Mini impressionist watercolor landscape

Painting Tiny Art

This month I concentrated on painting miniature watercolors using Arches paper and Daniel Smith watercolors. You can see some of them here on my new project page.

I finished this impressionistic watercolor landscape today. I like how the watercolors run and blend, forming unexpected forms and textures. It is painted on 3 x 3 inch paper. It is signed and dated on the back.

“The Golden Hour”

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Floral Abstract Painting

Contemporary flowers

This 14×11 inch mixed media was painted on heavy paper with acrylics, pastels and pencils. I wanted to create a layered piece with vibrant colors, yet maintain some quiet resting places where the linear design meandered in and between.

Additional drawn elements and mark making are the way I add depth and detail. I have combined drawn motifs with paint for many years; it is so much fun to go back into the painted layers and discover more imagery through line and patterns.

“Kaleidoscope ”

This original is currently available in my Etsy shop.

September watercolor leaf illustrations

The colors of fall…

We don’t necessarily get the brilliance of fall leaf color changes as seen in our more northern states, but we do have the varied yellow-brown, and brown-yellow combination. Mixed with other brown-yellows. Yes, you get the idea. But we have palm trees year-round and no snow blizzards, so who am I to complain about our limited leaf color palette?

So on my daily walks I have been bringing home the rare yellow-brown variety to sketch. 🙂 Happy Labor Day to all my fellow Americans. Enjoy the day… rest, play, create, and love. Cheers!

 

Miniature Paintings

Small Format Art using Golden Acrylics

Yesterday I finished working on some tiny canvas paintings. I’ve painted in miniature format for many years, and it’s always fun to return to the 2 to 3 inch zone to brush up on some editing skills. You just can’t fit it all in; a minimal approach becomes necessary.

Small brushes are great to use for painting this small, but the corner of larger brushes can also work and help facilitate a less fussy technique.

These small works shown here are acrylics on stretched canvas with painted sides, and I’ve just added them to my Etsy shop.

(Golden Acrylics)

Abstract painting in the Hobonichi

Hobonichi planner books and paint…

Nothing makes me happier than good, strong well-behaved paper. And for a mix of journaling art styles, which include calligraphy ink work occasionally, I find the Hobonichi can really take a lot of my abuse.

Several layers of acrylic paint? No problem for my Techo.

Abstract Elements

Making marks

Black Uniball pen and muted watercolors in my Hobonichi planner. Random explorations with color and line.

There is a sense of play that mark making provides. It frees up expectations and allows the hand and mind to wander together on a page.

Grey Toned Journals

Stillman & Birn Nova Series

I had a chance to try out the grey-toned Nova Series paper by Stillman & Birn this past weekend. I tried using various materials, including: water soluble oil pastels, grease pencils, regular graphite, colored pencil, gouache and acrylic paints.

I liked the way the paper handled all the materials, and the colors contrast nicely with the grey background. So far, nothing has bled through to the other side!