Barbara.

    Really Xcellent work indeed!

    Thanks for linking.



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