Saturday, March 31, 2012

"New Day"

"New Day" is another of those ethereal, quiet pieces that I've been having fun painting. It doesn't depict a particular place, but just speaks of sky, a small piece of land and water. It's done with layered washes of watercolor, 8 1/2 x 5 3/4", on Lana 140" cold pressed watercolor paper. My desire is that it imparts a peaceful, hopeful feeling. Who doesn't need more of that?

Here's a link to my DPW page for this painting


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Green Apples with Tulips

I have a thing about fruit and flowers. I love the contrast of the usually soft petals with the firmer, shinier texture of most fruit. Since I also love playing with complementary colors, I liked the red/green color palette of this setup. This piece has been brewing for quite a while (I posted the drawing a long, long time ago). My original drawing was calling for a lighter background, but I decided to go for the drama of the dark instead. Maybe the next one will be light? I just might try that!
This still life is 8 3/4" x 11" and is painted on 140# Arches watercolor paper.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Evening Reflection


Evening Reflection is a small watercolor, 6.75 x 10" done on Arches 140# paper. I like doing these little moody, atmospheric pieces by layering washes and working wet into wet and just seeing what happens! They tend not to be a particular place, just a remembrance of many landscapes I have seen and loved. The biggest challenge with these pieces in reproducing for the internet is getting the color as close to the original painting as possible. With layering, you get many subtleties of color, not always easy to capture and reproduce. If anyone has any tips on that aspect, please let me know!