Sunday, July 23, 2017

2 x HONEY



Selling the painting, A Taste of Honey, from the Honeybee series made me want to do another similar piece to add to the series.  So I have started this one.  

This one is also on gold gessoed paper with some stencils of a hive in the background.  It's painted with watercolor and some gouache.  I didn't want to make it exactly like the one I sold so added another little bee.

It's 11 x 15" and I'm calling it

2 x Honey


Friday, July 21, 2017

THE HONEYBEE SERIES - PART 2





Bee Warned











Bee World












Squadron












The Little Visitor











The Messengers





Bee in Magnolia








Bee Card











She Works Hard for the Honey








2 x Honey










This is all, for now!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE HONEYBEE SERIES - PART 1






Running Out of Time











The Last One











Summer Bees











A Taste of Honey












Bee Quilt










Bee Cycle






Elizabeth asked that I put all the Honeybee Series paintings together to easily see in one place, so I am working on that.  For some reason, I'm having fits trying to fit 3 across (I just can't make it work) so will put this into 2 postings with all the paintings down the left side.  You can click on an image to enlarge it.  I am trying to put them in the order they were painted.  



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FLYING TO SINGAPORE


My friend and Pilates instructor, Kelli, is buying this painting this week.  It's always fun to sell a painting. 

It's obvious that I am not painting for the money.  I don't ask much for my work (in fact, I sometimes think people see my work as "less" because I don't ask for thousands of dollars).  This is my choice.  I would rather my work be out there among people who like it than ask thousands and not sell a thing while everything piles up in my little art room.  

So...everything I have painted is for sale, including my Honeybee Series paintings.  They are reasonably priced (often under $150) because they are unmatted and unframed (matting and framing them always adds to the cost - and putting something in a juried show always adds to the cost because you need to put a good price on those works to get the attention of the judges - yes, it makes a difference.)

This painting is about 10.5 x 14.5 inches on gold gessoed paper.  I spray sealed it after the painting dried so it won't smudge.  Kelli will be packing it in her suitcase and it will be flying to Singapore!  Have fun, little bee, in your new home :)  And thanks, Kelli, for loving one of my pieces enough to purchase it.

I know many of my blogger/art buddies sell their work and I wonder:  does it still make you feel good to sell a piece even if you don't get "big bucks" for it, or is it more important to how you feel as an artist set a high price on all your work and then sell less frequently?  Do you feel like you are not honoring your work if you set a low price on a piece?  It's something we all have to work through if we want to put our work out for sale.

I will miss this little honeybee and her trip to the honey dipper, but I can paint another (as the artist, I retain the copyright for the piece even though this one will be far away).  In fact, I have something else already begun.



Monday, July 17, 2017

SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE HONEY 2



This one is finished.  I don't think I'll add anything else.  

Painted collage paper and watercolor on Arches 140# coldpress paper



She Works Hard for the Honey



Saturday, July 15, 2017

SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE HONEY



Working more on the collage and watercolor piece.

She Works Hard for the Honey

watercolor and collage

Thursday, July 13, 2017

THE MESSENGERS



Added some words and this one is done.


The Messengers

watercolor on Arches 140# coldpress

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

YOU SOMETIMES DON'T KNOW HOW SOMETHING WILL TURN OUT




This painting began like this with a loose, pale wash of color on the drawing and then...

I put a little bit more color on, but was not that happy with the next stage so washed over the whole thing with a weak wash of gesso/water/acrylic gel medium to start over.



In starting over, I used watercolor crayon and watercolor pencil as well as watercolor pens at the end to outline the shapes.  

As you can see, I cropped it closer to focus on the center and the bee.  





Sunday, July 9, 2017

ANOTHER FINE MESS

Well, I worked on the magnolia with the bee and really worked and worked and - can you say OverWorked???  It happens.  Especially when I'm not focused enough.  


So...how to fix a bad watercolor painting that cannot be wiped back to white?  Make it so it can be wiped back to white = get out the white gesso and gesso over it lightly enough to see the drawing underneath and start again.

That is what I did, drawing a bit heavy-handed but I'll work around that later.  I think this will be a mixed watermedia piece now = watercolor with watercolor crayon and watercolor pencil added.

Hang in there and we'll see where this goes!