Saturday, March 23, 2019

Purple Tulips Miniature

Spring always has me checking the flowers to see which ones are emerging, looking for those delicate blooms to paint!  Only the crocus are busting forth, but the daffodils, tulips and paperwhites are not far behind.  A few beautiful days and they will be immortalized with paint!  Painting number 2270 in 2270 days.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Boulevard Brewery Batik

Oh, my, these urban watercolor batiks are fun!  With all those angles and edges, the line work sets the perfect stage for the loose and unpredictable batiking!  The watercolor flows at will on the delicate rice paper surface, often spreading all willy nilly!  Then comes the moment of truth when the wax is removed, and the brown paper lifted...... it is just like Christmas!  You never know what you have until the painting is unwrapped!  This one is a good present!  Painting number 2269 in 2269 days.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

First Crocus of Spring

I had other painting ideas for today, but when I saw these bright and shining crocus in the bed, I had to paint them!  This winter has lasted forever, and a little spring cheer is just what I needed after a grueling morning at the gym.  Art therapy comes is all sizes!  Painting number 2268 in 2268 days.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hereford Pair

A warm afternoon, birdsong, and cows - all beckoned me outside on this very busy day!  I've been prepping panels all week, and am very limited on small sizes.  So, I pulled out a pumpkin orange one from last year, and started painting cows!  I've been putting their forms in first, and then building in the background from there.  These guys make even the smallest painting window fun!  Painting number 2267 inn 2267 days.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Herefords on the Ridge

Oh, spring is on the air and I simply must get outside!  Leaving a couple of large paintings unfinished and cabinets half cleaned out - I seize a little sanity time in the warm sun of the pasture!  The birdsong and gentle breezes are my company today, filling my soul as the paint flows of my brushes.  I will try to sneak away to a favorite creek tomorrow, as the time has already flown today!  Painting number 2266 in 2266 days.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Kansas City on Main Street

I'm finishing up a couple of large watercolor batik paintings, and the days are growing warmer.  It is SO hard to stick to it when the hills and streams are calling....!  Tonite I complete my work - tomorrow I'll be outdoors for sure!  Painting number 2265 in 2265 days.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Milk Barn Sunset

Delicate rice paper is a tricky paper to work with.  For the batik effect, it is important to paint on the rough side.  I begin with an India ink drawing, filling in with watercolor.  The paper is extremely thin, and the paint spreads quickly, so one must stay on the tip of the loaded brush.  Use only the thickest, softest, finest watercolor round brush, because softness matters!  If the brush is anything less, it will abraid the surface, quickly wearing right through the paper!  I have seen this happen!!  When the paper is very wet, do not shift or move it AT ALL - or it will split into tears!  Once one navigates all these obstacles, the coolest, unpredictable effects can be attained.  All it takes is a light touch and a careful hand!  Painting number 2264 in 2264 days.