Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tennis Shoes in Watercolor

Tennis Shoes  6" x 6"   watercolor

This is a quick little watercolor painting of my tennis shoes.  I've traded my summer flip-flops for them, though we really wear flip-flops all year long here in southern California.  I hope your end-of-summer is nice and the kids get a good start to a new school year!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Three Watercolor Paint Palettes



This is one of my watercolor palettes, which contains transparent watercolor paints squeezed from tubes. It's the one I use when painting en plein air (outside in the air).  Occasionally I like to experiment with opaque watercolors.


This is my gouache opaque watercolor palette, which I use to touch up plein air paintings if I've made a mess of them out on location, you know, when I want to cover up my mistakes to try and salvage a bad painting.  It really doesn't work though, because it doesn't quite cover up!  You know, watercolor takes a little more up front planning than oils or acrylics, and I just hate to throw those mistakes away without giving them a second chance. Another thing about watercolors is that they end up a little lighter after they are dry. You have to not be surprised when you lay in a nice rich color and it ends up looking a little faded when dry, and learn instead, to go richer than your eye sees, knowing it won't end up that way!



Recently I heard about casein watercolor paints. They are made with an ingredient found in milk.  So I ordered a set and I've just started playing around with them.  They are very opaque and they dry exactly as they look when wet. This is them, only 12 colors for now.

Here is a little experiment using a blue casein background and painting over it with two opaque white paints.  You can see they both whites look like they cover pretty well when the paint is still wet.  But when it dries...see how the casein in the second picture stays nice and white  whereas the qouache looks a little transparent? 

I hope you found this interesting and helpful!

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Flip Flops in Watercolor - en Plein Air

Summer Flip Flops  -  6" x 6"  watercolor
This little watercolor of summer flip flops took me about an hour.  I can't believe summer is almost over and I'm not ready for that!   I wasn't really at the beach but I wanted to be so I propped my feet up on my table, did a quick sketch and painted it very quickly.  Then I added a very simple background to just give it the suggestion of an ocean.  This would be a fun exercise actually en plein air (at the beach out in the air).   

 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Holland Post House Watercolor Now Available as a print & Greeting Cards

Holland Post House  -  original watercolor  21" x 28.5" -  prints & greeting cards
I have just uploaded my watercolor painting of the Holland Post House to Fine Art America. Prints make it affordable to own one of my paintings if you can't afford an original. Prices start at just $17.  I'm adding paintings slowly to the site and it's interesting to see the response of people!  The original paintings available as prints will be among the first ones I offer for bidding when I begin the auction for originals.  Thanks for being patient as I experiment with this new adventure!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Painting Plein Air Watercolor at hotel Coronado Island and the Zoo


Hotel Del Coronado  (en plein air)  aprox. 5.5"x8.5"

Quick Plein Air Paintings at Coronado and of my Daughter at the San Diego Zoo
These plein air sketches of Hotel Del Coronado and a walkway at the San Diego Zoo are the product of my daughter & I managing to get together twice this month!  Plein air sketching and painting means we do it quickly and outside in the air. In both cases it was hot and sunny and we wandered around quite a while trying to find something out of the sun that inspired us to paint!  Each sketch took me a little under two hours. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Print of Harlequin Tuskfish Watercolor Painting is now available!


Harlequin Tuskfish 
My watercolor painting of Harlequin Tuskfish is now available as a print here:

Fine Art America

Sizes range from approximately 5"x8" - 35"x60".  I'm a bit timid about selling prints online just because I've never done it before.  I am sooo not comfortable with commerce & marketing.  It feels so pushy!   I just want to paint!   But I think I may buy this print myself to hang in our bathroom!

Mara-Mattia.FineArtAmerica.com 


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Prints and Greeting Cards of my Watercolors now Available!


Chocolate Caramel Mousse
I've been planning to sell prints & greeting cards of my watercolors for a while now.  Right now it's just this one image!   You can buy it in a variety of sizes starting from about 8" x 8" to  40" x 40".  They are also available on canvas, as a metal print, an acrylic print, framed or unframed. And every purchase has a money-back guarantee.  I've added a new tab at the top of my site or click the link below:

Buy Chocolate Caramel Mousse prints and greeting cards here.

As I mentioned before, I'll be offering my originals paintings for auction soon.  This will be the first one on the block. It's priced at $350 but the bidding will start waaaaay lower.  I want to make them really affordable!