Thursday, October 24, 2013

Watercolour Tulips, Ocean View and Wrapping Paper

I've been painting with watercolour this week and came up with some tulips.  I wanted to focus on a peach/pink and aqua/robin's egg blue background.  I'm happy with how they turned out.  

I took some photos of the rocky coastline near Monterey Bay a couple years ago and used one of the photos for inspiration for this painting.  A little happier with my waves. 
Zazzle has wrapping paper now!
A fun purple chevron wrap.

And a cute safari wrapping paper with wild animals for kids gifts!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Vintage Knife and Blue Leaves

A vintage knife my husband found.  The handle is twisted and I tried to capture that.  

Leaves from our backyard.  They are really burgundy but I wanted to make them blue. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Visit to NOLA

I was able to go with my husband last week to visit New Orleans (I love the nick name NOLA :) and while he was in classes I toured the city.  I visited the city park and went through the sculpture garden, botanical garden and the museum.  This sculpture was one of my favorites. 

A sculpture of violins was a close second of favorites.  We lucked out with the weather while we were there.  It started to get hot again by the time we left.  It's so beautiful and so very different from what I'm used to! 

A lot of the shops and houses were getting the Halloween decorations out.  Lots of cobwebs, spiders, skeletons and witches.  Halloween must be a blast down there.
I've never seen lily pads so large!  These in the photo aren't as large as some others at the opposite end of this pond.   I liked the mermaid sculpture too.  Lots of scarecrow characters in the gardens that people had made.  Lots of creativity.   

I saw a friendly cemetery cat while exploring Lafayette Cemetery.  Big cats down there.  This guy was big and some others I saw in shop windows were big too.  I have a cat and thought he was big, but not compared to these NOLA cats :)  Hope you have a good week!   

Friday, October 4, 2013

Grantsville Ghost Town and Middlegate

Last weekend we visited Grantsville an old ghost town/mining town that has several old buildings and rock houses still standing. 

Great autumn colors with rabbit brush blooming everywhere and junipers still nice and green.
When we were finished exploring we had burgers and fries at Middlegate.  If you're ever traveling the loneliest highway 50 it's worth a stop for a break and a bite to eat.  It's a neat old building and the ceiling has dollar bills covering it with messages from people all over.  Old miner mannequins peering out from here and there.  Some neat relics too look at too.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pomegranate Fruit Watercolor

Working with watercolor filling in shapes this week.  Painting the shapes with just water then adding color mixes and letting the paint go where it wants to.  I did that and added more color for shaping and value.