Friday, June 24, 2011

Daisy 6: June 2011

Oh, boy, I almost missed adding this painting to my blog! This is a 5"x7" watercolor painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. This is a larger version of the 2.5"x3.5" series of daisies that I did March 24th.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Plumeria: June 14, 2011

"Plumeria" is finished. This is a 7"x9" watercolor painting. The flowers, along with some of the leaves, come forward because of their contrast and details. However, I would love to continue working the leaves to make the flowers come forward even more but I must get this in the mail. It will be included in the Montana Watercolor Society's raffle book this year.

Plumeria: June 5, 9 & 13, 2011

This is a 7"x9" watercolor. My goal at the beginning was to create great depth to the "busy" scene. Usually when I paint a subject, I like to greatly simplify the area around it. This time, I wanted to leave in all the vegetation. In order to cut down on that busy-ness, I am painting the most distant parts of the plant with more diluted paint and as the objects become closer, I am adding more vibrant color and more detail. Right now it looks like a jumbled mess so I'm curious to see how it comes out when the flowers (the last and closest parts of the painting - the focus) go in.
These are two images of the painting in progess: the very beginning with the farthest vegetation and then one with closer leaves and branches with more detail.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Studio Tour & Workshops

This weekend my studio will be one of 26 participating in the Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tour. The artist reception is Friday, June 3, at River's Mist Gallery of Fine Art, 317 Main St., Stevensville, MT. Maps of the tours can be picked up at River's Mist as well as at the Frame Shop & Gallery, 325 W. Main St., Hamilton. The tour is free and studios are open from 10:30am-6:00pm Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5.
I will also be teaching workshops in acrylic and watercolor this summer. Subjects will include exploring limited palettes, textures, pet portraits and art trading cards. The workshops will be fun and informative. Workshop descriptions and applications can be picked up at River's Mist Gallery or via email (
Have a great summer and hope to see you during the tour and the workshops!