Saturday, February 2, 2008

Spring - Make it so!

It snowed all day today...I had no choice -

this Lily just crept onto the paper while I was

watching the big white flakes pile up!

Lee Pierce

Singing in the Rain

My first post to Daily Watercolors. I've missed you all. This painting is inspired by my niece. Click here to bid.

Granny's Washline

Here's a little piece of nostalgia I painted this afternoon. Granny's old two story house with a wash room in the back. She even has a few pieces of laundry drying in the backyard.
ACEO 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.
J. Elaine Hays (Lanie)

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Tulip ACEO

(c) M Pruitt 2008

Snow is expected tomorrow, but I just couldn't resist painting a tulip today - though a few icy snowflakes made their way into the background (wink).

This tulip is an ACEO (2.5"x3.5") and is painted on Artistico cold press with artist quality Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors. It can be purchased on my website, The Creators Palette, beginning February 2.

Shasta Daisies

This morning I was inspired to paint a bouquet of Shasta Daisies. Then I was faced with the decision of what size to paint them, and finally decided the painting needed to be at least 5x7 inches so they could really 'show their stuff'. I chose a deep midnight blue for the background which required two washes and a mix of several colors.
J. Elaine Hays (Lanie)

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Waterhouse Rendition - A Mermaid

A 4 x 6 inch watercolor rendition of J.W. Waterhouse's "A Mermaid". It was painted for the eBay watercolor group WnW's Monthly Masters Challenge. This month the theme is "The Sea". Waterhouse has been one of my favourite artists since I was a teenager and I bought this image as a postcard back then. I love the peaceful scene of the mermaid brushing her hair and the gorgeous blues and greens.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Happy Dreams" ACEO

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Plein Air "Morning Mist"

8 x 9 on 140 lb cold press paper. Tree bark texture made by sprinkling salt into the wet paint.

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ACEO Original Watercolor paint Robin Bird ATC WnW MLES

ACEO 2,5 x 3,5 inches

Watercolor 140 lbs/300gms Arches Cold pressed paper

Winter is the best season here in Italy to see the Robin birds, they have now heavy plumage
to protect themselves from cold, and their colors are much more intense.

There's one in my little garden, every morning he comes onto the little
bird-house hanged to the tree and he sings strongly.
I give him some peanuts and seems to be happy about that.

I spend long minutes watching this little bird and as I don't want to disturb,
I never took a real photo if him.
To paint this ACEO I used a picture from a gentle man who allowed me to use it,
the background is took from the hedge of my garden.


Spring Waterfall ACEO

(c) M Pruitt 2008

The snow is still falling, but I'm ready for the next step.
Snow capped mountains melting,
Icy cold water running through the streams,
Buds and new grass,
Soft greens and pinks.
Spring Waterfall

You can find "Spring Waterfall" ACEO by searching WnW on eBay, or by visiting my website The Creators Palette

Pierrot ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, 2008.
An ACEO painting of Pierrot. Pierrot is a sad character, naive, foolish and moonstruck. He loves Columbine but she leaves him for Harlequin, breaking his heart.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Watercolor Wednesday - Hearts on a String

Hearts on a String

I look forward to seeing these in my yard. Spring can't be that far off! I hope?

Lee Pierce

Watercolor Wednesday Hearts Theme ArtByErika

"My Heart is Yours" ACEO
This well endowed sweet woman is happy to give her heart to you for Watercolor Wednesday. She's very proud of the cotton candy pink wisps on her hair.

Wednesday Watercolours - "Sacred Heart"

The theme this week is Hearts .

My contribution is a 4 x 6 inch painting of Jesus and His Sacred Heart. The image of the Sacred Heart represents Jesus' love for humanity - the thorns symbolise his death, the flames his love.
Watercolor with gouache, 2008.

Wednesday Watercolors - HEARTS - Forget Me Not

(c) M Pruitt 2008
Artist retains all rights to this image

"Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;"

Quilt of Hearts

Tomorrow will be the first day of February, and I always associate that month with love and hearts! My watercolor was inspired by my love of quilting...which I unfortunately have little or no time for these days. So I decided to paint one instead. ACEO Size 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.
J. Elaine Hays (Lanie)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


(c) M Pruitt 2008
Artist retains all rights to image

This beautiful dancer is one of many in my daughters dance company who have allowed me use them as models for my painting. This graceful dancer in arabesque en pointe makes ballet look easy.

