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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

These are fresh of the press!  Well, not off the press, really, but fresh off my brush, if that makes sense. 

This first painting here I have been fussing and playing with for some time.  Might have gotten a little busy and I struggled a bit with which way to take it.   I took a photo in January on our trip to Petersfield Park (see blog post How to Remember Summer in January  I was playing with my new camera, and taking some closeups of leaves.  They were brown and broken, no longer the flashy reds and golds of autumn, but elegant all the same.

I find that I can get a little carried away when I am painting, and I am not very patient.  It drives me crazy waiting for a wash to dry, and I sometimes risk going back to work on an area too soon.  If its too wet, it's mud.  I usually like to have several paintings on the go at once, that keeps me busy while I am waiting for a wash to dry!  I started this abstract here:  Fun to do, it is painted on watercolor paper with watercolor paint.  I used some stamping from random objects and collaged some found material (can you guess what it is?)

And last but not least, I just finished this piece yesterday.  I had two paintings on the was a complete disaster! lol  but I learned loads about working with my booboos.  I tried to fix it with gesso, acrylic paint, collage, and even gold spray paint.  It just got worse and I think it's time I let it go.  I might be able to save part for collage later....hmmm...Anyhoo... back to the painting that actually worked out:

It is a mixed media painting.  I drew the pears from life and added this quote:
"One day we will realize that the battle we are fighting is not outside ourselves, but within."

I am not sure if I made that up or heard it somewhere, but if anyone out there knows where it came from, could you let me know so I can reference them :-)

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  1. Jo-Ann, the leaves are reminiscent of one of your angel collection. The random stamping looks like a cooling rack grill??? and the pears are FABULOUS!! Love the quote, can't help with the origin...maybe its just yours:) Lorna

  2. Jo, the paintings are so beautiful! I especially love that leaves. Great work! Theresa

  3. Hi Jo Ann,
    Your work is beautiful, soft and ethereal.
    Happy to find you~

  4. Jo-Ann, these are all lovely--I REALLY like watercolors . . .

  5. Love all three of these! Thanks for popping by my OWOH post. Yay fellow Bluenoser:)

  6. Jo-Ann, I just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog last week and for your sweet comments! I really enjoyed much inspiration!


  7. Hi Jo-Ann - your paintings are lovely! I've never managed to get to grips with watercolour. Thanks for stopping by my blog, sorry you didn't win but it was nice to see you there all the same! Just going to look at your shop now...
    Tara :)

  8. PS. I forgot to say I'm doing my Reiki master soon and have been thinking how I'd like to incorporate energy healing into my paintings too.

  9. Incredible stuff. Most exquisite. Loving the fall leaves.

  10. I love your paintings. I have wanted to learn to watercolor paint for years...but every time I try it looks like little kids trying to paint. I guess that is because I do not really know how to do it. I don't know anything about getting the background ready...washes...etc. I just paint. Maybe I need to get a how to do it book.

  11. Wow...I've been super slow to check my comments! Thanks so much for the lovely words! You guys are awesome and I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and have a peek and let me know you were here :-)

    Tara, Congrats on your Reiki mastership! It has certainly changed my life for the best mentally and spiritually and I love being able to help others, too.

    Carolyn or glad you stopped by! There are lots of excellent books out there to help get you started. For the background, I usually wet the paper then start my wash. Have a good amount of your paint ready, mix it with water. Just remember it will dry lighter than when you first put it on so you might want to make this a bit darker than you normally would. Good luck!


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