Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Forrest and Whinney - Country Morning - good morning country style!

Forrest is a character! She loves horses, goats and chickens. She will rub all over the horse's nose if they bend down to sniff her. She does the same thing with the goats. This is the same kitty that I featured in a previous post - almost playing with Bennie Bunny. She'll play with chickens, too - ah - in a good way! LOL! I snapped a photo of her nose to nose with Whinney one day - and turned that photo into a painting. Here is Forrest and Whinney in "Country Morning".

Hope you have a great 'country morning', too!
God bless,

Sunday, March 29, 2009

ACEO ORIGINAL watercolor painting of a bright yellow sunflower in full bloom

I really like painting these little ACEOs - little 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch - works of art! Here's one I have had for a while, but planting time is just around the corner so I have sunflowers on my mind! This is a little original watercolor painting. I used a little metallic watercolor paint on it, too.
God bless,

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I won!!!!

How fun is this??? I entered a contest on MaticStudio's blog and I won =) She CUSTOM made this great barrette for me and I LOVE it! Check out her great blog and then drop by her etsy shop to see some gorgeous creations by her!

Blog: http://maticstudio.blogspot.com/
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5994368

Thanks, MaticStudio! I really appreciate this lovely gift =) It was fun to enter your contest!
God bless,

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I don't know how she does it!

Carole at readingsully2.etsy.com makes these adorable little photo albums out of paper bags! I have no clue how she does it, but they are so cute that I just had to share them with you. Another great blog find! I saw these on her blog, Art Plus at http://readingsully2.blogspot.com/

You can see some of her lovely photography on her blog, too - or check out her etsy shop at http://readingsully2.etsy.com where she has original digital art, photography, mixed media art and more!
Have fun cruising Etsy =)
God bless,

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Almost finished now...

The foreground is beginning to take shape now. The bushes are starting to look less like blobs and more like plants. But, as I am looking at this now I see a couple of things I need to fix. The trees behind Billie Jane need to seem farther away and that pyramid of a bush in the lower left corner totally needs to have some more 'organic' shape to it! Okay - now I don't feel like those bushes are stone work out of Egypt. After making the trees softer, I decided that I wanted to add a bit more color to the hills, too. I did a bit of work on the sky, also - I want to keep that very soft and loose with just a hint of clouds and not much definition at all. I added some of the color that I used on the hills to the clouds so that they would have a slightly stormy look.
In order to give the foreground a little more texture, I spattered some paint in about three different colors. This gives it a rocky look.

Well, there is a bit of work to be done, but the washes need to dry first. I still have all my pencil lines on there, too - so next time I work on this painting, I will erase all of those first. When I get to this stage in a painting, I let it sit for a while. I keep it close to where I am and I just look at it frequently and think about what's next. Then, after a few days, I will see where the painting goes. By this time, I am not using the reference photos very much - the painting takes its own shape now.
I'm looking forward to sharing the last steps of this painting with you in a few days. Thanks for all the great comments - I appreciate them! Glad you are enjoying watching my progress on this painting =)
God bless,

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Here's Billie Jane!

Well, here we go - Billie Jane looks like a horse now! Next step will be to work on the foreground bushes, dirt and grass and give it a little visual interest there.
Guess I had better go and get some painting done - I am looking forward to seeing the finished product. LOL - this is the point at which I get impatient - not because I am tired of the painting, but because I want to see what it looks like when it's done!
Off to paint *smiles*
God bless,

Monday, March 9, 2009


Well, I wondered how long it would be before I had - um - made a *tactical error* in this painting... LOL! The time is now *rolls eyes* I painted all the highlights out of Billie Jane's derriere. Her tuchey has no sun spots - she is all in shadow now... This is not a good thing because it will make the painting look 'flat' with no depth.

