Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Rose For a Friend


This is my submission for Paint and Draw together. It sybolizes the love I have for my friends and family.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Plentiful Pomegranates


It all started with reading the novel, Traveling with Pomegranates By Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kid Taylor. Which was a very good book by the way, about a mother and daughter's traveling journey as they find there way through life together. Anyway after reading this book I saw pomegranates everywhere. When I saw that it was this month's challenge for Paint and Draw Together I knew I had to do it!
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dreamscape


I did this watercolor for The Rookie Painter Challenge. I tried to do it in the style of my favorite watercolorists Belinda Del Pesco. I have a lot to learn. When I finished it the blanket reminded me of waves and I thought that that was appropriate for the restless nights of my sleeping on some days.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Extra, Extra Lemons Please

I painted this watercolor for the Paint and Draw Together Challenge. The title comes from my husband who always makes this request when we go out to eat. He loves lemons with his ice tea and one wedge just isn't going to do it, especially with refills!
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An Apple Tribute

Last week I went to pick the apples off my tree in my backyard only to discover that they had already been plucked and were nowhere to be seen! I suspect a squirrel, maybe a whole clan of squirrels. Oh well, they have to eat too and they can't go to the grocery store like I can. So when I saw this challenge on the Paint and Draw Together blog I knew I wanted to participate.
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Dean



This is a colored pencil sketch of my Father-in-Law who passed away this Spring. We will miss his positive attitude this Thanksgiving as we all gather together with my husband's family. He would be happy to know that his Bruins are doing so well this year.
The second one was achieved by wetting and blending the pencils.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Desert Plains


This is a watercolor painting I did for my Dad. The desert is so lovely.
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Wine and Roses

This painting was done for yet another online painting challenge called A Day Not Wasted. It was the first watercolor that I have done for the ADNW and it is the first one I have done in my new Moleskin book and using a scanner instead of a camera. So it took a while just to figure out all these new things. But it was worth it. I loved the reference photo by Lee and all the other submissions are so beautiful.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Czech Republic




It is truly amazing to me that the month my daughter is to travel to the Czech Republic is the same month that the Virtual Paintout has decided to go there via Google! So I kinda got to go with her in spirit through my painting as well as from the beautiful results of all the other artists who have joined this challenge.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Canary Island Street

This was the second attempt and final submission to The Virtual Paintout. It is the first time I joined this group and I really like seeing everyone's works of art. It was fun to travel this way. I am excited to see where we are "going" next time.
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Watercolor Lesson


This is from the watercolor lesson book called Watercolors that Shine by William C. Wright. I find it helpful to do lessons from a book when my confidence is down. It gets the juices flowing again.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Onions and Garlic

Here is my latest contribution to the Monthly Sketch Project. The photo reference was provided by Gillian.

It has been a busy week. My father-in- law passed away a couple of weeks ago and Friday was his funeral. His name was Dean and he was almost 88 years old. He was the most optimistic person you could ever meet. I got to know a cousin of my husband,Loie. She also likes to paint and we have both agreed to try and paint more. I hope she will join the Monthly Sketch Project too.
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Flower Craze

This was done for the Monthly Sketch Project and the photo reference was taken by Jennifer Rose .

Okay so I was doing this painting and it felt very blah at first so I had a moment of temporary insanity and went slap happy with the brush. I had just got done watching 3 episodes back to back of American Idol ,since I got behind watching the Olympics and with the first version of this painting Simon was saying this,"This painting is so dull ,spice it up next time. " So I did, now I don't know if he'll like it or tell me it looks like his Grandmother's wallpaper. I kinda like it myself.
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Colorful Cactus

This is a sketch I worked on while in beautiful Scottsdate,Arizona .While my husband was busy battling Scrabble players all day , I read and drew. Life is sweet.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Descanso Bridge

This is from a photo I took while visiting Descanso Gardens in La Canada a few years ago. It is such a beautiful place. A must visit for all artists if you are near Glendale,California. I was influenced by an artist exhibit I saw of Frances Gearhart, an amazing woman artist from California from the Arts and Craft period. She did block prints and watercolor.
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Morning Walk

This is from a watercolor lesson Book . So it is not an original composition. It was a lesson in using only two colors,burnt sienna and windsor blue. It is a great book. I can not believe it was only $10 at Borders, but now it is $40!
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Monday, January 25, 2010

How Sweet It Is

So I'm taking a break from the portraits and finished this for the Monthly Sketch Project challenge. The original photo was from Chrissy Marie. Thank you Chrissy.

I used a water pen and watercolor pencils to do this. I think it will be a good medium to take with me when I travel.

I found this to fun and difficult at the same time. But that is the way to learn right?
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kay-1


This is my first attempt at a portrait of my sister,Kay. I used watercolor pencils. While it is not too bad it just doesn't capture the real her yet so I will keep trying. She is an artist too and she is supposed to be painting me. Can not wait to see it!
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