Sunday, December 28, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
.....walking in a winter wonderland.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
As you may remember, in my post earlier this year on (August 16th), I did a lot of cleaning and eliminating of unused items in my studio. I still feel as though I'm pretty crowded and want to get rid of even more stuff from the studio. I've emptied my book case and painted it white. I've left this book case unfinished for years - and now, during the holiday's, I feel the need to paint it,...bad timing. This gives the bookcase an illusion of looking like there is more space and not stopping the eye with a darker look of unfinished wood. I've also taken out my artists type drafting table to give me more room and I will try to get by with the storage table you see here to paint at. Also, I'm thinking of adding a little more color in this room with a valance over the window, leaving the walls white ... but why the urge to do this now.? All of this is really bad timing don't you think?
Hopefully soon I'll be finished with this project and it will inspire me to use my watercolors once again.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
1. I use to read a lot of novels. Now the only time I seem to be able to finish a novel is when we are out on our boat ... where I've been known to finish about a 5 books in 7 days. Now I seem to read only how-to books, art books, art marketing, art promotion, self help books.
2. I'd rather be in the Pacific Northwest than anywhere.
3. Although I usually paint in watercolor I love oil paintings.
4. I love learning about building anything. I don't build anything, but I love learning how others do. I think I may have been a carpenter in my last life the way I am intrigued with power tools. Well, I guess I like learning anything that I know nothing about. I think I drive people nuts by asking "why?", "now when do you do that?", "do you have to do it that way?"..... I want to know everything from the ground up.
5. Of all household chores, I dislike emptying the dishwasher the most. It always seems to need to be emptied in the most inopportune time.
6. I became a Master Gardener - in Oregon, about 12 years ago. Also I was a professional cake decorator. I must have really grown tired of them both because I'm not interested in either now.
7. I am a procrastinator. I am trying to overcome this but it's amazing how it keeps creeping into my life.
Now you know a little bit more about me.
Some of the people I want to tag I've frequented their blogs for awhile, some of the others I've recently found. Lets find out some more about: Manjiree, Nancy, Helen, Andy, Laura, Toni and Steve
Sunday, November 16, 2008
In preperation for a couple of holiday bazaar's I'm going to be involved in, I've been working on some small bird paintings. One show is on the 29th of November here on the Island, and the other is a larger two day event starting with First Friday the following week on both the 5th and 6th.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Trying not let the other doodles interfere with my thoughts I decided to sketch this out on some scratch paper before attempting it in watercolor. hmmmm, ok, this may be fun.
Next I decided to get my drawing down on paper.
I told myself NOT to obsess with this one. Make it sketchy, get your thoughts down and don't look back. Its not a masterpiece, but I am pretty happy with it and feel I accomplished the looseness I had wanted.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Once again I almost let the week go by without attempting to paint Karin Jurick's Challenge. I had to hurry and do a fast sketch to make sure it was posted before the deadline tomorrow. It's so fun to see everyones paintings - all from the same photograph.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
7 1/4" x 8 1/4" Watercolor and ink
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Aprox. 6" x 4"
Noooo, not that this little watercolor sketch is amazing ... it's not. Although I did enjoy myself sitting outside in the fall sunshine sketching this poor sad geranium (ok, I took creative license and added a 3rd bloom). Again, I used the back of an old watercolor painting I had cut into smaller pieces. (I'm finding it very freeing to paint on used paper.... go figure).
What is amazing is this beautiful flag painting done by Deb Ward .
It is approximately 11" x 8" and it arrived yesterday in the mail. On September the 1st, she wrote "I will put up some photos of my class demo paintings with a short description of them. And they will go on a first come, first served basis". So, I wrote her with my name and address and next thing you know I received this great painting in the mail. It truely is a beautiful work and it will serve me well to strive to become better. Thank you SO much Deb. I love it.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Today I was in the mood to do a little watercolor sketching. Since I'm always intimidated by a clean sheet of paper I used the back of a painting (way beyond any way of salvaging) that I had cut up to test colors on the back side. I had cut the painting into small 4"x4" and a little larger size. I thought by using this 4" x 6" size today I might add a large mailing address label on the other side (the badly painted side) to write a few words and a smaller label with an address. There you go, a post card ready to mail.
The last few days have simply been beautiful, and the weather is only expected to become warmer the next few days. Yippee a beautiful fall after all. Today after my daily two mile walk I took my new camera to the beach and was able to take a few photo's of areas that I thought make great paintings. Lately I've been thinking about a lot of different scenes I want to paint. I only hope this motivation lasts.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Today I finished this small watercolor painting of a sandpiper. Painted on 140 lb. Arches cold press paper using my usual limited palette of artists grade watercolor pigments.
When I tried to identify this Sandpiper in my bird book I found so many varieties of Sandpipers all looking similar that I am going to take an uneducated guess that this is a Western Sandpiper because of the bill length and shape. If these birds are standing still they are so well camouflaged, blending in with the sandy pebbles on the beach, that you can easily miss seeing them unless they are scurrying along the waters edge. Their little legs moving as fast as they can carry them.
I love walking on the beach here in South Puget Sound where I can usually see 4-5 different birds at any given time. But, it seems that I constantly forget my camera or decide not to carry it with me because it's too bulky. It's not that its particularly large, but, still I can't just put it in my pocket and be off for my walk. So this week I decided to purchase a new camera that I will be able to carry with me at all times. Its 3.8" wide x 2.3" high x 0.8" deep. I'm thinking I'll be able to capture some great shots of all the sights I am blessed to have around me each day.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The art show yesterday was a great success. We had customers coming through most of the day with only a few brief minutes of slack time. All of us who were part of this first time event are hoping that it will be an annual event. I was fortunate to sell two of my larger paintings and numerous card packs and single cards. Having framed my paintings last week and printing and packaging so many cards, I feel I'm pretty close to being ready for the lavender festival in two weeks.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
"Foggy Island Bridge", watercolor, won 3rd place in the Peninsula Art Association's Annual Spring Show.
I've neglected to share with you this good news. I was so surprised and excited to find I had won 3rd place in the watercolor division of the Spring Show. This year the show was located in a larger building and had great lighting. It was well attended and I think this new location will be one that the organizers of the show try to use for next years show.
Friday, May 09, 2008
I have looked over my goals I sat for myself at the beginning of the year and see that I bit off more than I can chew. I have yet to go out and do any paintings "en plein air". My goal was one a month, on my own, without a group. I still think that I may be ale to get a few in, but not the way I had originally planned, one a month.
Also, my one hour paintings are still coming, but not as often as I had wanted. I let other things become more important. I had forgotten I had three other obligation's with shows and auction's, and I am not good at multi-tasking.
My last goal of researching, using and accumulating 100 addresses for my mailing lists is on track. I have done research on how others deal with mailing lists. I have the software program- Microsoft Access, and I will integrate my Outlook address book and have them set up in groups accordingly. I have more to learn with Access, but am feeling confident about this one goal.
All in all, I have not made painting my priority. I have been too easily side-tracked.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Finally .... after thinking about this scene for such a long time, I've completed this full sheet watercolor.
Scenes such as this, with the fog and the green trees, are pretty typical of the Pacific Northwest. When I'm out and about seeing these types of landscapes, they almost take my breath away. I wouldn't want to live any where else.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
If you work in watercolor, how do you prefer to work? Do you usually like to finish your painting in the first (and only) setting or do you like to take your time and to work on the painting for days before you complete it?