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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 34 - Pink Blossom - white petals inside

Day 34 - Blossom from Tulip Tree, watercolor
I took a photograph of this blossom on a tulip tree that is blooming near the entrance to Hearthstone Manor, where I live. They are pink on the other side and brilliant white inside. I did some journal paintings one day on a walk around the neighborhood and today decided to use that photo as reference for my painting a day.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 33 - Dogwood (?) blossom

Friday's painting a day - Day 33 - watercolor and graphite
My friend Leah gave me a couple of branches from a tree in her garden. I can't remember what she said it was and I was thinking it was a dogwood - but when I searched for it, I'm not sure that's right. This is a big blow-up of a tiny white flower, growing in clusters on the branches, with the tiniest little green leaves nestled inside. You'd think with all the flowers I've drawn and painted through the years I'd know what all the different parts of the flower are, but sadly, I do not.

At any rate, I had fun doing this and I kind of like the way the leaves curl around, leading your eye around and through the little painting. I love adding all the other colors and still having it read as a white flower too. Fun!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 32 - Pink (Red?) Tulip

Day 32 - Pink (Red?) Tulip on N. Walnut Street
Today as I drove to my studio I passed this patch of garden along N. Walnut Street. These gorgeous red tulips just standing there straight and tall. I hurried up to my studio to get all art supplies, determined to go out there and paint one of them for my painting a day. By the time I stopped to chat with a couple of friends, the sun had shifted and the tall red tulips were leaning out into the street, their deep red faces turned towards the street and not the sky!

Now I've been known to sit myself in all sorts of strange places to paint but sitting in the middle of the street was definitely not an option. So I chose to look at back of the tulip - to my surprise, it was this beautiful pink/salmon color with light showing through the petals. I did a quick pencil sketch, altering the placement of the leaves for the composition's sake and adding the blues all around. I think I could still work on this some more - develop the shadows a bit more but overall I was happy with the result.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Painting a Day - Day 31 - Tropical Flowers

Tropical Flowers in a purple vase, San Juan, Puerto Rico - watercolor






I had fun with this one today. It is based on another sketch from my Puerto Rico journal. It's got lots of glazing, layer upon layer to bring a deepness and richness to the color. I had to force myself to "step away from the painting" so I wouldn't muddy it up.

I'm happy with the result - what do you think?

Watercolor Journaling Class at Live Cheap & Make Art Studios

Me, teaching at the Studios Upstairs, above Angelucci Studios and Artists Gallery
and the Mispillion Art League  in the beautiful front room that faces N. Walnut Street
Showing my journals and talking about watercolor journaling
Demonstrating techniques
Betsy paints the Riverwalk and Mispillion River in her journal

MJ sketching and Judy looking very carefully! North Walnut Street, Downtown Milford


Watercolor Journalers along the Riverwalk
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Thanks to L.D. Kinder and  Gwen Guerke for these photos of my "3-hours-on-a-Sunday-morning Watercolor Journaling Session" this past Sunday. The front room of the Studios Upstairs in the Riverwalk Center for the Arts was a great location for this workshop - right down the hall from my studio with a lovely view of the downtown.

The day started out foggy and damp but no sooner had we gone outside to sketch but the sun came out and the day turned out to be quite lovely!

Next up: Watercolor Journaling Workshop at the Arden home and garden of Atul and Lillian Shah. Wilmington, DE. Saturday, April 14, 10am-4pm $90 with a gourmet lunch included. Email me if you are interested in attending and send your check to me at 4 Park Avenue, Milford DE.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Canvas & Corks at Rehoboth Art League

My Sunflower Painting

I was very excited - and a little nervous - to teach this workshop at Rehoboth Art League. As you may know if you've been following my antics, I've been painting in acrylics lately. Partly because I wanted to try it and partly because I had been invited to teach this workshop and the medium was to be Acrylic.

Employing some of the techniques I use when I paint in watercolor and some techniques that may be more akin to working in oils (thicker consistency, being able to add lighter color over darkers, etc), using my Sunflower Painting (left) as the starting point for their own works.

I walked the class through creating their own sunflower painting and was thrilled and amazed at how much fun everyone had and how different all their sunflowers were - and how much I had doing it! The photos below I believe are self-explanatory so I have not added any captions.

If you are interested in attending one of these monthly (3rd Thursday of the month) workshops, go to http://www.rehobothartleague.org for info or call RAL at 302-227-8408 and speak to Kim.


Canvas & Corks, March 15, 2012, 7-9pm:
















Happy Students!