Monday, April 14, 2014

Special project . . .

Smith-Albrecht Home
This is a special request I received by email from someone who had seen my barn painting.  I'm pleased with this one and hope you can see the little one in the doorway.  That sort of thing gives a simple painting life and including her is the spirit in the paint.

This one goes in the mail tomorrow.
I hope this home portrait finds a happy owner.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

High Wind Warning . . .

High Wind Warning
Trying my hand at quick watercolor to start to loosen my grip.  This one took maybe 15 minutes, my personal time limit.  The subject particularly apropos lately as the wind will not let up and grass fires are everywhere, sadly.  Destruction has been minimal but this always has the potential to be devastating.

Be careful out there.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Goodbye etsy - hello BigCartel!


Yep.  Slowly moving my work off etsy and onto a cleaner, more modern site.

I'll admit that I finally got tired of seeing the same things on the landing page day after day, week after week, year after year, in spite of all of the complaints and ideas proposed to make etsy more sleek.  What began as a site for handmade and unique has finally turned into a site where everything is welcome to the point where anything handmade can mean truly artisan work created from start to finish by a single artist to cheap charms hung on a cheap chain.  Don't get me started on the dishes from the garage sale next door.  I just can't compete.  Worse, I can't be found.

So I find BigCartel.  Sleek, modern, easy to use.  Gone are the teens and tweens and any mention of Hello Kitty.  If these people were craft and art show people, I would be proud to have my tent parked next to theirs.

Not sure my rant is over but do take a look and cruise through the BigCartel site - even my own shop site, if you have a few minutes to spare.  Tell me what you think.  I think it's a good fit.


Friday, March 28, 2014

I forget what number I'm on . . .


Our red barn
I guess that's a good sign.
I'm creating more and keeping count less.
And loving it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

No quit . . .

Landscape #5
So tickled with the way this sky turned out and loving the play.  Completely unexpected - done by blotting the wet paint with a paper towel.  I was trying to catch a runaway stream of water and this came to be as a runaway contrail.  I am learning that for now, control is out of my control and I need to let the water do the work.  Sound easy?  Relaxing and letting things flow.

Still in progress . . .

Friday, March 7, 2014

Knowing when to quit . . .

Thistle
You quit when going any further just complicates that thing.  
I am learning that sometimes you need to stop and let it rest.
That messing with it is just annoying it.
So you drop it and start on the barn in the backyard.
So much to learn.
Such as how to keep it from looking like it's sitting on top of a pile of snow.
And the test paper looks like I've bled all over it.
Watercolor ain't for sissies.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Watercolor #4 . . .

#4
I am having an absolute blast with this new (new to me!) medium.  What I thought would loosen my hand and let me create work in a less detailed manner has so far not done that.  Instead, it has taken my attention to detail and blended it with more watery and fluid techniques.  I thought my work would look more 'splashy' but clearly not.  Oh well, I'm trying to not change where it wants me to go and just enjoy the ride.  Lovin' it.