Saturday, February 22, 2014

Grazing watercolor with sheep, 7x9

Grazing 7x9 watercolor

Attempted this yesterday and had to use some Tom Lynch rescue techniques to make it work. Still not happy with it and see some corrections from this photo. Tried to use the iPhoto to do the crop but the laptop won't pick up that picture. I have plans to do the same painting in a different mannor. May do an oil later, also. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New paintings, and Sold paintings, Lily Pads, Peacock.

 Had lunch with two friends who bought these two painings. We had a great lunch and talked about our summer jobs.

Roaring Water 11x14 Oil
Worked some more on this yesterday. Changed a lot of rocks Warmed up the rocks, worked on the island.. I actually worked on it later and didn't photo the latest update.

Morning Glow 9x12 Watercolor
I was fascinatred by the light in this photo. Quite a lot of planning went into this, deciding what colors to use in the trees, the pink snow. I am pleased the way it turned out.

Sundown 7x9 Watercolor

I am fascinated by the light in this photo also. I trhink I may need to work on the shap of the sun tomorrow. This weekend I need to frame and get seven paintings ready for a Sale the First of March. Also need to add paintings to my website.

Also need to upload some paintings to my print website

And.....start working on my newsletter and plan another painting for tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Roaring water 11x14 oil and Evening Sails 9x12 watercolor

Evening sails 9x12 watercolor
I have read Brian Tracy's Eat That Frog. So finally had to eat the frog (the waterfall) today. The theory: if you have to eat a frog do it first or you fret about it all day and I have fretted days.

11x14 Roaring Water Oil
I just had a very hard time getting to the oil waterfall  and did the watercolor of sail boats just to get me out of the slump.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Still working on the Mountain Waterfall scene

Still working on this 11x14. I think I am not as enchanted as I was. Maybe will do a little watercolor to get me back in the flow. It has also been very cold sitting by the sliding glass doors where I work.
Not two good a photo, but this is the framed lily pads that are sold. The fluorescent lights at the the frame store do not show the warmth of the mats. Hope my customer likes it.
I am still working on the newsletter and my website. I want to get the website up to date before I send the newsletter out.
I have found a nice website you might like It is a nice site that is free right now that photographers post pictures that are free that you can use. There is a monthly contest to paint from a select number of photographs, also. I found some great photos that I may use.

I am spending way too much time on the computer and need to organize my time better for when I go back to work. I was doing so well until the computer crashed and then I really got off to paint!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This is how far I have progressed on this painting. I did not paint yesterday as I was working on income tax, adding to my website and working on my newsletter that I hope is completed today. All classes were cancelled the last two weeks due to the weather, extreme cold or lots of snow. Hopefully tonight we can begin again. After doing the 30 day challenge I need to look up some more photos to get inspired to paint. I am tired of snow and cold so will probably pick something spring-like. When I go to the grocery I will get some vegetables and fruit for some watercolors. Of the 30 paintings, three sold and they were all watercolors.
Bing Cherries went to California
 Bing Cherries 5x7 watercolor
Lily Pads 9x12 watercolor

Precious 9x12 watercolor    

Both of these went to local people. I am going to try very hard to paint everyday.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A good start yesterday. I attempted to follow Johannes while he was using pan pastels. I could not keep up , trying to mix colors and listen to him, so I did quit and just listened. Will work on it tomorrow. This is an 11x14. Then my son came and we worked on cleaning up the computer and teaching me to keep it clean. Then watched some of the Olympics, which I did also today. Also worked on my taxes and read a lot of a book my son is writing, which is exceptional!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tabby Cat

Fixed that hard line on the left below his face, thanks to a remark from a friend. Much happier with this painting now.
Thanks to my son, my laptop is now free of those virus/bar control things and it is so much easier to post. Now I can get back to my newsletter, painting , etc.And thus, post my blog everyday. And best of all can post new paintings on my website which hasn't been done since the computer crash.
Today I will also be doing a paintalong with Johannes Vloothuis so I need to get my board ready. He will be doing a pastel, I believe but I will be doing an oil. My palette is a mess so that needs cleaned up and some clove oil added to my Palette Garage as I noticed the paints are getting hard, so that needs cleaned up and replenished before I can paint.
It is seven degrees here! Hard to even think about Plein Air Painting. I did get my copy of Plein Air yesterday and have been reading the articles and that
I will be back posting about how I start paintings, what inspires me and the process.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hollyhocks and Purple Martins

Hollyhocks and Purple Martins

Added Purple Martins to this painting. Gives more real interest to the painting.
Fixed TABBY cat's mouth. Much better.
This painting, Canyon River needed the back rock set down in the water as it looked like it was floating. So all fixed.   Snowing again! Was nine degrees this morning.will Plein Air Painting ever get done this year? Been working on income tax, finances and continued frustration with laptop. Non-techie me downloaded some virus things and I cannot get online. Just with my iPad.I have to wait on my son. Or maybe have to go get it repaired.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Matted and framed all day

Matted and framed for hanging tomorrow at Cafe on MainSpent the whole day matting, framing, making business cards and the paperwork. I have sold three paintings that I did in the 30 paintings in 30 days. All watercolors! Guess I ought to keep painting watercolors. So tomorrow back to painting after I hand paintings in the morning. I think I should go to the grocery and buy some fruits and vegetables to paint! I really want to spend some more time with the negative painting. Especially with some acrylics.

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Sedona Courtyard when it was just a watercolor

About 6 hours of work to do this. trying to follow along with Johannes Vloothuis.In his paintalong.I wish I would have done the drawing better but I ran out of time. He totally wears me out. Wish I would have done it in Oil.I feel in more in control with oil. But guess I was getting out of my old box.I had some things I couldn't fix in watercolor and Johannes was showing how to fix it with pastel  Tomorrow I must take time to to frame and get ready for a change of paintings at the Cafe on Main. I want to work on my website next and then my newsletter.