Friday, February 29, 2008

Saint Sebastian WIP

Watercolor, 5 x 7 inches, 2008.
This is my work so far on the Sebastian painting I posted the rough sketch of previously. As you can see first I concentrated on the figure, which is really the most important part of the painting. I also wanted the client to approve the figure before I did any more work on the painting as he had a specific "type" in mind. Now he has given me the green light I can finish the job :)

Spring Flower Seeds

Won't be long before it's time to start planting seeds...and I can't wait!
This piece is an ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches.
J. Elaine Hays (Lanie)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

First Daffodil Watercolor Wednesday by ArtByErika

"The First Daffodil" 4x6 inches watercolor and ink on paper

Painted for Daily Watercolor's Watercolor Wednesday, the theme was "signs of spring". Here is a child who is obviously a flower lover; she is greeting the first daffodil "Happy Birthday!"

I'm late too Lore!

Signs of spring

I know, I'm late, for my Wednesday Watercolor I started it yesterday morning but couldn't end it in the afternoon. I did it today and here it is!

ACEO - 2,5" x 3,5"
Watercolor on 14o lbs Arches grain satinè.

I got inspired by the sparrows that are just arriving here and by the cherry trees that are typical in my zone, blossoms are all over also if the weather is making jokes and is warm one day and frozen the day after.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday Watercolors - Signs of Spring

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor.
For this weeks theme, "Signs of Spring" I painted some purple crocuses from the garden. It always such a pleasure watching the garden burst into life and the green shoots push up through the earth. The crocuses were first to bloom, small clusters of yellow and purple all over the garden.

Wednesday Watercolors-Daffodils

Last week the daffodils in my garden began blooming and they were a welcome sight. I couldn't resist picking a few, and then I couldn't resist painting them. This piece measures 5x7 inches.
J. Elaine Hays (Lanie)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Fresh blueberries ready to be picked. Yum! This is an ACEO 2/5x3/5 inches, just finished today.
J. Elaine Hays (Lanie)

Elizabeth of York

4 x 6 inches, watercolour and gold ink, 2008.

Elizabeth was born in 1466, the first child born to Elizabeth Wydville and King Edward IV (though Elizabeth had two children from a previous marriage). After her father's death in 1483, her younger brother briefly became King Edward V before their uncle Richard imprisoned and murdered him and proclaimed himself Richard the Third. Elizabeth, her mother and other siblings stayed in the Sanctuary of Westminster Abbey, her mother arranging a marriage with the exiled Henry Tudor through his mother Margaret Beaufort. In 1484 Elizabeth left sanctuary and joined the court of Richard. It was rumoured that Richard planned to marry her after the death of his wife Anne but nothing ever came of it. In 1485 Henry Tudor defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and became King Henry VII. Elizabeth and Henry were married in early 1486. It was a successful marriage and produced eight children, among them the future Henry VIII. Their first son Arthur died aged 16 in 1502. They tried for another child and Katherine was born in 1503 but she died within hours of being born. Elizabeth herself died from infection 9 days later, aged 37.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Saint Sebastian Rough Watercolor Sketch

5 x 7 inches, watercolor, sketchbook.

This is a rough composition sketch for a commission I am working on for a client, a painting of Saint Sebastian. The client is after a specific look for Sebastian so I've tried to accomodate that. The image has now been sent to the client for is opinion before I go on to paint the finished painting.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Escape to a Secluded Beach

This little painting is a gift for someone who isn't able to "Escape to a Secluded Beach".