Showing posts from March, 2010

Old Ellensburg Homestead.

this is the latest in my watercolor endeavors. It is an old homestead in Ellensburg, WA.

Abstract Art

Went to a friend's house today and we played with watercolor art. Carlene is my painting buddy and we inspire each other. She has been painting for awhile and has even sold her art. Not surprising as it is awesome...
In her quest to make abstracts, we tried this plastic paper called yupo. My first was the bright abstract. The second piece is a blend of colors and what I saw speaking to me was a desert scene. Mountains, grasses, a cactus and shrubs. If you look close, to the right of the cactus, I see a downed wooden fence in the amber colors...
A great lesson in letting the mind just see what's there...

Great watercolor art to admire..

Someday, it is my dream to paint as well as this!!

Watercolor barn, my first barn painting

I am working on this project for my uncle. My aunt passed away a couple of months ago and never got to put up any pictures on the walls of their new house. He likes old barns. This is my first attempt at the subject.
Every time I think I am done, I find something else I want to touchup or add. For instance, the first picture is the original as it stands now. The second picture is saturated with more color and is what I want for end results, and the second picture is the first one only saturated using Photoshop. The original idea is a picture of a black and white shot of a picture near Deer Park.
I need to think on this some more... any opinions???

Vegging Out

It is snowing out, currently, but I sit here all snuggled up in the easy chair near the fire in the wood stove feeling like I am on top of the world!! Got some work done this AM and went to some friends to see how they are doing with their logging project. Interesting watching this guy turn their trees into usable lumber with his portable mill. His 22 year old daughter was there helping him. It was her job.. she was a real cutie. Must be a fun girl as she is a barrel racer.
Came in when it started snowing and did some watercolor painting stuffs and watched a video on how to do some barns.. I am inspired now... Told my uncle I would try to paint one that I hope would be good enough for his empty walls somewhere... All this and I made some salted pecan caramel candy also. um um.....
Here are my paintings I touched up today...

Mo Beads... boro colors..


Some borosilicate Kalera type beads

I love the colors in this set. The blue is a beautiful aqua color...the shape is similiar to a barrel but then gently pressed.

Organic Boro lampwork glass cube beads

I love making these little treasures. This set has a wonderful array of colors and the shapes have a textural appeal to them... hence the term "organic".

Just yesterday, I said I don't like doing florals..

I am pretty pleased with this... will make a great note card.....

Just a thought and a picture I painted yesterday.

I was thinking.. that alone is scary! But having gone beyond my youthful years, I filed for Social Security. Birthday was January 26. They tell you to file a month or two earlier than that so processing can take place, yet you don't receive any checks for as long as two months after that.
Just think about all the money the government doesn't have to put out if each person were to receive anywhere from $600 to $3000 a month per person!!! They manage to jilt each person out of the first one or two months of pay that should be theirs once each person reaches the required age for collecting. Shouldn't they be required to pro-rate it?
I did this painting at a friend's yesterday. We had a great time just playing with color and water. This was based on a flow of background colors and then I let the colors dictate my landscape design.. a lake with aspens. Could be spring or fall.. what do you think?