Saturday, May 31, 2008

Texas Bluebonnets and Farm Basket Watercolor Painting

Always looking for new ways to paint Bluebonnets. This one has a country farm basket, also called a "berry basket".

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Judas Kiss Commission Rough Sketch

sketch on heavy cartridge paper, 11 x 13 inches, watercolor, 2008.
Regular visitors to the blog will now I recently painted an ACEO titled "The Judas Kiss". The buyer of that painting commissioned me to do a full size version, opening the scene out to include more of the figures and roman soldiers. So this is the rough sketch I did for the composition and colour design. I've got to make some changes for the client in the finished painting (the soldiers will be holding swords and torches) but it's the biggest painting I've done for a long time, and the most complex, so it's a fun challenge!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dance with Flare

My daughter modeled for this painting. She had quite a flare as Spanish in the Nutcracker this year.

Highlighted with a goldtone watercolor, the background slightly shimmers, while the edges of the tutu are clearly gold.

Measures 8.5x11 on Cold Press.

Border Collie Portrait Commission Rough

sketchbook rough, watercolour.

This is a rough sketch for a commission portrait of a border collie I am doing for a client. I chose an autumnal background so the colours would contrast with the almost monochrome of the dog. The most important thing was to capture that collie "look" - the way they look intently into you with such intelligence. My parents had collies so I know the look! Once I have done the finished piece I will post it - the client said he would be happy with just the rough LOL!

Coral Rose

All the talk about flowers from this group made me want to paint a rose so this is for all of you. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Prince ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor with gouache, 2008.
A handsome Prince reclnes on embroidered cushions, fruit in a golden bowl for him to eat.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Hamlet Hamster

"The Hamletster" Sepia ink, gouache and watercolor ACEO
A Hamlet hamster holds the skull of a Yorick hamster.
What with all the popularity of hamsters lately, this just had to happen. Alas, poor Shakespeare!

Happy Nun - Unmentionable

This watercolor was made for this moth EBSQart Show - Unemtionables Underwear
its' a squared art 5.5 x 5.5 inches painted on Arches 14olbs paper.

There's a story below it:
There’s a way to say here in Italy that says:” The dress doesn’t make the monk”…
This paint is inspired by a fact really happened to me when I was a young girl and used to spend some days during the summer with my friend Emanuela at her home near the sea in Tuscany.
One day, I was hanging up my bikini after coming home from the beach and saw a nice g-string (quite innovative at that time) hanged there, as neither me, my friend or her mother used to use this kind of underwear I asked who was the owner of this garment.
The replay to my question was like a frozen shower to me, because I discovered that the owner was my friend’s aunt that was in vacation there too.
What shocked me was that the aunt was quite old and that she was a nun!!!
That’s quite unmentionable and if I hadn't seen it with my eyes I would difficult have believed this, in this case we can say: “the dress doesn't make the nun”

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Texas Live Oak Tree, Barn and Bluebonnets Watercolor Painting

This is an original watercolor painting of a typical Texas Hill Country scene, with Live Oak trees, an old barn, and Texas Bluebonnets. The size is 5"x7", and it is matted in an 8"x10" beveled white mat. This painting is available on ebay at the moment, but I have others available on my web site, or by commission.