Saturday, December 31, 2011

Watercolor Video of Longs Peak, Happy New Year!

video
On this day, the 31st of December - 2011, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year filled with family, friends, and art! I have spent part of the day painting a watercolor on canvas of Longs Peak. I plan on ringing in the New Year by painting again tomorrow. I hope this inspires me to re-focus on my art and be less distracted by other things. I have attached a small part of the video I am shooting for the Longs Peak painting. Happy Painting to All!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Watercolors, Palette, and Brush

© LWatry 2011
    Some of my students asked for a list of the watercolors that are on my palette. So, I made up this image to show the colors I use and the brands of paint. I use 4 different brands of paint, but they are all professional artists grade, not student grade. The student grade paints have fillers in them. These chaulky fillers affect their look on the paper; they won't be as transparent as professional grade paints. Also, you may pay less for the student grade paints, but you tend to have to use more paint than with the professional paint. The key for the brand name abbreviations, under each paint name, is at the bottom of the image. (HINT: you can see a larger version of the image by clicking on it.)
    When I first set up my palette, many years ago, I used a book by Hilary Page - Guide to Watercolor Paints (see Amazon info). This book has information on each pigment and the brands that make them. It lists five factors: quality, reliability, lightfastness, handling characteristics and mixing potential for each of the paints. These can all be very important factors, especially lightfastness, when choosing your paints.
    I use a Stephen Quiller palette (see ASWexpress store). They come in plastic and porcelain and small (for travel) and large (for the studio). I like the large center well for mixing and the ability to set the paints up like a color wheel. I don't have my paints exactly as Mr. Quiller suggests, but it works for me.
    The brush that is pictured is the main brush that I use for most of my painting. It is a Golden Fleece Brush from Cheap Joes (see Cheap Joes store) and is a size #38. I have really liked this brush; it has a nice point for small areas and holds a lot of paint and water. This is not the only brush I use, but it is my favorite!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Watercolor Classes 2012

If you are in the Colorado Springs area and interested in taking a watercolor class, I have set up new classes for January to February. These classes range from beginner to intermediate/advanced. Please see the link to my website for class information. Watercolor Classes with Lorraine Watry.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Watercolor Project - Aspen on Watercolor Canvas

Aspen on Watercolor Canvas Demo4 LWatry ©2011
 I have finished the aspen on watercolor canvas. The following is a description of the final steps and the finished image. You can see the start of this painting at my post on November 11 - Watercolor Projects on Yupo and Watercolor Canvas.
Aspen on Watercolor Canvas Demo5 LWatry ©2011

If you have not tried watercolor canvas, it can be a fun surface to work on with watercolor because it is very easy to lift color back off. I also work a little faster on canvas because you have to be a little more direct with your colors and values. You can layer, but the previous layers might lift off if you are too vigorous with your brush.

Aspen on Watercolor Canvas Demo7 LWatry ©2011
I decided to mask out my foreground, large leaves because I wanted them to have clean hard edges. I could have gone back and lifted any errant color back off the leaves, but they would have had softer edges then and they may not have been as free of color as I wanted them. I finished up the shadows on the tree trunks before removing the masking on the leaves. For the distinct markings on the aspen trunks, I used a mix of French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, and Quinacridone Magenta. These three colors can be mixed to give gray blues, browns, and purples. I used these same colors on the small branches of the trees. I left the white of the canvas as the white of the trees accept for a very subtle brushing of a yellowing green in a few places to give the whites a "touch" of color.

The Demo7 image shows the completed painting. I used three shades of yellow and some green and orange to paint in the leaves. Sometimes while a leaf was still wet I would float in a second color to give interest to the leaves. I also left some leaves very pale so that they had the look of sunlight hitting them. The finishing step was to paint some purple/blue shadows on some of the leaves to give the painting more depth.

Aspen on Watercolor Canvas Demo6 LWatry ©2011

In the Demo6 image you can see the side of the canvas. I decided to paint the edge a dark brown with acrylics. Right now this painting is hanging just as it is with a brown edge and no frame. Some patrons like this look. So, I will leave it this way for a while. My other options are to frame it like an oil painting with a linen liner and a frame with no glass or you can get a frame that is specifically made for floating a canvas without a matt. (Here is one link to American Frame so that you can see what a floater frame looks like.) http://www.americanframe.com/search.aspx?prodtype=Frame&keyword=floater+frames
Aspen on Watercolor Canvas Demo8 LWatry ©2011

In the Demo8 image you can see the edge that is now painted brown and the whole canvas was then sprayed with 3 or 4 coats of acrylic matt sealer. This will protect the watercolor from ruin if it should get wet.

