Meet Rory

I’ve not posted in a while, partly because I have been busy working on some larger pieces, which naturally take more time, and partly because some of these were/are to be given as gifts so I didn’t want to post them here and spoil any surprises.

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This pooch, Rory (I love that bottom tooth!), belongs to my sweet niece, Emily.  Rory and Emily have been through a lot together over the years, and now living many states away they have been great travel buddies and banked hundreds of miles to come home for visits.  I’m sure many artists have these same emotions, but when wrapping the framed watercolor of Rory, I was nervous with anticipation and hopes that Emily would feel like I did justice to her furry friend.  She did, indeed, love the painting and commented that she wants to hang it in a prominent place at home so visitors can see it!  I wish Emily and Rory a lot more years (and car trips) together, and maybe one day the miles will be many fewer.

Cherries

Hello to my dear readers out there.  I hope you’ve all be doing well!  I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk lately, mostly due to lack of time but sometimes a lack of motivation.

I decided the easiest way to get back in the saddle again was to go back to the beginning and paint some Doodlewash prompts.  It was satisfying to splash the paints again so hopefully I can get back on track.   Sending good wishes and hugs to you all!

 

Draw-A-Bird-Day, October 2017

Black-billed Magpies were abundant in the areas we visited in Montana and Wyoming last month.  Never having seen one before, I was struck with their extremely long tails, the beautiful flashes of white shown in their wings when they fly, and the blue and green iridescence of their feathers.

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie

If you are familiar with their relatives – crows and blue jays – you can imagine the raucous, sometimes piercing chatter of these curious birds.

Ground Squirrel

I’ve been blessed to be away for the last two weeks on an adventure to Glacier National Park in Montana and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The parks were so different from one another but each was unique and breathtakingly beautiful.

Unfortunately, GNP was a bit smoky because of wild fires on one side of the park, but we were thankful to have had a couple of clear days. The smoke added a layer of mystique to much of the landscape, and I send well wishes and thanks to all those involved in containing the fire.

Yellowstone was a place of wonder, enchantment, and awe. I saw things I never knew existed, and I was mesmerized by bubbling, gloriously colored pools of hot springs and spurting geysers. It was like being on another planet!

I left with art supplies in hand and with high hopes of creating on location, but we were so busy that I just now finished my first painting. I gathered tons of inspiration on the trip and hope to do justice, through my paintings, to the animals, landscapes, and natural beauty experienced in these wonderlands.

This little ground squirrel is the first of many drawings and paintings to come.

World Watercolor Month 2017 – Wrap Up, Week 4

World Watercolor Month is officially over but it was great fun to paint along with such inspiring people.  In trying to make sense of how to group the final paintings from the end of July, I decided to showcase sharks and flowers here, which makes absolutely no sense at all! I have a section of birds, too, but I am going to share those on Draw-A-Bird day on the 8th.  So, here are the sharks and flowers.

Shark

Shark in Honor of Shark Week

Whale Shark

Whale Shark

I painted these in honor of Shark Week and knew my daughter-in-law and her friend would enjoy them as they are Shark Week Junkies!

Then I practiced more flowers, one loose and the other more realistic.

Sunflower

Sunflower

Roses

Roses

The colors used in the roses give feeling of nostalgia, like an old-time valentine.   Have a great weekend!

World Watercolor Month 2017 – Wrap Up, Week 1

I’ve been posting my daily paintings on Instagram but wanted to feature them on my blog too. I figured weekely is better than daily, and I promise to keep it short! 

Sand & Seashells

Sand & Seashells

Shells from my own collection for the prompt “Sand & Sea.”

Light Bulb

Light Bulb

For the prompt of “In the Shade.” I love a good pun😄

 

Red, White, and Blue

Red, White, and Blue

Prompt of Red, White, and Blue

 

Cherry Blossom Sprig

Cherry Blossom Sprig

As I said in a previous post, I am taking an online class at art-classes.com taught by Sandy Allnock.  I was enthralled with the cherry blossoms and pairs many!

Cherry Blossom Collage

Cherry Blossom Collage

Cherry Blossom Branches

Cherry Blossom Branches


 I took what I learned in the #freshfloralsclass at art-classes.com, fashioned the branches, and added some leaves. I can’t wait to start the next lesson this weekend!! 

Happy World Watercolor Month 2017!

Our buddy Charlie over at Doodlewash created World Watercolor Month last year, and it is a monthlong celebration of all things watercolor! Doodlewash has a terrific community of watercolorists of every skill level – from novice to expert – and from all parts of the world.  We plan to play along all month by painting a little something each day, sharing our works, and “meeting” new folks. To celebrate I am taking an online class called Fresh Florals taught by Sandy Allnock over at art-classes.com.  In this class we will be painting loose, impressionistic flowers.  I painted these whimsical trilliums by following along.

Trilliums


I then painted this one with a little more realism but not too much detail. My gosh, it is so hard to refrain from fiddling with it! 

Trillium

Trillium


Wishing you all a fabulous, creative July!