Saturday, May 31, 2014

374 Feathers Side by Side

The pearl and metallic watercolor paints look particularly nice in this painting.

This painting will fit in a standard 5x7 frame or can be matted and framed to a larger size.
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Friday, May 30, 2014

373 Subtle Shimmer

As I was studying the feathers, I realized that there are very subtle colors to the "black," even though it may appear to be all black.  The feather on the left is a good example of this---it was all black, ...but not really.  I wanted to paint the others feathers in colors other than their natural colors for a little variety.  There are subtle metallic glistens in this painting also.   

Painting can be framed as is in a standard 8x10 frame, or matted and framed to your liking.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

372 Peacock Feather

Although I am enjoying painting with watercolors, I don't think it will take the place of my acrylics.  I have been experimenting and "playing" with different products.  This painting has a hint of metallic water color and it glistens in just the right places.  Unfortunately, it is so subtle that it doesn't show up in the photograph. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

370 Feathers

Watercolor was my first love, artistically.  It has been a very long time--decades,  since I broke out the water colors.  It felt pretty good to revisit this old friend.  I have always loved birds and have collected feathers for many years.  These are a few from my stash.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

368 Marigolds, Chives and Hosta

"Spring" is at least a month behind schedule.  This Memorial weekend I enjoyed working in the garden, feeling my hands in the dirt and planting a few plants, among them marigolds and chives, hoping to keep the rabbits away.  It's a constant battle: Diane vs. The Rabbits.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


This is my 365th daily painting for the Daily Paintworks website, and I am so happy and proud I took the plunge, which was very scary at first.  It began with my first posting on April 9, 2013 of a pansy painting, coincidentally enough.  It sold that first day.  This has been a wonderful learning experience for me as I have met many of my goals--to paint faster and looser, try new subject matter, learn how to crop and edit photos, and not obsess over the title. Painting has been such a delightful routine for me, and such an important part of each day.  There is still much more to learn and experience and I look forward to that.  Thank you to all who have sent encouraging comments and/or have purchased paintings.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

362 Who Are You Looking At?

I didn't understand why so many artists paint dead fish so I felt the need to try it.  With so many variations in the colors, it was not an easy task.  I learned that the red eyes mean the fish was very fresh, among other things.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

358 Favorite

I received a beautiful little vase for my birthday from someone special.  It is one of many beautiful vases from Anthropologie, and unlike this one, it has a ceramic pansey attached.  I thought it would be difficult to represent, so I painted a real pansey. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

357 Call Your Mom

Happy Mother's Day to all the women of the world who are mothers or have ever been a mother figure to someone.  It's the most rewarding and underpaid job on earth, but so very important.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

355 Misunderstood

"Pansies" get a bad rap.  When I researching this sweet little flower online for title inspiration, I came across the Urban Dictionary.  Didn't know there was such a thing, but pansies didn't fare well there.  Here is a sampling of the 38 definitions on just the first page, of which only two referred to it as a flower:  "One who lacks courage,"  "One who backs down from a challenge."  "girly and sissy-like."
" One who opts out of Calculus for an easier math class like Statistics."

In reality, pansies are very hardy.  They can withstand the colder temperatures of spring when others wouldn't dare.   I once saw pansies in full bloom with a lot of snow on the ground during early winter. Yep, pansies are misunderstood.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

353 Charming

I love pansies.  They are the first flowers I buy in the Spring because they can withstand the colder temperatures we experience here in Milwaukee.  I love their sweet little "faces" and the delicate nature of their petals.