Monday, November 10

Honoring our Veterans & their families~

~Veterans Day~
There is something so very special about those who choose to serve.
Your courage...
Your pledge...
Your hope...
Your strength and resolve...
Your commitment and willingness...
For all you have given and for all that you gave up &
to your families that stood beside you~

Remembering you!
So very grateful for your service and commitment!

Hope you have a wonderful week~

Saturday, October 25

Watercolor palette

When I started teaching myself watercolor (as a teen)
I read every how-to book I could find.
Experimented with papers...
Purchased the best brushes I could afford...
Most of the artists I studied used the same basic palette.
That is what I followed and happily used for years~
It was economical and traditional.

When I began licensing my art I started to expand my palette.
Fabric collections, flag designs, calendar pages...greeting cards---
With so many varied products I wanted a varied palette.

Through the years I have found my personal favorites...
Windsor & Newton
Daniel Smith

A trip into the city finds me at the Fine Art Store on
West Main Street~
I become lost in the options.
Held tightly by my very limited budget!
That way I am sure to behave ;)

My budget yesterday was for a green. ONE green.
The greens on my palette are running low.
I have been searching for something different for a while.
I can make several greens from all the blues,
ochre, golds & yellows that I have...
Finding a 'nice green' will save me time.
If a client decides to expand a collection, it is nice
to have less mixing to do... more consistency.

MaimeriBlu offered a sample card near their display~
It is a nice way to try out pigments. Do they stain?
How do the colors behave on my favorite paper?
Can I lift out highlights?
Do they glaze nicely?

Autumn colors keep me inspired~
Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

Tuesday, October 7

Thursday, October 2

Rose hips along the Erie Canal...

With so many lovely September days~
The rose hips and bittersweet along the Erie Canal path
are brilliant red & vibrant yellow-gold!

Fall colors are in full swing!

A few snips...

A photo session to record them fresh...

Sketched out in walnut ink that I made last Fall...

With a few puddles of watercolor and
sunshine streaming through my studio windows~
I have a small collection of framed originals to share in my Etsy shop!

I hope your October is off to a wonderful start!

Tuesday, September 30

Pen & ink harvest scarecrow

My walnut ink has sat idol for far too long~

Kept stored in air-tight containers...
It waits patiently.

Start at the top and work down...
Keeping the rest of my hand from smudging.

September has been lovely in Upstate New York~

Clear, starry nights...

Warm and sunny days~

Touches of color beginning to kiss the landscapes!

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, September 24

Harvest perch~

On these warm nights I imagine our feathered friends
perched in the pumpkin patch...

Sharing stories of their day...
Wishing on falling stars~

No hats & scarves are needed this week!

Dancing in the moonlight?

Hope you're having a wonderful week, Friends!

Thursday, September 18

2015 Calendar Peeks!

"Outside My Window" by Michelle L. Palmer
Legacy Publishing Group

My artist samples have arrived!
Legacy does such a beautiful job with my original watercolors~

A peek at the 12 months of 2015!

This month reminded me of vanilla-cherry!
The colors!

How I love blue...
Especially vintage & antique blue!

Cheery little wren posing in a patch of happy daisies~

The graphic designer in me...
How I LOVE old type!
American goldfinch, potted geranium...
All brought to you by the letter G!

Wishing your heart joy~
Thank you for stopping by, Sweet Friends!

Thursday, August 28

New color!

With soft morning sunshine streaming in the studio...
It's color time!

A new watercolor to share~
'Dark Brown' by Winsor & Newton

It is a muted, matte~ cool brown.
I think I will use it as a warm gray!

Hope your day is filled with 'warm tones!' ;)

Saturday, August 16

Western Journey~

Hello, Sweet Friends!
Hope your summer has been filled with relaxation, joy....
Laughter and fantastic memories~

Traveled across through this beautiful country with our daughter...
From New York to Arizona!

She will soon be starting classes 'Out West!'

We have family in Arizona...
It is so much fun to explore when you're with people who can
share in similar interests and find their way back home!

We lost a few hubcaps in three different states...
Broke down in Illinois due to a rusted radiator hose clamp...
We had brown dust on our car from the East.
Golden-brown dust on our car...
Red dust on our car...
The torrential rains from wild storms washed some of it away!
Met the most AMAZING people along our journey!

Enjoyed seeing the desert and its inhabitants...
The flowers...
Saguaros, prickly pear, barrel cactus~ so many more!

The days were filled with gorgeous landscapes...
Laughter, reflection, old memories & new memories with Alaina!
The colors are so inspiring!

Although I left our girl in the West to learn, grow & follow her dreams~
I brought home a vision of new colors!
A rich palette!

When the desert shares colors---
They are unfiltered!
They are brilliant!
They are rich!

On one of my last days in the desert it was 117 degrees~
It went down to 50 degrees here last night!

The most amazing journey with the most wonderful girl!
I'm so thankful we made it across the miles safe & sound.
So thankful to have seen more of America~ how I love this land!
It was a joy to meet beautiful and kind people at every stop~
Off the beaten path is filled with wonder!

Hope your day finds you exploring~
My studio 'needs exploring!' 
What a mess!

Wishing your heart joy~

Wednesday, June 25

Watercolor palette tutorial...

Every now and then I share about a new color that I have added to my palettes.
I enjoy colors...
Some palettes have very few colors & the aritsts create stunning images!

I love to share my colors...
This new palette is for our daughter who will soon leave the nest!
Start by laying the tubes near the wells...

I recorded the paint names for her on the back of the palette information sheet.
Just-in-case there is a PERFECT color for the PERFECT project &
she needs to purchase more!

I was commissioned to paint a large collection of baby-themed pieces.
Instead of trying to mix the perfect 'baby' blue...
or find the right red for a soft, pastel pink----
I purchased tubes so that I could keep the collection consistent.

My first palette was set up for landscapes with a few basic colors:
(Example) Winsor Red, Winsor Yellow, Hooker's Green,
Cobalt Blue, Indigo, Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber.
Then I added an Cadmium orange, Sap Green, Leaf Green, French Ultramarine Blue...
Then I added Phthalo Blue, Violet, Quinacridone Gold, Green Gold etc. 

Today, my palette choices are often based on collections I am working on.
'Warm Wishes' (my latest snowman fabric collection through Red Rooster Fabrics)
had aqua backgrounds that would have been impossible for me to make 
with my very first palette colors.
I don't paint with the color directly from the tube...
I always mix something with it~

I wrote little notes on the palette images...
Please click on the photographs for a closer look~

I am often asked...
Winsor & Newton is my favorite watercolor paint.
Holbein is my 2nd favorite.

Good paint is expensive.
Permanence is very important.
Choose lightfast pigments, acid-free papers & archival storage/framing sources.

Hope your days are filled with creative!