Just some words and feelings that came to mind when looking at this 5-minute practice painting I did one day experimenting with techniques.
What did I do? I dropped in some granulating colors – lunar black and quinacridone gold to a wash of alizarin crimson. I then splashed in some creamy white gouache to create a soft, but dramatic sunset sky. I scraped in some flying sea gulls with a couple simple scrapes of a palette knife. I blended cobalt teal with a dab of prussian blue and splashed in some more creamy white gouache. I then splashed some drops of water from a mister bottle and dropped in just a couple flakes of sea salt. I then walked away and waited for the magic to happen…. (the hardest part of all).
Yellow Rose Impressionistic Watercolor 11×14 Saunders 140lb Cold Press
A Yellow Rose for a Sweet New Baby Girl.
A sweet new baby girl was born this week into our extended family. She was named after two of her great grandmothers. One of the great grandmothers loved yellow roses. They were her favorite flower.
So in honor of our new little sweetheart, I painted a yellow rose.
My inspiration for this impressionistic rose is from the amazing style of Jean Haines.
Colors used: Daniel Smith Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Aliziran Crimson, Burnt Sienna, and Perylene Green.
If her Mommy likes it, I will frame it for our new little angel’s room.
Amidst all the tragedy and heartache in the world (especially this past week here in the U.S. with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the 15-year remembrance of 911), the miracle of birth continues to give us hope in the beauty of life and love. May our little ones create and live in a world of peace.
I gave this one a couple tries before I finally decided I liked this version. I started too tight and too “literal.” I so admire folks who paint things that look exactly like real life, but it is not my passion. In my first go, I tried much to hard to replicate the photo. I then loosened up a bit and created this version that more represents the beauty I felt looking at the tulips.
To me, this painting speaks Joy and Happiness and Life.
And that is what I am feeling this week as we count down the days in wedding week!
And instead of trying to recreate them, my goal was to paint how they made me feel.
I struggle with stopping here or filling in the details to make them look more realistic. But ultimately, my love for impressionistic painting wins, and I stopped.
Before I ever ventured into this amazing joy of painting, I would have thought this way easier than exactly duplicating or painting more realistic representations, but the urge to “fiddle” and “replicate” typically leaves me feeling less satisfied.
To stop “before…”
To leave a bit – even if only a teensy bit – to the imagination…
is a challenge…
But a crazy and totally fulfilling, joyful experience when it works.
Not convinced I hit it with this one, but the joy in the journey might just be as satisfying as the ultimate goal.
Kinda like life – huh?
It’s a journey – meant to be embraced and expressed and felt – all along the way.
Sunflower Loose Watercolor 11×14 on 140lb Fabriano Artistico
There’s something about sunflowers
that draws me in artistically again and again.
I’ve painted several versions in the past year or so
since I’ve taken on this challenging and fun journey of watercolor.
I saw several loose and similar to this on Pinterest while perusing
and had the urge to paint sunflowers again.
There’s just something about sunflowers!
For this one, I wanted to work on creating lots of layers of greens from Prussian blue, so I created this little mixing tester sheet ahead of my painting to see what colors could be created from mixing it with yellows and browns. Look at all of these amazing colors.