Category Archives: Color

Watercolor Painting: Cosmos Dance

Cosmos Dance Abstract Floral Watercolor Painting by Betsyness Art Studio
Cosmos Dance Abstract Floral Watercolor Painting by Betsyness Art Studio

Cosmos Dance, 2017, Watercolor,  12×16

So there are things I really like about this painting. I love the purple to blue wash and the orange to purple wash. In fact I think I should have just stopped painting right then. That’s what’s always challenging…knowing when you’re done painting.

Work in Progress: Oil Painting of Cosmos

I was experimenting with trying to create washes on canvas (here canvas board). It was less than successful so I painted over with white acrylic and am now trying to paint the cosmos in oils. I kept the big blue wash on the top exposed.

work in progress cosmos floral abstract oil painting
work in progress cosmos abstract floral oil painting

Studio Kitty with Lilies

Studio orange kitty with lilies
Studio kitty with lilies

Here’s Matisse the kitty posing with some white lilies. Is it me or is he looking a little chubby? :/ I am guilty of giving into his pleas for more food. I need to cut back on the kibble.

Watercolor Painting: Pink Cosmos with Magenta and Purple Blazes

Watercolor Painting: Pink Cosmos with Magenta and Purple BlazesPink Cosmos with Magenta and Purple Blazes, 2017, 12×16

Cosmos are the last flowers standing in my garden, I think I had them even until late November. In this painting, I wanted to push the watercolor washes to see how saturated I could get the colors. I mixed the purple from magenta and blue and let the two colors mix wet-in-wet on the paper. It’s impossible to predict how the final painting will turn out!

Orange kitty with shiny ribbon
Matisse likes Shiny
orange kitty with shiny ribbon
Matisse the studio kitty

Here’s a picture of my orange kitty who likes to look at the shiny piece of foil! Unfortunately this dude’s tummy wasn’t feeling good last night and woke me up crying at 3 am. Ignoring him, thinking he was begging for more food, he rewarded me with a wonderfully fragrant gift to pick up in the morning.

Watercolor Painting: Blushing tulips

Blushing tulips, 2017, Watercolor, 12 x 16 by Betsyness Studio

Blushing tulips, 2017, Watercolor, 12 x 16

this might be my favorite color combo most beautiful wash of blush and brown..soft and hazy and luminous at once. but hard to get just right!

 

I am also working on a little oil painting study of statice flowers. Statice flowers look like perfect little barrettes studded with rhinestones, they’re so pretty they almost don’t seem real.

work in progress oil painting study lavender floral statice flower
work in progress oil painting study: lavender floral statice flower

I was re watching Julie & Julia the movie about a blogger who is obsessed with the chef Julia Child. The orange kitty in that movie looks like Matisse, it even has the same white crest!

kitty dopelganger : Julie & Julia

 

Watercolor Painting: Mums Still Life

Mums, 2017, Watercolor on Paper, 12 x 16

Mums, 2017, Watercolor on Paper, 12 x 16

I learned recently that chrysanthemums are considered one of the ‘Four Gentlemen’ of Chinese Art.

Neat! So I need to starting painting some bamboo, plum blossoms, and orchids.

I really like the colors in this painting, especially the golden-browns against the bright pink.

Matisse the orange kitty likes smelling mums!

Watercolor Painting: Sherbert pink blossom still life

Sherbert pink blossom still life, 2017, 12x16

Sherbert pink blossom still life, 2017, 12×16

A bouquet of cut flowers against a grey background. I think I am going to try to paint this one in oils in the future, I really like the colors. The grey watercolor feels slightly weak and would be lovely in oil.

Matisse the orange kitty, not approving of the direction this painting is taking, decides to take matters into his own paws.

Watercolor painting: Nicotania still life with stripes

Nicotania still life with stripes, 2017, watercolor, 12x16

Nicotania still life with stripes, 2017, watercolor, 12×16

Every summer, this sticky plant bursts through the ground and grows quite tall.  I assumed it was yet another weed but people actually purposefully plant nicotania in their gardens.  At night its beautiful, fragrant white blossoms bloom and they are quite geometric and have an interesting silhouette.

Here’s Matisse the orange kitty in the studio, looking innocent, for now…

Watercolor painting: Pink dahlia in blue vase

Pink dahlia in blue vase, 2017, watercolor, 12×16

So my efforts to show my work earlier this year went bust. One time was at an art walk in Forest Grove when the store owner  didn’t show up. But I found this amazing flower vendor at the farmers market down the street. I was able to get these wonderful dahlias very affordably!

 

Watercolor painting: Quince blossoms with blue vase and handkerchief

Quince blossoms with blue vase and handkerchief, 2017, 12x16, watercolor

Quince blossoms with blue vase and handkerchief, 2017, 12×16, watercolor

I cut these wonderful pink quince blossoms from a overgrown neighboring shrub.

I painted this on the best watercolor paper I have tried so far. It’s Fluid 100 cold press 300 pound weight. The extra thickness means I can load up the paper with a ton of water without the paper going all wrinkly on me and the surface responds wonderfully (not too absorbant). It’s pricey but comparable and far superior to Arches and other watercolor papers that I have tried.