Monday, March 2, 2015

hydrangea bouquet progress

(I figured out how to make a circular watermark!)

slow progress on my newest painting.
That's just the way I paint.

I photographed it against the wall that it's going on in my living room.
The blossoms are all in cobalt, cerulean & a mix of the two.
I think I'm going to be happy with the finished painting.  Still a way to go, though.

 I never paint on an easel, always flat or on a slight incline on my table. 
This is a full sheet of watercolor paper stapled onto Gatorboard...bulky to deal with.
I was tired of wrestling with it on my painting table so I brought 
everything into the sun room to work on the bigger table.
Still not right until I propped it on the cat tower.

Perfect.

Jack meowed at me several times but then settled into a chair.

I still don't like standing up to paint.
Maybe this will hurry me along.

Monday, February 23, 2015

hydrangea bouquet


Started a new (old) painting.  I'll explain later.

Friday, February 13, 2015

African violets print

in the shop

The original sold very quickly!
This is a much better photo than the last post.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

African violets on blue and white plate




I'll make prints for the shop.

All finished and onto a vase of hydrangeas for my living room.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

fun with Photoshop


My daughter and I had a fun day out on Thursday.
We found this great chest at an antique store at a bargain price.
Perfect for storage in her home office.
It needs sanding, painting and new hardware,
but oh!  the possibilities!


I played with the image in Photoshop.  Love this bold choice of red!
 

Green would be interesting, too, and very striking.
 

Oh, I love the cabinet in blue
 

and, of course, turquoise. But it is not my choice.
 

She really wants to paint it black and it will be just beautiful!

Monday, February 2, 2015

lavender fields


What a beautiful reminder of our afternoon in the Provence
lavender fields.
 

I matted and framed the three originals for her house.
It's a different procedure for matting pastels than watercolors.
You have to create a space between the mat and painting
in case pastel dust becomes loose and falls.
You don't want that on your mat.
 

I think the three grouped together are really lovely.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

using Pinterest


I'm tweaking my living room...just a bit.


This is an old photo.  I have already painted all the woodwork white
and the floor is now hardwood.

I love the wall color, a soft aqua, but I think the room needs more of an update.


This is where I use my Pinterest boards.
I have 37 boards (just love Pinterest!) and two of them I use to collect 
ideas, products and fabrics for specific rooms.

The picture above is from my "Living Room" board.
I found a photo with a similar sofa and chair and immediately saw that I should 
use bigger pillows for more design impact.  I then searched for pillow fabric that I liked.
I had many more fabric pins then I do now because I could eliminate some once
I saw them grouped together.  I also deleted some after the samples came and saw they wouldn't work.  I've learned the hard way in the past to order samples BEFORE I order yardage.  
The Eaton Dark Teal and the Duralee Pavo Peacock are samples that
already came and are perfect.  I just love that peacock sunburst design!

The other samples are on their way and then I'll eliminate the ones that don't work.
The drapes are purchased and hung.  It's just so easy seeing the choices on the 
design board and easy to make, too.

The other design board is here.
I redid my son's room, several years after he moved to his own condo.
I got rid of an old clunky sofa bed that we put in at first and went with a day bed.
Again, I was able to narrow down fabric choices for pillows and paint colors for the walls.

I'll share photos of the living room when I'm done.  Meanwhile, check out my Pinterest & have fun!