This is a 15 x 30 in watercolor done by combining several of my photos from Italy. The buildings came from one photo, and the wall and foreground trees from another. I think it captures the "Spirit of Tuscany."
Friday, March 30, 2007
This was painted from my reference photos from Italy. It is a half-sheet watercolor. The original photo didn't show much happening under the bridge, so I used my imaginination and added the people sitting at the tables and the pots of flowers. I gave this to my niece as a belated graduation gift.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Here are a few more collages done in the first 2 days of the workshop with Jerry Brommer. The first is a cruciform design (7 1/2 x 7 1/2). The second is a T shape (7 1/2 x 7 1/2) and the last is 11 x 11 in a radial design. I think I learned a lot in the workshop and will enjoy trying more collages on my own.
This 11 x 15 painting was also done at the workshop. It's a bit more realistic, yet it still has a lot of abstract work in the bottom. I really like the deep colors I was able to get with this technique. My reference for this was one of my mini painting I had done in the Cinque Terre.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
"Capri Harbor" is an 11 x 15 watercolor. It was done from photos I took in Italy. The harbor was a busy place. Ferries were constantly coming in, people were fighting to get taxis or lining up to take the funicular up to the town. Pleasure boats were lined up with people sunbathing, or having cocktails. I painted a quieter version of the harbor...maybe early morning.
Monday, March 12, 2007
"Flowered Staircase" is a half-sheet watercolor. It was painted from a photo I took in Castellina, in Tuscany. I loved the long staircase and the flower pots going up. But every time I passed by, the lighting was not good. I took the photo anyway, and adjusted the lighting to provide some shadows on the staircase and the wall behind the flower pots.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
"Going Out" is an 11 x 15 watercolor done for the Weekend Drawing Event for WetCanvas , a painting group I belong to. The reference photo was taken at a heritage park in I believe Alberta, Canada. I did the flowers in this painting a lot looser than I normally paint, and I really like the result.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
"Tuscan Backstreets" is a 15 x30 watercolor done from my reference photos of the small towns we visited in Tuscany. In the early afternoon the streets were empty, and the shops were closed. Shutters often covered the windows while people relaxed inside. In Tuscan towns there are often pots of flowers outside and flowerboxes beneath the windows.
"Marsh View" is an 11 x 15 watercolor that I did for a weekend drawing project for WetCanvas. The moderator provided the photographs. You could use any medium to do your representation. Of cours, I used watercolors. This picture reminded me of the tidal marshes in Cape Cod. I like the trees silhouetted in the far distance.
Friday, March 9, 2007
"Pigeon Feeders in St. Mark's Square" is an 11 x 20 watercolor done from reference photos from my trip to Italy. Anyone who has ever visited Venice knows that there is a constant commotion in the square from people who feed the pigeons. The pigeons are everywhere...on the ground, on people's heads, in their hair...it's wild!
Thursday, March 8, 2007
"Lounging in Capri" was painted while I was doing just that. I was sunning myself poolside at Villa Sarah. The pool area was surrounded by potted plants and had a typical terra cotta floor, but the blue lounge chair just made the picture! You can also see other Capri buildings in the distance. I would love to be there right now.
One day I walked far, far from the center of town. This was the view from a little park I found. I love the fact that there were always potted plants everywhere. I liked the brick wall and the shadows cast by the tree. "Capri Street" shows the typical look of Capri, not the tourist look of Capri.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Positano is built on the side of a steep hill. When you arrive by bus as we did you, are at the top of the town. You can either walk from there or take a bus to the harbor. There is one steep, narrow street that winds it's way in one direction only all the way to the harbor and then back up the other side of the town. "Positano Corner" was painted while I was sitting in a tiny park along the top of the street. The building with it's balcony and iron gate attracted me. Of course the water can be seen in the background.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
I have been experimenting with watercolors and oil pastels for texture. "Primavera" is 15 x30. The subject was a house just outside Castellina in Chianti. In the week that we were in Tuscany we passed this house at least twice a day. I loved the stone wall and the flowers drooping over it. The cyprus trees weren't really there, but should have been.
Monday, March 5, 2007
This 7 x 10 watercolor was done from a reference photo supplied by WetCanvas for their Weekend Drawing Event. It was taken somewhere in Sussex, England. I loved the pink door surrounded by the brickwork. I'm very happy with how the reflections in the doorway came out.
This was a restaurant just at the edge of the beach in Positano. My husband would spend his morning writing at a table, while I painted. Then we would have drinks and a yummy lunch. It was a busy spot, with several local artists coming out and painting every day.
Positano is such a scenic town, but not easy to get to. It was a wild bus ride along the edge of the cliffs, but worth every minute. The beach was tiny, but with super views of the houses on the hillsides. "Beach Path" was painted down by the beach, by the little rental cabana.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
"Sorrento Afternoon" was also painted from our hotel. This time I was sunning myself at the pool. I love the terra cotta roofs and the red umbrellas on top of the modern building. There is a domed church in the painting. I don't know if that was the church that rang the bells all the time, but it seemed to do it nonstop at times, sometimes playing a song. Luckily we weren't too close to it. Ciao Sorrento!
The town of Sorrento is perched high on a bluff. In order to reach the beach there is a steep walkway that zigzags down. The beach itself doesn't have much of a sandy area. Instead there are piers built out into the water, covered with cabanas and beachchairs. It's very colorful! My husband didn't want to walk down, so I went alone. I walked about halfway down the cliff and sat down to paint. I knew if I went all the way down, I would have to climb all the way back up to the top in the heat. Finally when I was done, I hiked back up. My husband told me he had something to show me. There was an elevator that went through the cliff to the beach!
Thursday, March 1, 2007
I finished this painting over the weekend. It was done from photos I took while driving through Utah, going from one national park to another. I had passed this spot, and then turned around to get a few photos. "Solitude" is the perfect title because it was this lovely old barn in a very wide open lonely area. I love old buildings. They have such character. It is 15 x 30 inches.