Friday, February 22, 2008
This is an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR , not a print,
painted on 140 lbs 300gsm ARCHES cold pressed and acid freeWatercolor paper .
To paint it I used Winsor & Newton Artist's colors.
The size of the paint is of 12 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.
This paint has a white border all around, this allows a better framing of it.
ABOUT THIS PAINT
This is the "Margaria Farm" located not far from my home here in Italy. It lyes in a wonderful hill's zone, all around it's surrounded by vineyards.
Today it hosts a restaurant and there you can buy biologic vegetables and fruit, but ince upon a time it was the house of the typical farmers, composed of many families living all together.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Henry Tudor was born in 1457, the son of Edmund Tudor and Margaret Beaufort. His claim to the throne was on his mother's side as she was a great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt, third son of Edward III. When the Yorkist King Edward VI came to the throne in 1471 he had gone abroad to Brittany and had stayed there for several years, until in 1485 he returned with an army and defeated Richard the Third at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He married the daughter of Edward VI, Elizabeth of York, so uniting the two houses of York and Lancaster that had fought so bitterly throughout the previous century. His children included Henry VIII, Margaret, who became Queen of Scotland and Mary Rose who was briefly Queen Of France. He set about reducing the powers of the nobility and collecting taxes. His policy was to maintain peace, which he did through various treaties and marriages, and to gain wealth - he had £1.5 million at the time of his death. His first son and heir Arthur died in 1502 after marrying Katharine of Aragon and then Elizabeth died in 1503. Henry died in 1509, aged 52. He had ruled for 24 years and left his son a rich, peaceful and stable kingdom.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
"Judge Judy", ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches,watercolor, 2008
For this weeks theme, "Things I Love" I thought I would have some fun so painted a portrait of Judge Judy Sheindlin. For anyone who doesn't know, after many years as a Family Court Judge, she was offered a TV show which began running in 1996 and is still going strong today. In the UK we are WAY behind, the current episodes being shown are from 2001, but it's possible to catch recent epsiodes on You Tube. She is famous for her straight talking, no nonsense attitude and while I don't always agree with her decisions she is never less than fascinating to watch. Judge Judy Rules!!
One of the things I love best will be no surprise to anyone. Watercolors! Here's a painting of my little fold-up palette! We have created hundreds of small format watercolors together.
This piece measures 5x7 inches.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I love RED! And when there's snow, colors stand out even more, especially the cardinals where ever they are perched. And the dogs are so much more frisky when they go out for walks, not even minding how cold it is and how much their owner is not really enjoying having having to bundle up and brave the weather. But they obviously love their pets so off they go daily!
But I like red on objects. After I painted this I looked in my closet to see if someone might guess my affinity for red. Well, I learned that I wear pretty much any color, though most of the time I wear black or something neutral like gray or navy blue. Go figure!