Sunday, February 27, 2011

Depoe Bay and Bridge

"Depoe Bay and Bridge"
watercolor (6" x 12")
available at

Here's a sneak peak on what I have been working on for my Solo Show at the Silver Heron Gallery 
(April 29th - May 31st). 

I also just made a slide show of this painting in process--- watch it here:

Friday, February 25, 2011


watercolor (5" x 7")

This is the other painting I did last week with Dana Cooper's class. If you are in the local area of Orange County, Newport Beach, Balboa, etc. I highly recommend Dana's class (email her).  She is a fabulous oil painting teacher for all levels...and the students she has are just a lovely bunch of artists.

If you are interested in today's painting you can purchase it as a simple unmounted watercolor ($95) or have the option to have it mounted on museum archival board, UV/element protected, and sent to you with a free display framing or matting required ($150)

You can have your painting mounted on museum board, with easel

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Peaceful Canal- Sold!

"Peaceful Canal"
watercolor (12" x 16")

I have been doing a bit of exploring lately in my painting...well in actuality, stretching myself out of my comfort zone. I have shunned the usual "go to" colors...and dabbled in the the ones that I don't very much like on their own (i.e. remember the cad red light issue).  Well, in this exploration I have learned a very valuable lesson: Alone it may not be much, but together they all sing. 
This is a fabulous lesson to take into other parts of my life....

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Rollie Pollie Cherries

"Rollie Pollie Cherries"
watercolor (4.5"x 9.5")

Last Friday...I got to paint with Dana Cooper's oil painting class.  Often Dori Dewberry is there too, so it makes for a lovely day: painting, catching up and just plain ol' getting out of my "painting vacuum". When I join them...I always take advantage of the still lifes they have set up. On Friday Dana had a bag of cherries that I could play with. Trying to rid myself of the residual control issues I have, I took a handful of cherries and threw them haphazardly out on the green cloth...adjusted the lighting a bit...and painted away.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fishing Boats and "passion"- Sold!

"Fishing Boats"
watercolor (5" x 7")

I have been really having a fun time with the boat and harbor scenes.  I have painted a few more pieces based off the "study" I posted earlier this week: these will be for my solo show at the Silver Heron Gallery opening April 29th. 
I just love when you find something in you and it just needs to come out...
and one painting isn't enough.
I guess that's what they call "passion"....what's your passion? 
And are you blessed enough, like me, to follow it?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Harbor Reflections

"Harbor Reflections"
watercolor (6" x 12")

There are times in an artist's walk...where you get an 'A-Ha" moment...when things just gel together a bit better and you can see your art is perhaps going to a new level.  This, I have to admit, does not happen takes classes, books, videos, workshops, hours and hours of painting, and of course the input from your circle of fellow artists.  Technology today is grand...can you see a certain someone's finger pointing at a particular section of my painting (on her computer screen 3,000 miles away)....we were having a slight communication brake she took a picture of where she was pointing and sent it to me. Cleared things all up...except "Kelley, are you talking about where your finger is touching? or the general area where you are pointing?"...all that to say...I think I got an "A-ha" moment out of it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

This Old Red Truck

"This Old Red Truck"
watercolor (5" x 7")

My friend Kelley Sanford is a fabulous friend and a phenomenal colorist.  And as any fabulous friend and color specialist should be, she has politely, but assertively, pointed out that I have an issue that needs be addressed. I have an aversion to Cadmium Red Light with a habit of using Alizerin Crimson.  All you artists out there know exactly what I am talking about.....the warm versus cool reds. I have been very partial to the cool reds....but only because something about Cad Red Light paint on the palette makes my stomach turn...Well anyway, I am working through it cause in the last two paintings I broke my habit...didn't use Alizerin Crimson once....
whew was that hard! 
I am thankful to have a dear friend to help break a bad you have an "Alizarin Crimson" habit?

You can have your painting mounted on museum board, with easel

Friday, February 11, 2011

Red Camellias- Sold!

"Red Camellias"
watercolor (6" x 6")

One of the best parts of living in Southern that there never is a season where we don't have blooming flowers....this month the camellias and azaleas are abundant in their blooms. Today I learned that the camellia is the most popular and highly respected flower in Southwest China. It was honored as the national flower for the ancient southern kingdom, Dai Li. And did you know that Camellia sinensis is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce Chinese tea (White tea, green tea, oolong, pu-erh tea and black tea?

On a business note....some of my smaller paintings will now be offered unmounted ($95), making it even more affordable to have fine art in your home.  In addition, you will now have the option to have your painting mounted on museum archival board, UV and element protected, and sent to you with a display easel. (i.e. Little Moments and Little 'Scapes") ($150, free shipping in US).

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lavender Fields, Revisited- Sold!

"Lavender Fields, Revisited"
watercolor (11" x 30")

There are days when you just need a little more beauty in your life.
There are days when you just need a little extra space.
There are days when you just need a little bit of fresh air.
There are days when you just need a little escape.
If it's one of those days...may today's painting give you that little extra something.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


watercolor (8" x 8")

How could I forget such a thing...ever have one of those moments? Well, for me it seems to be more of the norm lately.  I was going through some drawers and found this painting...realizing, I don't think I have posted this one. It was painted with two others (click here and here) and designed as a triptych ("Elie" "Fawn" "Tus"....get it?). Well better late than never...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Ride

 "The Ride" (Little 'Scape #30)
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.

Well it just seems that challenges are coming to me left and right.  This latest one is from Daily PaintWorks. I have to say this was a good challenge...trying to capture a black car with all its chrome and reflections and with the right perspective..hmm's to put your thinking cap on for this one...or maybe not...maybe just go along with the "the ride" and see what comes out. Can you tell which avenue I chose?