Watercolor canvas works with masking and salt if you like those techniques and probably many other techniques. I have decided that instead of buying the pre-stretched watercolor canvases, I like to buy big rolls of the watercolor canvas from online stores and then stretch it to the dimensions that I want to work with. Also, I have found that the roll of canvas has a slightly different feel that allows for an easier time working with it, while some of the pre-stretched canvases almost resist the paint. Note: canvas is still not as widely accepted by the buying public because I think some are unsure if it is an original painting or a reproduction. Some shows you enter may not allow canvas, so read the prospectus carefully.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Watercolor Projects on Yupo and Watercolor Canvas

Do you have too many projects lying around? It becomes difficult to focus with a lot of unfinished projects. I just finished teaching a class series focusing on aspen trees and now I have 4 demo paintings in various stages of completion that I need to finish up. I also taught a snow scene class earlier in the year with the idea that one of these paintings would become my Christmas card painting for this year. However, I never completed the painting. So, now that it is almost time to send Christmas cards, I am feeling the pressure to get this painting finished and printed. So, while I am in the process of cleaning up my studio and completing projects, I thought I could use these paintings as a blog demo. The following is a description of where I am in the process of painting.
 This is my snow scene for my Christmas card. This painting is on Yupo (a plastic that is used for printing in some magazines). Working with Yupo for snow scenes is great because the paint sits on the surface and remains very vibrant and the whites are brilliant. I have a lot of this painting completed. I started by painting in the sky with a mix of cobalt blue and manganese and then I mixed a purple gray for the back ground trees. I wanted these trees to feel like they were in the distance and  thick with branches. I then painted the green pine needles, the trunks of the foreground trees, and the shadows on the snow. I used masking on the snow that is hanging on the branches. It is very easy to lift with Yupo, so I could have forgone the masking, but this will give me cleaner edges. I like making my Christmas card scenes quiet and peaceful. Sometimes I will add an ornament to a tree to spruce the scene up a little and give the idea that someone has been there, without actually showing a figure. This scene lent itself to a trail of ornaments that invite the viewer down the path in the snow.  My next step will be to soften some of the edges of the snow on the pines and put some shadows on them. Then I will finish up the trunks of the foreground aspen trees and I think it will be finished. I will post the finished painting, hopefully soon.
 This is one of the aspen paintings that I need to finish. This painting is on watercolor canvas. I stretched a piece of watercolor canvas around 12x20 inch stretcher bars to get the proportion I wanted of a long narrow painting. I then did my sketch directly onto the canvas and masked the foreground leaves to protect them while painting in the background and shadows on the tree trunks. I decided to use very strong sunlight in this scene and the white of the canvas is the white of the trees on the right side. The background sky and leaf foliage was painted in first. I painted the leaves in while the sky was still wet so that they would have a soft edge. Next I started putting in the shadows on the left of the trees and the branches. For the purposes of my in class demonstration, I skipped some steps and took some off the masking of the foreground leaves to demo how I would paint them (the shiny spot on this photo is some of the masking that still needs to be removed).
 In this close up, you can see the foreground leaves and a variation of color in some of them, to give more visual interest. I have also started to paint some of the darker markings that are found on aspen trees around the branches and on the trunk.

I will post more steps as I work to complete these two paintings and hopefully get some clutter out of my studio and off my mind!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

National Watercolor Society 91st Traveling Exhibit

Lorraine Watry, new NWS Signature member © 2011
Here is the schedule for the NWS 91st Traveling Exhibition 2012
There are some amazing watercolors in this show and well worth a little travel time if these locations are not local.


