Monthly Archives: July 2014

Tiger Lily

Tiger LilyI spent the last few days learning to paint tiger lily flowers to add to my repertoire of brush painting techniques. It took me a bit to get the hang of twisting the brush to form the curved petal and pointed end and even now I can see that I need a bit more practice. I used an orchid bamboo brush which is my favorite for flowers. It holds a lot of paint and springs back into a fine point so I can make thick or thin lines without stopping to repoint the brush tip.

Right now I think lilies are far easier to grow than paint but with a little more practice I think I’ll have a composition that matches what I envision.

Until next time…happy painting!

Kelli

Chinese Brush Paintings

Lotus Bud
Lotus Bud

July has been a very productive month for me. I have spent the time rediscovering my love of Chinese brush painting (sumi-e).

The simplicity of the brushstrokes along with the ink and watercolor combine to create pieces that capture the spirit of my subjects. This is something I strive for in all of my work, I want to capture the inner beauty of a subject not just the outer beauty.

This is achieved through various brushstrokes. A quick stroke will cause the brush to dance and skip across the paper while a slower stroke meanders across the page covering a larger area. This is what I consider the joy of brush painting.

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Cheers!

Kelli

Etsy Shop is Opened!

Etsy Banner

I am happy to announce that my Etsy shop is opened for business! The shops features affordable original colored pencil and watercolor paintings inspired by nature. All of the pieces are handmade by me using only the finest artist grade materials. Stop by and check out what is available and don’t forget to follow me via this blog, Facebook, or Twitter so you can keep up with all the latest news, updates, and special offers!

Cheers!

Kelli

Daisy in Negative Painting

Daisy in Negative PaintingIt is no secret that I love drawing and painting botanicals. My primary medium is colored pencil, I like how I can control the pencil and mix colors directly on the paper. As an art form it makes sense to me. But, I also know that in order to improve and energize my art I occasionally need to step outside my comfort zone and experiment. For me this is watercolor and attempting to paint loosely which means letting go of the control and letting the paint and water make its own magic without me fiddling with it.

The flower above is my interpretation of painting a daisy using the negative painting technique. Negative painting means that instead of painting the subject you paint the spaces between and around it. This is a great way of changing your perspective and breaking out of the same old routine. Give it a try you might just discover a new way of seeing things.

Happy painting!

Kelli

Flames

FlamesMy hubby is by far the greatest supporter of my art (and for that matter anything I am interested in). Each year beginning in April he casually starts to mention how wonderful it would be to receive a handmade gift for his birthday, which is in July! When he says anything about it I nod my head and say something non-committal but really the whole time I am pondering what I will create. One of his favorite birds is the flamingo so this year rather than paint the bird standing I thought it would be fun to do a colored pencil piece of one resting its beak in its feathers.

I had a lot of fun with this one, I think I used every pink and peach pencil I have to create the color mixes. The feathers were the biggest challenge. In all of my reference photos the shoulder feathers are all fairly close in value so I had to push the color in order to get some distinction between each one. The best part of the piece was seeing how much hubby loves it! He said the feathers were like a flame forest and it’s interesting, some of them do remind me of flames because of the color and the shapes.

Cheers!

Kelli