A couple of years ago in May a scarlet tanager was following me around from flower bed to flower bed as I added new mulch. It sounded to me like he had a mind of his own!
It is such fun just to play with watercolor materials. They are so bright and exciting when you unleash them. Here’s a party on paper:
We tried to get a little loosened up. Sloppy isn’t our nature but we need to push past those urges to be neat and let the paint flow! Here we go—
This big painting was a great deal of fun because these are 2 of my favorite subjects and I know them both well. I began with a rough sketch on Day 1, laid in some sloppy washes and blocked in forms. On Day 2, I did some botanical parts and hair texture on both models and finally on Day 3 (yesterday) I did the easier parts–flowers and clothing. All in all my biggest challenge was to leave it alone and call it finished. It is a good thing today is the show deadline!!
Inspired by the photo taken from the marsh beside our driveway in Mayville, NY, October 2013. Many watercolor liberties implimented; the goal was not realism!
Inspired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s exhibition, “Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River”.
Seine, Remembered. 12 x 12 transparent watercolor on cradled claybord
Not signed up yet? Classes begin Monday afternoon January 12 in Susan’s private studio. A few slots remain but space is limited! Pick whichever of 8 weeks you wish. Click this link:
In conjunction with the exhibition
Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River
Class begins January 15 at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston. For details, click on this link:
We hope that this season brings you and your family much joy and a 2015 full of good health and creativity.
This image was created on the campus of St. Olaf College in May when Bruce and Susan joined classmates for Bruce’s 50th college reunion. It was a great weekend spent with wonderful people.
Archival (giclée) prints on fine watercolor paper are available if you are interested. The image is 10 x 13″ and will fit into a standard (over the counter) mat and 16 x 20″ frame. Makes a great gift!
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November Impressions, 11 x 15″ transparent watercolor on paper. NFS
This painting method is such an enjoyable, suspense-filled process of discovery. Botanical painting classes are available throughout November in Katy, TX. Click HERE for information and to register.