Feb 5-Mar 18 Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook CA

Apr 1-May 3 Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville, TX

May 17-Jun 17 Grapevine Art Project Gallery, Grapevine, TX

Jul 2-Aug 4 Community Fine Arts Center, Rock Springs, Wy

Aug 17-Sep 28 Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington. MN

Oct 12-Dec 7 Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tips on Entering Juried Watercolor Shows

"Could be a future band painting" ©2011
I know it is now October, and I am really behind in posting to my blog. I am still trying to catch up from a very busy summer and start of marching band season for my son. I am the new bookkeeper for the band and now to the end of October a lot of my time will be given over to this duty. As a proud band parent I have to brag that they took 2nd place in a competition last night, moving up from 4th in preliminaries!
    Back to art, though. I was looking around at other blogs and saw this link about entering juried art shows. I think Deb Ward does a good job of describing the process of the entry from the show organizers stand point. http://debwardart.blogspot.com/2011/09/entering-art-shows.html
Something I would add to this is, when choosing your pieces to enter, try to see them from a jurors perspective. For most juried shows there are a lot of entries and the juror only has a few minutes to look at each entry. Make sure your values are strong and you have a good composition. Also, when photographing your artwork, only take a photo of the art, never send an image with frames, matts, or any kind of background in the image. You don't want anything distracting from your star - your painting!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Signature Member National Watercolor Society

Stained Glass Waterlilies ©2011
I received word last week, while at the grocery store, that I am now a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society. I was so excited!! I would have jumped around and cheered, but I think the other shoppers would have thought I was loony! I have aimed for this honor for many years now and it is still a little hard to believe! My painting also received the Holbein Award and will go on the traveling show for 1 year. If my memory serves, when my painting went on the traveling show in 2008, I think it stopped in about 5 different cities during the year. When I know the cities locations for this year, I will publish them.

If you don't know the process of getting into the National Watercolor Society show and receiving Signature membership, here it is:  The National Watercolor Society along with the American Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America are some of the top US watercolor shows. As it says on their website, the National Watercolor Society began life in the 1920's as the California Watercolor Society. To enter this national juried show, you send 1 image. This one image is then juried along with about 1,000 other images by three nationally known watercolor artists. These three artists cannot talk during the jurying process. They look through all of the 1,000 images the first time without voting, then they begin the first round of voting. Each of the three artists says yes or no anonymously to each image and generally it takes quite a few rounds of this before they have selected the 100 images out of the 1,000 that will be included in the show. This year was different, though, in their long history, this was the first year that all 100 paintings received 3 votes in the first round of voting! So, it should be a very strong show!

Most watercolor societies have a tiered structure to their membership. In most, anyone can be an Associate member, at any level of their watercolor abilities or someone with just an interest in art or the watercolor medium. The next level is Signature Member. A signature member has to complete the societies rules for attaining Signature membership and these requirements vary from society to society. Once an artist has a painting selected for the National Watercolor Societies Annual Exhibition they can apply for Signature membership. To apply the artist must send 3 matted paintings, separate from the piece juried into the show. Then 3 jurors, separate from the 3 previous jurors and also nationally recognized watercolor artists, look at the 3 matted paintings that the artists sends. They are looking for a consistent high quality of watercolor and ability to repeat this high quality. All three jurors must agree in awarding the artist Signature Membership. If you see a watercolor where the artists signature includes the initials, NWS, you know the process they had to take and the honor it is to achieve this level.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Watercolor Classes

Quaking Aspen ©
My new watercolor class listings are available for September through October. I will be teaching a beginning/intermediate class and an intermediate/advanced class.  We will focus on Aspen trees in both classes. For more information click here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

National Watercolor Society 91st Exhibit

GREAT NEWS! I found out this week that my painting, Stained Glass Waterlilies, was juried into the National Watercolor Societies 91st Annual Exhibition. It was one of 100 paintings selected out of 1,000.
    The show will run from October 22 to December 3, 2011 at the NWS Gallery - 915 South Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA.




