This ACEO is of the Ocean City Beach here in New Jersey on a cloudy somber day. It is just a quick study I did from a photo taken on the beach on a cloudy and windy day. I tried to capture the light rays trying to shine through the cloud layer.
I haven’t had as much time to paint as I had hoped. With family, grandsons and outdoor time when we do have downtime we find ourselves resting! We spend a great deal of time in the car traveling to and from as no one is really close by the beach. But for us our time up here has to be by the ocean to enjoy all it has to offer!
We’ve had our share of cloudy and misty days but it does not stop us as we get out as much as possible. The beach is all inspiring and puts everything into perspective.
Until next time……..enjoy your favorite outdoor place and never take it for granted
This small watercolor painting is a Florida pasture scene done from a field photo of a area close to our home. A slightly hilly, wooded backdrop area close to the road and often filled with cattle.
I did this framed in 4 x 6 painting to experiment with trying out a cattle scene without doing too much detail. I wanted the cattle to be recognizable without having to be too detailed in the painting of them. Some are better than others but I think I got what I was going for. This is a small study that I would like to do as a larger painting at some point.
We live in central Florida in the horse capital of the United States although in the area we are in there are far more cattle ranches than horse farms. I love seeing the cattle in the fields at all times of the year. Local landscapes are of interest and hopefully I will paint more of them in the future. I get to caught up in the beach and ocean scenes a bit too much sometimes!
Until next time……..out to pasture is not so bad a place to be
This small 4 x 6 watercolor painting was inspired by a photo taken at our old home. We added a pergola to the back of the house over a brick paved patio for some shade.
We planted local wisteria plants transplanted from my husband’s brother’s property. Theses eventually, maybe two or three years later, did in fact take off and covered the pergola for a beautiful display in the spring and summer. I can smell them as I look at the photos and remember all too well their sweet aroma and trailing beauty.
Planted in the ground to climb the post was a red honeysuckle plant. Oh how the humming birds loved this one!
I tried to focus on the pergola and plants without giving much detail to the background. I think I accomplished that. I get a good feeling when I look at this painting and I hope you as the viewer do to. This one I outlined in pencil as sort of a border for a clean neat look. Not sure why since the paper is 4 x 6 which now becomes about 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 which makes it rather awkward to frame! I like it though, pleasant memories captured in a painting.
Until next time…….what memories would you like you be able to capture and how
This small watercolor painting was a little study I did a month or so ago. It is an imaginary scene but kinda taken from the lake behind our home. Sometimes it is so still and the water reflections need to be captured! Even if just from memory and imagination.
I thought I had posted this but can’t see where I did. Not a finished piece but a quick study to work on reflections. Bodies of water, if not an ocean, really draw me in.
This was when I had some 4 x 6’s cut and ready for some paint. One day I may surprise myself and break out with a large sheet of watercolor paper and have a go at turning one of these little studies into a large piece of work. In the mean time I’m greatful for the ability to be able pick up and go on long or short journey’s and take along my travel art kit and create what small pieces I can.
Until next time……reflect on today as nothing is promised for any tomorrows
This ACEO is a scene from near our home done in watercolor called “Golf Course View”.
Looking out across the lake I’m always taken by how the light shows through the trees from behind so brighty and light green. Not really as vivid on this rather cloudy Florida day. I also tried to capture the clouds which are so fascinating here in the state.
Not one of my greatest efforts but I do like how I was able to get such deep rich color after taking a watercolor class and getting some fresh ideas!
Here is a photo of some used tea bags mounted on watercolor paper ready for painting. I have found tea bag art to be of my liking, or at least something I very much want to try! This is certainly not an original ideas. There are some pretty famous artists that have painted on tea bags. Not only is it a recycling project but a small art project to boot! I mounted them onto the paper with gesso which may not be the best way to approach a watercolor painting. We’ll see how that goes.
Until next time…….have a spot of tea….and save me the bags
This post is sharing with you my new limited palette of six paint colors that I’m experimenting with. After completing my free 7 day trial with bluprint I’ve decided to go back to the basics.
Every different medium whether watercolor or oils can benefit from going back to your three primary colors and building from there. Any color from nature and everything in between can be mixed from there. It is recommended to have a warm and a cool from each primary.
I’m sticking with my Winsor & Newton Cotmans for now until I bite the bullet and go for the professional grade watercolors. Now that I realize I can get away with just six tubes that makes it a much more feasable option going forward.
