flower painting


I found this painting I started along time ago, but never finished. It was kind of abstract, but very definitely the leaves I had photographed in my garden. The photograph was with with it.

Why did I never finish it?

I decided to see what I could do with it now. It's always fun playing with color without any expectations of what it should look like at the finish. I was really was happy with the results, and may enter this one in a judged show.

flower painting

Pretty Tulips....

I was in the produce department of the supermarket, when I passed the section with bouquets of flowers. There were little pink tulips calling me...so I bought them. I put them in a vase and was really enjoying them with all the dreary weather. I took a photo of them for future watercolor classes and then got inspired to actually paint them. I decided to try some hot pressed Arches watercolor paper I had purchased a long time ago and never used. Hot pressed is different to work on because of the very smooth surface. Not sure I like it as much as my usual cold pressed., but here is is.

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Last class of Watercolor with Jean fall series....

I had six students in this fall series, and on the last class only two were able to attend it. Was it the homework I gave them?

It was good thought because it was almost like the students were having private lessons. I was able to help with projects they wanted to work on. One student worked on watercoloring a drawing of a girl in costume, she had done. I showed her how to to work the folds on the gown and how to color the face to give them dimension.

The other student wanted to redo a painting of a vase of flowers and I started a demo of some flowers which I later finished at home. It was a fun class and it went rather quickly. This is the finished painting I started in class.


My next series of "Watercolor with Jean will be in the spring.
flower painting

Snow Scenes....

The theme of our next class of "Watercolor with Jean" was painting snow scenes. I did a painting at home from a photo I took in my back yard and made a watercolor of it.


I started the class with a demo of a new snow scene in class and did the painting in steps, so as to help the students learn various techniques of mixing color and practicing the use of light and shadow.

This is that demo.

The class seemed to have trouble following and I spent a lot of time with individual instruction. I asked them to work on them at home and bring them to the next and last class. Because of scheduling of the classroom, we skipped a week, so they two weeks to work on it.
flower painting

Started this painting in the beginning of summer...

...but it just wasn't speaking to me. I put it away for the time being and forgot all about it. When I was doing some cleaning and straightening up, I found it upside down between other stuff. I looked at it and wondered if I....
I got out my brush and paints, and began to play. It was started on hot press paper, so it requires different techniques. This is the finished result!

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Apples and pears....

I had a beautiful apple (very expensive this year) and a half cut pear sitting in my fruit bowl. Looking at it, I got the bright idea idea that they would fun to paint in my watercolor class. I set them up on my counter with some backdrop and lighting. I photographed them and made prints for my class. My apple and pear were good subjects to teach light and shadow. The best part was making them come to life with the media of watercolor!

This is a demo I did in class to teach technique. The best way to teach someone anything is to have them watch you do it. I did this in steps....doing a little at a time, and then I had them do to the same, till we finished the painting.


This is the completed paintings of my class.