I love painting flowers. Even the most mundane blossom can turn into a beautiful subject for a painting. This Torch Ginger was seen at a botanical garden in Pennsylvania last year. I just loved the varying texture of it, and the bold blossom in such a striking color. I hadn't painted many florals this year and decided I needed to do one. I'm glad I did. As soon as I finished it, it was juried into an exhibit. Now I'm dashing to get it framed!
This commission is a full sheet transparent watercolor that highlights special momentos and items from the client's home - gifts from her husband, collectible pieces from her father and grandfather. And it also contains my very favorite Durand crystal bowl that I love to use in my still life setups. It was an honor to paint this piece. I started out with a box of her items and did a photoshoot of about 100 images. I narrowed them down to the 20 best compositions and she sele
After 40 years of painting in watercolor, I am branching out a bit and dabbling in oil. I love the rich, buttery texture of oil paints. But I'll never be able to give us my love of watercolor. This small painting went immediately to a friend of mine in Madison Wisconsin who said she had to buy it.
We stare and stare at color wheels, and most people don't use them at all, except maybe for figuring out a color's complement. But mixing with split-primary colors make beautiful hues. 80% of my painting is done with six primary colors and four convenience colors. I use a warm and cool of each red, blue, and yellow for my primary colors and create a split-primary color wheel with them. To create your own, first draw a large circle on a 1/4 watercolor sheet, and place 12 circl