Saturday, September 13, 2014

Halloween Cards

In some of the free time I've had over the past couple weeks I have been making greeting cards. I think I've been going a little overboard but it's just so much fun! I made a pile of Christmas cards and realized I was jumping the gun a little and decided I had better make some Halloween ones too. I made two different ones (several of each) - 

 Cute, right? I'm a sucker for Halloween. I couldn't tell you why exactly. I'm not really into the scary element of it, but more the innocent fun part. What isn't to love about pumpkins and candy? :)

These cards are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembrance IV

"Remembrance IV" - Original Pastel Painting, size 5 by 7

I know I haven't posted a new blog post in ages, but I wouldn't miss my annual painting for the anniversary of September 11th. As you can tell from the name, this is the 4th year that I've done an American flag painting in remembrance of that life-changing day. 

I hope you will keep all of those directly affected by the tragedies that day in your thoughts and prayers today. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Burst of Beauty

"Burst of Beauty" 8 by 10, Original Watercolor Painting

"Burst of Beauty" is my latest watercolor painting. I had some help from a Facebook friend with the title and I think it's perfect (Thanks Chris!). I couldn't resist painting that bold, detailed center. I also loved the color of the flower even though I did change it a bit. 

I used two different types of masking fluid for the center of the flower and when I peeled it off I couldn't help but notice that one caused the paper to yellow while the other did not. I used a Masquepen for the outside and Incredible White Mask on the center. I experienced the exact same thing on the previous painting. I either never noticed that the Masquepen caused yellowing before, or it's only happening now because the bottle is just about empty. In any case I'm going to make a mental note and see what happens when I open a new bottle. 

This fun painting is available for purchase in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested. :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sale Item for the Week

"Purple Whimsy" is this week's sale item on Etsy. Regularly $75 plus shipping but this week it's only $60 with free priority mail shipping. 

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blooming White Rose
"Blooming White Rose" 8 by 10, Original Watercolor Painting
My latest watercolor painting is this beautiful white rose. I was drawn to the photo because of the contrast of the white flower and dark background, and shadows. I just loved everything about it, and I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
 It's available for purchase in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested.
Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Purple Whimsy
"Purple Whimsy" 5 by 7, Original Watercolor Painting
"Purple Whimsy" is my latest painting. I originally thought the flower was a Cosmo, but now I'm not sure. In any case I was drawn to the photograph I used as a reference because of the soft purple petals. It was just so beautiful.
This painting is available for purchase in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested.
Have a great week!

May Lily
"May Lily" 5 by 7, Original Watercolor Painting
I finally got a good scan of this painting. I used my new light tent and I think I like it. I did a comparison between the light tent and the scanner. For making reproduction prints, the light tent is definitely the best.
This painting is available for purchase in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested.
Next, I think I'm going to work on some larger paintings. Maybe 16 by 20? Should be fun! :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Painting

I recently moved my "studio" up to my sewing room and have been painting a bit.
 My new set up. It's not my favorite place to work because of the lack of natural light, but it will work.
This is the watercolor painting I've been working on the past couple days. I overworked it a bit but it still came out quite nice. I will take a proper photo soon. I ordered a light tent for photographing art so I'm anxious to receive it and give it a try. :)