Thursday, July 14, 2011

Watercolor Workshop with John Salminen

     I just had the best three days taking a workshop with watercolor artist, John Salminen! You can see John and myself in the photo along with my workshop painting of a New York scene in Time Square.
     My painting isn't finished yet, but I took on a very challenging scene for a three day workshop! I think the next workshop I take, I will pick a less intense piece.
     I would highly recommend taking a workshop with John Salminen. John worked with everyone, no matter what level you are at in your watercolor ventures. We learned some great tools to enhance our paintings and there were a lot of demos by John and one-on-one time for help. John's wife, Kathy, was an added benefit to the workshop. She was there all three days to assist John and help and encourage the participants. She also worked with us on using a mouth atomizer, one of John's tools to adjust the values in his paintings. I have had an atomizer for many years, but couldn't make it work and after learning from Kathy the proper way to use one, I had no problems with it! I plan on experimenting and using this valuable tool in the future. If you would like to see more of John's artwork or workshop listings, see his website: http://www.johnsalminen.com/

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Watercolor of Waterlilies Final

Stained Glass Waterlilies ©L Watry
Original Waterlily Photo ©L Watry
 Yeah! I have finished my waterlily painting in time to enter it in this years National Watercolor Society Annual juried exhibition! I finished up by painting in the lilies and lily pads. I also adjusted the water darkness in a few places where I felt it was too light. Below you can see the original photo and how I adjusted it for the final painting. When I get a chance, which may not be until August, I will finish up the editing of the video I took while painting the waterlilies and place the videos on YouTube again.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Watercolor of Waterlilies Stage 3

Stained Glass Waterlilies ©L Watry
I have finished the water on my waterlily painting. Though, I do still have a few of the cream/peach reflections to put in. I will also clean up all of the edges where I removed masking before I finish putting the color on the reflections. The next step is to start the purple waterlilies and lily pads. I am continuing to take video, but I won't upload these to YouTube until I am done with the painting. I am entering it in the National Watercolor Society Annual and it has to be done by July 9th.

I have also included a close-up around the waterlilies. You can see some of the variation of the colors in the water. Some areas of water I painted wet-into-wet and some are hard edged.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Watercolor of Waterlilies Stage 2

Image 1
 I began posting about this watercolor painting demo of waterlilies on April 29th with Stage 1 (see link). Since then I have posted several times with videos taken while painting. These videos can be seen on My Videos Tab. I will be adding more videos as I have them ready, so check back.


To walk you through the steps seen here I began with the upper background water. This water had a reflection of something creamy and a peachy, orange pattern on that (Image 1).


Image 2
In the second image, I have started working on the darker parts of the background water. I looked for the changes in the values and color in these areas. Parts of the painting are still blocked with masking, that I will remove later. I have also started painting some of the blue sky reflections. I am trying to paint this background water in one pass, so that it remains fresh.

Image 3
In the third image you can see how far I am on this full sheet painting (this was actually several weeks ago). I continue to work only on the   background water and reflections. I will save the waterlilies and lily pads for later. In between painting, I take the painting around to different parts of the house. While I am busy doing other things, I can look over at the painting and evaluate where I am at.

In the bottom two images (Image 4 & 5) you can see that I have started working on the lower blue reflections. I mixed a film case full of cobalt blue, permanent rose, and a touch of manganese. I stopped working on
Image 4
the darker water and went to the blue sections so that I could make sense of the puzzles pieces that make up the water. I continue to look for parts of the water that look wet-into-wet and for sections that are more hard edged and bold.

Please check back for the next stages and if you have any questions leave a comment and I will answer them on this blog.

Image 5

Friday, June 10, 2011

Have You Ever...a look into the everyday life of an artist

Have You Ever...known an artist who didn't want a painting to sell, enter it in a show and place a really high price on it, and the painting sells? I read about one instance of this happening and I was at a show opening where this happened to another artist and she didn't know whether to be happy or sad!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Watercolor Demo of Waterlilies Video Part 1

   I have a new video on You Tube - Watercolor Demo of "Stained Glass Waterlilies" Part 1.
This video walks you through the beginning of my new full sheet watercolor painting of waterlilies. I will continue to post new videos as I have them available. Please follow along as I walk you through this very detailed and colorful waterlily scene.
   

    If you have questions about my process please leave me a comment and I will try to answer it here on my blog.

   The link for the original post about this painting is here: http://lorrainewatry.blogspot.com/2011/04/watercolor-of-waterlilies-stage-1.html


Have You Ever...a look into the everyday life of an artist

Have You Ever...finished a painting, taken your photos, cut mats, framed the piece, and upon placing your title tag on the back of the paper backing, turned the piece around to find out you forgot to sign it?  I have done this a couple of times throughout my 17 years of framing my paintings. It is not a lot of fun framing the same piece twice in one day!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Watercolor Demo Paintings

Snow Drifts ©L Watry
Point Loma Lighthouse ©L Watry
Daisies & Lemons ©L Watry
Fuschia Waterlily ©L Watry
  I have taken some time to finish up a few of the demo paintings that I started in the classes I am teaching. There is a varied subject matter amongst these four images, but they all have in common: good composition, strong values, and vivid colors.

