Thursday, January 18, 2018



Progress on the painting "Broken III"
Now you can see more of the elements included in this piece. Everything is broken...the Flow-Blue Bowl, the eggs, the Crayons, the cup, even the old quilt on which everything is placed. They all refer to the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, which refers to how we appreciate beauty. Wabi means something like simplicity, and Sabi refers to the passage of time. The two words together is a concept that beauty is found in imperfect things in life. much of what I paint shows a reference to Wabi-Sabi.
Colorfully,
Sandy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Another day...well, half of a day. There were a few appointments to take care of earlier.

As you can see, I am now painting the Flo-Blue bowl which the broken cup pieces are in. I'm using lots of blues for the bowl. It's color is so beautifully deep! LOVE the color blue. Lots of details to capture. I am also beginning to lay in some of the background colors now.

If you have any questions about how I am getting certain effects, just write a comment.

Colorfully,
Sandy

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 Started a new painting yesterday morning...BROKEN III. It took several hours just to get it drawn onto the paper. Had to start twice because I didn't graph it out the first time and proportions were going off. Finally the painting process...for now, is going well. The image above is what was accomplished yesterday. The image below is what has been done this morning.
In order to get the details of the broken Blue Willow tea cup, I used a quill pen, but instead of using ink with the pen, I simply dropped small puddles of watercolor onto it's tip and used that color for the details. I started doing this several years ago, back in the early 1990s, when I did a series of folded quilt paintings. I used it again in the vintage toys and comic series.

Doing detailed watercolors takes a lot of time, but knowing simple techniques makes it a little easier.
Colorfully,
SANDY

Friday, November 24, 2017

STREET WALKER IRIS
14" square
completed Nov. 24, 2017
Its finished. Another favorite iris which can be found in my cottage garden around mid-May each year.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday. I didn't have a chance to work on this painting over the weekend. Above is the latest progress image. I'm hoping to completed it in the next few days. The lower petals are pretty much done, just might need a little tweaking at the end. Now it's on to the two larger top petals. It should be done by Thanksgiving Day.
Colorfully, Sandy

Thursday, November 16, 2017


November 16, 2017
Here are two more progress images.
I am in the studio around 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. many days. Those early hours are the times that I get the most work done. By 1:00 in the afternoon, I start making silly mistakes and spend the rest of the day trying to correct them! Sometimes I am reminded of the title of one of Irving Stone's books, The Agony and the Ecstasy. There are many days when I experience both of these feelings!
Just a few more days of work...I hope!

Colorfully,
Sandy

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Two more progress images. On the one directly above, I painted in some of the color for the water droplets. As I proceeded in the next step, they were blended more into the over wash of the petal.
Keep watching for further progress images.