I am finally painting again. I almost forgot how but feels good to spend time with my watercolors again. I have been busy with my flower photography and painting got away from me. I’ve come to discover that I am not one that does well when staying with any other medium at a time except watercolors. This includes photography. I loved pastels and am still going to explore them partially but something about watercolors provides me with such a different experience that I just love. This girl started in my journal and took a life all her own and I love when that happens. Fall and winter is my absolute favorite time of the year and our fall foliage is late this year but finally happening and she and the one who painted her is so inspired by this, and all of the beauty that surrounds it. She was created with Schminke and Jane Davenports peerless watercolors.
My new Etsy Store opens today, Blooms and Butterflies.Art. Flowers have always been a passion of mine and this summer I wanted to do something different than I have done previously. Back in May I decided to explore further these beautiful creations. I wanted to capture some of what I saw but also take that a step further. Fast forward after this desire made me obsessed and seeking out classes, new gear to achieve what I wanted and trial and error, I managed to capture some of the beauty that is only temporary during this season. I wanted to get even closer to these flowers. The details, the textures and curves, the colors that at times my camera couldn’t handle, it just amazes me. The desire for me to capture these flowers also led me to seek out places that had them available. This has led me to some of the most beautiful places where I have been spending my time, that has inspired me greatly.
I have had my Flower and Butterfly instagram, dedicated to just butterflies and flowers since March, because I probably have the most photographs of these, than any other subject besides my grandchildren…oh and my cats….and my dog, lol. I wanted a outlet dedicated for them. I almost closed this account because I couldn’t keep up with two instagrams and the closer that became, I realized I didn’t want too. I wanted to keep photographing these beautiful flowers and butterflies and share them as long as I could. I am no where near done processing what I have already taken and will most likely still be processing through the winter months. My flower (and hopefully soon) butterfly watercolors will also be added to this store as well.
This store wasn’t planned but now I am happy to have it and have a place exclusively to share my butterfly and Flower art and photography. There will be more added and many things fine tuned but for now the flowers and blooming and I’m excited to go spend more time with them today!
Completed another portrait in my art journal a few days ago. I’ve really been working on my drawing, proportions and also my watercolor painting of faces and that was this girls only purpose. The techniques I learned for this girl are new for me and challenging but closer to what I have been chasing and where I want to go . Watercolors are so challenging but so amazing to me. You can do so many different things and different techniques and I am enjoying learning and painting and discovering what I can do with them. I have already drawn a few more since learning these new skills and will continue to paint and stay here. I feel comfortable here and going to stay here awhile.
My latest painting I completed late last night. This year, one of my resolutions was to challenge myself artistically and finish my classes. There are a lot of things here that I have never done and things that I need to work on but what I am happy with her and feel I accomplished expressing what I was after. A girl who is daydreaming and escaping in her flowers and pink wine on a dreary day somewhere fabulous.
Before and After of Bloom 2 was created with watercolors, Primsa Pencils, Aqua Pastels, Scrap Paper, Gesso and digital elements. I have goals that I am working on artistically as well as personally and am feeling a great sense of accomplishment lately. Almost a feeling of starting to bloom.
Busy weekend for painting this weekend. “Practice makes perfect” and I am going full steam ahead with this. I am submitting my art work for the first time at the member show this year with our local art council. I have previously submitted my photography but this year it will be my artwork and I am really excited about this. I haven’t decided what I am submitting yet, but I am enjoying the creative part of figuring that out!
This WIP is mixed media and a combination of Jane Davenport’s aqua pastels, prima pencils, pen and ink, scrap paper, windsor newton watercolors, charcoal pencils.