27 June 2012
This RIPPLE painting is a maquette for a larger work that I will begin this summer.
I am intrigued with the surfaces of water-- and want to protray water in all sorts of colors and sensibilities.
Very challenging to be sure! Must work out the schemes on smaller scale though ---
22" h x 12" w
22 June 2012
The watercolor has been worked and reworked for days and days. Yesterday-- I finally wetted the entire paper--- drenching it in Prussian Blue and Trasnparent Yellow. I added a touch of Quin Burnt Orange.. and a little Opera.
I could not "babysit" the overall glaze-- but left it in the studio to dry on its own.
Today-- I spend a huge amount of time developing and painting in the jewel like dazzles of color in small passages.
30" h x 22" w
18 June 2012
Everyone was special--- and the group dinner was outstanding.
There was even time left over in the day to do some nature sightseeing--- the Riverwalk and the Botanical Gardens for reference photography.
Thank you Renea -- for the amazing visit. Your hospitality really was "Southern Charm"!
Thank you too -- Trenholm Artists Guild and SouthCarolina Watermedia Society-- for sponsoring the workshop and inviting me to be juror for your current exhibition.
I had a wonderful time~!
16 June 2012
Trenholm Artists Guild of Columbia, South Carolina these past few days. Many new friends and paintings created and imagined by a great group!
I had a blast...and look forward to seeing more good work.
Thank you Renea-- for helping to make it all happen!
Tomorrow -- I jury for awards at the exhibition for the South Carolina Watermedia Society.
What a great week!
[more pictures to follow]
13 June 2012
It was a way to figure out how to play with light, distortion, shadow, reflection, atmosphere.
I think I will redo this as a larger painting--- but abstract the nets more so there imagery isn't so noticable.
It was fun... tricky, and full of promise!
15" h x 11" w
12 June 2012
I sold the three paintings here this weekend. The lovely SPRING BOUNTY will be hanging with the two smaller IRIS to make a statement.
I couldn't be happier!
So happy that art is being collected. It's especially important for an artist!
I am always honored when someone likes my work enough to feature it in their home.
Thank you Chris and Michael! Your support means so much to me!
30" h x 22" w
Iris 1 and 2
15" h x 11" w
11 June 2012
A friend and client sent me this photo of moving the watercolor of mine from her old residence to her new! Look at how careful the movers' are !
This is exciting!
45" h x 35" w
09 June 2012
For instance... the simpicity and quietude of a dragonfly.
He's absolutely powerful in his beauty.
I love summer.. and bugs are a part of summer.
Dragonflies, fireflies, bees, beetles, mosquitos, grasshoppers, ants, cicadas . you name it -- they are all SUMMER!
Big and small...annoying or pleasant...they are my muse!
11" h x 15" w
05 June 2012
This painting got a second consideration--- after being in a gallery for a number of years. I frequently rework older paintings when they show up again in my studio.
I see things that need more depth and resolution -- that I might have missed when I worked on it initially.
This beautiful piece got a second glaze of blue--- puddles and all!
Then I reworked the skin underneath the water for greater depth and luminousity.
All in all...... I feel it's in a better place now!
25" h x 60" w
03 June 2012
Years ago.... HASBRO brought the copyright to my Prel's Iris watercolor to make a puzzle.
The distributed the puzzle worldwide-- and I found them everywhere. I even bought them in Ecuador~
I had a ball sharing the puzzle with clients. You can assemble the puzzle--- and then frame it. It had interlocking pieces.
I couldn't buy a lot of them-- only could buy the ones I found in Target or Walmart. It was always a surprise to see them on the shelf!
You can find them today on ebay.
This puzzle is being assembled in Arizona.
Oh, by the way -- it's a hard puzzle to put together!
Prel's Iris Puzzle
200? don't remember
01 June 2012
Iris's are my love. I used to grow them in my garden.... and photograph them incessantly. I painted them every spring-- because they usher in the promise of warmer weather.
Now... I go to the Missouri Botanical Gardens to photograph all the iris's. There are so many lovely varieties!
This partiular iris was a challenge. The use of complimentary colors helped me resolve the issue of making the background unify with the foreground. I wanted to create scale and impact by having the bloom being half the size of the paper. The petals and the buds are off-center -- and create an interesting composition.
I never tire of painting iris!
End of the Day Iris
40" h x 30" w
almost finished some tweaking needed