I love all the shades of green and blue and yellow and brown and black created with the granulation of these pigments in this combination!
It was a fun pumpkin to create!
I’m excited to be one of the artists featured at one of our local town’s Sip and Stroll events this Thursday evening in Zelienople, PA.
I have the great honor of being invited by my friends at Boutique 16063 – an amazing women’s boutique with the sweetest owner and team that making shopping there so much fun and make you feel like a million bucks when you walk out!
I’ll have some prints of this painting there and some cards (as well as a great selection of some of my other watercolor originals and framed prints as well as copies of the two children’s books I wrote and illustrated, Klaus the Mouse and Lucas the Lucky Lion).
I know we live in a world
that says do what makes you happy,
and I get that…
But the happiness you get
from making someone else happy
might just be the happiest happy of all.
Cheers & Hugs,
P.S. This photo is a section of a 3-foot tall piece of art I created for a special young lady who has a few of my other abstract pieces in her home and asked me to make another to complement them. I can’t wait to give it to her and then see how it looks in her home. I sure hope it makes her as happy as it made me creating it for her.
We have just begun experiencing frosty mornings
and the flurry and dusting of snowflakes here and there.
It is well past due in our little corner of the world,
and I always look forward to it.
I am dreaming of the beauty of snowy, moonlit winter evenings
curled up with a warm, fuzzy blanket and a crackling fire
When all is calm,
and all is bright.
So I painted this scene in watercolor,
and it takes me to that place and that feeling.
The gift of creating.
The joy of art.
Cheers & Hugs,
P.S This painting, like most all of my paintings, is available in our McKinneyX2Designs ETSY shop as an original or in prints sized 11×14, 8×10, or 5×7 as well as boxed greeting cards. It will also be going with me to the Mars Craft Show on Saturday, November 17th!
I had a commissioned request to do a turquoisey-blue pineapple to go with a pink flamingo for a baby girl’s nursery.
Pink Flamingo Watercolor 11×14
Sweet new mommy-to-be, Sarah, reached out to me through our McKinneyX2Designs Etsy shop and asked if I could do my pineapple in blues and paint her an original pink flamingo – with a couple dabs of gold in each if possible.
I have been having so much fun pouring acrylic abstracts lately, it was a mind-shift to gently and neatly “splash” in watercolor, but it came back like riding a bike, and I truly enjoyed creating these original pieces in 11×14 for a sweet baby girl’s nursery.
I love the fun, creative ways new parents are decorating nurseries now, and this nursery is sure to be adorable.
Wishing you a day that is colored with turquoisey-blue pineapples, bright pink flamingoes, and dabs of gold!
This past weekend, I experimented with another form of art using an acrylic pouring method to create these abstract pieces.
These are my first efforts, and there is so much more you can do with this technique using different tools and surfaces and colors. I’m longing to find time to try again and create “cells” in the pour by adding oily products to the paint and pouring medium.
The main objective is to create a pouring texture of paint using an additive like Floetrol (used by house painters to improve performance and reduce brush marks as well as allow latex paint to spray like oil-based paint, and ultimately to save money by “stretching” the paint). You can also purchase pouring medium products from many acrylic paint companies like Golden or Liquitex. Some people use Elmer’s glue! Water will even do the trick (though may dilute the paint a bit more).
“The Heart of the Stream” Abstract Acrylic 8×8
These are done on artist quality canvases and sprayed with a gloss varnish to seal the paint and make them shine.
What a joy to let loose and create magical mysteries.
Wishing you a day ahead that is sprinkled with magic and mystery.
For those celebrating, I thought I would share a quick watercolor I did this weekend of a magical Easter Bunny.
A bunny that is THE Easter bunny would have to be magical right?
In doing a bit of quick internet research, I learned the Easter Bunny originated in Germany in the 1500s, and came to the United States in the 18th century through Protestant German immigrants in the Pennsylvania Dutch area (not far from me in Mars, PA!). They told their children about the “Osterhase,” who brought good children colored eggs, candy, and sometimes toys in nests they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter.
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope this magical watercolor bunny brings a smile to your face and joy to your day.