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Trying to work out some ideas for my upcoming October watercolor class. Hard to do when you don't know who will be in your class and what level they are at. Usually it's mixed.

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Experimenting with color and ideas with some new paintings. Mostly just having some fun!

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I was going through my little demos that I gave for one my watercolor classes and found this little gem. I liked it enough to post here...

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I matted it and thought it would make a nice painting to hang in a kitchen.
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The first week we worked on another way of creating color wheels, to refresh ourselves with the colors we would be using this series. We were then ready to start our seashell project.

I was fortunate enough to collect a nice array of seashells here at our beaches. Everyone was able to pick some shells from my collection and make a small still life to work from. My favorite is the conch shell and I painted one as an example of what they could watercolor.

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I was able to give everyone help and suggestions, but I was really pleased with the wonderful paintings they created.

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I was experimenting with color and created an abstract painting. I used various techniques such as rubbing alcohol, stencils, etc., and I was happy with the outcome.

Looking at it the next day, I thought this one lent itself to collaging it with some real flowers that I dried and kept in my inventory. I was happy enough with it to put it up on Society6.

https://society6.com/product/sunshine-day-bpq_print#1=45

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A while back I did some experimenting with using watercolor on Yupo paper. Yupo paper has a polypropylene smooth finish and when you apply watercolor it just slides around on the surface of the paper. If you try to go over it, it lifts the paint that is already there. So you pretty much have to get it right the first time. Whereas with watercolor paper the surface is absorbent and the pigment and watercolor seeps into the paper.

It's very tricky using this paper, but the results can be fascinating and very beautiful. I painted an old tree in the forest and there were tricks I needed to master. I wasn't totally happy with it and put it aside. I came across it again while straightening my paper shelves and some ideas came to mine. I decided to work on it again. I really feel I made some vast improvements on it and may enter it into the next juried show.

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I have this little 5" x 7" pad of watercolor paper that has been calling me to use it. Since I am still unable to get out of my driveway from the hugh amount of snow we got, I had time to do three paintings.

This is the first one:
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This is the second one:
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And this one I finished yesterday.
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I have so many wonderful photos of my daughter's cat, Willow, that I was inspired to paint her again. I happily finished this painting on the first day of the new year 2016! Here she is, hiding inside "her" Thinkgeek Taun Taun sleeping bag!

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I also up loaded it on Society6 and ordered a mug from it. You can see it here: https://society6.com/product/wake-up-its-monday_mug#27=200

Happy New Year everyone!

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