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.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Here is the painting that I'll demo for my PaintingFriends group in IndianRocksBeach, Florida in August. I first painted the teapot and smaller silver dish with the limes and lemons...but...it felt too cool in color. Seems I just can't love a painting without using red and so I decided to add some color. I mentioned in an earlier post that I'd found a wonderfully colorful blouse in my closet to use for a new setup. I really patted myself on the back for adjusting the setup with the cloth and re-shooting the ref photo to superimpose on the drawing almost perfectly in comparison with the first ref photo. So, I drew in the new colorful addition and painted over the little dish. I can see the original dish outline because I know where it was, but when I do the demo, that area will be cleaner as it looks like I used a stainer in the silver...probably midnight blue or the neutral tint colors. Painting silver is almost as much fun as crystal...but not quite...ha. Anything with reflections interests me it seems.
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.