Have You Ever...a look into the everyday life of an artist

Have You Ever...set up a plein-air workshop an hour from your studio and realized upon arriving that you left your demo painting back in your studio? I set up a plein-air (French meaning - "in the open air") workshop at the Denver Botanic Gardens, an hour from Colorado Springs. I brought everything else I needed, but I forgot my demo painting that I had drawn and ready to go. So, instead of starting with the demo, I had the workshop participants go take photos and familiarize themselves with the gardens and I quickly drew a new scene that I could demo. I was a little frazzled to say the least, but I think the day turned out OK.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Painting Silver in Watercolor

Shows Over ©L Watry
Great News!  My painting "Shows Over" was juried into the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society's, International Watermedia 17. It is 1 of 90 paintings juried in, out of 494 entries. John Salminen was the juror. The show will be held at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs. Dates are: June 24, 2011 to July 23, 2011 and the opening reception will be June 24th from 5pm-8pm, with a separate awards ceremony on July 8th from 6pm-8pm.

To see this painting in progress click here for the first posting starting on February 18th and follow it through to its completion in my March 5th posting.

Cards and Prints are available. Please contact Lorraine to inquire.



Friday, April 29, 2011

Watercolor of Waterlilies Stage 1

New Waterlily Watercolor stage 1 ©L Watry

I have begun working on my new waterlily painting, finally! The link to one of the source photos is here. I took this picture at the Denver Botanic Gardens. I have added 3 waterlilies and a bud to the scene and adjusted the layout so that it is a better composition. I carefully drew the scene at about 8"x11" size and then enlarged it to 21x29 (basically a full sheet of watercolor paper). I am using Arches cold press, 140 lb. paper. I stretched my paper onto a gator board and applied masking to the waterlilies, waterlily pads, and some of the reflections in the water. The masking will protect these areas from paint, so that I can remove it later and paint in those areas or leave them white. As you can see from these images I have started at the top of the paper and the background water in the scene. There is a very unusual creamy, peach reflection in the water with some gray texture over that. I used quinacridone gold and a touch of permanent rose and cobalt blue for the cream color. I wet the paper in sections and applied the cream color on the wet area. Then while this was still wet, I used a damp sea sponge to apply a purply/gray mixture over the cream for the texture.

As I work on this painting, I will be posting updates to the progress and I may post a video, too, so please check back.

Have You Ever...a look into the everyday life of an artist

Have You Ever...purchased a new tool or paint and thought or hoped it would change you into an overnight artistic sensation?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Watercolor Videos on You Tube

I have a new page for my watercolor videos on You Tube. The first video walks through 7 of 21 watercolor techniques. I will be adding videos for part two and three soon.  I also plan on adding videos of painting demos, so check back. 

To watch Watercolor Techniques for Beginners Part 1 of 3 go to Video tab at top or Click Here.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Watercolor on Yupo Paper - finish

Giant Waterlilies ©L Watry
I finished up the demo painting of waterlilies on Yupo. The water remained loose and wet/washy looking, while the lily pads were painted with more control. It is a busy, colorful scene, but you can see that you can paint realistically on Yupo. If you don't know what Yupo is, here is a link to my early post: Watercolor on Yupo Paper.
The surface of the lily pads were painted in one pass. The edges of the lily pads have two or three glazes on them and some detail of veining or texture.
To finish this piece I will spray it with 4 coats of an archival acrylic sealer and then mat and frame it.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Have You Ever...a look into the everyday life of an artist

Denver Botanic Gardens ©L Watry

Niece Kiera ©L Watry
My Sister Barb ©L Watry
Have You Ever...failed to backup your photos? Always backup your photos!  I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens with my sister today and I was playing around with my digital SLR camera to try and find a particular setting. While I was doing this I didn't stop to think and pushed the buttons that reformat my picture card.  I lost a ton of images. Some from my sons 15th birthday and a vacation that we took at spring break!  Wow, that will teach me, not to backup my photos onto the computer! 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Have You Ever...a look into the everyday life of an artist

Please join me in this fun new list. I plan to update with a new art related "Have You Ever..." every Friday. So, don't miss out, comment on my posts or come up with your own art related "Have You Ever..."

