Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Florida Watercolor Society online show

I began to paint with watercolors in January 2009 when I took a beginner class at the Vero Beach Art Museum.  I have always done crafts, especially quilting and scrapbooking/altered art, and played a bit with a cheap watercolor set.  While and after I took the class, I read books on theory and technique, purchased supplies, and then began to paint a lot.  Some happy accidents kept me going while some depressing periods slowed me down but I always came back for more.  I took workshops with Janet Rogers, Alvaro Castagnet, Pat Weaver, and Stephie Butler. I took a few more classes at the art museum and began to attend life drawing sessions. I joined the Florida Watercolor Society and marveled at the brilliant paintings exhibited by the members. AND I wrote down goals for myself - paint every day, work on technical skills, learn composition, and the BIG ONE, get a painting accepted into the FWS exhibition.  I am thrilled to say that the above painting, "the honey giver", was accepted into the  This is strictly an online show but being accepted (76 out of  196 entered) makes me so very happy and inspires me to keep painting and improving.  Be sure to check out the show - as always, the paintings are brilliant!
And now back to the easel to paint - my next goal is to get accepted into the FWS Annual Exhibition.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Miss Blue(s) revisited

last week
I posted a blue cat
so why not
a blue haired girl
or a blue haired woman
it's not the colors that matter
it's the values
these small vignettes/watercolor sketches
are my way of 
making small journeys
there is no success or failure
only painting and learning
thanks for stopping by

Friday, October 3, 2014

Playing with hair

continuing to paint
this time playing with ways to paint hair
it takes so many different colors
so that the eye reads the total as brown or black
I love her smile
she makes me happy
(thanks to Steve Evans for the photo)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Miss Blue takes a "small journey"

my life has been filled with so much inspiration lately
(attending the Florida Watercolor Society convention last week
after having taken the incredible watercolor portrait class from Stephie Butler
in August)
I can hardly  take it all in
I am trying to take it one painting at a time
or as jude hill would say
one "small journey" at a time
(have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy her blog?)
above Hana is having a blue day
lots to do today
I apologize for not blogging regularly but I find the more I do 
(draw, paint, quilt, cook)
the less time I have for blogging
c'est la vie