Sunday, March 1, 2015

Another Small Painting

"Red Barn"
3" x 3"
watercolor on paper
$40

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I love squares, don't you?  I'm having fun with these little paintings.  Thanks for stopping by!


what this painting could look like when framed



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Small Painting Auction

"Wheeler Farm"
3.5" x 5"
watercolor on paper
$40

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I've decided to auction off some of the little paintings I've been doing.  I think they would look sweet all matted and framed up.  This is the first one.

what this painting could look like when framed

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More Challenges

Misty Forest - work in progress
10" x 8"
watercolor on aquabord


I spent today doing some more experimenting - this time on aquabord.  I used the amazing Nita Engle's book How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself to guide me - referencing one of her paintings in the book, just to get a handle on some of her techniques.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sketching



I've always found landscape painting to be quite challenging.  All that extraneous information that needs to be edited has always confused me.  Joyce Hicks (whose work & process I find VERY inspiring) emphasizes creating shapes - so I've been doing some pencil sketching and working on values & temperature through little thumbnail studies.  It's been fun.  I'll be sharing some more over the next few posts.  Thanks for visiting!

"Red Barn"
3" x 3"
(watercolor on paper)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

An Apple A Day

"An Apple a Day"
6.25" x 7"
(watercolor on paper)



This was a little demonstration painting I did for some of my students.  We've been spending some time just getting back to basics.  I've decided to auction this one off with a starting bid of $30 -- oooh what a bargain, eh!?  Ha!  Click on the button above to bid or just to get a closer view.

Thank you for viewing my work.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Hug for my Honey

"Valentine Hug"
6" x 6"
watercolor on aquabord

This little painting is for my husband . . . Happy Valentine's Day!  :)

Hope you all have a great day.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Be Mine

"Be Mine"
8" x 8"
watercolor on paper




Wow!!  It's been a very long time.  I never thought I'd be away from blogging for so long, but I must say, the "vacation" has been delightful.  Although, I'm very glad to be back painting again.  Pablo Villicana Lara invited me to paint & post a Valentine painting and I'm so happy he did.  It was just the push I needed to get back in the saddle.  Pablo is an amazing artist, so please check out his work.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Catching Up

"Grandmother's Pillow"
(private collection)
As you may know, I'm participating in a Facebook Challenge, where I post 3 paintings/day for 5 days.  It's been fun to review some of my old paintings and select which ones to share.  Many thanks to Carrie Waller for inviting me to join in on the fun.  Carrie has been an inspiration to me since I began this watercolor adventure.  Be sure to check out her award-winning work.  

Here are the rest of my "shares" for the past 5 days, in no particular order.  On Day 2 I couldn't resist sharing more than 3 Little People paintings.  :)


"Tickets, Please"
(private collection) 
"Number, Please"
5" x 5" - watercolor on paper
$95
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"The Parking Ticket"
5" x 5" - matted and framed watercolor on paper
$135
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"Shave and a Haircut"
5" x 5" - matted and framed watercolor on paper
$135
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"Her First Apartment"
5" x 5" - matted and framed watercolor on paper
$135
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"Verbena"
6" x 6" - watercolor on aquabord
$90
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"Hallie"
6" x 6" - watercolor on aquabord
$90
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"Azul"
(private collection)

"Brady"
(private collection)

"Dougal"
(private collection)

"Nature's Candy"
16.75" x 10" - matted and framed watercolor on paper
$675
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"E-Z"
(private collection)

"By The Silo"
5" x 5" - matted and framed watercolor on paper
$135
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"Yellow Slip"
6" x 6" - framed watercolor on aquabord
$130
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"Really Big Shoe"
12" x 21" - matted and framed watercolor on paper
$550
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Holiday Hiatus

"Bucket o' Pumpkins"
6" x 6"
(watercolor on aquabord)
$135
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"Pumpkin Pals"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on aquabord)
$90
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"The Gourd"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on aquabord)


It's been a loooooong time, eh!?  I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and are having a great start to this new year.  I enjoyed a very long holiday hiatus and am having lots of trouble getting back into the swing of things here in the studio.  Luckily, however, my friend, Carrie Waller invited me to take part in a Facebook art project, where artists post 3 of their paintings each day, for five days, then invite other artists to join in on the fun.  Many artists are taking part, and this was the perfect catalyst to get me back into the studio.  Be sure to check out Facebook to view some wonderful art.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Award

"Bittersweet"
6" x 6"
(watercolor on aquabord)

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I was recently made aware that my still life painting "Bittersweet" was given an award at the Randy Higbee Gallery's "6 Inch Squared" show in Costa Mesa, California.  I am very grateful and honored.  You can view the show online here.  Over 600 paintings are in the exhibit . . . perhaps you can get some Christmas shopping done!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Online Shopping



HALLOOO!  It's been a while as I was all bogged down working on a house-project last week.  But more about that later.  

I finally have my online store up and running.  I don't have EVERYTHING I want to put up there, but I have most of the basics -- some notecards, my 2015 calendars, giclees, belts & buckles.  It's a start.  I hope you get the chance to check it out:  http://karakbigda.storenvy.com.  

Now onto my project -- I was busy last week painting our kitchen.  It took about 6 days (with some help from my dad and husband).  We have a galley kitchen (not my favorite), however until we decide to REALLY make it over (with new cabinets, countertops, appliances - maybe even combine it with what's now the dining room), we painted the hideous dark oak cabinets, walls and ceiling.  Unfortunately neither Dan nor I took "before" photos.  Gaaahh! We're such dopes.  But here are a couple images of the new paint job anyway.  At least it's cleaned up and much brighter.  I ordered some wooden knobs that I will paint the same color as the cabinets and plan on painting the door as well.




I hope you all are doing well.  I'm behind the eight-ball as usual.  Ha!  Thanks for popping by.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Getting Close

work in progress
14" x 11"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Everything is getting close . . . Thanksgiving . . . Christmas . . . a completed corn painting.  Ha!  I'm almost done with this one -- some more work is needed on it though.  I'll be in touch.  Thanks for coming on by and good luck on your holiday preparations!