It’s in the 80’s – so I’m painting snow

Yesterday I started a watercolor paper exercise on the benefits of quality watercolor paper.  I was really liking how the sky turned out, so I was anxious to pick it up and work on it today.

It is in the 80’s here, so why not paint a cool and snowy scene!

Happy painting everybody!

Denise

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Experimenting, habits and results

Had fun experimenting with this last painting.  Learned a few things that I will try again, and also realized that I am tied in many ways to some particular ways of doing things.

For the most part I was able to keep painting with larger brushes in a loose manner.  Out of habit I did pick up some small brushes, however, I sort of forced myself to go back to the larger ones as this was an exercise to try new things.

Usually I tape my watercolor paper around the edges to hold it to the board, however, this time I tried something different.  I had watched how another watercolor artist taped their paper on the backside in a way to prevent buckling and as a means to paint to the edge of the paper.  This worked well, and I may use this on different occasions, depending on the painting.

Since I had been painting on the smaller scale, this painting was painted on a half sheet of watercolor paper to again do something different.  What I did not think about prior to painting however, was how I was going to finish it.

Originally, I was thinking of applying the watercolor to a canvas board and then finishing it.  I’ll have to leave that for another painting, as this half sheet is 15 x 22 overall, and will not work for either 16×20 or 11×14.  These are the things you learn.  I’ll keep thinking about options though.

My usual habit of sitting with a painting and mulling over it prevailed.  I’m not sure how many times I went back and painted a few layers of colors over different areas in different days.  Some days I would be out for a walk and see a certain color in foliage and think, that is the color I need to add in that particular area.  Or, I’d walk by the painting and think I need to darken a shadow here or there.  I debated things in my head, or out loud to the cats if I’m being honest.  🙂  In the end, you need to decide if you are happy with the journey the painting has taken you and put the brush down and enjoy the results.

Here it is, ready to come off the board.

Happy painting everyone!

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Okoboji Queen Sunset

If you visit the Iowa Great Lakes region you need to experience a sunset at Spirit Lake.  The view is particularly nice at Arnolds Park in Okoboji and that is where the Queen II docks for the evening.

I really can’t tire taking in all the beautiful colors of a sunset.  They are particularly stunning, and hard to give justice when painting.  Yellows, oranges and pinks glow against the water, land and everything else that the last rays of sun touch before it disappears until the next day.

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The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;

where morning dawns, where evening fades,

you call forth songs of joy. 

Psalm 65:8

A special thank you to Chelsie Stettnichs for allowing me to paint this from her photo!

The original for this painting is available along with a limited number of signed prints.  You can find them here:  DSJonesStudio Etsy Shop

Pop

Last month we said our goodbyes to this sweet, funny man, my father-in-law. He managed to retain his humor even as he struggled with Alzheimer’s. 

Both paintings were paintings of love and painted from photos taken by my niece Lauren who originally captured Pop’s personality so I could paint it. 

We all miss you Pop. 

  

  

Toaster

We have two rescued tabby cats that live with us. Toaster tries to steal my paint brushes or sneak a sip of water out of my paint buckets. 

After he realizes that won’t work, he will lay down and watch me paint, or take/fake a nap. 

I think he senses when I am finished or when I’m not particularly paying attention to him, because then he will sneak and try to grab something.

Right after this picture was taken he had the object he was reaching for in his mouth. He realized I was busy taking this picture, and so he went for the opportunity. 

He’s a stinker. That’s our Toaster. We love him.