My blog will hopefully allow me to share my love of watercolor...the ups and downs of an artist's life and creative processes I go through in following my passion for painting. Hope you enjoy my journey.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Sweet As Sugar
Earlier this week I found a fabulous silver tea set at a little neighborhood antique shop (and my neighborhood is out in the country). I was looking for a piece of silver to use in a demo for our PaintingFriends group when we go back to Florida for a week of painting and fun this summer. Since I'm doing a demo of crystal, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone by adding a piece of silver to the composition as my artist friends also wanted a silver demo. Unbelieveably, I found this fabulous ornate set...coffee pot, tea pot, cream and sugar...price $37.50. That is a wonderful price for a set of props that we all think we need to collect for our setups. I have a whole closet full of glass and crystal, and now I have some silver. This sugar bowl has not been polished, so I just painted what I saw...next time anything is used it'll be bright and shiny. I love the way the reflections move in crystal and glass and silver as you don't really need to explain anything...just paint what you see. One thing...I did paint myself out of the reflection that was caught with my camera...didn't want to paint myself.
Having been an artist all of my life...I remember seeing Santa place an art easel under the tree at my grandmothers house at age four...I am a watercolorist and pen&ink artist. Self taught, I was successfully on the art circuits doing large festivals and other venues for almost 25 years until I tired of traveling. While on the circuits, I met many wonderful artists and grew to love most media out there, but now concentrate strictly on watercolor. I am a member of several professional organizations around the country and enjoy entering exhibitions and benefiting from numerous watercolor workshops given by visiting artists as often as possible. My main passion seems to be painting glass and crystal and large focus florals. Out of the main stream of the work-a-day world now, I am able to devote full time to my painting and art interests.
I am fortunate enough to be able to live and work on our farm outside of Tyler, Texas where we enjoy all the pleasures of small farm life...cats, dogs, birds, chickens, flowers and a wonderful vegetable garden. These are the good things of life.