Layering Traditional and Modern

wood slice painting

I’ve been wanting to paint a wood slice ala hip and trendy style for a while now. In my grandfather’s old stuff, my mom found this slab for me. It had a print on it already and even though I always feel bad covering a form of art, I gessoed a handful of layers and got myself a nice wood canvas. I sanded down the gesso to a smoother texture, though the wood grain still added a nice texture to the base.

I chose to do my painting in this almost graphical-pop art-new wave style to counteract the traditional landscape subject on the natural canvas. It took tons of layers and I spilled some retarder which caused me to fear it may never dry. Luckily, it did and was thoroughly sealed and finished. It’s a handy painting compared to the framed paper paintings on my wall. For example, it makes a good…

1. Piece for wall art

mountains on wood

2. Table tray for cocktails and candles

mountains on wood tray

3. A miniature stage for toddlers to dance on

mountains on wood with kid

Hopefully I’ll scrounge up another slab of wood soon…

Apartment Cocktails in Watercolor

watercolor cocktailsAs we begin the holiday season, you are likely planning out your season calendar of errands, family events, and work projects. On a related note, I decided to paint up the favorite cocktails in my home.

cocktail watercolor paintingDisclaimer: I have never wanted to try a bloody mary, but one of my roommates is a big fan so it is included despite my personal opinions on the drink.

 

 

Fall Bouquet in Watercolor

Watercolor Floral Wedding Bouquet

I love fall and I am so excited its finally starting here in California. To celebrate, I decided my on-a-whim painting should have a more fall-based palette. I saw this photo floating around Pinterest and was inspired by the entire wedding. So here’s my loose interpretation of her fall flower bouquet.

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Colors used go across the top and the mixes from those for the palette are under the text.fall color palette watercolor

Two watercolor experiments in one: new brush and new style

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My brother’s girlfriend, who lives in South Korea, gave me a variety of handmade papers and a bamboo brush last Christmas. I finally had the time and opportunity to test out this quality brush. Since I had also been wanting to try out some Chinese painting looks from a book my grandmother loaned me, I decided to pair up the two experiments. The brush held so much water and distributed colors in a loose, beautiful way. I love the vibrant result given by layering the colors on the brush itself before making strokes as recommended by the book. I based the style of the flowers and leaves on some background flowers in the book’s various walkthroughs. Each stroke was so satisfying, I can’t wait to make more paintings like this.

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Painting more European photos: Stone wall with a blue door

 

watercolor door layers

For my first official painting project in quite some time, I chose my usual subject: an architectural photo from my Europe trip. I went for an almost diorama look by layering an old photo mat, my painting of the stone wall, and the painting of the door. This dimensional idea came to me after I messed up the original door and, in my irritated state, cut it out of the wall.  The yellow wall came after layer upon layer, mostly wet washes, to create a mottled effect. The original photo is below and I believe was taken in Dijon, France.

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Views from Our Windows: Watercolor Sketches

 

As you may know, the past months included my family staging, selling, and moving out of our old home that we had spent the last 23 years in (well, 22 in my case.) During that time, I wanted to capture the memories in a way the beautiful photos taken of our home for the sale could not. As the inside of our home was filled with objects that were not our own, I looked outwards for inspiration and chose to paint the views seen from various windows in our home. This travel-style sketchbook was given to my mother.

The sketched were done with Faber pens, a limited color palette, and a waterbrush. Here are some highlights:

I started with my own views.

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One featured our friends across the street’s home.

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I paid extra attention to my mother’s spot in the kitchen.

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I included one sketch of our house’s outside to wrap things up.

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Hello again and Lily’s First Birthday

I’m back!

I officially graduated with a bachelor’s in Business Administration, concentration in marketing, and a minor in English Literature. Now, I once again have the time to create and share those creations with all of you!

My best friend’s baby turned one back in April!

Here’s what I whipped up as part of my present to Lily and a quick shot with the birthday girl herself:

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Painting Floral Birthday Cards

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Happy March!


In February, two of my lovely friends, who happen to be best friends with each other as well, turned 23, in the same week. At the moment our house is staged while being sold and therefore, most of my stuff is packed in the garage. Still, I kept some Faber Castell pens and watercolors with travel sized paper under my bed for a moment like this one. To keep from mussing our styled space, I painted outside on an oddly sunny, February day.

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The paintings from sketch to color. Amazing what color does.

One of the girls loves country music and has made me join her at a country bar, twice, which is an amazing feat of persuasion as I hate country music. In honor of those ridiculous memories, I sketched out and painted in a little cowboy boot on her card using my own cowboy boots as inspiration. I know, you don’t have to say it: I’m a country music hater with a pair of cowboy boots. Sometimes life doesn’t make sense. I tried to keep a warm color palette for this card and a cooler one on the next, as you might be able to see and used primarily my small set of Windsor Paints I mentioned in previous posts.

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My other friend is, thankfully, also a hater of country music though a lower-key one than I. I tried to consciously keep the cards from turning out too similar in style as was likely to happen since I was painting them simultaneously. Though they ended up both sharing the wash background, I focused on differing other aspects: the cool vs. warm tone difference and the more structured, botanical look vs. the loose flowers of the cowboy card.

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I’ll hopefully be dragging some of my better papers out of the garage and having the luxury of making a mess soon. Happy birthday to two beautiful gals!

Suspended Watercolor Planets

Suspended watercolor planets

I like painting planets because they’re easy and pretty, like flowers, but more subtle and cool.

I used watercolors to paint these on a large sheet of what I believe is watercolor paper, but may be print paper, it was from a large folder of miscellaneous art paper hand-me-downed from my grandmother. I mixed all the greys because 1) I don’t have gray and 2) I wanted more dimension and variety to the color than just using mixed down blacks. Once done and cut out, I suspended them with thread and push pins (I know nails look cooler but I love the ease of a thumbtack), attached to the wall in two spots to keep them each still at an angle, unwavering.

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Also, here’s to back to school!

Watercolor Owls

Watercolor Horned Owl -based on my cat

This is a bit odd, even for me, but the watercolor above is actually me reimagining my cat as an owl. I, and those I know, have always thought she had more of an owl-like feel to her than the average cat. So here is my cat turned into a horned, patterned owl. In case you’re newer to my blogs and don’t know Kristy, I have supplied a photo of her below. She cute, I know.

Kristy the Cat

My first owl attempt was a basic barn owl I experimented with.

Watercolor First Try at Barn Owl