Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Marbles No.11

5"x 7" oil on Gesso Board

     I have had a fascination with marbles for a long time. I didn't play with marbles as a kid but many years ago my husband pushed back the furniture in our living room and gave me and the kids a lesson on how it's done. My husband grew up in Cuba where marbles were treasured, coveted, and won and lost in games on the street.

Fun facts: 
     Marbles and the games they bring have been around for about 5,000 years. They were made from stone, bone, and clay and maybe even marble if you were a rich kid.
     A way to make glass marbles by clipping pieces from a rope of molten glass was invented in 1846.
     At the beginning of the 1900s marbles were being mass produced, and in 1905 a company in Akron, Ohio was cranking out about 12 million marbles a year. (I think the factory burned down, but there is a museum there now, with some of those precious specimens, that I would LOVE to visit!!!)
     I found a quote when I was reading about marbles yesterday. It was in a comment section and I didn't see the author's name but I'll share it: "What a perfect toy! Give children colorful spheres and watch them declare values and create games. Pure human nature."

     For those who like to see the work in progress here's a couple of the steps:

      See you next Wednesday! There's another marble painting coming up sometime soon.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Checkerboard Seahorses

9 x 12 oil on Gesso Board.

First, Happy Fourth of July! I wasn't thinking ahead enough to realize that my post would fall on our national holiday and I was sorry this isn't more patriotic looking, so I did some quick digital magic. 

I feel better now.

I did this digital version in January 2017.

    I wanted to experiment with one on canvas. So I started the top painting right after the digital version was done, and it sat in my studio, and sat in my studio, and sat in my studio saying "enough already! Just finish me and move on." So I finished it this week. I can check that box. Done deal. Onward and upward. I'm movin' on.
     I came across the image below in my photos. This is the acrylic sketch that I dropped into the computer to end up with the digital version. It's pretty rough and more than a little scary.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Whisper of a Rose

This is still a work in progress. The part that's finished is the tapestry - 
an 11x14 oil painting that looks like this:

     The rose is added digitally (for now). My next step is to try to actually paint that half invisible rose onto the tapestry painting without messing up the whole thing. If prints of the top image are all that ever show up in my store then you'll know I messed it up. Haha! 

But . . . before I take that chance I've created some stationery! Below is the mock-up for it. 
This will also show up in my store at some point in the near future.

Lastly, I'll share how it all started. This beautiful chair in my living room . . .

I photographed the seat cushion and then began drawing an idea on my iPad.

I hadn't gotten very far when I decided the half invisible look was really cool and the title, (I'm sure I've mentioned before that I hate coming up with titles) "Whisper of a Rose" came to me.

Have a wonderful week and I'll see you back here next Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Teacups Runneth Over

9x12 oil on clayboard

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over 
and let the beautiful stuff out.
                         - Ray Bradbury

I thought this would make a lovely theme for the launch of my new website!!!

I've spent the last few years working on children's stories and illustrations and have learned so much. I don't intend to give that up, but I'm switching gears back to painting for a while because I have a store to maintain! (Yay!!!) and I want to keep a fresh supply of items coming in. The teacups above will show up there sometime soon - both the original and prints.

I found the teacups at Marshalls a couple of years ago and they reminded me of  "The Night Circus" (the most beautiful book I've ever read). I've been wanting to put them in a painting ever since and the idea for this painting came to me when I paired them with the wonderful quote above.

Below are a couple photos I took while I worked on the underpainting. The underpainting is done in acrylics because they dry fast and I'm able to get the whole painting laid out in one sitting.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my website: and . . . buy stuff!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wet Paint

     I am a week away from my 5-year anniversary here on Blogger! I thought it was time for a little visual updating. For the background, I just start pouring watercolor and gesso on a my watercolor pad. Got my hands dirty - and my arms, legs and clothes.
     I remember how nervous I was with my first post, like I was going to be judged by a million people the minute I hit PUBLISH. So for I am still several hundred thousand shy of a million hits to my blog, so I worried for nothing.
     I named it Wet Paint because not only do I always have several works in progress (with wet paint) but my life (like everyone's) is a work in progress. I just want to reach out from my basement studio, share what I'm doing, how I'm doing it, why I'm doing it, and what I'm thinking about while I'm doing it.
     Next week (hopefully) this blog will be connected to my new website where not only can you see my stuff but you'll be able to buy something if you're so inclined. :) And I'll have a new piece to share! It's currently covered with wet paint.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Watering the Flowers

Grandma's little helper. 
If she wants to play in water - let's put her to work!

    I don't do too many watercolors but had some fun with this one. Trying to stay loose - always a challenge for me. I've been working on a couple of projects in oils so this provided a refreshing (and much quicker) change of pace.

Below is the original photo

Here's a couple of the early steps

I think the bottom one here is my favorite. I've gotta learn when to quit.