I like to paint small watercolors of colorful flowers and transparent glass filled with water.
These small still-life paintings date back from the 90’s to the present 2016.
They are all post card size 5.5”x 7.5”or smaller. I started off making this size in the mid-eighties to send as post cards.
Almond Blossoms are really nice to paint. In the spring there are a lot of these trees in Madrid. I sent this watercolor to my Mom. When I go to California I see it on the wall.
I remember visiting someone who had sweet peas growing in their vegetable garden, I couldn’t resist taking some home to paint them. I’m going to have to get some sweet pea seeds.
The Red Bottle is one of my favorites. I bought it in the mid-eighties at the Salvation Army in the Gaslamp Quarter when I was living in sunny San Diego. I’m always on the look out for beautiful glass bottles and vases.
This watercolor is wet on wet with my favorite red bottle.
What I like the most about glass are the reflections; especially clear glass with water in it.
I paint a lot; not everything turns out. It doesn’t matter. I like to include everything I see around my model.
I go to California often, almost every year. I like to paint the flowers in my Mother’s garden. Bougainvillea is so fun to paint.
Sometimes I paint the motif twice. Here I changed the vase. I like this vase; I like the fact that you can see the stems and leaves in the water.
Here is the vase again with my Mom’s beautiful roses.
I like colored glass. They have everything I like, color, shape, transparency and reflection.
Someone gave me this vase. I think it’s beautiful with the vertical grooves imitating a greek column. This one got sent off in the mail.
I like to do more than one painting to try a different view.
When the spring comes around, I go a little crazy. I can’t stop painting. Spring is such a bright season full of color and warmth.
You can really see the difference of the light in the spring.
These are California Poppies and wild flowers. I brought the seeds from California and planted them here in Madrid. I recently sent this one to my Dad.
I wanted to paint my model with the reflection in the mirror and on the table.
This is the latest small watercolor. A friend told me that the color of this bottle is chartreuse.
I’m glad she told me. I had never heard of that color. Thanks to her the title isn’t yellow bottle with wild flowers, but Chartreuse Bottle with California Wild Flowers. 🙂
My Favorite Bottles is the first watercolor I painted of this series with the same name.
This series was about painting the bottles in different places in the house.
The technique I used here was wet on wet.
I no longer have this painting.
This is a watercolor from the series ‘My Favorite Bottles’. Here are a some painting stages.
I’m using Arches 300 GMS watercolor paper. The model is on the table in back to the right.
I wet the paper first. I didn’t start with a drawing, so I start on my favorite part and build up around the first object I put on the paper.
At this point, I’m still placing everything on the paper, trying to imagine how it will look at the end.
After I know where the bottles belong on the format, I continue with a la prima and try to get the shapes and colors in one shot.
The painting is finished. I try not to go back into the painting once the surface of the paper is covered.
I no longer have this painting. I like the way they framed it with a 3-4 inch mat around the picture, giving it plenty of room between the painted area and the frame.
The frame goes well with the furniture and curtain and the colorful bottles add an accent of color to the living room. I love to see my painting in this home.
This watercolor belongs to the series of My Favorite Bottles.
Here are a few steps in the painting and a tip for watercolor painters at the end about sending watercolors through the post.
There is something that I’ve learned about sending watercolors through the post and would like to share with other painters.
Recently I’ve sent some large watercolors in the post, so I had to protect them with sturdy cartons to ensure they didn’t get damaged. I realised that I could mat them myself for a bit more and send them through the post protected with a professional finished presentation.
I have a blog which explains how to mat a watercolor; the finishing touch is to cover it with a plexiglass. I’ve also learned that before you mat, the watercolor should be flattened by spraying the back with water, rubbing it down and putting it between two pieces of matting board with weight on top (books). Let it dry over night.
I’d love to hear your comments and questions. If you have better advice, I’d like to hear that too; one never stops learning.
This painting is from a series called My Favorite Bottles.
I started this series in 2015. I painted the bottles in a different place in the house everyday.
The purpose of this blog is to remember the steps in making the painting.
I planted some California wild flowers in May, so I’ve been painting them. They are small delicate flowers. So I put them in a small vase.
The Art Making Process of a Resin-oil Painting; a Spin-off from a Watercolor.
Most painters work in more than one medium because variety offers many possibilities of expression. I made a spin-off of the watercolor ‘Glass Bottles on top of Antique Closet’ in resin-oil. Resin-oil is a medium in which you mix oil with with thickened linseed oil and Venetian turpentine. This medium gives a candied effect with vivid colors. I use resin-oil in a more expressionistic manner than my watercolor and tempera paintings. I like the happy accidents and drips that show up on the canvas. There is one drawback regarding resin-oil; the room where you paint needs to have plenty of ventilation because the vapors are very strong.
My favorite Bottles
This is part of a series of twelve watercolors that I’m making in different parts of the house. Today they are on top of the closet. In the winter, the light changes quickly, so it took three days to finish it.