Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday's Wonders--Watercolors

Washes of blue and red run together. 20 shades of green layered darker and darker. A coral and yellow streaked sky. There's just something about watercolors that appeals to me.

A few years ago a friend and I took a watercolor class, and I've dabbled in it ever since.

Of course, you knew I'd have to include a Lotus Blossom. I thought this one was especially lovely.

Shades of purple and orange.

Sometime I'll have to show you some of my own, but for now they are just for me and my family. How about the rest of you? Do you paint?

18 comments:

Tess said...

I start out drawing a stickman and it ends up looking like a watermelon. I couldn't draw to save my life. BUT my children do, especially my oldest. She draws the most beautiful mermaids (and other things). I tried to talk her into taking a painting class this semester but she had no interest.

It made me sad. She is taking that artistic talent for granted. Maybe someday, she's still young...

Jenn Johansson said...

I don't paint, but these make me wish I did. Thank you for sharing.

lotusgirl said...

Tess, Maybe she'll pick it up later. It comes in waves for me.

Jenn, Someday I'll share my own.

Candice said...

I had a roommate in college who was an artist. I used to paint with her just for fun, but I always used oils because they were so much easier to fix if I messed up. I don't think I could ever paint with water color. I'm impressed by anyone who can.

Kasie West said...

I'm usually not a fan of water colors, for some reason it reminds me of 80s doctors and dentist offices. But I LOVE that last painting you showed. Maybe I've been looking at the wrong water colors.

lotusgirl said...

Candice, I've never worked with oils, but I've done some acrylic. It is so much easier to fix a problem, isn't it? You might be surprised what you can "erase" from watercolor if you have good paper.

Kasie, I can see what you're saying, but there's so much variety in watercolor. I love that last one too. You might be surprised at what's out there.

Jessie Oliveros said...

That's one of those things I have tucked away in "someday." I'd love to paint, but writing came first and it is sooo much cheaper :)

lotusgirl said...

Jessie, No kidding. It is nice not to have to spend a fortune on supplies. Since I've been writing, I spend a lot less money. All I need for writing is a computer.

sarahjayne smythe said...

These are stunningly gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing them.

When I lived in NYC my roommate was an artist. She did oil, but ever since I was gifted with watching her work, I've always wished I had the talent to do so.

These make me feel that sense of wonder and awe again.

Solvang Sherrie said...

My children and my husband are incredibly talented artists. I am much better at admiring what they've done. Can't wait to see your pieces!

Kelly H-Y said...

I don't paint, but I'm dying to see yours!!!

beth said...

I'm crap at painting and any visual art in general, actually. But that lotus is lovely!

Nisa said...

These painting remind me of my grandmother. Oh she could paint! Sadly, I didn't get that gene. *grin* I love to look at them, however.

lotusgirl said...

Sarahjayne, I think art like these can lift our souls.

Sherrie, Lucky you, to have real talent right there in your home. I'm only a so-so artist, but I enjoy it.

Kelly, someday.

Beth, You have your own talents. That was my favorite lotus of all the ones I looked at to include.

Nisa, I love to look too. I'm no pro, but I keep hoping with practice... I'm glad I could remind you of your grandmother.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I do love to paint. And I've always wanted to take a watercolor class. In fact yesterday I called the local art museum about a class. Great minds think alike!
(You know, we really should meet in person one day. It seems like we have a lot in common.)

celeste said...

Aahh, those were the days... Wish you were closer and we could take more classes together! Tell Rick that Signal Mtn. is the only place for retirement! Can't you just see the two of us toddling off to classes as our white hair shines! Miss you friend...

celeste said...

Look for Emilee on Deviant Art. She has some mad photo skilz!

lotusgirl said...

Becky. We really do have a lot in common. We should figure out a way to get together.

Ah, Celeste, I miss you too. I miss being able to take classes with you. Did you ever take that pottery class?I'd love to retire there. I miss Signal. E was excited to hear about Emilee on DArt. We'll go check her out. I'm excited to see.