Monday, July 29, 2013

Mara Mattia Watercolor Studio Tour

Painting area
Paper stretching, matte cutting, & framing area
I thought you might enjoy a little glimpse into my art studio. It may look a little cluttered to you but believe me when I say these photos were taken over a year ago and I have more going on in this area 8 foot lengths of wood and circular saws etc!  The top photo shows my painting area with two drawing tables (one of them is now with our daughter away at college), picture frame moulding samples in the back corner, and various art supplies on the shelves.  The bottom photo is where I prepare watercolor paper and frame the finished paintings. You see a sink, black carpet-covered framing table, my matte cutter, and framing supplies in the corner shelves & cupboards.  There is a computer, bookshelves, racks of paper rolls, a sewing machine, and a bathroom opposite these areas. It's a nice private area that I can lock and leave at the end of the day.  I should give it a good cleaning and update you when I get the time!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream in Watercolor - finished!

White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream    8.5" x 8.5"  -  Watercolor
This ice cream watercolor painting came about only after trying many scoops in various cute and fancy bowls & cones with sprinkles, colorful napkins, and elegant spoons.  Somehow it was becoming more about the container and garnishes than the ice cream itself!  So my decision to forget the props and plop a scoop on a plain white plate for reference hopefully speaks only about white-chocolate-raspberry ice cream itself.  I hope you agree!

Two more flavors to go!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream - in watercolor!

I’m painting an important subject right now, ice cream!   Seriously, my cousin’s husband, a very loved member of our family, passed from this life to be with the Lord this past year and he loved ice cream.   So I wanted to do a series in honor of him.   I’ve been taking pictures of various compositions but it just wasn’t working!   

Then I remembered the rule: “simplify”.  So I placed a big scoop onto a plain white plate & took a reference photo (then ate it before it could melt, of course).  I like to draw and paint from life rather than photos but there is no way I could paint this before it melted!  When this one is finished I plan to paint two more flavors.  

This shows my progress so far, with a lot of pale yellow masking fluid covering the white paper in strategic areas.   I don’t know, do you think simple is a good idea?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Franciscan Tea with Wildflowers in Watecolor

Franciscan Tea with Wildflowers   6x6   watercolor
I painted this cup of wildflowers my daughter gave me, knowing the real ones would quickly wilt.  She's on a college student's budget so lucky me, wildflowers are a frequent gift.  This little hand painted Franciscan Ware cup is so tiny, the size you drink a shot of espresso in!  The cast shadows from multiple light sources was probably the most challenging part of this painting.