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

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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.

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I wasn't completely happy with this painting and decided to work on it some more. I felt the leaves needed some strengthening and so I just took up my brush and went to work on it. I think it has the right balance now.

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Love these flowers and really enjoy it when they start to bloom. Unfortunately the flower only last one day. After photographing some of them, I made a little painting.

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I was a little bored and decided to clean out my travel bag that I use to go to my watercolor classes. I found some small pieces of watercolor paper that I used to demonstrate some way to paint something for one of my students. This one had an interesting background, and I decided to paint a flower on it. This also helped me to procrastinate in cleaning out my bag. Can you see where I am coming from?

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We had a good watercolor class yesterday, which ended this series. Some finished off the projects from last week and other started new ones to work on during the summer. The students have worked out a plan to practice watercolor this summer by getting together to paint.

Four students have already signed up for a series next October and others are considering it. Since we only need four to have classes, we are confirmed for next fall. Nice to have that taken care of.

I put together a collage of my group and and I feel very good about what we learned and what we accomplished.

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Since it's getting close to Christmas, I don't have the time or concentration to paint something serious. So I have just done a couple of studies of roses. They are a favorite flower, although I think I like all flowers. Wanted to post them here.

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I believe this was from the class that we painted the pansies. I finished it later at home and forgot to post it here.
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Since most of my students in my water class elected to paint tulips, I got the urge to paint them myself when I got home. This time I decided to use a hot press paper and play with another technique that I felt went with the composition and feeling I wanted to accomplish.

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I am quite happy with this one!
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During the last post I said I would have to paint this wonderful bloom in my garden. Feeling the mood to paint, I used the photos I just took and got to work. I was so inspired that I spent all of yesterday afternoon happily painting this.

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Feeling very good about the outcome, I just had to post it here.
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My Hydrangea are just so beautiful this year and I can't help but go out and photograph them. I thought I would post this photo because my flowers had a little visitor and I thought is was fun.

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I bought a bouquet of beautiful yellow tulips that I had a wonderful time photographing. After putting them in a vase, I placed them on the floor by a sunny window and they created these wonderful shadows. I was so inspired that I decided to paint them. I just love spring flowers!

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wasn't quite the way I wanted it to be. I kept looking at it over the mantle in the living room where lighting's not that great anyway. I was looking at it again and realized the tape that held the painting to the mat had let go and the painting fell in the frame. Well that did it, because I would have to take the whole thing apart anyway. So I decided to work on this painting some more and get a stronger contrast in places that seem to fade when I viewed it from where it was hung. I think it is a little stronger now and so far I am pleased with it.

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It's been a while since I last posted, but that's only because it has been busy! I have already had two classes in the second series of watercolor classes. Four of the students from the last class signed up again and I got four new people. This time is was a little more complicated as I found everyone was at a different level. I did have the students who were true beginners do the color wheel and everyone worked on the mixing of complementary colors, both on their palettes and on the watercolor paper itself. I think it is always an eye opener when you mix directly on the paper itself and watch the different color paints and water mix right before your eyes. You hold up the paper and turn it in different directions and watch the paint and water do it's tricks. It's just like wanting have another turn at a game, because you know you can do it even better the next time. To me that is what makes watercolor so exciting to do.

I did have some of the more experienced students work on a still life and had a bouquet of daffodils (silk, not real) that I put out for some to paint. I always feel as though I have to paint whatever I assign, so I went home and did some daffodils myself. This is that painting.

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The second class we worked on textures. I demonstrated every texture method I could think of on one piece of paper. Students went and tried some of these textures on a painting of their own. This is always fun because you do the background with full brushes of paint first, apply the textures with more water, salt, plastic wrap, doilies, etc. When it's dry you look for pictures in your textures and paint them in more clearly. I showed them an easy way to negative paint, to bring out the birds or flowers they saw in the textures. It's always fun doing this and you really learn how to handle your brushes, mixing of paints, and how it all works with the watercolor paint.

I did take home the sample I made of all the different textures and tried to make it into a painting. When I was finished it really looked better as two paintings, so I divided it and finished them off.

This is the first one...

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And this is the second...

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Now I must plan for the third class.
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I had the urge to do some watercolor painting, but I had no idea of what I wanted to paint. So I decided to splash some color on paper and see where it would lead me. My color selection reflected the mood I was in, which was happy. I loved the swirl of bright colors and how they come together. but I still had no idea what I wanted to do next. So I went looking though a bunch of photos that my daughter took in her garden. I just love her dahlia photos and they always inspire me. And there it was, a large beautiful dahlia reaching to the sun. This was the star of my painting. Once it was painted, flowers seem to suggest themselves in the rest of the painting. I love painting spontaneously like this!

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I painted it with less colors and my daughter claimed it as soon as she saw it. Dahlias are one of her favorite flowers and the painting was inspired from photos of flowers in her garden.

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Almost a month ago I started a large painting (22” x 30”) of some Rhododendron that are in my front yard. After photographing the flowers from many angles, I put together a nice composition of the beautiful white flowers. The lush dark green leaves made each cluster of flowers look like so many beautiful bouquets.
I took a photo every so often as I painted because I thought it would be fun to show how I progressed on this painting from start to end.

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I am totally ecstatic with this finished painting.
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We had a Monday night “Sampler of Classes Night”. The purpose of it was to advertise classes offered at the Mispillion Art League for the rest of this year. There was a potter who demonstrated working on a potter’s wheel and formed a few clay bowls. Then a basket weaver who will teach how to create a Nantucket basket. She brought in several beautiful baskets she had made, and gave a whimsical talk about them. There was a painter who will give a classes in acrylics.
Then there was me.
Since this was the first time we did this, all the talks were impromptu. I brought a painting that I started at home and worked on it there. Then talked about how we would do similar paintings in class. We would do a background first and then work the flowers into the background. So often we paint perfect flowers and then have no idea what to do with the background. We are fearful of ruining the painting by not putting a good background and of our work of those perfect flowers done in vain. We talked about watercolor paints, different kinds of paper, and the excitement of putting them all together.
I guess I did a good job because two more people signed up for my class. This is the painting I worked on there, all finished.

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Saturday came fast and we had five students eager to watercolor with my method of painting the background first. I have to say it was a fun class to teach, because everyone was enthusiastic. The beauty of art is that everyone interprets it in their own way and this method was perfect way to encourage that creativity. Half the fun was playing with colors, paint and textures to form a wonderful backgrounds that suggested places for our flowers. Each painting was different, but they all demonstrated how versatile watercolor can be. It was just fabulous watching the excitement of choosing flowers and putting them in the various designs. Everyone went home with a completed painting that they were happy with. Three students went home and started another painting and one entered two paintings based on my class in the Summer Show.

I didn’t have time to finish the painting I started as a demo because I worked with each student one-on-one. If the class had been larger, I might not have been able to do that, but with this group it worked just fine. I did finish my demo painting later and here it is. I was very happy with how it came!

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