This painting is done with artist quality watercolor paints on 140 lb cold press Artistico paper. It measures 8.5"x11" and is the perfect size for a mat with an 8"x10" opening. I have shown it here, cropped to 8"x10", and a smaller version of the whole painting with edges.

"Ballerina" is available on my website The Creators Palette or search WnW on eBay and you can find it in my store.

"I'm going to wear suspenders" Shriner Circus Clown

Caught this Shriner Circus Clown 'taking' it easy before the show. The suspenders are a staple of many a clown costume. I loved putting much detail in the hands.
This is 2.5x3.5" watercolor, ACEO.


Romeo and Juliet Watercolor Art ACEO

Art By Erika Nelson
A tribute to Sir Frank Bernard Dicksee's Romeo and Juliet. I chose this for the watercolor challenge of the month with the theme Love and Kisses. This famous couple after all are great symbols of love. I also have never seen an image of them kissing which made Sir Dicksee's rendition very inspiring to me!

Master Tribute Antonio Canova "Amore e Psiche"

OSWOA Watercolor size 6 x 4 Inches
on FABRIANO cold pressed Watercolor Paper
with Winsor & Newton artist paints.

This is a tribute to the Master Antonio Canova.
Here I reprouced in Monochrome watercolor, the marble statue "Amore e Psiche",
(Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss), commissioned in 1787 was ended in 1793, it's showed now in Paris at Louvre Museum.
In this statue we can see the two bodies lie in a pyramidal shape that are
opposed by Cupid's wings and creates a perfect balancement.
This statue exemplifies the Neoclassical obsession for love and emotions.
It represents the god Cupid (Amore) in the act of love and tenderness, right after awakening the lifeless Psyche with a kiss,
a scene excerpted from Lucius Apuleius' novel The Golden Ass.
It's a masterpiece of its period, it appeals to the senses of sight and touch,
yet simultaneously alludes to the Romantic interest in emotion co-existing with Neoclassicism.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Hugh Le Despencer (The Younger)

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, 2008.An ACEO portrait of Hugh Le Despencer (the Younger). Born in 1286. In the same year he was knighted he was married to Eleanor De Clare. Piers Gaveston was his brother-in-law. Through his wife he inherited much land and property. By 1320 he had become Edwards new favourite. Hugh's father had been been a loyal supporter of Edward and had been his chief administrator. In his position as favourite he begand to appropriate land and wealth, much to the disgust of the Lords and Barons who saw him as an even worse Gaveston. The Despencers were then forced into exile in 1321 but returned a year later. The Despencers were loathed for their greed and rapaciousness, Edward seemingly allowing them to do as they please. Whether Hugh and Edward were actually physically lovers is uncertain but it is certain that Isabella despised him. Mortimer was also his enemy, Despencer having vowed revenge on him as his grandfather had murdered Hugh's. When Isabella and Mortimer landed in 1326 to depose Edward and the Despencers most of the Lords and Barons supported them and Edward and the Despencers were soon captured. The Elder Despencer was executed at Bristol. Hugh the Younger was put on trial before Isabella and Mortimer at Hereford. Found guilty he was dragged to his place of execution. First stripped, he then had scriptures written into his skin. He was then hanged but not long enough to kill him. He was then tied to a tall ladder, so all could see him. Still alive, his genitals were then cut off and thrown into the fire. Then he was slit open and his entrails slowly removed, finally his heart. He was then beheaded and his body cut into four pieces.

Master Tribute Francesco Hayez "Il bacio - The Kiss"

"Il bacio" triute to Francesco Hayez - OSWOA 6x4 inches
The Kiss – Il bacio is and oil on canvas made by the italian painter Francesco Hayez
in the 1859. Actually it’s showed in Milano - Italy at the Brera’s Pinacoteque.

In this paint Hayez joins all the main features of the Italian romanticism.
The true sensual love is showed here in the plastic movements of the two lovers,
also the patriotism is a characteristic that we can find in this paint.


I go to lifedrawing studio regularly and draw or paint from models there. This ACEO was done from one of my drawings, I added clothing and background. "Hermosa" (Beautiful) was on vellum bristol board.