Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fourteen Days of Hearts . . .

All of the rest of my pics for an Instagram challenge
Fourteen Days of Hearts
Just thought I'd share.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fourteen days of hearts . . .

Day 1
Day 2

Day 3
Instagram challenge! Fourteen Days of Hearts which is (obviously) posting a heart a day from 1 February until Valentine's Day. Praying that I can come up with fourteen hearts . . .

I started with an old photo of a brooch I created a few years ago. Gorgeous slab of Moctezuma Agate that I cut and polished and set in sterling silver. 

Day 2 is another photo I took of a thistle in our field last Spring. True, they are noxious weeds and they should be chopped but they are the prettiest color of pink and I can't resist taking lots of pictures. Until they get prickly and then they get chopped . . . :(

The heart in this one is in the center of the bloom. If you squint and imagine a heart, one will pop out at you as a darker heart in the center. Try.

Day 3. I painted a sweet watercolor of Bleeding Heart. I may do this one a few more times but I'm relatively pleased with how it turned out. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Daily inspiration . . .

I get inspiration from all places if I pay attention but one of my favorite places
is a daily post on Facebook by one of my friends, Katherine Endacott.

She posts a daily photo of her surroundings and calls it Good morning, Pleasant Dale.
Usually a photo of the fields around her home or of a drive into town, she uses her iPhone
as her instrument and takes the most beautiful shots
of whatever inspires her. 

Yesterday was such a day that she inspired me to paint this foggy, snowy, grey field
with a few cows sprinkled in for Nebraska-ish elements. 

I'll be doing this scene a number of times as it is stuck to me like glue.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cashing in on Christmas . . .

"Ed's Road"

You guys.
I got the best thing for Christmas.
Well, every Christmas.
I ask for a gift certificate to a locally-owned art shop and I always get what I ask for.
This year I took my $50 and bought the big set of Derwent watercolor pencils and I'm so excited!
That $50 put a only small dent in the cost but SO worth it!
So here you go.
New work.
New watercolor techniques.
Detail and wash.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Friday, December 9, 2016

The last show of the 2016 Holiday Season . . .

The Lincoln Craftacular!

This is the first year I've been able to do this show and what a night!
People came ready to BUY!
I LOVE my little antique table!
And those boxes and advertising memorabilia always make me clutch my pearls.
Mink Chow - love.
If I had had time to take pics of the crowd, I would have but it was busy from the time the opened the doors at 4:00 to those early shoppers to 9:00 when we all began packing.
Over 80 artists and crafters with an incredible array of work.

I think (I think) I was the only watercolor artist there (woohoo!) so for sure I hope to be invited back next year.

Did I mention that the temps outside hovered around 5? These folks were BRAVE!

So much sold tonight including a few that I have really grown attached to.
I'm never sure if people understand the attachment to and the meanings behind these little paintings.
I hope so.
These have found some wonderful homes.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Surprise snow days . . .

The forecast - light rain, maybe a flurry. The end result - 6" of wet snow. But what a great day to warm up the shop and clear the bench for watercolor playtime.

With flakes falling as big as chicken feathers, staying in and watching the cedars change was enough inspiration to experiment with faded greens and foggy distance. Learning how to pale out the snow and fog is more than just adding water - it's greying out a color and learning value differences.

You know how some sketchbook artists can hold up their sketchbook to show you the lovely scene they just painted? Well, apparently that's an acquired skill. Or maybe my scene was too far away. And photographing with your phone in one hand and your painting in the other, all the while trying to bring the background scene into focus so it all makes sense? Harder than it looks. Trust me. You can barely make out the scene across the road. And the Burning Bush at the end of our drive? Pssshh.

I love this old Mulberry.