Tuesday, January 11, 2011

day one hundred thirty-three

i realize that i'm over a month behind in posting paintings. (sorryyyy!)

do not be alarmed- they will all be posted very shortly. please be patient with me, as i've moved to a new city and am getting settled in. most of the past month's paintings have been of flowers, just a heads-up. so if you're not interested in flower watercolors, please visit again because i'm now finished with the flowers. :)

3.5 x 5" watercolor

Monday, January 10, 2011

day one hundred thirty-two

i went in a different direction with #132. it turned out to be more of a color and paint study than an actual subject. the painting is based off a photo of a flower, though. i used a technique of lots of water and lots of paint... so it blended nicely and the colors mixed, but it's probably what i would see without my glasses on. :)

3.5 x 4.5 watercolor

Sunday, January 9, 2011

day one hundred thirty-one

hello you people!

this painting is a bit simple....  i mean, it wasn't a breeze or anything. i just didn't want to add anything more to it for fear it would be too much. it looks so "primary"... know what i mean?

3.5 x 4.5" watercolor

Saturday, January 8, 2011

day one hundred thirty

this was done with an audience... probably one of my first paintings when friends were sitting around watching. i mean, they weren't gawking. it was actually pleasant, and they were very encouraging. also, i should note that this was painted from a real (big & beautiful) flower.

3.5 x 4.5" watercolor

Friday, January 7, 2011

day one hundred twenty-nine

i painted this one a little early today because i'm about to leave for raleigh to spend a couple days with some friends- two are middle/high school friends and i haven't been in the same room with both of them in almost 5 years! about the painting: i'm not crazy about it, & the colors came out all wacky... for instance, the bottom left doesn't have any blue in it. i'm not sure what happened. i'm not used to taking pictures of the painting in daylight, so maybe that threw me off. :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

day one hundred twenty-eight

not sure why i keep forgetting to post these paintings at night. i think i'll blame it on being really tired. nonetheless, here she is!  it is another painting of a flower. i think it's okay, but for some reason, i just couldn't get the paint to move around like i wanted. after it dried a little, i just went over some parts with deep purple out of frustration with the result... haha!  i spent probably an hour on it.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

day one hundred twenty-seven

hi! i was either going to take a short nap at 8pm, or paint early & go to sleep. to most of you, it may seem like an easy decision, but i debated it. i really do enjoy staying up late, but i haven't been getting much sleep lately (5:30am comes early!), so i figured i'd retire early tonight. 

i had no intentions on the flowers being a series, but i have several small paper samples and the flowers fit so nicely on them. maybe one day i'll go buy some real flowers to paint. :)  also, i spent a good chunk of time on this one. granted, i was doing 5 other things at the same time, but spent around 1.5 hours on it.

a couple notes: it's hard to mess up a flower... they're one of the most beautiful subjects. and this painting looks better from far away.

3.5x4.5" watercolor

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

day one hundred twenty-six

round 2 of flower painting.... refer to day 125 for a full explanation of this. i believe this one was a bit more successful and controlled. plus, this is a tulip so naturally i like it better. ;)

3.5 x 4.5" watercolor

Monday, January 3, 2011

day one hundred twenty-five

OOPS! i didn't blog last night! i'm not sure how i forgot but i blame it on my absent-mindedness. to my faithful followers, i sincerely apologize...

my older sister & her husband gave me this beautiful book of Georgia O'Keeffe's flowers. it's massive, so the photos are large and simply breathtaking. Georgia is one of the most influential painters in my life... her style, subject matter, and life are all so interesting. without going into much detail, i had to study & emulate one of her paintings in a college art class. i researched, studied, and even read a short biography on her. one fun fact? before she made it big, she was a teacher.  one takeaway from her life? fall in love with a NY gallery owner/photographer, and you'll reach stardom more quickly. ;)

well... i thought i would paint my own flowers. i feel a little fake, though- not because i'm copying her, but because i didn't have real flowers so i used stock photos. also, this painting is really tiny. i found some sample watercolor paper squares at the art store, so i picked them up to try 'em out. that way, i can test and see which ones i like best!  another thing- this painting was much more difficult than i had imagined.

3.5x4.5 watercolor

Sunday, January 2, 2011

day one hundred twenty-four

hello friends! it's a little late, but i took my time on this painting.... i painted a little, watched some Law & Order: SVU marathon, painted some more, and so on.  i recently read an article about how to have a healthy lifestyle in 2011, and one recommendation was to go to sleep & wake up at the same time every day.  this is something i want to implement in my life, and tonight is not a good start to that! :)

on another note- i'm excited to announce that i will be moving at the end of this month! details to follow on another post.

this is a painting of a picture i took from a hike up in asheville i believe ... & sorry for the really poor photo with weird shadows.

4.5x6" watercolor

Saturday, January 1, 2011

day one hundred twenty-three

i hope your first day of 2011 was wonderful! by the way, another resolution of mine is to take more risks.

tonight's painting is a (very dark) little apple & my polaroid camera.

4x7" watercolor