Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Lavender Blues

Lavender Blues
Watercolor and Paper Collage
14x20"

I've been sorting through some old studies lately and have discovered lots of paper with just splashes of color as well as many unfinished paintings. I am always telling my students that they can use their unfinished or unloved paintings for collages so I thought I would practice what I preach. 
Lavender Blues is an old painting I started in a class many years ago. I only finished the jug and some of the fabric of the quilt around the jug in watercolor. Everything else was unfinished, forgotten, and then left in a discarded pile under my bed. To finish it off, I cut up some of my old monoprints and watercolor paintings, found some really cool tissue paper and went to work. I enjoyed the process and trying something new but would love to hear what you think and if you have ever done a collage with old paintings.  



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Beauty As Well As Bread

Beauty As Well As Bread
22x30"


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. 
-John Muir

Yellowstone National Park is one of my favorite places to visit. It is a place that does heal and give strength to my soul. This pour of Yellowstone Canyon took me the past couple of weeks to complete. I chose to do 7 layers of pours and was really nervous about how it would turn out. Masking all those layers seemed confusing at times. I had to get up and walk away from the painting when I started to go cross-eyed.
I usually stick to 3 colors when I pour but decided to add an extra color - quinacridone sienna. It helped give the canyon walls a nice earthy color, yet keep the vibrancy that I enjoy when I paint.  I also chose to use both the red shade and the green shade of the phthalo blue. I started out with the red shade but decided my greens were becoming too dull so switch to the green shade. Plus the green shade worked better for the water.  I have to say that I really am quite please with it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Varnishing Brush

Varnishing Brush

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am spending time with family this month in Idaho and haven't had time to paint or to post much. However, I was able to paint the above brush.
It is one of my varnishing brushes. I use it to varnish some of my watercolors so they don't have to be put under glass. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Fan Brush

Fan Brush

I'm back to painting more of my supplies. This one is my fan brush. What do you need a fan brush in watercolor for? Why for cheering you on while you paint grass and fur, of course!



Friday, August 5, 2016

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Born A Country Girl

Born A Country Girl
16x20"

During the past month, not only was I trying to paint my supplies on a daily basis, I was also completing some unfinished paintings. The above portrait was demonstrated for a class of mine this past spring and I finally got around to finishing the hat and background. The model is my cute niece who happens to love horseback riding and all things country. 
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