Category Archives: watercolor

“Can You Make it Rain More?”

Last summer, after the passing of Rock Star Prince, a conversation began.

When Prince was to perform at the Super Bowl in Miami the skies opened up with pouring rain. He was asked what should be done about his show.

He said, ”Can you make it rain more?”

This was an illustration of his work ethic, his understanding of “the show must go on” and the meaning of being a professional.

A man in Orlando heard I was interested in illustrating this event for his art collection. He also wanted a print made of it to present to an employee who was willing to go the “extra mile”.

Our communication was through email and phone calls. I began with a series of rough ideas on lined notebook paper.

I worked on more finished sketches for him. Pastels and watercolors.

We talked about what resonated with him.

The posture of the figure.

The shadow behind the figure.

The difficult road to be traveled through the mountains.

 

Is it possible to include the phrase, “Can you make it rain more?”

Is it necessary?

A decision was made. We agreed wholeheartedly on which image felt right. #7. So the process of putting oil on  a 30″ x 30″ canvas began.

More depth, more color and the addition of cold wax in the oil paint.

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A few details.

Both my client and I were looking at similar challenges in our futures. Some we didn’t even know were ahead. Discussing the meaning of the Prince quotation was heartfelt. We both were sharing our beliefs. The beliefs we have are strong and reinforced daily by our life experiences.

The painting is on its way to a life in New York City and the print is living with an employee who was awarded it for special care and effort.

It was an honor for me to be part of this exchange of ideas.

New Orleans Collection

As most of you know I was in a serious car accident over Memorial Day weekend with my husband. This was two and a half months after my sweet mother passed away. Thank you for your patience and kindness. We are fine and moving forward with optimism and much gratitude.

I have been participating in a yearlong on-line class taught by Carla Sonheim from Seattle, WA. The focus is working in a series.

My first series was work I created using my Great Aunt Ruth’s photo album. The photos dated from the 1920s to the 1940s. Many were taken in New Orleans. My hometown.

I set parameters for my images. They would be 18″ x 24″, acrylic over watercolor color field painting, and on paper.

Before I began I tested my new technique on 9″ x 12″ paper.

Mixed Media

Dining Room Chair. Mixed Media. 9″ x 12″. $75.00

Mixed Media

Lady Seated. Mixed Media. 9″ x 12″. $75.00

I enjoyed this layering of acrylic over watercolor, so moved forward in a larger format.

Mixed Media: acrylic paint, watercolor, charcoal on paper

Aunt Ruth’s Wedding. 18″ x 24″. Mixed Media.

Mixed Media. Acrylic, watercolor, charcoal.

Lady on the Bayou. Mixed Media. 18″x 24″. Sold.

Mixed Media. Acrylic, watercolor, charcoal

My Family. Mixed Media. 18″ x 24″. NFS

I have just completed my second series which I will show you next time. Be careful out there!

 

Art Classes and Inspiration

I have been so blessed in being able to take classes taught by Carla Sonheim and last year in conjunction with Lynn Whipple.

This year I have learned even more techniques.

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Tiger Walking, pastel and ink

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Gorilla sketches, ink and charcoal.

Some of the lessons have been flashbacks to college while others are very imaginative and really get the creative gusto going.

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Picasso study on my drafting table.

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Picasso study.

You never know how another person’s mind is working. It is fun to see what Carla Sonheim is cooking up for her students every other week.

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Flying Person, watercolor, medium, charcoal.

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Cut paper, watercolor, charcoal.

A little inspiration from other artists is always welcome. Stirring the pot that is my brain usually results in surprises.

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Still life. Watercolor, acrylic, pencil.

The surprises have become something I look forward to daily. What will come from my hand, heart and brain today with the nudge of an art class for inspiration.

Days 23, 24, and 25

day 23, guardian of the guinea pigs

Day 23, Guardian of the Guinea Pig

Pencil on paper is the best way to introduce the South American guardian for the Guinea Pig. As most artwork in this series, this is $75.00, matted and sealed to 12″ x 16″.

day 24, Ice Guardian

Day 24, Ice Guardian.

Ice Guardian is 9″ x 12″, watercolor on paper, $75.00. Keeping one safe on a cold night is this guardian’s duty.

day 25, Guardian of the Quiet

Day 25, Guardian of the Quiet.

Sitting by listening to the others talk waiting for the opportunity to speak. 9″ x 12″, watercolor on paper, $75.00.

Inspired

This 100 day challenge has been such a learning experience. Honestly there are days when I think, “What in the world am I going to paint?” I sit down at the drafting table and look at the dreaded white paper. Sometimes I flip through books for ideas.

My mother had a series of books called Great Museums of the World published by Newsweek in the 1960s. When she begged me to take some of her books I took these. I peruse one at a time for inspiration. The first one is the Tokyo Museum.

Day 105: watercolor, ink, pastel $15. 9" x 12"

Day 105: watercolor, ink, pastel $45.
9″ x 12″

Now I am perusing the book on the Pinakothek in Munich. This is a museum I have actually been to. It was about 40 years ago and had become the old and new Pinakothek.

Ever notice how many of my paintings have women with tilted heads? Well, there are a lot of Madonnas in my art history books from college. That seemed to be the pose of the day in the Renaissance. So the secret has been revealed, I don’t tilt my head and look in the mirror for inspiration.

I am presently on day 156 so will catch you up on the last few week’s work. Prices are now $45 for matted and archival wrapped paintings. Framed work is $100. Shipping is not included.

Day 126 9" x 12" watercolor $15.

Day 126 Home Sweet Home 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 127 9" x 12" watercolor $15.

Day 127 Skate Left 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 128 9" x 12" watercolor $15.

Day 128 Skate Right 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 129 9" x 12" watercolor $15.

Day 129 No Skates 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 130 9" x 12" watercolor $15.

Day 130 Turkish Cat Lady 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 131 9" x 12" watercolor $15.

Day 131 Shadow 12″ x 9″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 132 9" x 12" watercolor $15.

Day 132 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 133 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 133 There He Sails Again 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 134 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 134 Solitude 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 133 9" x 12" watercolor $100. framed

Day 135 Bad Hair Day 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$100. framed, presently in exhibit

 

Day 136 9" x 12" watercolor sold

Day 136 9″ x 12″ watercolor
sold

 

Day 138 9" x 12" watercolor sold

Day 138 9″ x 12″ watercolor
sold

 

Day 139 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 139 Montana Flowers 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 140 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 140 Evergreen View Montana 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 141 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 141 Wild Turkeys Montana 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 142 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 142 Smoky Montana Evening 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 145 12"x9" watercolor $45.

Day 145 My Catch of the Day Montana 12″x9″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 146 4.5"x6" watercolor $45.

Day 146 Smoky Sunset Montana 4.5″x6″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 148 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 148 Still Life Fruit 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 149 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 149 Still Life Tulips 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

 

Day 150 9" x 12" watercolor $45.

Day 150 Still Life Chicken and Poppies 9″ x 12″ watercolor
$45.

So there you have another 25 days of watercolors, some days mixed media, but always with watercolor included. All paintings are $45, matted and sealed. $100. for framed art. I am happy to send a higher resolution photo to you if you would like to see a better image.

It is absolutely the right time to be thinking about commissions for gifts. Portraits of people, places or pets are all popular items. To see more you can click here.

Thank you to those of you who write and/or purchase artwork and to those who quietly enjoy.