Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gallery Wall

I've been having so much fun with art lately, and decided to finally get some things on the wall in my kitchen. This poor wall has always been in transition, going through the phases with me. I finally feel like I have a selection of art that I love, with enough variety to creat a gallery wall. The piece that was the starting point was the rooster, as he brightens up and adds a nice contrast of color to the walls.

Gallery walls are very easy to create for those larger walls where you want some interest and a perfect way to display smaller pieces. And don't worry, if you love them, they ALL go together! 


























Monday, February 24, 2014

Moleskine Art

My break from painting oils has continued throughout the entire month of February. I have also cut way back on my computer time this month in regards to posting what I'm doing on my blog, putting on Facebook, Pinterest, my website, etc. I have put a few photos on Instagram, mainly because it's so easy! It has just been a lot lately, and I was missing too much time with my little guys.

However, I have found little windows of time to pull out my pen and little watercolor set. That has been a great learning experience for me. For one, pen can't be erased, so if there are drawing mistakes, oh well. That's part of the fun and taking some of the pressure off--it's not going to be "perfect". I am trying to select things to paint that I might not consider with my oils and palette knife. I am looking to push myself and grow while I "rest".

Have purchased lots of neat supplies, including awesome Moleskine books for drawing and watercolors. Seems there is quite a community of users, and lots of fun looking at all of the inspiration out there. Here are some of the things I've been doing in my Moleskines (all are 5x7 or smaller):






Thursday, February 6, 2014

Room with a View

We weren't disappointed at all when we saw the view from our window in Firenze. This was the straight on view, and a view of the Duomo off to one side. It's the terra cotta roofs that I'm drawn to. All of that warmth and color. Well, here is my attempt at this spectacular view, with watercolors.

5x7 Pen & Watercolor


















Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ponte Vecchio

My husband and I went to Florence in 2006, before we had our boys. We had such an amazing time exploring another country together. My cousin was also living and studying there at the time, so we had a great companion on two of the days. Great memories I hold close to my heart of beautiful sights, great food, and hidden little treasures we discovered while there. So great to be able to capture these in paintings.

I'm really working on my drawing--these watercolors are all done with a pen, so no erasing! This means they are... perfectly flawed. 

watercolor on paper 4x6