Spring Is Just Around the Corner

Hi there. I’ve been away from blogging for a few months for various reasons, and I hope you have been happy and healthy. On Thanksgiving night we made an offer on a new home. The process of buying a new house, moving, and then selling our old home was much more time consuming than I remember when we moved 25 years ago, but I was much younger then. Actually, the selling of our old house was a breeze because my son and daughter-in-law, who are expecting our first grandchild, a boy, in just a few days, wanted to buy it. It’s been fun helping them get settled in their new home, and I know they will be very happy there as they start their family. We are quite eager to meet Baby Boy!

These pansies were painted following a negative watercolor tutorial taught by Viv Cooper of Art with Viv. I’ve been following her for many years on Facebook and Instagram. She is a patient, encouraging instructor and explains clearly her process, and she keeps us students laughing with her sense of humor and quick wit.

Pansies
Pansies

I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of flowers pop up as the weather warms. Currently, daffodil leaves are poking through the soil, and I’m hoping that some of the dormant bushes and trees in our new yard are flowering types. Spring holds promises of rebirth of our world and surroundings, an I’m feeling very hopeful and blessed.

Summer Simplicity

Our summer had been going along simply and relaxing when, in July, my daughter bought a condo. There was a lot of painting and readying for about a month and everything turned out beautifully! By mid August she finally moved in with her cousin, Katie, as her roommate and thereby officially making my husband and me empty nesters.

Summer Simplicity
Summer Simplicity

In the meantime, during my weekly art class I had been working on this painting. As it was being finished, I decided to give it to them as a housewarming gift. I thought this subject was so simple, summery, and feminine, and it looks perfect hanging in their dining room. Congratulations to Carrie and Katie, and may they make many fun memories together in their new place! PS: Thanks to everyone who helped the girls with painting, furniture, preparing, moving, etc. – they could not have done it without you!!

Orchids

My friend, Kim, is a whiz at anything having to do with a needle and thread and has made award-winning quilts and other textile pieces. Recently, she helped me out with a sewing project and happened to need something new and cheerful to hang in her house, so we bartered our skills. Because she grows lovely orchids, I thought this subject would be perfect.

Orchids
Orchids

We both love our new pieces! Have you ever bartered with a friend? If so, what did you exchange?

World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 4 Recap

Here we are at week four of World Watercolor Month. It is flying by!

Day 22 – Rainforest

Rainforest
Rainforest

Day 23 – Beach Fun

Beach Fun
Beach Fun

Day 24 – Treats (Macarons)

Treats
Treats

Day 25 – Shades of Pink

Shades of Pink
Shades of Pink

Day 26 – Natural Wonders (Beach, Ocean, Sunset)

Natural Wonder
Natural Wonder

Day 27 – Fruit

Day 28 Metallic

Metallic
Metallic

Only a few more to go!

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Thanks for stopping by! 

World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 3 Recap

Here is the recap for week three!

Day 15 – Monochromatic

Monochromatic
Monochromatic

Day 16 – Relaxing

Relaxing
Relaxing

Day 17 – Music (Cut-out cereal box record from the 1960s)

Music
Music

Day 18 – Clouds

Clouds
Clouds

Day 19 – Splashes of Color

Splashes of Color
Splashes of Color

Day 20 – Building

Building
Building

Day 21 – Pattern

Pattern
Pattern

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Thanks for stopping by! 

Lessons in Pastels

In yet another attempt to loosen up my watercolors, I gave pastels a try. It is more difficult to get fine details with pastels, at least for me, so I signed up for a couple of excellent online classes.

Wave in Pastel
Wave in Soft Pastels
Flowers in Soft Pastels
Flowers in Soft and Hard Pastels
Sunset in Soft Pastels
Sunset in Soft Pastels

These three paintings (yes, they are still called paintings even though paint was not used!) were lessons taught by Lindsay Weirich, aka The Frugal Crafter. I love her easy teaching approach, and even though I did not have all the colors she used in her demonstrations, they turned out pretty well for a newbie. I like that I could upload my projects into her teaching platform and ask questions, and in her critique she had kind words to say about my efforts (and I now have a list of colors I want to buy). Actually, her videos have helped tremendously with my watercolor skills in the past, too, and she’s the reason I wanted to learn more!

Blue Pitcher in Soft Pastels
Blue Pitcher in Soft Pastels

This last one was a tutorial taught by Art Tutor. They also have a platform to upload student work, but I have neglected to do so just yet. I enjoy getting critiques from the instructors because it is an important tool in learning!

I’m almost finished with a watercolor I have been working on for the past month. Watch for it next week! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Flowers

Happy May! I think most of us are ready for some warmer temps and springtime – finally!

Following along with Doodlewash’s prompts for May, here are some flowers. My hubby was golfing yesterday and sent me a photo of these pretties, so here is my rendition. Wishing you lots of flowers and sunshine!