Crab on the Beach

Currently, I am working on a new watercolor painting. I decided to paint a series of sea themed paintings. This is the first one in the new series, Seashells at the beach.  I have lots of great reference material for inspiration and watercolor and gouache is a great medium to use for painting seashells.

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Surprise! – Work in Progress

One of the most interesting and inspirational things to me as an artist is to discover and learn how other artists work.  So for today’s blog post, I thought I would show a couple of photos of my own paintings in progress.

Before I even start a painting, I will do lots of sketches planning out my composition. Simultaneously, as I decide what I want to paint, I will also go through my large reference file of photos for inspiration.  This painting, of the pink flowering tree was a gorgeous tree that was planted at our old home in Pennsylvania. Every spring it would blossom in beautiful pink flowers.  The tree always seemed so loaded down with flowers.  I don’t know the name of the tree, but I knew that someday I was going to paint it.

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