Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Florals.


 It's been over a week since I blogged and I did not even realize it!

Lately, I have been sharing my work on Instagram and since most of my blog readers are also on IG, I feel they might have already read about my latest pieces there, and often postpone blogging about them !

But, today I received another message asking if I would continue using stamps for my watercolors and be doing any more videos? Since  I have been asked this before on YouTube, I thought it was time to update my viewers !

..a short answer would be.. Yes!

...a long one would be ..

Yes, I will be doing videos and be using stamps too, but currently am in the process of giving my Etsy shop a strong foundation . Back in July, when I opened on Etsy, I knew it was going to be a lot of work and would require a lot of commitment, especially in terms of time., but after the initial few days, it dawned upon me that running a shop even if it's online takes as much effort as a regular brick and mortar store!

I realized early on that if I did not adapt a schedule and organize my studio, I would not be able to do much in a day. I was running between stuff..painting, photography, shipping, household chores, errands and the list continued with not much getting done! If I did one, the others were pending and often it was the household chores that was put on the back burner!

So to get everything in order, I decided to put video making on hold, until after the holidays. Filming a video is very easy, since I am painting everyday and all I need to do is to push 'record', but the editing and voiceover takes a lot of time . Honestly, I think I don't know how to do it the easy way, because I see a lot of people put up a video almost everyday! Hopefully, I shall learn how to do it quick and easy  and start over!

Someone did suggest Periscope, but the fact that it can be viewed for a limited time, makes me wonder if it's worth the effort. I have missed watching some lovely demo's just because of the time difference or because I was unaware of when it would be up for viewing.

About using stamps, I shall continue to do so since I have a lovely stash with me, but for now, it's going to be originals painted by me and available for purchase over at Etsy!

And now for those who are not on IG and still love receiving updates from my blog..here are some new pieces ...


Last week, I picked up some QoR watercolors to try . I got the high chroma set especially for the Quin magenta. I love the vibrancy and  they stay vibrant even after drying! If you are looking for some new watercolors ..try these...they are simply wonderful!

                     
                         Pink Flowers-  QoR watercolors on Arches 140# CP watercolor paper.


               
                                Bird- W&N on Canson 140 # CP watercolor paper.


                               Orange and green   -     QoR watercolors on Arches CP paper.



That's it for today....thanks for stopping by and  for those in the US have a wonderful Thanksgiving week ahead!






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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Grateful For...



My hand lettering practice has made me confident enough  to write on my finished pieces of work and I must say I am loving it ! It has added a whole new dimension to my watercolors and I am simply loving the thought of all the innumerable possibilities!

Here are some I did last week...
..all of these are now available on Etsy..check them out!



















Thanks so  much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!



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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hand Lettering


Before I begin with my post for today, I would like to THANK all my readers for the comments and emails and messages congratulating me on my first print release...each one was read with gratitude and thankfulness . I truly appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment or write me an email. I hope to continue inspiring you through my art and wish every single reader of mine would pick up a brush and start painting....I promise it's truly meditative!

Apart from basking in the warmth of the Club Scrap release, I did do some hand lettering. After all the practicing that I had been doing lately, I, finally, had the confidence to use it on my final pieces of artwork. Of course, am not taking any chances with it and am doing the lettering 'before' I do the artwork!

Here are some of the pieces ......all of them are now available on ETSY



Here is one where I did some miniature work using a teeny tiny 00 brush!


      Miniature work on 140# CP paper

It's a first for me...never used such a tiny brush before for an entire painting! I have reached for a 0 before, but just for final details and have quickly put it away for fear of fiddling too much and ruining the entire work! In fact I tell anyone who asks me about brushes, to pick the largest that they are comfortable with and to stay away from tiny ones!

I feel one needs a LOT of patience to work on a small scale and even more patience to deal with a number 0 or 00 or even smaller brushes. It holds very little paint and one tiny stroke and it's time to reload!

Hmnn..let's see if I reach for it again..since I do love the scale and look of this painting...will keep you updated!



And here am back to my regular no 6 sable..


 I used gold ink for this one. I loved how it turned out! It look a bit raised, almost like the gold embossing using embossing powder.

              Gold lettering on Arches 140#CP paper.






 Hope you enjoyed reading today's post...have a nice week ahead friends!





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