Never fear! Tada! help is here in the form of a 'clay shaper'. This helpful little tool is made for sculpting clay, smoothing pastels, blending charcoal, and it works great to lift watercolor paint! This is the softest one that is available (there is also a medium - grey, and a hard - black, clay shaper).

Okay - here is how the clay shaper works (for me) to lift watercolor:

1. You have to use a really good watercolor paper with the sizing all the way through the paper - not just sizing on the surface. How well the paint lifts is determined by a number of things - one of which is whether the paint can 'move' on the sizing. If the sizing is only on the surface, this won't work really well to lift paint because the paint will soak in to the paper where the sizing is removed.

2. This works best with non-staining colors. When in doubt, do a test of the paint on the same paper and try to lift it . If your color is a staining color, you will not be able to get the paint to lift completely, but you should still be able to lighten it.

3. I dip the clay shaper in water and lightly scrub the paper with it while dabbing the excess water and lifted paint with a paper towel.

It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3 - Voila! Billie Jane's highlights are back.

Now, if I can just remember not to paint over them again....

Thanks for stopping by and keeping up on the progress!
God bless,

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A little more progress...

These trees are begining to look like trees now! Painting transparent washes on top of transparent washes gives a watercolor painting lots of depth. I have more control of how much color goes on where, too - a light wash here and more color there.
This painting is definitely taking shape now - next I will give Billie Jane some more detail and color. She is a liver sorrel - though she has a lot of red both in her coat and her mane and tail. Her color really shows up in the sun.
Well, I hope to get a bit of painting done tomorrow. We'll see what kind of progress I can make!
God bless,

Friday, March 6, 2009

woohoo - a painting day!

Here's the progress so far - I have put in some more washes of color and blocked out the light and dark areas for the trees, sky and Billie Jane. I don't know why, but I usually look at my painting at this stage and think it will never turn out good. Clueless on why I constantly do that! but I usually do think that... I have learned to just keep on painting and enjoying the process.

Pretty soon....

...I find that I am enjoying the layers of washes and how they look. I love to build up my washes slowly - layer on layer. I like the way the finished painting looks when I do that. If you look closely at my work, you can see that there have been many layers of transparent washes built up to make the final image come alive.

There is still lots more to be done! Keep checking back to see what's next =) You can also follow my progress with more comments on facebook. There's a link on this blog page that will take you there. You can also search for me on facebook with my email:

Hope you are enjoying watching the progress on this painting!
God bless,

Thursday, March 5, 2009


My favorite brush ~ my palette full of lovely colors - some good audio drama - and a brand new paper to try - yep, that all equals fun =) I am doing this painting on a block of Fabriano's Artistico Extra White paper. I have never used extra white paper before. I like the surface texture of this paper and the sizing is nice and even. My paint is flowing very nicely in both washes and detail. It's always fun to try something new, isn't it?!

So - here is the start. I have laid in some basic washes and general tones. Lots will change as I paint. One of the things I love to do when I paint with watercolor is to build up lots of transparent washes one on top of the other.

I like to paint some details in early, too, so here I have started just a little hint of the details that are yet to come.

Then I had a break for lunch and a bunch of other stuff to get done... but! Now all of that is done and I have a bit of time before bed so time to get some fresh water and start up the audio drama again while I paint some more. Yippee! I love painting days =)
God bless,

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ready to go!

Okay! Now I am all ready to paint - yippee! And, I have two days off so (((hopefully))) I will get most of this done in the next couple of days.

How do you like my trees? or do they look more like 'chicken scratches'?!

So far, all I have done is block in the general layout and enough detail to get me started. This is just an indication of where the light areas are in relation to the dark areas. Makes perfect sense to me; however, I am reminded of the first time I saw a pilot's map of the airways. I couldn't make heads or tails of it until my brother-in-law (the pilot) interpreted the squiggles for me.

Tomorrow, I will begin painting the 'squiggles' and before long - voila - it will make sense!

haha! at least I hope it will!

Happy creating =) God bless,

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