I'm an artist in Alabama doing watercolors, and graphic arts on my computer. I hope you will follow my every day adventures with art! Join us at http://www.ciaswatercolorfriends.ning.com a social network dedicated to promoting the art of watercolor! Cecilia
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
I finished this one yesterday. I thought that it was finished, way before I would have usually thought that. There is a great deal to be said about knowing when to quit.
This is a half sheet watercolor on Arches 140 lb. bright white cold press paper.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I'm kind of pleased with this one. It was very hard to do. These roses were in my neighbor's garden, Mr. Prestridge, and he kindly allowed me to take lots of pictures of them.
In order to get these variegated roses, I blew up portions of the picture and printed them out on photo grade paper. The difference is amazing and everybody who paints from photos ought to try this.
Here it is, it's entitled, "My Neighbor's Roses".
I was told by a student that this was another masterpiece, however, I am not totally pleased with it as of yet.
This one was a combo, by that I mean that I isolated 3 pictures of roses and combined them into a composition, and this is how it turned out as a painting.
Opinions please? Cia
Monday, September 10, 2007
My goodness, I got locked out of here for a little while. Geez.
Here's my latest painting, I finally decided to try some roses! I think I turned a huge corner with this one!
Here it is!
This is a full sheet on Arches 140 lb. cold press bright white paper. It was an absolute joy to paint too.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
and said "Let her teach! She can certainly do it!"
And so I did. The book started out just as handouts for each weekly lesson. The students were adults, coming from all walks of life, all the way from Deans to stay-at-home mommies. It was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. The students would stay with me all 8 weeks. Other classes did not have that kind of track record.
The first edition of the book was just typewritten pages, no pictures, no fancy anything.
But it was used by the students faithfully.
Then one day my son Kendall gave me Microsoft Publisher software as a gift. Suddenly the book took on more importance and had pictures in it. The first edition had some pictures of my students' work in it.
I bought a machine to punch holes and bind the book using the spiral or the comb method. And that's the way I publish it now.
At this time, it has grown to 43 pages. It is full of pictures and illustrations, and I have removed all the student pictures as I have lost track of those folks over time, and I wish to market it more, and I don't know how to get in touch with them to ask permission to use their work in a broader way.
The book is listed on my personal website at My Book.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Hello all, I'm so excited about this particular painting! I am making progress, after all! This is white rhododendrons, it's a half sheet, and I'm trying a new paper, Artistico Fabriano 140 lb. cold press.
I'm interested to know what you think about this one!
Friday, June 08, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
If you decide to follow along, you should start here first, this gives
the reference picture and the drawing, etc.
Let me know if you decide to do this, I'm going to post all the pictures that we do online.
Friday, May 04, 2007
artspace2000.com invited me to join, but I had to be juried in first.
I got word that I've been accepted!
Here's the link to see it.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
I would like to exhibit some other watercolor subjects with this post. There is a link to the page where you can really see them. I'm including some of them here. This first one is a full sheet done of Helen, GA. The gentleman is Charlie, my late husband.
This one is called "Road to Glory". It's not a full sheet, almost. This painting was selected by American Frame as their print of the month for March, 2007.
This is called Old Mill Stream. This painting was featured on the cover of a magazine called "Alabama Living". This is a scene I photographed near here down stream from a dam site where there had been a waterwheel type mill. The mill has since been restored.
Tubing Stream at Helen, GA. I photographed this scene standing on a bridge overlooking the tubing stream. I developed this painting from that photograph.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Dear Readers, I seem to be stuck in an iris mood. I don't care though, these complicated flowers have much to teach me. So I'm going to persevere, regardless of criticism as to why I don't paint something ELSE. Here is the one I called Cascade. I've done another one that is really loose but I need to finish it before I post it.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I haven't put this one up either. This one came before "Iridescent Petals" and it's called "Happy Dance". The title refers not only to the way the painting turned out but also due to the fact that it went well from the start and had me doing the happy dance. I really love this one. Hope you comment!
Hello! I've been so busy I haven't even been here to talk about what I'm doing!
I've been painting, and framing. Does anybody despise putting together frames as much as I do? I seem to be constantly screwing in those tiny screws only to find I don't have the corner tight enough and have to do it all over. Anyway, here's what I have just finished.
I'm very pleased with this because I have figured out how to paint an iridescent look without the use of iridescent paints. I did add a little metallic gold watercolor to the leaves but those translucent petals are just plain watercolor.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Good evening readers, I'm here right now to post my latest work. I just finished this a while ago. I really like it too! It's called "Sundance" and it's watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold press paper, a full sheet this time! It's been a very long time since I tried to do that! Let me know what you think! Cia
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
To my readers, I'm so happy with this painting. It represents a new phase for me. This is something I have longed to accomplish a long time. This is called "Here's my Heart", and of course, it's irises! This is done wet-in-wet for the most part. The secret here is how you apply the colors, you should always separate blue and yellow with red. Hope you like this one!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
This is my first attempt at a hibiscus. Well, the Confederate Roses are a kind of hibiscus. This one is a beautiful orange double one. I'm really liking this one. It's a combination of watercolor and watercolor pencils. I hope to do more of these!
First painting painted in 2007 by me.