Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pet Portraits: Buddy and Tator!


Pet Portrait of Buddy - 9 x 12 - watercolor, top
Pet Portrait of Tator - 9 x 12 - watercolor, bottom

Que sera, sera, sometimes paintings happen like magic! These two tri-colored cocker spaniels are the love bugs of a favorite customer, but I feel like I know them myself. I stroked their soft, glossy fur with my paint brush and looked into their liquid brown eyes for weeks while I patiently applied layers of color.

I've never painted doggies before, only a few cats, but I'd do it again just for the joy of capturing their little faces. They're so much different than everything else I paint.

Watercolor is a mysterious medium. It changes as it dries, so you never really know if what you put down is right. I guess that comes with experience, which I don't have (in watercolor that is). But I feel like I'm getting the hang of it. You can't handle it like oils, You have to put a wet wash of color down, and leave it alone until it dries, which is really hard.

I like to do a layer, then go do something else, then come back the next day. Mostly I use watercolor to do studies for larger paintings. Sometimes I end up liking the watercolors better than the bigger paintings!

These two little guys are in the mail to their Mom, who already said she likes them. So off I go to other paintings! Voila, little cockers! 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wedding Dress



Allan and I made our annual trip to Lake Sacajawea to photograph the blooming rhododendrons. I took so many pictures of all the blossoms. This year I fell in love with the creamy white and yellow rhodies for the first time. They reminded me of ivory lace, fluffy tulle and silk fabrics, like a wedding dress.

I looked through all my photos and my first inclination was to abstract the shapes. I kept going back to one photo for the shadow and petal shapes. It reminded me of a Georgia O'Keeffe, but with pink and purple pastel colors.

I tried to capture the shadows as if they were alive and moving, which they were when I took the photo. I think being an artist means putting colors in that your mind believes should be there, even though you didn't really see them. At least the camera didn't capture them, as you can see here.

I did two studies before starting the larger painting, The bottom image is the watercolor study. The middle image is a small oil study I did in one setting.They helped me determine placement and shape. I think the watercolor can stand on its own, because I'm getting better at watercolors.
I like Wedding Dress and I'm adding it to my collection of rhododendron paintings. This is number 12.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Beauty Handbook, Reinventing Beauty, and Hollyhocks!

Hollyhocks, original oil painting by Marie Wise


I'm the first to admit I love products. All kinds, but especially beauty products. So I was excited (and honored) when the creative designer from Reinventing Beauty magazine contacted me to ask permission to feature one of my floral paintings in the next issue.

Creative Designer Jesse Parris selected my 2004 oil painting Hollyhocks (top image above) because the bright, springlike colors matched the color scheme he was using in the 2010 2nd quarter issue. And voila, by including my artwork in the magazine, I'm also featured on the editors page!

The third image above is the page 46-47 spread, which is the introduction to the 'Home' section featuring products used in the home. Hollyhocks is on the left (see how nicely the colors work together). At the bottom is my artist statement. It might be to small read in the image so click the link and you'll be able to read it.
 
The bottom image shows the editors page 12-13 spread. You can see my little pic on the left, third from the top.

Here's the whole magazine in Issuu which lets you page through just like if it were a real magazine.

I'd like to thank Jesse for including my artwork in the Reinventing Beauty 2010 2nd quarter issue. Thanks Jesse!

And you can pick up an issue of Reinventing Beauty for just 99 cents in any CVS pharmacy. It has lots of discount coupons for beauty and other products. Isn't that cool that an artist and beauty-product lover like me has her artwork featured in a beauty magazine. Especially one with Cameron Diaz on the cover!
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Links:
Hollyhocks
Reinventing Beauty, 2010 2nd Quarter issue
Reinventing Beauty, 2010 2nd Quarter issue, page 12-13 spread (editors page)
Reinventing Beauty, 2010 2nd Quarter issue, page 46-47 spread (home splash page)
More issues of Reinventing Beauty
About the Beauty Handbook