Tag Archives: nature

Sweet Summer

blackberries ripening on a vine
blackberries ripening on a vine

Nothing says summer (at least in the south) like blackberries turning ripe on the side of the road!

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The Patriot

Finally finished my latest large work, “The Patriot”.  This has been my most ambitious project to date, and I learned a lot doing this piece, especially about color blending and working with straight black and white.  This boy is definitely proud to be an American, and I am so proud I got to create him!!!

Bald Eagle bleeding red, white and blue
Bald Eagle in watercolor

Sepia Scribbles

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I visited a really cool art store (PLA-ZA) while I was recently in Nashville, and one of the things they had was watercolor markers.  I have become somewhat familiar with watercolor pencils, but had not seen or tried markers.  I was totally giddy!  I decided to buy one to play around with (a Winsor & Newton in sepia), and here is a butterfly I just quickly scribbled out with it.  The pen was very smooth, and I was able to draw almost brushlike strokes and fine lines using both sides of the marker.  It also goes on a bit darker with the brushtip, so you can achieve some color variation! I will have to get more colors and see where they take me!

Colorful Concoction

wpid-img_20150607_233447.jpgI am really starting to love painting butterflies!  As I am currently trying to work on color saturation and trying to find the perfect balance between pigment and water, they offer me a great way to experiment.  This guy, in particular, is filled with so many colors, and I really tried to get them as true to life as possible.  I ended up putting about four layers on top of each other by the time I was finished, and I am happy with the depth of color.  The “grand finale” did give me a little bit of anxiety, as I wanted a good amount of color flow around the edges, but not too much to overwhelm and take away from the focal point.  Hopefully I achieved a decent balance.  I still need to come up with a name for this piece, while it dries.  Racking my brain…

Delightful Display

Easel made from twigs
Easel made from twigs

I wanted a unique way to display my art for sale, and so had this idea to create an easel out of the twigs in my garden.  This is what resulted.  I do really like the way it turned out, but my next challenge is to tie it in with the more modern approach I took with my logo (this is reading “shabby chic” to me right now)

Perhaps I can add some colored flowers around the edge that match my color palette?  Hmmm…this should be an interesting challenge.