Watercolor butterflies

This past weekend, I went out, surrounded myself with nature, and sat down to paint.  I didn't really know what I was going to paint, so it was fun to end up with these simple watercolor butterflies.  I started with Daniel Smith Indigo, then let my intuition guide me in picking additional colors to mix in the wet washes.  The last step involved dropping little bits of Tibet and Moon gold for that special magic.  I was delighted to find that the outcome was as pleasing as the process!


New Daniel Smith Colors

Last Sunday, I was fortunate to have my husband take me on a little day trip to Seattle. I had a wonderful time walking around Capitol Hill, delighting in the architecture of some of the homes near Volunteer Park, and also simply taking in the beauty of the newly arrived spring.

 Since we were headed there, I decided that I wanted to stop by the Daniel Smith store. After all, I love Daniel Smith watercolors and I had wanted to visit their store for a couple of years. The staff members were all extremely kind. I decided to get a couple of 5ml watercolors, Raw Umber and Undersea Green, since they were a good deal. At checkout I asked if they had a dot sampler of the new colors that recently came out, and while they didn’t have one handy, they immediately offered to make one on the spot for me, which I really appreciated.


A very nice makeshift dot sampler, as you can see. Thank you, Daniel Smith! I especially like the Wisteria and the Payne's Blue-Gray. What do you think about these new colors?

March Life Drawing


Last night, I went to a life drawing session for the first time in two years. It's something that I've been meaning to do for quite a while. Although websites like Croquis Cafe are helpful for figure practice, the experience of drawing from life definitely has something special about it. It's easy to make excuses to avoid going to life drawing sessions, so I'm proud of myself for finally just doing it. I was a little rusty, but I found that all the gestural practice for the "one week 100 people" challenge really helped me with the 1-minute poses. It also felt nice to be surrounded with other artists for a change, as most of the time I work on my paintings while home alone. I'm sharing my favorite from last night: a sketch done during a 30-minute pose on Arches hot press paper. I'm hoping to make it a habit to go once a month, so stay tuned for my next report!