Have You Ever...repeatedly checked the mail box looking for the envelope that is addressed to you, in your own handwriting, and before you open the envelope, you feel it to see if it still contains the same number of slides that you sent to be juried? If there are fewer, you know even before opening the envelope that your painting was accepted into the show!

Now, with the advent of most shows changing to digital images and online entries, you can't get that little thrill before opening the envelope.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Watercolor on Yupo Paper

I am trying to finish up the demo paintings I started while teaching my last series of watercolor classes. But, I had to take a break from painting during our Spring Break trip and then I have also tried to catch up on all the paperwork for running a freelance art business - like Quickbooks and sales tax. (Not good to get behind.)

Anyway, this painting is on a paper called Yupo. Yupo is a totally synthetic paper, basically it is a plastic. I think it was originally used in the printing industry. Probably about 5 to 6 years ago some watercolor artists started experimenting and painting with watercolor on Yupo. You might think that being plastic, the Yupo would not work with watercolor, but there is just enough of a matte surface to the Yupo that allows the paint to adhere.

Four things I really like about painting on Yupo:
1. The paint doesn't sink into the paper at all, it sits on the surface of the paper and therefor looses none of its brilliance!
2. I am a very detailed, realistic painter, and I have to be more direct on Yupo. What I mean by this is, that it is not as easy to layer on Yupo so it works better to put down the value of the passage the first time.
3. If I don't like what I am working on I can literally put it under the faucet and wash it all off. Except for some of the staining colors, you can get the surface back to the pure white and start again.
4. Normally, I stretch my paper because I use 140lb. Arches cold press paper and this keeps it from buckling while I am painting. Yupo does not need to be stretched. All weights of Yupo will not buckle when wet.

Here are two close ups of my painting in process.
As you can see, the background water is very loose and wet-n-wet looking. In fact with Yupo, even when dry the paint can look wet. I have also started to add detail and more realistic areas by starting to paint in the waterlilies and waterlily pads. When I am painting more realistically, I use less water and more paint. Because the paint does not sink into the paper, it is very easy to lift. Sometimes that is a benefit and other times it is a curse.

If you are looking for a new surface to try, Yupo is a lot of fun once you get used to how you need to work on it. NOTE: when you are done with your watercolor painting on Yupo, it needs to be sealed with an archival, acrylic sealer of about 4 coats so that there is no chance of water or moisture in the air ruining your piece.
You can check out the Yupo Paper site here: www.yupousa.com
and purchase a sample pack of Yupo paper from Legion Paper here: http://legionpaper.com
Yupo is also available at online art supply stores like CheapJoes.com and ASWexpress.com

If you have questions about working with Yupo please let me know.
* My painting of the fuschia pink zinnia "Zesty Zinnia" in the slide show to the right is also on Yupo.
 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Have You Ever...a look into the everyday life of an artist

Please join me in this fun new list. I plan to update with a new art related "Have You Ever..." every Friday. So, don't miss out, comment on my posts or come up with your own art related "Have You Ever..."

Have You Ever...been half-way through a watercolor and felt like nothing was working, but you keep going and end up with a piece you like? It is encouraging to me to know that this happens with watercolor, no matter what level you have achieved. Fortunately, it doesn't happen with every painting, some just seem to paint themselves!


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Have You Ever...a look into the everyday life of an artist

Things to ponder, laugh at, and delight in. Please join me in this fun new list. I plan to update with a new art related "Have You Ever..." every Friday. So, be sure to check back, comment on my posts or come up with your own art related "Have You Ever..."

Have You Ever...dipped your brush into your drink instead of the water cup?

Have You Ever...been a passenger driving somewhere and yelled at the driver to "STOP THE CAR",  so that you could get out and take pictures of the light glancing off the water, a sunset glowing through the trees, or a field of wildflowers?

Have You Ever...had someone ask you how long it took to do that painting? The best response to this that I have heard is that it took 20 years + 15 hours (the years you struggled to learn the medium and find your individual "voice" plus the 15 hours to paint the painting and make it all look so easy).

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