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World Watercolor Month: Himalayan Poppy

Fell in love with the paper-thin petals in the soft blue; I’ve not seen this flower before. Painted from an image from a friend. For these watercolor posies I am trying out a new book (to me) from Hand-Book, one … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Crocus

I don’t know whose image I painted from, but I thank them. flowers are so good for releasing an artist’s block. To hear more about World Watercolor Month visit here: Everyone can play! To hear about classes, follow me on … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Sweet Peas / Creative Block

I am in a creative slump. I’ve been in this stuck place for weeks and pushed myself to sketch posies — which usually works — but nothing is working.  Painting these flowers has been like slogging through mud.  I told … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Dan’s Purple Flower

Flower from an image by Dan Antion, a good photographer and writer-blogger, met through blogging and he is a friend who also lets me steal his images from which to paint. I love that I am starting this new book … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Coffee Ritual

We have a coffee ritual.  Mitchell makes the coffee. I slice the fresh ginger for him. Beautiful cups, and sliced fresh ginger, brown sugar and milk make a heavenly coffee. Mitchell puts his finger in it for extra sweetness. I’ve … Continue reading

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Delight

Lights! I wanted to stay with objects that delight. Lights are strung on our bookcases in both studio and home, colorful, brilliant spots of twinkle that delight our hearts. We both love color, and our choices of objects that sit … Continue reading

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Rona Keeps on Giving

I did this  thinking I was not going to watercolor it… I think maybe I liked it better that way! This feels is a neverending crisis, made worse by our politicians (yes I am looking at you Kate Brown). The … Continue reading

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Rona2: Zebra Beans

It isn’t that I’ve stopped eating beans, it is that I am settling into a comfort zone with my cooking of beans.  I still write down my experiences with new beans and am finding new beans to try but have … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Sydney AU

Debi Taylor is taking us on a VIRTUAL walk through Sydney. This is what they call a “bin chicken” but it is really a white Ibis; we did a challenge of about 10 minutes and I did 12 NIC dry … Continue reading

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Linda Fishing

I loved this image of my bestest friend from High School! She goes fishing (catch and release) on a lake near her home — Such a joyful image to sketch! Now I have her image forever in my art journal! … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Street in France

From an image from Evalyn Baker of a street in Languedoc, France! I took great liberties with color! Never before have I appreciated Virtual Sketching as much as I do now; late at night after tough days sketching saves me. … Continue reading

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Rona2: In the Groove with Rancho Gordo

You are not hearing me rave as much about Rancho Gordo beans because I am kinda getting into a groove with them.  I cook more of them in the manner described on their site, and then mix it up with … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Saint Chinian Windmill France

From an image from Annette Morris of a windmill in Saint Chinian! Never before have I appreciated Virtual Sketching as much as I do now. To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Minerve France, 2

Same process as the sketch yesterday. When I realized Evalyn Baker had taken photos of the alleyway from both sides, I had to finish the other side too! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Minerve France, 1

It usually starts with a sketch. Then shadows. I wanted to capture the dark that the leafy canopy created. I used DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink for the grisaille work so it would not move when I added watercolor. I … Continue reading

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Rona2: Purple Watercolors

Yesterday I played with  MGraham Ultramarine Violet (left) and Daniel Smith Cobalt Blue Violet (right) here. Today I am showing you my mainstream (not small manufacturers) purples, and talking about why I choose certain paints as KEEPERS… Keepers have a … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Midnight Black Beans

So yummy we bought several bags of Midnight Black Beans! Black beans are a favorite — they have a different taste than Pintos and we use them in much the same way. The first time I had black beans was … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Azile France

Loving the virtual sketch-walk of Languedoc, with this image from Annette Morris… Late at night, I should have gotten a thinner pen, as this one is a bit thick for the level of detail I inked under the watercolor. It … Continue reading

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