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.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Have started another iris painting. Here are two of the progress steps, thus far. Keep coming back to see how it progresses each day!
Colorfully,
Sandy

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CHAMPAGNE ELEGANCE
watercolor 14" square 
November 7, 2017
It's finished! Took much longer than I had anticipated. The areas which seemed to be the simplest proved to be those that I struggled with the most.

Why I have posted the progression steps of the painting: Throughout the past 30 years there have been many students who have asked me to show the progressions of how paintings are born. If you scroll down this blog, you will see the growth of the image from the first touches of the watercolor to the paper, right to this image. My hope is that by seeing these steps it will encourage others to try also.

One more very important thing...I could not do any of these paintings without the Lord at my side along the way. When I see what I do when I'm not aware of His presence, it's terrible. I need His help.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Progress on the iris painting. This iris is called Champagne  Elegance, one I have had for several years. As I started the painting process, I thought it would be the perfect time to add all the water-droplets as part of the background...champagne bubbles! I still have a few more days of work to go. It takes time to build up the hundreds of layers of color to achieve what I'm after.
Colorfully,
Sandy

Friday, October 27, 2017


Long day of painting. This is the progress. I had to put some of the darks in now, so that it will be easier to judge just how light or dark the other areas need to be, Better to establish this early in the process. it save a lot of trouble down the line.
Colorfully,
Sandy

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I started a new painting today, of one of my irises in my garden. Irises are one of my favorite flowers and the garden has about 40 of them scattered through out the beds. This one is called Champagne Elegance...one that I've had since the late 1990s. I was able to get lots of photos of it after a storm passed through this past May. As the cold weather is starting to come (it was 31* this morning!), its time to emerge myself in this delightful late spring memory.

It took three hours to draw all the details onto the watercolor paper. This allows me to enjoy the painting process without having to be concerned about where I will place each stroke of paint. Watercolor corrections can be very difficult at times.
Colorfully,
Sandy