Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter Gems

Someone said to do you find those colors in winter?

Look very closely at your surroundings and you will see lots of interesting and glimmering colors in different winter lights.  I really enjoy going into the forest preserve to see what the grasses and the trees look like at all times of the year.  They change so quickly you have to capture them as you see them.

The summer is actually the most bland time of year, since the trees and surrounding grasses are similar in color and the way the light shines, everything looks the same.

Winter can present some interesting shading and colors depending on the time of day and the weather.

This is a watercolor and gouache on paper, 12 x 18 in size.
Winter Gems-unframed watercolor and gouache-$145

Friday, January 11, 2013

A New Year, A New Beginning

This is the first painting that I've completed in my new home.  I knew as soon as I looked out the kitchen window and saw the scene, that it would be the first.

I am calling my new home "my artist retreat" and "little house on the prairie."  I am blessed to be in this place.  So peaceful and serene.  A far cry from my 2012 nightmare of a life.  We won't get into that....that's in the past.  Two Thousand Thirteen will be the year I call "my restful year" and I am looking forward to many new challenges in my life through my art, my work, and my love life.

I hope you see the peace that I have been able to express in this painting.  I loved painting it.

It's a watercolor on paper, 12 x 18.

Through my Kitchen Window-Watercolor unframed $125

My Favorite Illustrations from "Follow the Wind Wherever it Blows"

Last year I worked all year long producing and illustrating a children's book for Paddy Lynn.  Paddy is a storyteller/actress and now an author!

She asked me to illustrate her story for her and I excepted the challenge back in March of 2012.  Now the book is available on Blurb in ebook form and on Amazon in book form.  Cool!!! You can purchase and look at the book by going to "Follow the Wind Wherever it Blows"

Here are my two favorite illustrations from the book.