Flamingo in Rippled Water

I did complete the seven day art challenge, even if I didn’t post everything here (or Fakebook).  In all, I have six flamingo paintings and one beach sunrise painting, and this is the flamingo painting I like best of the six.

A pink flamingo feeds in rippled blue-green water along the shore, with its feathers and the water ripples catching the early morning sun light.  This is a twelve by nine inch watercolor painting on watercolor paper.

Flamingo in Rippled Water, 12x9in watercolor

The (unframed) original painting is available, sealed with art wax and in a plastic sleeve to protect it, for $120 USD.  Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories and apparel at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)  I’ll see if Leo at Leo’s Fine Sushi in Palatka would like to display it.  If so, look for a comment to this post.

Flapping Flamingo

A new art challenge has begun!  This is a short seven days, with the theme of “liquid.”  I have my seven reference photos picked out, cropped, and gridded … and all seven involve one or more flamingoes, which are wading shore birds so it was merely a matter of making sure they aren’t on dry land.  I have been wanting to paint a flamingo for almost two years now, and have done sketches to get a feel for the bird’s lines.  Now, it is time to paint some.

First up is a young bird, molting from the grey-purple chick down to the vibrant pink feathers of the adult flamingo.  The wings change over before the head and neck, just like chickens.  The brilliant rose pink is a perfect contrast to the blue-green I used for the water, with the distant shoreline a blurry combination of yellow ochre for sand, brown in the shadows, and three shades of green.

Flamingoes usually don’t come this far north, nor this far inland, in Florida, but down in the southern part of the peninsula they are a part of the wildlife.

The original is twelve by nine inches, sealed with wax to protect against humidity.  Prints – both smaller and larger – are available at my Pixels store.  Tee shirts and accessories are available at my RedBubble subdomain. (links open in new tab/window)

Flapping Flamingo, 12×9 inches watercolor

Winter Snowman

We are now in the second half of the year, which means it is time for those of us in the gift-making sector to turn our focus to the year-end holidays.  I will certainly be doing Florida-themed paintings very soon, but I thought I should spotlight the watercolor paintings I did at the end of 2020.  The first, which set the tone and fired my imagination, was this cheerful and festive-looking snowman.  I had a very enjoyable time painting this, with the merry red scarf and hat, the black buttons, and the blue and purple shadows, with the swirling green in the background to make the reds pop.  Just pulling this painting out again to scan and upload has brightened my mood today!  I often use the word “whimsical” to describe this one.  While it has a different look compared to most of my other artwork, I still love it.

The original is right here next to my desk, available for purchase if you have a nine by twelve inch space on your wall or desk.  For smaller or larger (up to 30 by 40 inches!) prints, visit my Pixels store.  If you want apparel or accessories, there is both my RedBubble subdomain and also a few at the Pixels site alongside the prints. (links open in new tab/window)

Winter Snowman, 9x12in watercolor

Pink Rose

 Continuing with my love of roses, here is a small square watercolor painting I simply call Pink Rose.  While I painted the flower itself in a very realistic style, I went completely abstract for the blue-green background, just making the outline along the petals radiate towards the edges of the paper.  My husband commented that this stylization of the background is often used in comics, which I had not known previously.  Of course, at this moment, neither of us can come up with the name for this effect.

The original is available still, and is on the small side at only 7 by 7 inches.  It is wax-sealed to protect against humidity.  I can ship to buyers outside the area.  If you would like a print, I have up to 24 by 24 inch prints available in my Pixels store.  Accessories and apparel are available in my RedBubble store.  (links open in new tab/window)

Pink Rose, 7x7in watercolor painting

Goldfish

 I did this piece as a test of a new set of oil pastels, but quickly realized the beauty and finished it.  A vivid and colorful goldfish changing direction effortlessly and gracefully in the blue water, its scales seem to change from a deep gold to a fiery orange.

My mother has claim on the original piece, which is oil pastel on 14 by 11 inch primed paper and sealed to prevent smudging.  Prints are available through my Pixels store, and shirts and accessories through my RedBubble shop. (links open in new tab/window)

Goldfish, 14x11in oil pastel on paper

Red Rose in oil pastel

 A vibrant red rose in bloom against a grey-blue background, with the brilliant green of the leaves and stem catching the light.  Done in oil pastel on an 11 by 14 inch canvas panel, this was only my second big oil pastel piece.  The oil pastel on the canvas makes an interesting optical effect, and gives it almost a 3D look.  Original is available, locally or shipped.  Prints in various different sizes can be ordered through my Pixels store, while accessories and swag can be found at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)

Red Rose, 11x14in oil pastel on canvas panel

Charcoal Still Life Quarter Wedge Squash

A charcoal still life of a squash, with a quarter cut out and a wedge sliced off to reveal the rich flesh and seeds within.  Vegetables are a popular subject for still life works, right up there with flowers.  I did a little research into still lifes, and discovered this was an art category that women play a prominent role even back into Renaissance time.

Quarter Wedge Squash, 12x9in charcoal still life
The original is roughly 12 by 9 inches (23 cm by 31 cm, made in France), on 100% cotton paper, with a coat of fixative, and available.  It is currently on display at El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City, Florida.  Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories and more styles of prints are at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)

Blooming Pink Rose

This technically-a-drawing* of a pink rose was my first project using oil pastels on black canvas paper.  It scanned nicely, but like oil paint, oil pastel just looks better in person.  There is a quality to the work that neither camera nor scanner is able to convey, which is one reason I am announcing that this (along with Red Tulips and Electric Yellow Rose) are going to El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City for local display later today.  I should probably note that artwork on display is also for sale if anyone wishes to purchase the originals.  For those who want prints, including in larger or smaller sizes, those can be purchased through my Pixels store, and for those who like accessories like apparel, mugs, or a clock can buy that through my RedBubble store. (external links open in new tab/window)

Blooming Pink Rose, 12x9in oil pastel

* I define a drawing as anything where the original surface is still visible, while a painting has the entire surface – whether paper or canvas – completely covered with the medium (watercolor, pastel, etc.)

Electric Yellow Rose

I finished up this close-up of a yellow rose this evening, and when it was dry enough I showed it to hubby, who immediately commented, “Wow, electric!”  That’s where the electric part of this piece’s name comes from.  Hubby says the combination of yellow with purple (or violet, if you prefer) just pops in a beautiful way.

Original is 12 by 9 inch watercolor, sealed with Dorland’s wax, and I will take it to El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City for display locally.  Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)
Electric Yellow Rose, 12x9in watercolor

Red Tulips

Still catching up here on this new blog, and today I am spotlighting my red tulips painting, done in watercolor in an Impressionistic style, eye-catching red and green on white watercolor paper.  The original is 9 by 12 inches, sealed with Dorland’s wax, and will be on display at El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City.  I can ship to buyers outside the region also.  Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories are at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)

Red Tulips, 9×12 in watercolor