Last summer I took a watercolor class taught by local watercolorist Lucy Shirek. One of our projects was a sunflower, and part of the plant was supposed to be painted outside the border of the main painting. During one of my daily walks, I stopped by the nearby community gardens where giant sunflowers are grown [...]
Last year, I took a 6-week watercolor class. Although I earned an art degree in college with an emphasis in painting, I didn't take watercolor or oil classes during my college years. I've dabbled in watercolor on my own, but thought it was time I learned some 'real' watercolor techniques. And that's why I took [...]
In my most recent post about painting, I promised an update when all the paintings were completed. I finished them a few weeks ago, but it's taken me this long to sign each one and take photos and decide on titles. They're small, I know, but they're still good enough to hang on a wall. [...]
My vow to paint more this year is holding true. Earlier this year, I wrote about wanting to paint more in this post. I seem to be able to sit down with my paints once a week, and I don't think that's quite enough. But once a week is a start! Here's where I'm at [...]
Last year, I hardly picked up a paintbrush. I'm not sure why. Perhaps I had ceramics taking over my brain;) This year I vow to put the paintbrush into action again! Ceramics will have to make a little room for painting, because I want to practice both. It's often a bit daunting for me to [...]
My sweetheart and I spent the first two weeks of December on the beach at beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida. Long walks on the ocean shore provided new beach art to view every day. I met the young artists of only a couple of works, both pre-teens. Here are some of my favorites! I took along [...]
Here's my latest painting - a painting from a photograph of my love and I taken in the summer of 2012. Acrylic on stretched canvas, it measures 20 inches wide by 16 high. Originally I attempted to freehand draw our faces, but became frustrated with not being able to get the face detail proportions correct. [...]
Here's my latest painting. It's acrylic, with a bit of black marker, on canvas, and measures 10 x 10 inches. I like the grid pattern, and will use that again in future paintings.
Here's a picture of my current painting-in-progress. I often begin my paintings based on an image, and this is from a black and white photograph of rocks. Once I get into the zen of painting - the now - the flow - it usually becomes more abstracted from the original image. That's the fun part.
I started this painting years ago, and mentioned it on this blog about one year ago, and I think I've finally finished it. I find calling a painting "finished" a difficult thing. There's always something I could touch up. Or fix. Or adjust. But at some point, I need to stop fiddling with the piece, [...]