Monday, November 30, 2009

End of November

Cyber Monday
November 30th not only is it Cyber Monday, but for me it marks the end of the Autumn season. Most of the leaves have fallen by now. The gorgeous orange & yellow colors will soon be replaced. I've been pretty good at avoiding the stores with Christmas holiday decorations. It's just too soon. Sometimes I think Christmas decorations and music should not be allowed until December 1st. Having all that come on too soon and for too long spoils the magic of Christmas.

At least today, Cyber Monday is after Thanksgiving!

Happy online shopping everyone!

Friday, November 27, 2009

My Art Jewelry

Billiard Dew Drop Pendant
I am so excited about turning my art into fun and trendy art jewelry. I have decided to add a free silver plated ball chain with each of the Scrabble Tile pendants in my Etsy Shop so they are ready to wear. If you are a fan of my dew drops and landscapes, this is a great way to accessorize yourself with my art.

Take a peek at the Jewelry Section of My Etsy Shop and you'll be hooked. It will be hard to choose just one. They would make great stocking stuffers and grab bag gifts too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

The Monotone Challenge
Last week, I suggested testing out three color combinations from your palette. This week I am going to limit the color choice down to one color.

Beautiful paintings can be created with one color of watercolor paint. The key is to choose a color that will go dark, very dark and has a wide value range. Test your colors to see how dark they will go, less water more paint will help the paint go dark. Add more and more water, a little at a time to create a value scale. To lighten up the color, just keep adding more water.

For this little painting I used Maimeri Blu Payne's Grey. Payne's Grey is an excellent choice for this project. Payne's Grey is also one of those color that will vary from brand to brand. Maimeri's Payne's Grey is more on the blue side, while Winsor Newton's Payne's Grey is a touch more to the grey side.

Other colors from my Maimeri Blu palette that will work well are Sepia, Permanent Blue Violet, Burnt Umber.

What colors do you like to use to create a monotone painting?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Project

Resin Pendants & Rings
This week, I started a fun new project. I've been wanting to create Scrabble tile pendants for a while now. I think they are so adorable. I turned a bunch of my very own original art into jewelry. It was so much fun to do.

The square ones are done on Scrabble tiles and the round ones are also done on little wooden game pieces. The doming resin makes them pop and look so cool.

Wearable Art! My art, turned into trendy little recycled, upcycled, awesome little pieces of jewelry.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Color Trio Experiment
Have you ever tried painting an entire painting with only three colors? You would be amazed at all the different colors you can create by mixing only three colors. Start with your primary colors: primary red magenta, primary yellow and primary blue cyan. Mix them together and you have your secondary colors: green, orange, purple. Then there is your tertiary colors and so on.

Grab yourself a sheet of watercolor paper and do some test color swatches. Choose any cool red, yellow and blue. Swash them in a circle, in a straight line, however you choose. Blend each color with the next. Next try this with a warm shade of red, yellow and blue. Then be daring and try this color mixing experiment with any three colors on your palette and see what you come up with. There is a whole range of colors right there on your palette that I bet you didn't know were there!

Mix 'em up! After completing your experiment of colors, choose a set of three colors and now create a painting using only those three colors.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fun Abstracts

Teal Drips
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor & Ink Abstract Painting
Size: 11 x 15 inches

There is something very appealing and fun about creating abstract paintings. I love to create abstracts using watercolors. I've done a bunch in acrylics too, which someday I should post on my blog. The spontaneity and unpredictability of the watercolor is fun and intriguing.

Friday, November 13, 2009

My Studio

Fresh Paint!
It is so amazing to have had my studio room redone. A few years ago, I sanded, stained and varnished the floors myself. The wallpaper has been stripped. The walls have been washed, sanded, spackled and finally painted! Today, I removed all the renovation supplies from the room. Scrubbed and polished the floors, shiny clean. I moved in my easel I use for painting large acrylic abstract paintings and thought I should take a picture before the room becomes cluttered with supplies and the sun goes down. Boy the room does look tiny, the windows are kinda big. The room is approximately 8 x 11 feet. Yes, it is a small studio!

I am so happy it has been redone in a soft off white, ivory color with white trim and deep rich wooden floor. Simple, clean and fresh.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Chill in the Air

Snowflakes 5
by Artist Rita Squier

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

Today there is definitely a chill in the air. I was hoping the warm weather would last just a little bit longer. At least the only snowflakes I have seen so far this season have been the snowflakes in my watercolor paintings! Temperatures here during the day are supposed to reach the 50s this week however, my fingers are still frozen. For now, I don't mind the rain that will head our way in a few days, I prefer to paint and dream of snow.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

I cannot express how important it is to learn the colors in your palette. Find out how many new and different colors you can create by combining the colors in different ways.

Glazing watercolors is a great way to increase the amount of colors you can create and to create colors that glow through other colors. Glazing watercolors is putting a wash of transparent watercolor over top of a color that is already dry. Through glazing you can create colors that glow, you can create color you cannot create by mixing two colors on your palette and applying the mix to your paper.

Practice glazing by painting a variety of one color squares on a piece of watercolor paper. Allow the squares of color to dry completely. Then using transparent colors, place a swash over top of the dry color. Bring the transparent swash of color beyond the dry square. Repeat this with a variety of colors. By bringing the swash beyond the dry square, you will be able to see the swash of green applied over the yellow square creates a very pretty glowing yellow-green. The light red creates a pretty orange that has a gorgeous glow of yellow. You can intensify one yellow with another yellow.

The glazing technique can be used in a variety of watercolors, from flowers to barns and more. The key is to glaze a transparent color over the top of any dry color.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Abstract Watercolors

by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 11 x 15 inches

Today is a gloriously warm and sunny day! I have plans to spend a bit of time outdoors today to soak up some warmth and sunshine. With the return of warm temperatures seems to come the return of little creatures.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Layers of Leaves

Autumn Leaves
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 11 x 15 inches

A bright and sunny day, perfect for raking up all those fallen leaves. A day just like this was the inspiration for this painting.

Today is the perfect day to bake a nice hot apple pie or even apple crisp.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Blow Drying Your Watercolors
Yes, you can use a regular hand held hair blow dryer for drying your watercolor paintings. The key is not use the blow dryer until the watercolor paint and water have finished doing their job of mixing, mingling and blending. You can speed the drying process by using a blow dryer on your wet watercolors. Make sure the watercolor paint is not drippy wet, otherwise you will run the risk of blowing the color across the page to areas where you don't want it to be.

Blow drying your watercolor paintings can speed the drying process so you can go onto the next step. You definitely want your watercolor to be completely dry if your next step involves a hard edge or a fine line.


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