Monday, September 30, 2013

Crystal Pier - Watercolor Start

This is a early stage close-up of a new watercolor painting of the Crystal Pier in San Diego.  It's early morning, the marine layer fog is still hanging in the air, people are surfing and jogging on the beach. I'm making slow painting progress in the past couple weeks because...

 I've been framing paintings...

and using my drawing table for planning landscaping and irrigation system for our yard because...

My husband has been digging and the neighbors are curious...

We've also been cleaning and rearranging the garage, but I won't post picture of that, we found a dead rodent in there!  Does anyone ever get organized and stay that way?  I'm still trying!  

I hope your week is productive and peaceful.  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Transparent Watercolor - Steamed Pumpkin Hazelnut Smash

Steamed Pumpkin Hazelnut Smash       watercolor  -  6" x 8"
Painting this watercolor of a steamed dessert coffee nearly drove me crazy!  I have to watch the decadent food projects!  I think I must have eaten a chocolate bar every day I worked on this.  My daughter works part-time as a barista and she's always making up delicious drinks. The ingredients are listed below, and the pumpkin and hazelnut flavors are especially delicious this time of year. 

It's available as a print and greeting card also.  Enjoy the autumn season!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Decadent Coffee Watercolor Painting - More Progress

As I paint this watercolor, I can see that a little more work will begin to bring this painting out of that "ugly" stage, the stage that makes me want to put it aside and start over!  It is kind of flat-looking right now. The next layers of very transparent paint will add values (darks) and make the light areas "pop", which will give it a more 3D look.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Decadent Coffee Watercolor Painting - in Progress

This is the "ugly" stage of a painting in progress.  I start to paint, and I have no idea if the final image will be what I imagine in my mind. It's at the stage where I have to force myself to keep going because it just isn't turning out the way it's supposed to. All my paintings go through that stage.  One thing for sure, though, it's making me thirsty!  

My daughter made up this drink, so I will include the ingredients with my final post!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Watercolor Ice Cream - Comfort Food

ROCKY ROAD    8 1/2 x 8 1/2    watercolor 
A "rocky road can be an obstacle or an ice cream...and I'm willing to help you make either disappear".  If a guy says this to a girl on a first date, watch out, this is comfort food!

ITALIAN SPUMONI    8 1/2 x 8 1/2    watercolor
Italian brain freeze!  I tell ya, this is the real reason Italians talk with their hands!  It's so good!  And I say that in the kindest way because I am married to an Italian.

WHITE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY   8 1/2 x 8 1/2    watercolor
I only had to eat about three cartons of this flavor.  It was so smooth on my throat goin' down. It's really hard to paint ice cream and not think cream. Try not to think about ice cream!

Actually, these paintings look very commercial, like for an ad or something.  Before I hand-lettered the captions they just looked like blobs of...whatever.  My son thought the Rocky Road blob was a scone of some kind.  So, by overwhelming consensus It was decided that descriptive captions were necessary!

Prints and greeting cards of these images are available here