Cindy's Country Mix

do it yourself projects, watercolor


No Excuses

Hello there!  Yes, it’s true.  I haven’t blogged in two months!  What is up with that?  I think being retired has affected my productivity.  My husband’s retirement that is.  I have always been ‘retired’ so to speak.  He doesn’t stop me from blogging, that’s not what I’m implying.  But, having him home all day, I can find a lot of other things to do than blog.

My married son, who lives 90 miles away, tries to keep me focused on painting.  Painting is one of my favorite things to do.  He sends me texts periodically asking how my painting is coming along.  On that note, let me share about a painting that I completed last month.

I take photos of flowers whenever I am out and about traveling.  Since we have moved to Arizona, I find less flowers to my liking.  All of my paintings are done from my own photographs.

This is a white Rose of Sharon that I found someplace.  I begin by drawing onto the paper.  And I painted in the white flower first.

Beginnings of a watercolor painting.

After I had the flower basically painted in, I began to add in the darker areas.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

I don’t paint in any particular way.  If I get bored of an area, I move on to another spot, then go back later.  This particular painting I did without taping it to the board.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

I add washes of color as I go.  If an area is too light or dark, I make adjustments, painting what pleases my eye at the moment.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

One of the small corrections that I made, that is most visible to you, is the dark blemish on the bottom flower petal.  It is actually on the petal in the photo.  Painting true to the photo is not required, but I like the little spots and blemishes on flowers.  They add character to the painting.  However, in this case, I decided that it was too distracting.  I lightened it up and it looks better that way.  This is how it looks as a finished painting.

Painting of a white flower.

I do try paint everyday.  Being easily distracted, it’s not easy sitting next to a window with a beautiful view.  This particular day was gorgeous outside.  I had the window opened and a nice breeze was wafting in.  How can one control the imagination on a day made for dreaming?  I love my view.

View from a window.

Currently, I am working on a beautiful pink and yellow rose painting.  Hopefully, it will show up here soon!

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Friends and Frappuccinos

Last Saturday, three of my friends came over for the day.  They had asked me if I would teach them how to paint with watercolors.  They arrived at 10 am. I made some frappuccinos to enjoy while we painted.

First, we taped our paper to a board then mixed up a soft glaze of their choice of color.  We painted a light wash on our papers, then applied plastic wrap to the paper.  This creates a mottled design as a base.  We set those aside to dry.

Our next step was to learn a little about hard and soft edges while we painted some roses.  That was fun.  When we finished with that painting, we took a break for a lunch of potato soup and home baked bread.

After lunch, we removed the plastic wrap from our boards.  I passed out identical pictures to each lady and they spent a little time drawing the magnolia onto their paper.  Then I showed them techniques to use painting the flower.  Some expressed that watercolor was harder than they had anticipated.  We had a great day and are looking forward to getting together again in the future.

I have painted six times from the same photograph.  I never tire of it.  I think magnolias are beautiful.  Each time I paint this flower’s photo, the result is different.

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Callalily Painting

This is a recent painting I did from a photograph of one of my backyard calla lilies.  I no longer live in the home with all of the beautiful flowers.  But, I continue to paint from photos taken years past.  Please visit my Etsy shop for available paintings.   Cindy’s Country Mix Shop.

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It seems that for several years, seven at least, I have been keeping myself too busy to do what I love best.  Paint.  How do we do that?  WHY do we do that?  Or am I the only one?

About 10 years ago, I painted this painting for a friend of her beloved horse, Dreamy.  It is done with watercolor and measures 17 x 19 inches.  Just last week, she called me and asked if I would paint portraits of two more horses.  “Of course”, said I. Prince and Tomahawk are now in the line-up now.  Also last week, a friend found out that I used to teach art classes to children and asked if I would teach ten students for the month of June.  “Of course”, said I again.  I am hoping these adventures will help me to eliminate all the ‘other’ busyness from my life as I focus in on what I enjoy most, art in all forms.

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Irish Countryside

I am not home yet, but I downloaded the pictures from my camera.  The color was not right for some reason.  I played with one and got it looking like the original painting.  The countryside in Ireland must be just breathtaking!  This particular painting called “A Walk in the Country” is an ACEO, Artist Cards, Editions and Originals.  The size format for ACEO is 3.5″ x 2.5″.  People collect them and store them in baseball card albums.

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I finished my little 7×5 watercolor painting today.  I have decided to paint on a larger format now for a while.  At least 8×10 or larger.  Small paintings can get frustrating, because they are tedious due to such small detail.  When you see the miniature paintings done by any artist, know that they were difficult to paint.
I haven’t yet decided on a photo for my next painting.  My daughter sent me a few photos, maybe I will feel inspired to paint one.
I use a Panasonic DMC-ZS1 to capture the images of my paintings.  I have been very happy with it until today.  For some reason, my computer does not see the camera anymore.  We have tried multiple things to remedy this, to no avail.  I will be digging out my old Olympus C-3000 camera until I can get this figured out.  The image here was scanned using my Cannon CannoScan-4400F.

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Painting Away

I have been painting for a little while.  But, looking out the window seems to be more of what I have been doing.  As you can see, the birds are having a play day at the feeder. The jays are usually the first to find the food when I put it out.  They like the sunflower seeds as do the doves.  The smaller birds like the seed up in the statue’s skirt.  My cat recently died, so they don’t have to be as cautious as they used to! 

And this is how my painting is coming along.  I photographed the dahlias some time ago while on a camping trip.  Dahlias are so beautiful, don’t you think?  My studio is a little bit chilly this time of year, so I had to quit for a bit.  I hope to finish this painting in the next day or two.