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Watercolor Painting: Peony, Lily, and Cosmos Arrangement & updates on some oil paintings

Peony Lily Cosmos watercolor by Betsyness Studio
Peony Lily Cosmos watercolor by Betsyness Studio

Here is another floral watercolor painting in my favorite blush pink and brown color combination! I concentrated the pigment on the center of the peony and the base of the upside down lily.

Some oil painting updates

Minty cloud abstract oil painting by Betsyness Studio
Minty cloud abstract oil painting by Betsyness Studio

I don’t think I blogged about this painting before. This is an oil painting on a reworked acrylic painting from years ago. I was playing with Gamblin’s Torrit Grey borrowed from a fellow Portland painter, Bruce Reed. I have been to Dick Blick and they no longer have the sample paint ūüôĀ but apparently Gamblin gives this color out every year. I think I had in my mind to paint this amazing view of the Columbia Gorge from Lyle Washington, but at some point the painting felt done to me. My favorite part is the fleck of bright mint green, hence the name of the painting ‘Minty Cloud Abstract.’

I am also reworking an oil painting that I started last year of a crocosmia blossom against a patterned bath towel. I did not like how the colors were working together so I am making this more monochromatic. We’ll see if this comes together.

Crocosmia oil painting in progress
Crocosmia oil painting in progress

Studio Kitty Photo Break

Kitty with daisy ikebana
Kitty with daisy ikebana

Here’s Matisse the orange kitty with my Christmas present, a ceramic ikebana vase from a local Portland ceramic artist.

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: 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: Dark Chocolate Cosmos and strawflower still life

Dark Chocolate Cosmos and strawflower still life, 2017, Watercolor, 12 x 16

 

Dark Chocolate Cosmos and strawflower still life, 2017, Watercolor, 12 x 16

The dark chocolate cosmos are my favorite type of cosmos. They have the perfect¬† cute buttony shape. I couldn’t find seeds for them but I was able to find two plants at the local gardening center and yes they are perennials! They nearly died off though during our sad drought this summer. I planted them in the ground so I’m crossing my fingers they’ll make it back next spring!

Matisse the orange kitty inspects the quality of my floral arrangements.

 

 

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: 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.

 

Crazy weather

It’s been ‘snowing’ ashes and the wildfires in Oregon have jumped the gorge. meanwhile there is a category 5 hurricane hurling towards the east coast. Don’t get me started about politics.

I’ve been experimenting with some watercolors, trying to do a more muted and effervescent feel.This one was a based on some dahlias I grew in my garden but I added some petunias and bougainvillea. This one I purposely tried to make the background flowers fade into the white of the paper. What do you think?

Dahlia, Petunia, Bougainvillea, 2017, 18x24, mixed media on paper

 

Here is the most recent watercolor of some chocolate cosmos that may have died because it ‘s been so hot here in Portland. I’ve been trying to get the right shade of pink and I think I nailed it. And I really like the way the blue interacts with the flower on the left. I should’ve held my ground and not gone darker with the red on the right. But there’s always next time!

Cosmos cloud, 2017, 12x16, watercolor on paper

I’m off to Pennsylvania and Colorado to visit some friends and family. Hopefully I’ll get some good shots!