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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sunflowers Together At Last!

I was asked by a friend to post all three of these together so that they can be seen in a group. So here they are!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Making Jam

I painted this 7 x 10 for the Weekend Drawing Event on WetCanvas from a photo reference from Desiree. (Thank you!) I had a good time working with the deep colors and the highlights on those jars.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sunflower III

This is my favorite of the three sunflowers I did for the exchange. The second one is below this, and the first one is back in the older posts. Maybe practicing on the other two helped, and maybe I should have done a few more while I was into it. This is also 2.5 x 3.5.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sunflower II

This ATC (2.5 x 3.5) was done for the WetCanvas project I've been doing. I used one of my own reference photos. I was happy with the way this came out. I enjoy painting these small cards and have signed up for a new project in this size.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Self-Portrait #3

Please don't groan...I had to post this one because I think it's so much better than the last two. I am learning from one to the other. I used regular watercolor brushes for this instead of my waterbrush, so I was able to get more texture in my hair. I also pulled out a book I had on painting watercolor portraits and too notes. There was a lot of helpful information.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Farmers' Market III

This 2.5 x 3.5 ATC was done for my exchange on wet canvas. I love the variety of colors you can see in tomatoes! I would love to have some of these right now. This was done from a photo I took of at a local farmers' market this summer.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Self Portrait #2

Don't worry...I won't post every sp! I think the facial features are a bit better in this one, but I think my eyes are still up too high. This is a learning process...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I'm bravely doing a month of portraits and self-portraits with a group on WetCanvas. I give portraits a try once in a while, but really need to practice more. Most of the ones I've done so far are sketches in pencil, but I did try this one in watercolor. I looks pretty much like me, and I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. It does leave room for improvement.

Monday, January 12, 2009

21st World Wide Sketchcrawl

I participated in the 21st World Wide Sketchcrawl on Sat., Jan. 10. I did several of them before with my sister, but went solo for this one. I began with a sketch of my coffee while I pondered where to go to sketch. I decided on sketching in the next town, Sayville, which has a bit of everything...lovely houses, cute shops, marinas, etc. It was cold and snow flurries were falling, so I sat in my car to do most of these. Included are a shop called "Past & Present," the obligatory Starbucks, a weathered boat shack down by the water, Sal's Pizzeria where I had lunch, a downtown street corner, and some people at the local library. All were done with my micron pen and watercolors. I was out sketching for about 5 hours and I think I got a fair amount done. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Three in a Row

This watercolor is about 3 x 6 and was done as part of one of the scavenger hunts I did for WetCanvas.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fruit Delights

This ATC was done for my exchange. This was a bit of breakfast while we were in Key West. I always love fruit colors and textures, so a mix was perfect for one of my little cards (2.5 in x 3.5 in). It took a while to paint but I was alternating sipping coffee and sipping champagne, so it was fine with me.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

While I was in Key West I did two ATCs of tropical flowers that were sent to participants in the WetCanvas exchange I've been doing. Flowers are not what I paint very often, but I like the challenge of doing them once in a while.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Autumn IV

This is an ATC that I did for the WetCanvas exchange. I tried to do it just in watercolor but the corn kernels were crying out for some ink lines, so I gladly added them.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Ring out the old! Ring in the new!

HAPPY 2009!!! This ATC bell was painted for an exchange that Strathmore Paper organized this year. The theme was to do a holiday image as an ATC in any medium on their ATC paper. I did mine in watercolor (surprise!) and received a lovely landscape in return. I'm curious to know how many people took part in the exchange.