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watercolor art

There Are Many Windows to the Soul


I struggled and struggled with this painting. I started it in the application Rebelle. I used watercolors and inks and had lots of drips in bright colors. But, I just couldn’t get it to come together.

This painting had at least seven incarnations before it became what it is now.

As I got close to finishing it, I felt it was missing something. So I started putting in circles. Then, the circles started to look like windows.

Thus, the name.

I Say Hello

I Say Hello

I Say Hello

This is a painting I recently finished.

I started this painting in an app called Rebelle.  I used inks and watercolors in Rebelle.

Then I took the painting into Painter to see what I could find.  These three birds showed up right away.  Initially, there were four birds.  But common wisdom says that one should use odd numbers in grouping images in a painting, or just about anything.  Odd numbers always look better than an even number of objects.

As the painting progressed, more and more flowers and various shapes just showed up.

I am very excited as we leave for two months in Maui this month.  This is a dream come true.  Right now and through November, is hurricane season.  Usually, I don’t worry about that.  But there have been several near hurricanes hitting Hawaii lately.  There are three off the islands now, and high winds up to 140 mph are expected.  The increase in hurricanes is due to global warming.  More and more, I am seeing the effects in my life of global warming.

Here in Seattle, we are having a drought.  Last night we got our first real rainfall since April.  Everyone knows we are famous for rain, yet we’ve had none.  There is a chance that the high pressure system laying off our coast will keep rains from El Niño from coming in this winter.  That would mean two years of drought.  This is very serious, but no one in government seems to care.

Aloha.

 

 

Maui Flowers

Maui Flowers

Maui Flowers

Lately, all my paintings have been influenced by my trips to Maui.  There is just so much color there.  The flowers are so bright and beautiful.  The water is a gorgeous blue and the dirt is a glorious red color.

The island is made from a volcano.  That makes the scenery unique and very different from what I see at home in Seattle.

My husband and I are getting ready to leave for two months in Maui in October and November of this year.  I am very excited about this trip.

For years we dreamed of being able to be retired and spend two to three months in Maui.  Now, our dreams are coming true.  I have to say that staying positive in thought and consciously claiming what I wanted in life have worked for me.  I stayed an active participant in my life as I went along.

Of course, becoming ill was not in my plans.  But, by staying positive and focused, I have been able to adapt to a chronic illness and still live my dreams.

This piece of art was done on the computer, using Painter 2015.  I started this painting by splattering drops of watercolors on the canvas.  I put down three layers of colors, red, blue and yellow.  Then, I sat and looked at the drops and suddenly saw the flowers.  I pulled them out with one of my watercolor brushes.  It was a fun exercise that I did in a class on Japanese Inks.  You can read more about that class here.

Have a great rest of the summer.

Summer Poppies

Summer Poppies

Summer Poppies

This is something a little different for me, a landscape, done in watercolors.

I particularly like the sky in this piece. I used water colors layers with bright colors to make the sky.

I used Karen Bonaker’s Real Watercolors 2 to paint this piece.  They are not up at her blog, but contact me if you want me to mail them to you.  Karen founded the DAA, the Digital Art Academy, an art school using Painter to work with in the classes.  There are classes in everything you can imagine.

If you want to see this painting larger and against a black background, click watercolor, then click on the painting.

 

 

 

 

A Bird In Your Pocket

A Bird in Your Pocket

A Bird in Your Pocket

I have had a very challenging year, health-wise.  The fibromyalgia flared up around New Years Eve, and has kept me lying low many days.

Last fall, while we were in Maui, I started sitting up all day.  This was the first time in over 18 years that I didn’t spend 99% of my days in bed.  I also got dressed every day.  This may not sound like a lot, but when you’ve lived in a nightie in bed for so long, it is huge.

When we got home in November, I continued sitting up in my art studio.  I was doing so well that at Christmas, I got a new, 27″ screen for my computer!  It makes a huge difference to paint on that rather than my laptop computer.  But then, the first of the year, I found myself back in bed more than in my studio.  It has been a real battle to get enough rest and still sit up as much as possible.

But, I feel like I’ve won the battle.  In the last few weeks, I’ve been able to go to my studio at least three to four days a week.  I’m even taking small walks down to our mailbox.

Now a Bird In Your Pocket.

Summer Dreams

Summer Dreaming

Summer Dreaming

This is a piece that I started in a new application, called Rebelle. Rebelle is basically a watercolor digital painting program.  It is unbelievable!  I have talked about it in my last two blogs.  It makes watercolors and inks that flow and drip just like in the real world.

In Rebelle, I laid down a layer of acrylics and then used the water to make drips coming down all over the page.  I also used the ink brush to add more details and drips.

Then I brought this into Painter and used oils to paint in the flowers and leaves.

This is another break-through piece for me.  It is loose and flowing.  Something I have tried very hard to get in my work.

I also managed to keep good light and dark values going in this piece.  Another thing that has challenged me for quite some time.

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