Come Join Me For Winter Gouache!

Gouache (pronounced “gwash” and rhymes with gosh and wash) is seriously a cool medium, but it’s also a medium that’s either not well-known or not totally understood. At least not around where I live. Which is why I want to shout out from the rooftops of its awesome-ness.

Basically what it is (mostly) is watercolor with chalk so that it dries opaque instead of transparent. I say “mostly” because not all gouache has chalk additives. For instance, my favorite favorite gouache is M. Graham and it has blackberry honey instead of chalk.

I have tried several different brands of gouache. All have their pros and cons and I will get to that in a minute, but first let’s talk about WINTER GOUACHE. Continue reading

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New Process Video: Day & Night

Interesting story behind this piece. My goal was to do just a basic process video to get back into the swing of, well, making process videos. So I cut the last of my Arches cold press–still warped from the rain during Porchfest–into two pieces that were approximately 5.25×10 inches each. Even after I’d taped them down I still wasn’t sure what I was going to paint on them, but that’s pretty normal for me. Still, I knew I wanted it to be something simple, something short.

That’s not what happened.

Instead, these two paintings emerged from an idea I’d been mulling over for the last several weeks, and took me a collective 5 hours or so over the course of two days. Once they were complete, I felt as though I’d finished something powerful and important to me. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t stop looking at them! Is it pride? Can an artist be proud of her own work? Or is that an ego thing?

Anyways, I recorded all of it wooo!

Day & Night was painted with gouache and watercolors on cold press. I used the same colors on each side, simply adding white to the colors for Day and black to the colors for Night. The only real difference was the orange moon I used for Night, which went well as a complementary color to Day’s blue sun.

I see winter in the left. I see an October night on the right. Maybe these paintings emerged from not just an idea, but from the feelings I have about this fleeting October, and about the coming winter. I’m not sure. What I do know is that I wanted to create something of a yin-yang in the form of two landscapes.

Day & Night is still available on my Etsy shop. The two paintings are sold as a set and can be bought framed or un-framed. Interested in purchasing Day & Night? Click here.

Thanks for stopping by and reading! Have a great weekend, and if you’re in our area, stay warm!

Capital Arts Exhibition: Artist Talk & Wall Photos

A little over a year ago I showed in my very first gallery. I meekly brought in a few of my woodland animal illustrations, sure I was going to be turned down, and was confused surprised when the director told me my work would fit the Fact or Fiction theme nicely. That show was also my first judged show, and was where I won my first ribbon, an honorable mention on my painting, The Guide.

One year later I’m now the Featured Artist at that same gallery, Capital Arts, in Jefferson City, MO. I currently have fourteen framed pieces on their walls–not an easy feat to put together, as I still have those twenty-five pieces at the conservation center–and was to give an Artist Talk during the reception.

And the theme for this show is Myths & Legends, which somehow brings all of this full-circle. Sometimes the Universe has a way of letting you know you’re on the right track.

During the reception I had a lot of fun chatting with my fellow artists and this awesome community in which I was immediately welcomed to with no question. So many of you guys have become more than just my colleagues/mentors. You have become my friends.

And for those of you who are here with me right now, reading this blog, thank you!

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These are the pieces currently in my little “featured” nook of Capital Arts Gallery. Behind the table, in the window, you will also see my daughter got her own little featured section, where she was able to display some artwork of her own.

Note: if you are interested in any of these pieces, please let me know here. Since these paintings are currently for sale at the gallery, I have to ask them whether or not paintings in question are still available for purchase. It’s kind of hard to sell a painting that’s already sold haha. Thanks so much!!

For those of you who’d like to hear my Artist Talk, you’re in luck! I was able to record it and have uploaded it to Youtube. Just like with those in my audience at the gallery, you can ask me any questions that I may not have answered.

Until next time, you guys! Thanks for being here.

 

Inktober so Far & Some Hidden Optimism

It’s only day 3 of Inktober, but I’m already having a ton of fun. Not only that but it’s finally starting to feel like fall outside. It’s been nothing but 90 degrees and humid for the past month, which has been pretty lame. But now it’s a crisp 60 degrees, dark and cloudy and super moody and I’m in the mood to just curl up with hot drinks and creepy movies and candles.

