Tag Archives: watercolors

Friday Faves: Hearts A’Flutter

10 Feb

I used to hate Valentine’s Day.  Back when I was single, my friends and I often enjoyed Anti-Valentine celebrations.  But now that I’m an old married lady ( it’s been an entire year of marital bliss! ), I revel in it.  So today in honor of the upcoming V-Day, dear Artsies, I’m sharing my obnoxious lovey-doveyness with you!  Here are some of my mushy-love-stuff faves..

Cleaning Is Addictive by Kelly Reemtsen

Sweetheart by Robert Townsend

Ventricle by Eva Milinkovic, Tsunami Glassworks

Love by Jill Joy

May your weekend be filled with love!  If you’re not on the receiving end, try giving some away!

Kelly Reemtsen

Robert Townsend

Tsunami Glassworks

Jill Joy

Featured image is by Sarah Ashley Longshore.  All images are via the artist’s websites.

Fashion Plate: Leigh Viner

14 Sep

What do you get when you take one part line sketch + one part abstract expressionism + a flair for fashion?  The stunning work of Denver artist/photographer/designer, Leigh Viner.  Leigh elevates what could be a simple fashion sketch to fine art by her extraordinary eye for composition, figurative expression and well-placed explosions of color and texture.


Look closely at the women Leigh is painting.  These models aren’t faceless mannequins, each one has a story to tell.  Their faces are full of subtle emotion– vulnerability, longing, confidence.



The strength of her work is in it’s simplicity.  She is an artist that understands “less is more”.   In her hands, a simple line drawing becomes a striking portrait with just a few limited dashes of color.

Draw The Line

Abstractions Aside

To see more of Leigh’s work, visit her website.  Her work is available for purchase in her Etsy store, jkldesign, which features original art, as well as prints of her artwork and photography.  Leigh also writes a delightful blog, CREATE.  You’ll be inspired.

Delicate Awakenings: Marsha Boston

4 Aug

Normally, I love thick paintings.  Canvases piled high with mounds of paint and lots of gooey and delicious texture.  But there is a fluidity in abstract watercolors that I find just as appealing.  Watercolorist Marsha Boston imbues her work with such a lovely sense of light and tranquil color, they feel like looking at the world from under a blanket of warm water as the sun shines above.

Saucer Magnolia, watercolor and ink

Her botanical work focuses on our relationship with nature, our power over it in areas such as genetic engineering and nano-agriculture.  How easy it seems to be for man to take for granted and ultimately destroy the delicate balance that is inherent in the natural world, all for our own purposes.

Leaf Mutants in Pea, acrylic on canvas

Her Remembering Water series stemmed from the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, spawning an interest in aqueous plants and their usefulness and value in our ecosystem.  When oil spills occur, much is made of the impact on animal life, but the harm to plants and microorganisms that sustain them is rarely highlighted.

Widgeon Grass, Remembering Water series, acylic on canvas

Oculina, Remembering Water series, watercolor on Fabriano

I love art for art’s sake and pretty pictures as much as the next girl.  But do you know what I love even more?  Beautiful artwork that tells an important story.  And that’s what Marsha Boston’s work does.  It is telling us the story of the destruction and misuse of the very resources that are here to not only sustain us but give us pleasure.  It would be a sad day if there were no more wildflowers to inspire artists like Boston to capture their beauty.

Mountain Cranberry, watercolor and ink

To see more of Marsha Boston’s work, please visit her website and Facebook page.

Featured image is Indian Fig, watercolor and ink by Marsha Boston.  All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

Behind the Museum Walls: Thoughts From a Curator

13 Apr

Good morning, all! 

Do you ever wonder how pieces are chosen for museum exhibits?  Why one work makes the cut but another doesn’t?  I just read this interesting little article written by Katharine Stout, curator of the new exhibit, “Watercolour” at the Tate in London.  A fascinating look behind the choices of work and use of watercolors today.   Although traditional watercolor landscapes have a long history in Britain, Stout chose to focus on contemporary work, making the exhibit more relevant for today.   

Hope you enjoy this little peek behind the museum walls!

Tate curator Katharine Stout on the contemporary works in ‘Watercolour’ | Tate Blog.

Friday Forager Faves

8 Apr

Can you believe it’s already Friday again?  Where did the week go?! 

There is no real theme for this week’s Friday Faves..  other than these are a few of my favorite things right now.  All art related, all colorful, all inspiring to me for different reasons.

This may possibly be my favorite quote ever.  And something I struggle with daily.  ( Yes, “loose” should be “lose” and the artist acknowledged it, but somehow that imperfection makes it even better ). 

I want to spend the day outside, playing with watercolors, not caring whether or not the sketches are any good.  ( I stink at watercolors! )

I love everything about this image.  The jewelled rainbow color palette, the abstract expressionist paint splashes, the idea of the paint falling like rain, the black & white vintage girl… love, love, love.

Sir Boston - Fridge Art - original oil painting by Clair Hartmann

I fell hard for this little guy the first time I saw him.  So dapper, so sophisticated!

Wishing you a weekend full of warmth, spring color and artsyness!  Be inspired.

1.  Image via Amanda Cherie.

2.  Image via Pinterest.

3.  Image via Pinterest via Terrain.

4.   Image of “Sir Boston” by Clair Hartmann, via Clair’s Etsy shop.

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