Trees and Edges

Yesterday’s lesson at the Mayville VFW explored the concept of creating hard and soft edges with watercolor.  This was my demo:

Trees and Edges, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2" transparent watercolor, Inktense pencil
Trees and Edges, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2″ transparent watercolor, Inktense pencil

Fern Secrets

Fern Secrets, 10 x 8" transparent watercolor
Fern Secrets, 10 x 8″ transparent watercolor

The Lake

The Lake, 12 x 16" transparent watercolor on paper
The Lake, 12 x 16″ transparent watercolor on paper

Garden Dream

A botanical sketch from the garden today:

Garden Dream, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2" transparent watercolor
Garden Dream, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2″ transparent watercolor

2-Day Trees and Botanical Techniques Workshop

Monday & Tuesday,  July 20 & 21, 9:30-3:30, $100.
Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H)
1601 West Alabama, Houston, TX  77006
713 942-9966

Bossy, 16 x 12" transparent watercoor on watercolor board
Bossy, 16 x 12″ transparent watercoor on watercolor board

Looking for new, fresh ways to depict the beauty of landscapes and gardens?  Try these fun, fresh and loosely rendered techniques that almost paint themselves!  A rather unusual supply list is here: http://susanteachespainting.blogspot.com/2015/04/trees-and-botanical-techniques-workshop.html , or email Susan: LuchoLiz@gmail.com.

This class sold out last time so sign up now before it is too late!  Click for registration form:  http://www.watercolorhouston.org/media/pdf-folder/Forms2014page2.pdf

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3 Paintings in the WAS-H April Show

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I’m honored today to receive an Honorable Mention at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston for “Sassy”.  Theme: Landscape.  All three paintings may be seen at the WAS-H gallery, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston during April.   Opening: Friday, April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.  YOU are invited!

Bessie Demo

Bessie demo w background
Bessie demo, 20 x 14″ transparent watercolor on paper

This is a fast-paced 1 hour demo for my class yesterday, then another 1/2 hour tweaking the nose this morning.  This type of timed painting really challenges an artist in so many ways!  Last week I found this photo of my grandmother Bessie and I’m also doing the full length version of her at my leisure.  Stay tuned!

Matisse on Shizen

Trying a new paper with Matisse as my muse.  (paper review, below)

Matisse on Shizen, 12 x 9.5" transparent watercolor on Shizen rough paper
Matisse on Shizen, 12 x 9.5″ transparent watercolor on Shizen rough paper

Shizen paper has a very rough, hand-pulled quality.  What sets it apart is the way it is sized both internally and on the surface.  Thus it allows generous amounts of lifting, almost unheard of for a rough, hand-pulled paper.  Nice!

Bossy

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!

Bossy, 16 x 12" transparent watercoor on watercolor board
Bossy, 16 x 12″ transparent watercoor on watercolor board

The Whole Shebang

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:

Painting, The Whole Shebang
The Whole Shebang, 20 x 14″ watercolor, gouache, watercolor pencil, wax on paper