Here is the color wheel I created from my three primaries
Okay the color saturation could be better but you get the idea.
Here is the list of colors I will be using, note they are all Cotmans. I had to purchase two additional colors that I didn’t have in all my different sets!
My reds are Permanent Rose and Cadmium Red Hue, Yellows are Lemon Yellow Hue and Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue and finally Blues are Ultramarine and Intense or Phthalo.
Here are a couple of little ACEOs I did with the extra paint on the palette after doing the color wheel. I had forgotten how intense the colors can be when working with fresh paint right out of the tube! I need to moisten my palette more and let the paints get good and juicy before starting to work.
No telling what is going to come of all the knowledge I have floating around in my head after all the courses I got through with the bluprint trial! Stay tuned is all I can say. Limited palette, mixed media ideas, ink and wash and don’t forget colored pencils!
Check out this post for the trial as it is an ongoing thing!
Until next time….. make a color wheel and try a limited palette
This 5 x 7 travel photo inspiration came about yesterday. I’ve had the photo in mind to try and paint for some time now. I still keep looking at it and I’m not too sure how I feel about it. It does in fact look very realistic to the photo but it’s one of those skies that are unbelievable when painted. I went with a 5 x 7 size because an ACEO was too small and going large, well out of my comfort zone but I think large might be a good option should I try it again!
We were cruising in the Caribbean and I caught this view as we were preparing to go to dinner. Had to capture the colors and the vastness of the ocean. The darkness of the water and the reflections were amazing not to mention the grey clouds and the sky.
I think it is an acceptable rendition of the the scene even if the sky is a bit over worked.
Until next time…….may you always be humbled when looking at the vastness of the ocean
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This is an imaginary marshy river scene I painted yesterday. I was feeling inspired after watching some YouTube videos of painting! This is an 8 x 10 painting, go figure, I’ve been so reluctant to go larger than my little ACEO’s lately.
I’m actually feeling a bit of stress relief after opening the shop and publishing the other website. I actually relaxed a bit yesterday and did some painting. Feels good I must say, everything is out of my hands so to speak. Yes, there is still work to do to keep adding to the Shop and posting to two blogs but it’s a different kind of work pressure. One I find enjoyable and fulfilling.
So this 8 x 10 was in inspiration from a video I watched and my own imaginary scene. I like the way it came out and feel I may start working on some larger paintings. I still have many ideas on the back burner and want to get to sooo many of them! Hopefully now I can create more and do less computer work.
Until next time……..take a walk in the woods
This ACEO is of an imaginary beach scene with a welcoming walkway leading down to the beach. I tried, and I think succeeded, in keeping it loose and fresh not overworked.
This is another small painting which seems to my favorite option these days when I have a few minutes to spend painting. Better a quick little effort than nothing at all.
I’ve been a rather busy beaver these last few days. I made up my mind to open the Etsy Shop with the items I have and flipped the live button on the hosted website. Had a few gliches to work out but it seems to be up and running.
I hope those of you following me here will take a look and let me have your thoughts and feedback! I’m excited but also biased, I’ve been looking at this stuff for so long now and preparing it that I’m sure I’m missing things.
Here are the links to both, give me a shout out and let me know what you think, I’d really appreciate it!
Esty Shop New Website
I plan on continuing to post here as long as it doesn’t get too confusing with both sites as this is my easy peasy place to share my progress.
You’ll see at the new site I have a different direction I am heading with that space. I’m going to try and monitize the site and make some affiliate money through it. Driving traffic to the Etsy Shop via the blog and my Pinterest followers is my focus for the time being.
Thanks for sticking with me here and hopefully you’ll check me out as I grow and change through the other media outlets.
Until next time…….growth and learning is always a good thing
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This small art watercolor, 4 x 6, was done with a Koh-I-Noor Watercolour Wheel Stack Pack. This is a four wheel stack of pan watercolors that I carry for doing quick little studies or for journaling.
I pulled them out the other day just because of the variety of colors already to go with no mixing needed. Came up with this imaginary barn and pasture scene. Colors are pretty bold and rich and I kinda like the composition.
I call it Golden Pasture because of the sunlight shining on the pasture. Not as loose as I would like it to be but an okay scene for just messing around. A bit lacking on the left side I need a horizon off in the distance instead of the sky coming down to the hedge row. Oh well, maybe next go round!
Until next time……if I can no longer create put me out to pasture