Monday, October 26, 2015

Exciting News!...Club Scrap Guest Artist

 A couple of months back, Tricia, the founder of Club Scrap, messaged me with a thought...."would you be interested in doing some artwork for Club Scrap"?
...a simple sentence loaded with more than I could imagine!
......I did not reply immediately, since I did not know what it meant...artwork for a scrapbooking company?..WOW that was huge!

Here I was just going about my day doing what I did everyday...painting watercolors and suddenly a door was opened which filled my ordinary day with an air of opportunity and excitement!

After many many questions which were patiently answered by Tricia, I found myself collaborating with Club Scrap for a special edition project!

For the very first watercolors have been printed and you will find them in a couple of different collections..

Watercolor Christmas

Greeting cards

Scrapbook collection

I cannot but thank Tricia Morris for this wonderful opportunity! That she saw potential in my work and thought it good enough to be shared with her members is a huge encouragement for me.Thank you Tricia and your  wonderful team ! The collection looks awesome!

Here is a link to their blog and announcement.

Tricia has some lovely videos showcasing this collection..check them out..

Video 1

Video 2

video 3

Here are the original pieces that have turned into Club Scrap Collections!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing my excitement!
Have a wonderful week friends!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Dip Pens-Calligraphy

Last week, I got my dip pens out to try my hand at calligraphy!

For a long time now, I have wanting to be able to write quotes on my artwork in the beautiful copperplate style. After a week of practice, all I can say is..I  do have a 'long way' to go before I get a hold of the slant and strokes. I struggled so much with the downstrokes that I did not even bother trying any particular style of calligraphy! All I wanted to do was get the thick and thin letters right!
..will get there eventually, until then shall keep practicing!

In fact, the other day, I met a calligrapher at the art store and she recommended I get the oblique nib holder which would help me get my slant and also improve my strokes. I tried looking for that holder, but looks like it's very popular and was out of stock everywhere! Will post my find if and when I get one!

If you know where to find an oblique pen or have any suggestions on how to improve my calligraphy...please leave me a comment! I need all the help I can get!

In other news..I have something exciting coming up next week..will share more soon...maybe as soon as Monday..standby!

And here are some watercolor pieces from this was a slow week when it came to painting because I spent most of my waking hours practicing my calligraphy!

On Etsy.. Mason Jar -Watercolor on 140 # Sennelier Rough watercolor paper and M Graham paints

Watercolor On 140# Arches Rough ..0n Etsy

That's all for this week...Happy Sunday!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Summer Garden

  Picture Heavy Post....
 ....put your feet up and enjoy with a warm cuppa!

The temps around here feel like winter already!

Night time lows of 28F got to our lovely yellow chrysanthemums and they got all droopy and sad! I got some in, hoping to hang on to them for a little while longer, but they don't seem to be liking it indoors and continue to be 'mopey' and grumpy! They look like me when I am woken up too early.. before 5 am! On such occasions it's best for me to avoid any human interaction until after 7...just sayin!

Before the garden was gone completely, I decided to collect whatever was remaining and paint some to remember our garden from 2015. This year we did not plant much, mature trees casting a shadow on our flower beds had limited our choice for flowering plants. We stuck with simple impatiens and marigolds for annuals and depended on our south facing mums for fall color. With that gone, our garden is now done for the year!

Here are some pieces, I painted over the week...Summer 2015 on Arches 140# watercolor paper .

A major highlight of the week, was the arrival of my new palette and new M Graham and Daniel Smith paints. Had been wanting to add M Graham to my palette for a very long time.They are honey based and do not dry completely which help my soft sable brushes last longer. These pure colors stay vibrant even when dry! Loving them. All the paintings here have been done using these paints.

The palette of course has large wells and lots of mixing space and the best part is it's porcelain and not plastic which mean easy clean up and no staining and it does weigh 5 pounds though..definitely a studio palette!

As always, I made a color chart of all the colors for future reference.

I made a set of Thank You Cards...... You can find them all on ETSY.

And as a grand finale to my painting session..
.....I ruined a perfectly composed, masked and two layers down already, coming well together painting by spilling some lovely purple paint on it! oooops!
Yes ..I did that!

 I tried my best to rescue it..took the following steps to save it...
...tissues were reached for to dab the purple off,
...tears were shed (how that would help?...don't ask!),
...frustration and sadness was shown/shared with other kind people at home (aka husband) and as always he was also blamed for the spill since he was the one who critiqued it and said add more darks! The purple paint was being mixed to add some shadows and darks...
.....and as a final attempt to save it, more paint was thrown on it to hopefully make it look 'abstract" and well intended....
...BUT, alas, it had to be put down! RIP dear yellow flowers by the window will be missed!

In memory, here is a picture  of that once 'lovely painting'....

Here are the Thank You cards... simple floral illustrations..

Hope you  enjoyed today's post and thank you so much for stopping by! Have a nice Sunday!


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Northern Cardinal

Here is what I have been working on this weekend...Northern Cardinals! I have used Gansai Tambi watercolors on both.I loved the vibrancy and deep rich colors.  I started on the smaller 5x7 on Arches rough first and then painted the larger 9x12 on Arches cold press.

Cardinal-5x7 Arches rough

Northern  Cardinal-9x12 Arches Cold press

And here is the smallest...4.5x6 matted to 5x7 on Arches cold Press paper. This one is available on Etsy

The details on the Northern Cardinal

Have used salt for the extra texture...

Love this bird...hope I get to see some this winter!

Have a nice weekend friends!


Thursday, October 8, 2015


Sunflowers in fall have a totally different color and feel to them. They "seem' to be much more vibrant and yellow than they were in summer and I think that's because fall light in itself has a more golden hue to it .The colorful autumn leaves cast their beautiful glow on everything surrounding them.

Here are some I painted this week.........hanging on to the last bit of color before the white sets in!

4.5x6 matted to 5x7 watercolor on Canson cold press.

Now on Etsy.

4.5x6 watercolor on Arches rough.

 4.5x6 watercolor on Arches -SOLD


 The sentiments are by Papertrey Ink.

Have a nice weekend friends....thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Little Red Bird

Yesterday morning, I saw a tiny little red bird sitting on a branch by my studio window and although it was very small, that spot of red amongst all the green and brown was hard to miss! That bird sparked off this ...a series of small paintings which become a focal point on the card. I painted one and could not stop !

 I was not sure if I could part with these pretties, but then sharing makes me I put them all on Etsy!

I loved painting these ..will be doing more!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Winter Scene

Hello everyone,

It's October already and that means the holidays will be here soooon and I have barely started on my holiday cards. I painted this winter scene this morning and stamped the season's greetings and began to wonder where and how this year flew by!

Here are some some new pieces which are now available on Etsy and although I have something more exciting to share...I just cannot as yet...soon..I promise!

Watercolor card.

 Watercolor on Arches paper- 5x7 matted to 8x10

Watercolor on Canson 140# paper- 4.5x6 matted to 5x7

 Watercolor on Canson 140# watercolor paper 4.5x6 matted to 5x7

Sentiment stamps by Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend !(it's almost Friday!)



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