Colored Block Studies in Watercolor

Painting the light effect today in block studies. NFS.

This is the style of watercolor I love most, but it’s unique in that it doesn’t stress transparency, but seeing and painting the light.

Most impressionist painters work in oil. While some watercolorists claim to paint in an impressionistic style, they are not truly painting the light effect.

I taught myself how to do this by poring over Painting the Impressionist Watercolor by Lee Boynton. He is the only person I know of who taught this technique.

Unfortunately, Lee passed away last year and I never had the opportunity to take a class with him.  I will continue my study of painting the light, doing my best to “scream at me with color” and “get the shock of the light,” two of the sayings from Lee’s book.

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Still Life with Pumpkin

Still Life with Pumpkin

Color is my obsession as an artist. I’ve written an award-winning book on color for quilters, but color in painting is far more complex.

Mixing hues, warms and cools, intense and dull all work together to make an exciting painting. I love the bold hues of the apples and pumpkin against the blue bowl and green mug (my husband’s Scoutmaster mug).

We live near a pumpkin farm and apple orchards, so fall is a wonderful time of year here. No lack of inspiration for painting.

16×20″ watercolor on cold-pressed paper


Roses and Tulips Still Life

Floral Still LifeFall is here, yet I still want to paint yellow roses. I know oranges, rusts, and browns are coming, but I want to savor lighter, brighter colors as long as possible.

This combination of soft yellow roses against the vivid tulips is striking. The Honeycrisp apple will be gone soon from the local orchards, so I wanted to capture it while it’s still in season.

The tiny blue dish is handmade from a gallery in Madeleine Island, Wisconsin. I traveled there with my friend Marybeth to attend a Gwen Marston quilting workshop at the Madeleine Island School of the Arts, and after class each day, we would tour the island and its galleries.  This is one of three exquisite, tiny dishes I bought.

Watercolor, 8×10″ on Arches cold-pressed paper