Where, Do You Paint? … my kitchen counters

I have a studio, with 2 art tables and easels.  I have 2 art tables set up on the patio.  And still,  many, many times I paint on the kitchen counter. It doesn’t really make sense. Especially to the someone who has gone above and beyond to assemble said studio, those tables and the gearContinue reading “Where, Do You Paint? … my kitchen counters”

How Much Do You Paint?

“No, I don’t really paint, as much as I used to do, ”  was my response the other day. I wished I’d had a camera to capture all those expressions from my group, right then!   You could see a million things running through their minds. Shock.  Say it isn’t so. How is that, possible?   But….Continue reading “How Much Do You Paint?”

Color of Imagination…. Purple 9

So much fun to be had with the color purple. Our imaginations take flight more so, with this one magic and mysterious color. And, at last,  the left brain….takes a seat.   “What,  IF….”  is the dominant theme with 9  “purple, violet, magenta, lilac, lavender”  images below. No rules, just play.       MagicContinue reading “Color of Imagination…. Purple 9”

Impressionist Watercolor Landscape (artistic license)

Its about artistic freedom, artist license. The joy of expressing in paints, brushstrokes, color, the things you’d like to say with words… but can’t.   Communicate Through the Arts   Perfect If I was a singer, maybe the words would be clear and perfect. And elegant, eloquent, full ranged.  Sounding lovely and lyrical. But then,Continue reading “Impressionist Watercolor Landscape (artistic license)”

Cobalt Teal Blue: Stages of Art

  “We arrive totally new at the various stages of life and there we often lack experience despite the number of our years.” Francoise de La Rochefoucauld VI  1613  French writer     In Stages I think his quote sums up our experience with painting, art, as well.   Every time we think we attainContinue reading “Cobalt Teal Blue: Stages of Art”

Trees, in Color

Outdoors, fresh air. Wandering through the woods.  Its lovely out there!  Inspiring. I’ve combined two of my favorite things,  painting and nature….  trees.   Inspired As I mentioned in my last post, zen strolls,  I’ve been working. Creating. Inspired by the trees, in color.   Watercolor Charts Two Basic color charts in watercolor. Easy.  AndContinue reading “Trees, in Color”

Watercolor Skies in Ultramarine, Cobalt Violet

Wet in wet watercolors. Perfect beginners’ techniques to loosen up! Let the paints, do their thing.  and You…. Allow,  accidents to happen.       Wet in Wet Technique WHY I love showing and sharing the Wet in Wet Technique:   creates soft beautiful edges its great for Depth, and backgrounds helps to teach usContinue reading “Watercolor Skies in Ultramarine, Cobalt Violet”

A New Innocence

The Sleepwalkers. Its an old book, really old, 1959. Yet, I find it immensely compelling. The author, Arthur Koestler.   Who? …. nope, never heard of him. That’s alright, neither had I.  But, just read this:   “Every Creative Act involves a new innocence of perception liberated from the cataract of accepted belief.” Arthur Koestler,    TheContinue reading “A New Innocence”

The World of Watercolor: Loose And Free!

Do you love watercolor?  Love its translucency, its soft melting edges? Love Colors that seemingly flow together to create something that the hand, the brush could not quite have dobbed or dabbed into being? I do.     Watercolor Loose and Free Freedom of Expression What purpose such looseness and freedom serve, we may wonder.Continue reading “The World of Watercolor: Loose And Free!”

Splash, Spray, Create … in watercolors

Deep ultramarine and hints of violet. The explosions of light and color from stars and galaxies we will never see. Except, perhaps in our imaginations.     Ways With Watercolor The magic of watercolor for me, is its ability to adhere so well to its specific pigment properties. It is obedient, reliable, consistent in theContinue reading “Splash, Spray, Create … in watercolors”