This weekend has been a time of going through paintings in my files and adding touches, mostly dark values, to enhance them and call them “ready”. Then came the process of cutting the mats, and today I’m framing them to take into the Sunland Art Gallery for our Holiday season. So I thought before they went behind the glass of frames, I’d prop them up and have a photo shoot to share.
“Up in the Clouds” Watercolor matted to 11″ x 14″
This is the largest of the originals that I’m taking in. It and the other two mountain scenes were the result of playing around with wet in wet pigments to create the soft clouds and the distant clouds.
Purple Mountains Majesty. Watercolor matted to 8″ x 10″
The frame I have picked for this painting pulls out the warm browns of the foreground.
“Spring Poppies” Watercolor matted to 9″ x 12″
Paintings in nonstandard sizes like this one at 4″ high make it great to have my own mat cutter so that I can paint in the size that fits the subject. These tiny flowers become a carpet in the spring in the Franklin Mountains.
Mountain Meadow. Watercolor matted to 8″ x 10″
“Nosegay” Watercolor matted to 6″ x 9″
This one also was a result of playing wet in wet.
Ornament #1. Watercolor matted to 8″ x 10″
I have some cards left of this print, but am ordering more!
Vitex. Plein air watercolor matted to 12″ x 16″
This was a plein air painting of our wonderful vitex shrubby trees that flower so beautifully here and live on little water. With additional water they can grow to be huge gnarly trees.
All of these will be available at the Sunland Art Gallery starting tomorrow. I will be at the gallery (in the Placita Santa Fe) several times this week: Tues morning, Wednesday afternoon, and Friday morning. And we will have our holiday open house Saturday December 10th from 10-6 and I will be painting a demo 2-4 that day. Hope to see you there!
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