"Hummingbird" will be included in the International Watercolor Exhibit in Mexico City! I am beyond excited as it has been a long time dream of my mom for my paintings to be shown in Mexico. It's doubly exciting that they have chosen a painting of her.
I've been working overtime on Doña M's blouse, it was lots of work and I think it came out pretty good. I've decided that I really like that "what was I thinking" factor of painting because it keeps me focused and makes me push myself to do better. I'll be having more of those moments in the new paintings I'm working.
Did I mention the love/hate aspect of painting hair? I love the way it turns out in the end and though I don't hate painting it, it is time consuming to layer colors upon colors without making it look overworked. I really like the perspective of portraits when they are turning away from you, tricky not to make it flat or look like they're in full profile.
"This Little Piggy Went to Market 4" 17"x13" Watercolor
I rarely paint fruit so I thought it would be a good time to try it again, I love the color of these pears and the taste even more so!
My favorite molcajete is always fun to use and painting the texture is a good challenge for brush techniques. I've said it before and will say it again, I have no tricks up my sleeve, just good ole' fashioned straight forward painting.
It's been a busy summer so far what with kids out of school and a summer
track and field club (my son not me!) But I've been managing working on
some new paintings. This is what I'm currently working on. Can't wait
I fell in love with this regalia, so beautiful with intricately woven feathers into the headdress and cape. With so many of them similar in color, I had to focus on the nuances in each feather to make them come alive visually, as if they weren't already stunning to me!
Because at some point in your life, you're just going to have to learn to float!
This painting was pretty tricky, never having painted sparkly water let alone submerged/floating people before it created another one of those "what was I thinking" moments.
I think my thought process was something like this. . What a great image! I should paint that!, well, maybe not, it looks kinda hard, but then again, it would be a great painting, oh I don't know, I've never done anything like it before, well what better way to learn!, Ok, I'll try it!, I think . . . maybe after I do some easier paintings. . .oh, I'll just go for it! Ok I'll do it . . wait,
I'd better stock up on chocolate. . . yeah, chocolate will make this easier. ;0)
Ok, so I don't paint on an easel and I have several things I'm working on but I thought since I haven't updated my blog in a little while I'd let you see one of the things I'm working on. Thanks for checking in, I'll have some new paintings to show you soon! ;0)
(Jelaine Faunce is having a showdown with the Internet so as soon as she's laid down the law at the OK Coral, I'll post her image ;0) )
All of the sudden, peeps are all the rage! Lately I've seen more peep posts and pictures than I can remember. I don't remember what got me started on painting peeps a few years ago and I never meant for them to take over but they have a way of, well, invading my space! This year has been no exception even though I swore off peeps.
I've been challenged by some of my most creative friends this time so how could I have turned it down? I went simply for something I feel is important this time:
Equality for all Peeps!
Make sure to check out every one's blogs by clicking on their names and enjoy the stories behind their paintings!
Three boxes of Sweethearts and a bag of large Sweethearts later, I had the still life I wanted to paint! Ok, four boxes but who's counting after the first two! This was a sweet challenge to be a part of. . snicker snicker, had it not been for the candy, I might not have powered through a touch of the flu during the painting! Suffering for art was not part of the plan but I'm so glad I was able to finish it in time to be part of the challenge with a fine group of painters. Please check out their blogs to get the story behind their paintings! just clickity click on their names :0)