Creative Excitement

This is the best feeling. It’s creative excitement. I’ve spent a little bit of time organizing my supplies, and now I’m sitting in front of a new creative project – a watercolor painting. I’ve done some prep work – I have my reference photo picked out, I’ve taped down my watercolor paper, I’ve measured andContinue reading “Creative Excitement”

Adding Watercolor Figures

It’s World Watercolor Month and I’ve been working outside of my comfort zone by adding people to my watercolor sketches. I’ve been experimenting with first sketching in pencil, and also with going straight to paint – painting the shape of the body and then adding the clothes. It’s great practice for me, trying to captureContinue reading “Adding Watercolor Figures”

DIY Beach Wedding Table Numbers Centerpiece

If your wedding has a beach theme or location, there are tons of ways you can DIY your centerpieces. Purchase glass containers from a dollar store and fill them with shells you’ve collected. Surround your jar of shells with starfish. Attach a table number card to a longer piece of flat driftwood – placed halfwayContinue reading “DIY Beach Wedding Table Numbers Centerpiece”

Capturing the Bluest Blue Sky

I’m happy with the results of the sky above, which is ironic because I thought this painting was a lost cause. This is what it looked like: In an effort to capture the saturated blue of the sky (with a hint of purple), I had previously used several colors (including cadmium red and ultramarine) andContinue reading “Capturing the Bluest Blue Sky”

Prep for the Beach Now and make getting ready a breeze!

Finally a warm day and we were headed to the beach, but I couldn’t seem to get packed up! What did I need? It took me forever to get ready to go. When I got home I got organized for next time! Beach Day Musts: Beach chair, umbrella, and towel. Be prepared at a moments noticeContinue reading “Prep for the Beach Now and make getting ready a breeze!”

My 11 month long project – Painting the Ocean

After participating in three separate month long challenges in 2016, I saw how focusing on a single theme or medium can lead to real progress in ideas or skills or both. So when I completed the last challenge I decided to focus January (2017) on figuring out how to paint the ocean. I often wondered,Continue reading “My 11 month long project – Painting the Ocean”

Surf Collection

Surf Camp is the third collection of watercolor paintings I’ve released as Limited Edition Giclee Art Prints in my online shop. While my previous paintings featured bright blue skies, for these two paintings I had the pleasure of painting dark cloudy skies.

Jetty

The focus of this painting is the rocks – the jetty. I had fun creating the different shapes and shadows of the rocks. I’m especially proud of the wet look of the sand where the water has just receded. And of course this painting needed a seagull. The beaches in my hometown are delineated byContinue reading “Jetty”

Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor

I’ve aspired to capture the ocean in watercolor for years. In December I made “painting the beach” my New Year’s project. The snow was falling outside, but I was inside painting waves. With each painting I learned and improved. Some of my firsts in early January. I watched a few YouTube videos and learned fromContinue reading “Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor”