Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spooky Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Decorated on Halloween night, our dimly lit front parlor spooked a lot of trick-or-treaters ... the scare man on the front porch, the grave yard across from the door, the red lights in the upstairs room added to the ambiance.

Hey, with over 200 kids coming to your door, ya gotta scare off a few!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's a Barn Day

Lil Red Barn I
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
11 x 15 inches

It is an absolutely gorgeous sunny and bright day ... a chill in the air. The perfect autumn day! It just feels like a barn day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

The Best Watercolor Brushes
Winsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable brushes are known through out the watercolor world as being the best watercolor painting brushes ever. I have to agree. I love my WN Series 7 brushes, I treasure them dearly. They can be rather pricey and are worth every penny. They hold the perfect amount of paint and water. They have just the right spring and snap.

Why do they call them Series 7? Back in 1866, Queen Victoria requested Winsor & Newton create for her the finest watercolor brushes in her favorite size, No. 7 round.

My favorite Series 7 brush is or shall I say was the No. 2 round. Sadly it has lost its spring, its snap ... it met its death mysteriously. It somehow rolled off my art table and onto the floor landing sable end straight down due to the kink when wet and attempting to swash paint across watercolor paper. I'm not sure if it was my error or the cat. Either way, it was an accidental death.

It is so important to take really good care of your brushes, especially your Series 7 brushes!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Snowflakes Series

Snowflakes 1
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
ACEO - Art Card
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches

I have finally completed adding my Snowflakes Series into my Etsy Shop. This was such a fun series to create. They would make a great little addition to add into a Christmas Card or any holiday card, what a treat it would be for your recipient to open your greeting card and find an added bonus of a little original piece of art which is actually a piece of a larger piece.

ACEO - Art Cards are little collectable works of art. A great way to purchase an affordable piece of fine art from an artist.

Support Artists - Buy Original Fine Art

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Made My Day

Lil Guide Tea Light Candle Holder makes the Etsy Front Page
What a fun surprise today! We received a convo from a friend DesignsbyShellie on Etsy who spotted our brand new tea light candle holders on the front page of Etsy. I noticed the convo 20-25 minutes after it had been sent and quickly went to Etsy's front page and it was still there! Thank you Shellie! And a big Thank You Etsy!

My husband and I have a second shop on Etsy, it is called He thought it would be a great idea to separate our fine art from our vinyl graphics & design work. So we've been testing it out for a few months now. Michael is an industrial designer, who ended up designing and producing graphics for race cars. He loves coming up with design ideas for products. So hopefully, we will all see more of his ideas popping up in our Etsy shop.

We're still debating the one shop or two shops on Etsy idea.

Right now ... I'm happy one of his products made it to the front page of Etsy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Stuck On Color
Ever find yourself painting with one particular color all the time? Always have a favorite go to color that you use way to often? A certain color that is in all of your paintings? An over used color?

Perhaps it is time to switch it up a bit! If you paint with watercolors fresh from the tube, take that tube of paint out of your regular stash. Move it from your paint box, your drawer, wherever you normally keep it and set it somewhere out of the way. If you paint with your colors dried in your palette cover that well with a few swatches of masking tape. This way if the color is out of reach or hidden, you will not be tempted to use it.

Encourage yourself to try new color combinations. Explore the other colors in your palette.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Gift Certificates

Tis the Season

Tis the season to begin thinking about the upcoming holiday season.

Who will you be visiting?
Who will you be inviting over?
Who will most likely end up just dropping by?

What do we serve our guests?
What do we bring as hostess gifts?
What do we give as a token of appreciation?

It's time to start, if you haven't started already!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Cosmic Series

Nebula 3
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
ACEO Art Card
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 Inches

I created a series of ACEOs called Nebula, a rather cosmic looking abstract series. This one here is the 3rd one in the series. This particular series consists of a total of 4 original abstract watercolor paintings. All of which are currently available in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Fluffy White Clouds
When creating clouds in watercolor painting, one does not use white paint. You need to save the white of the paper to create white clouds. As you paint your sky wet into wet, leave spaces for the white puffy clouds. Often times, the white of the paper shrinks as the sky color bleeds into the vacant white but wet area. To remedy this situation, use a tissue. A plain old ordinary blow your nose type of tissue.
1. While the paint and paper is still wet, blot your clouds with a clean tissue. The color will be picked up from the paper and absorbed into the tissue.
2. Remember to twist and turn your tissue each time you blot. You want to blot with a clean portion of the tissue each time.
Keep the blotting to a minimum. Do not create a line of exact same sized, repetitively stamped clouds. Create clouds of varying sizes and shapes.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cropping and Prints

A section of Apple Trio
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Full Size: 11 x 15 inches
Matted: 16 x 20 inches

Autumn is definitely in the air today. We've got a bit of autumn rain going on today. I wish it wasn't raining, I want to go apple picking!

Cropping in on a larger painting or perhaps a painting that did not turn out so great can have a really cool and interesting effect.

What do you think, would this make a cool print?

I have been toying with the idea of creating prints of some of my work. Do I stay with all original paintings or do I venture into the world of prints?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Paint What You Love
One of the best tips I think I can give beyond learning various techniques and the basics to watercolor painting is to paint what you love. If you love what you are doing and you do what you love you will constantly continue to improve. If you love landscapes, paint landscapes. If you love barns and farms, then paint barns and farms. If you absolutely love flowers, paint flowers. Keep painting the subject matter you love. Inspiration to paint will come from those things around you that you treasure. What better way to keep practicing than to paint those things you truly love to paint.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Abstract ACEO

Nebula 4
by Artist Rita Squier

Abstract Watercolor, India Ink & Gouache
ACEO - Art Card
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches

I created 4 abstract paintings in the Nebula series. This is number 4 out of 4.

Did you know Etsy has a Team for ACEOs? It's called the ACETSY Team. Anyone who has a shop on Etsy and has at least 5 ACEOs on sale in their shop at all times can become a member. Only little works of art that are exactly 2.5 x 3.5 inches, created in any medium can be called an ACEO.

ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions & Originals.

This Nebula 4 ACEO and more are listed in the ACEO Section of my Etsy Shop.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dancing Feet Dew Drop

Samba Drop
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
ACEO - Art Card
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches

From my popular Dew Drop Series, the dew drop with the dancing feet. Okay, I don't know where that came from ... perhaps the colors, the background, the love of dance.

This little dew drop and more can be found in the ACEO section of my Etsy Shop.

Collecting ACEOs is a great way to start your original art collection. Start yours today!


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