A few weeks ago my sister and I were painting in Old Frontenac, MN and after we were finished we drove around the tiny quaint little setting and I saw this red vine that was so sweet cascading from a rusty fence post. Today I finished the painting that I began as a demo in my workshop this past week in Lanesboro.
Here is the finished demo that I started at my last workshop!
Here's a demo in progress during my recent Hutchinson class! I have always loved painting this subject matter!
Working on this one today as fall is in the air! A few more hours of work and it should be done!....see below for the finished painting! "The Touch of Autumn", 16" x 20" original watercolor on 1 1/2" wrapped canvas.
If at first you don't succeed....get excited- because now you can really experiment! My original plan just didn't work out and I wanted to see what could be done with the stained canvas that remained...Wow, these pigments in the new watercolor paints I am using really brought a fresh new and bold look to the way I approached Zinnias! Love it! Got to thinking, this must be how God feels when He takes our lives and makes them into something beautiful when we think we are just the sum of our mistakes!
I got a nice surprise when I visited my sister last weekend. Her property was surrounded by fields of Queen Ann's Lace. I had been wanting to get some reference photos and they were provided in abundance!
Intuitive Approach... My style is quite intuitive, wanting to capture the essence of rather than a literal interpretation of the subject. Working on finishing this piece today.
Sometimes I work from my photos and thought you might enjoy seeing the inspiration for my recent painting...you can see I am not literal! A photo records what it sees and a painting also conveys how the artist feels!
I recently was invited to paint during the worship portions of a Christian conference. I felt really drawn to paint this garden. I believe it speaks to what I heard the Lord say to me many years ago...namely..."I'll meet you in the garden." He has met me there many times over the years...in special gardens like Munsinger Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud, MN., Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny France, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or doing a painting of someones private garden. Mankind started in a garden and has been restored to the intimacy of walking with Him in that garden by what He did for us on the cross. That is what this painting beckens for us to do..."Walk With Me", 24" x 36", original watercolor on canvas. Copyrighted image.
"Apple Blossoms" This is my latest piece that I finished this morning! I struggled and struggled to paint it the way I thought it should be but I kept changing it with each new reworking and I finally love the result! Now to get the spray coating on the canvas!
I love where trails can take us, whether they are well marked or ones we clear as we go along. So grateful that I live close to the beautiful Luce Line Trail. This is an early autumn scene that I am working on today!
Today is my second day with my new roommate-Chessie! We are getting adjusted to each other and so far so good! It seems my grandsons found a stray cat that someone had literally dropped off (according to the neighbors!) and it lived at their house for a couple of days with their other two cats. They ultimately decided that Grandma needed her to live at her house! It did take Grandma a time of soul searching to decide that God had a plan bigger than hers!!
Last Thursday evening I had the opportunity and privilege to be the demo artist at the Northstar Watermedia Society Meeting in Roseville. What a wonderful group of people! I was able to show them how I work on canvas (the Yes brand!) which is my favorite way to paint with watercolor these days... you can check out their website to read more! http://northstarwatermedia.com/monthly-meeting/
I'm busy getting new work on canvas finished to share at the Northstar Watermedia Society meeting this Thursday night! Here is one that ushers in Springtime!
"Lavender Spring" 12" x 12" (original on canvas)
Working with watercolor on special canvas has really opened up some new possibilities for me! It acts like hot pressed paper because it is so smooth and the color sort of floats on the top of the surface. It is different than a regular watercolor canvas and I definitely couldn't have imagined working on it as a total beginning painter. I feel it is another major artistic shift in my life-just when I needed it!
In taking my art career seriously, I have experienced shifts each time I was getting discouraged. Starting out, I painted scenes right around my home and a few florals. Going on my first short trip to France in 1991 led to major change and growth! The next occurred after my first visit to Lanesboro MN in 1997 as it reminded me of parts of Provence that I had seen. Teaching myself plein aire painting (painting outdoors) by painting at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for 18 months in preparation for teaching in Monet's Gardens in 2007 and 2009 was an amazing experience. Going back to the water by painting the harbor and area around Lake City, Mn. again brought new life to my work!
The most unexpected change happened in 2010 when I began to paint paintings of a deep spiritual nature that always seemed to have an encouraging message to go with them. I sense this in most of the work I do now. The recent canvas paintings that I have been doing, have so much color and joy within them. Everything is still new and I am excited to see where it will lead!