But first let’s chat art! Continue reading

New Tiers, New Benefits, New Patreon

Mini Zines are officially on my tier benefits!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to get on here and thank you. Thank you for being here, for reading these words, for taking part in my Twitter draw posts, for clicking that little “like” button that takes the form of so many different shapes on the world wide web community. Each and every one of you is why I am still here, why I am finding success, why I still persist even when things get really tough.

Thank you.

Because of my super gratitude, I decided to re-launch my Patreon and give it a full overhaul. The tiers are new–and nature themed–and the benefits are super fun. Continue reading

Exhibition Showcase: What’s on the Wall at Runge Nature Center (Part Two)

Welcome to Part Two of my Runge Exibition Showcase! If you haven’t already seen part one, click here to start at the beginning.

For those of you who have come to see part two, let’s get right to it!

Once again I’d like to explain that, while most of the originals for these pieces are still available to purchase (frame and all), they will not be shipped until after this show is over on October 28th, 2019. Prints, however, are available at any time, and are usually shipped within 2 days of purchase.

Please note: prints do not come with a frame. If you’d like a frame, feel free to contact me through Etsy or my site and we can discuss.

Twilight Garden

Watercolor & Gouache | 8×10 | 2019

Twilight Garden was another one of my “improv” pieces, in that I didn’t know where I was going to end up, even after I began. What I really wanted to do was play with my new colors: indigo and aussie red gold. Those two colors, plus perylene red and a little bit of moonglow, make one awesome color palette. I learned that with this piece, and with Ghost Garden, a painting I did right after this one.

Want to watch a video of me painting this? Click here!

To purchase Twilight Garden click here.

Winter Bluffs (Print)

Watercolor | 8×10 | 2018

This is another one of those pieces that was painted right on the cusp of 2018-2019 so it’s hard for me to remember which one it was. It was definitely wintertime, as you can see, and for this piece I really wanted to experiment with a monochromatic palette, using mostly blues and grays. I also experimented with different types of salt and found that coarse sea salt makes large, “flowery” patterns, while table salt makes tiny little “ice” patterns. Both are great for a wintry scene!

The original for this piece has already sold, but you can buy the print here.

Lone Tree

Watercolor | 11×14 | 2019

Lone Tree was a painting inspired by a piece I did during my “mini landscapes” themed draw post on Twitter. I really liked the way the tree dissolved into the sky, and I aimed to try it again on a larger scale.

The miniature piece that inspired Lone Tree

As of right now the larger piece is one of a kind. I do not have any scans of it, and if it is sold before the show is over, then congrats to the buyer! Because there will be no prints, and what they have will be truly unique.

If you’d like to purchase Lone Tree click here.

Fog on the Bluffs (Print)

Watercolor | 8×10 | 2019

Fog on the Bluffs was painted in early spring, when I often woke to a fog so thick I could barely see the tree just outside my window. The fog is one of the many reasons I love living next to the river. I remember painting the darker clouds at the top, and thinking of dense fog and rain on the hills in Wales (where one of my favorite books takes place) and I even though to put little white dots to hint at sheep.

The original piece was in a professional exhibition in spring, and spent some time in a restaurant before making its way over to the local gallery, where it will hang until mid October. If you are interested in the original (12×16 framed) please fill out this contact form. Because it is in a gallery show right now, I have to make sure it hasn’t sold already before selling to a buyer elsewhere.

If you’d rather a print, click here.

Winter Roots

Ink & Watercolor | 11×14 | 2019

Winter Roots was an experiment that went totally right. I wanted to see how isopropyl alcohol would look as an “underground” texture. I used Arches cold press so that I could get even more texture, added some coarse salt, and loaded a calligraphy pen with watercolor to get the roots and tree. It’s possible that this piece is 100% watercolor, but it’s possible that I may have added ink here and there, and so to be safe I listed that as one of the mediums.

If you’d like to purchase Winter Roots, click here.

