Sometimes it hurts….

…to cut up a perfectly good watercolor skyscape and refracturing it into something more.  This one is going to really hurt.

Watercolor skyscape painting

A beautiful morning, many moons ago

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The end of a class

Over the winter I have been teaching an intermediate watercolor class at a gated community in La Quinta.  I’ve done a number of exercises that have produced multiple paintings in a category that I don’t usually sell work in.  Now that the classes are coming to an end, I have a set of perfectly good paintings in a box kicking around the bottom of the studio.  So, Etsy time!  Here are three paintings I put up this morning, ready to go to a new home for a reasonable price. $80!

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Riverbend II

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Conejo Barn at Dawn II

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Afternoon Nap II

Childhood friends

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“Childhood friends”

My intermediate watercolor class at Trilogy gated community is dwindling as many snowbirds fly north.  Nevertheless there were a few for this Monday’s class and we painted a nursery scene, based on a couple of stuffed animals that hide in my cupboard on a little rocking chair that was once the subject of a commission.

The class all did a great job, though I think they perhaps started to understand the benefits of working in a larger format – some of their paintings had some really tricky tiny details to achieve.

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Three more pairs of childhood friends.

 

More texture

One of my students who enjoyed my watercolor collage workshop also mentioned that she has a Sizzix machine.  This is a hand-run press with embossing templates.  Immediately we both saw the possibility of adding this texture to my refractured watercolor work.  Last week I created a new painting for a refracture:

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… and yesterday when she was at sm’Art studio for a follow-on lesson to my Absolute Beginner’s class. she loaned it to me again to emboss the pieces I had cut.  This is what they look like so far!

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The two on the left are our original test to see if the watercolor paper would emboss nicely.  The rest are the refractured watercolor.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out when I assemble them.  Watch this space!

Folded Flamingo

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Teach’s Folded Flamingo.

Many years ago I went through a bird-painting phase.  A couple of these have made great subjects for my Monday afternoon class.  This Monday just past, I guided the group through creating a flamingo that had folded its long neck up so it could hide its beak in its wings.  Here’s the group having completed their versions of Folded Flamingo.

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Seven more Folded Flamingo

A regular class

Trilogy in La Quinta is a gated community with an active creative club.  A couple months ago I got the opportunity to become one of the watercolor class instructors there, and teach about twice a month on a Monday afternoon.  It’s a guided-tuition class, a little like the paint-n-wine format in that all students complete the same painting, but with much more of a learning opportunity focus.

I get so wrapped up in demoing and guiding, that I usually forget to take photos of the class in action.  But this time, I persuaded the ladies to let me take a pic of their completed exercises to put on the blog.

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Yes – they all look great!

They sure do make me work too!  Not only do I need to prepare the exercises, but I get requests of trying subjects that I don’t usually do, so my skills get stretched as a result.  Seems like we’re all having fun, though!

Newer work #78

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#1296 Irina’s Sky. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 5×3.5″ matted to 7×5″ $25.

Irina’s sky has a story behind its name.  D’s niece was adopted from the Ukraine and, being required upon adoption to take a middle name picked her Mom’s.  One of the things she has commented on is that on cloudy days, it reminds her of where she grew up.

 

 

 

 

 

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#1297 Serendipity. 3.5×5″ watercolor collage on foamcore, matted to fit 5×7″ frame. $25

 

 

 

 

Serendipity just came together so easily from a few pieces of collage that came to hand so easily I think they had been huddling in the box.