After The Rain (Print)

Ink or Watercolor | 8×10 | 2019

After The Rain I’m almost certain is Hydrus watercolor by Dr. Ph. Martin’s, but it could also be India ink. This piece was an idea I’d formed in my mind before giving it a few tries. To get the upward “flow” effect, I had to paint this upside down, adding water here and there so the ink/watercolor would flow downward.

For me this piece is about rain clouds that sometimes seem so low they can touch the tops of the trees. But I have heard others say they see a fire. What do you see?

Prints are available here, but if you’d like the original (11×14 framed) please fill out this contact form, as the original is in a professional gallery and I will have to make sure it has not already sold.

Dragon Hills

Watercolor | 8×10 | 2019

Dragon Hills was an improv piece that I made when I first got my Hydrus watercolors. I absolutely love using the Hydrus colors, as they are already in liquid form and I can water them down further, or use them at their concentrated state. I can drop them onto wet paper, or spread them through one another. The possibilities are endless!

When I finished with this piece, I realized it looked something like the head of a dragon. Perhaps this hill is built upon the bones of a dragon slain long ago.

You can purchase Dragon Hills here.

Morning Flight (Also called Flight at Dawn)

Watercolor | 8×10 | 2019

Morning Flight was created one morning when I decided, suddenly, that I wanted to try to paint with natural materials. While I used brushes, I also used rose petals and leaves to get certain textures in the cliffside and choppy waters.

Want to watch a video of me painting this piece? Click here!

Morning Flight can be purchased here.

Abstract Autumn

Watercolor | 8×10 | 2018

Abstract Autumn was inspired by a smaller piece I did for my 365 Days of Watercolor project in 2018. I really liked the idea of creating an abstract piece that hinted at a dense forest. I tried it again with green, but it wasn’t as vibrant and exciting as this one.

Abstract Autumn can be purchased here.

Autumn on the Bluffs

Watercolor | 8×10 | 2018

Autumn on the Bluffs was inspired by the previous piece, Abstract Autumn. Once I had the idea of a dense forest in abstract form, I wanted to try many hills or bluffs, much like the ones near my home. We live right next to the river, and autumn during 2018 was a vibrant, fiery event. Every tree seemed to explode with color, and that’s what I hoped to portray in this wet-on-wet piece.

You can purchase Autumn on the Bluffs here.

Mudslide (Print)

Watercolor & Ink | 8×10 | 2019

Mudslide was an experiment with white ink. I wanted to try to create an abstract-like illusion of a flooding stream or waterfall cutting through the land. I loved the marbling effect I got with the brown and white, and I learned that too much white ink will crack when it’s drying. While some like the crackling effect at the bottom of the waterfall, I’ve tried to prevent this from happening in later pieces with this same effect.

You can purchase a print of Mudslide here.

The original may still be available. If you are interested (12×16 un-framed) please fill out this contact sheet, as it’s at the local gallery and I will have to double-check it isn’t already sold.

Bridge of the Cherry Willow (Print)

Watercolor & Gouache | 8×10 | 2019

Bridge of the Cherry Willow was created on a failed painting. I had a piece of decent hot press paper with a failed underpainting on it, and after a few weeks (maybe even months) I pulled it out and decided to either do something new with it, or throw it out. I went for the former, and what I painted has gotten lots of love!

The original of this piece has sold, but you can still buy a print here.

Jupiter Tree (Print)

Watercolor | 8×10 | 2019

Jupiter Tree was an improvised piece I made with my Woodlands watercolor palette by Prima. I took a large sheet of cold press, stretched it, and focused only on the color on my brush. The title of this piece comes from the big red spot in the center, making the whole landscape reminiscent of the planet Jupiter.

Want to watch a video about the process behind this piece? Click here!

The original for this piece has sold, but you can buy a print here.

And that’s all of them, folks! Once again these pieces will be taken down on October 28th, and so if you buy one of the originals I will ship them that day. Prints, however, can be bought at any time and are usually shipped 1-2 days after their purchase.

Also, from now until forever, if you use the code GIMMEFREESHIPPING you can get free US shipping on my website store with orders over 35$. You may also get free US shipping on my Etsy shop for the same amount, but no code is required there.

I hope you all have enjoyed my online exhibition showcase and learning about all of the pieces hanging on the wall of our local conservation center. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Until then! Have a good one!