Trying to paint the most iconic view in Boulder requires practice and a lot of it. With that said, I’m pretty happy with how things are coming along.
Once I get back into the artisan fair rotation and begin to focus on my business more, I hope to offer my watercolors (mountains, flatirons, skylines, etc) as cards for sale.
Acrylics have always been my strong suit. However, my style requires a lot of time and patience and recently I’ve had little of both. So in order to make me feel productive and challenge myself, I’ve picked up watercolors. Turns out, nice quality liquid watercolors are WAY more fun to use than the little crayola disk watercolors we got as elementary students.
I’m excited to see the progress I’ve made in such a small amount of time and how drastically different my watercolor technique is compared to my acrylics.
My first piece. San Juan Columbines 2017
Pitkin Campsite 2017. My 2nd watercolor
Portland Headlight 2017
Madison from Monona 2017
Madison from State Street 2017
Flatirons I. 2017
4th of July Trail 2017
CO Mtns 2017
Gore Lake Camp 2017
Pitkin Camp 2017
I also realized that making cards with watercolors is way more fun than trying to buy one from the store.
Seattle thank you card
SF thank you card. 2017
Cow Retirement card. 2017
In the months leading up the Jackalope Art Fair, I worked on an array of ornaments to sell. Below are samples (not all) of the ornaments that I sold at the fair. Ornaments were a hit since it was the holiday season, they were cheaper price points, and each was hand painted originals.
The Square ornaments were painted canvas superglued to little wooden polaroid-looking frames. I then used holiday washi tape to cover the backs. I think they turned out really well, but probably should have reinforced the tape with superglue as well.
Can’t wait to work on more ornaments for next Christmas!
2.5×3 canvas ornaments
The wooden round ornaments were directly painted on with a label, year, and signature on the back.
round wood ornaments
As I’ve gotten older, (and perhaps a bit more Boulder-esque) I’ve grown to appreciate holidays for spending time with family/friends and not the commercial aspect. Don’t get me wrong– I like giving gifts, but now I prefer to make gifts as to buying things since it means a whole lot more.
This year’s lot:
Gift for my Brother: Frankenstein and His Bride. 2013. Pencil on paper. 9×12.
Gift for my future sister-in-law: Cat’s Squirrel. 2013. Acrylic on Canvass board.
This squirrel was actually was a lot of fun to paint! I poured myself a glass of wine (or two) and just went to town. Using a lot of paint on my brush I acted fast to be able to blend colors on the canvass. I love how this one turned out because it’s more “artsy” than my usual work.
Gift for my sister and brother-in-law: Sir Vance. 2013. Acrylic on canvass. 9×12.
I always love painting in black and white and enjoy it even more when it’s doing the folds of clothing. I heard how much my brother-in-law loved Carl so I knew I had to do a piece like that for Christmas, except with their cat, Vance.
Flatirons. 2013. Acrylic on canvass sheet. 18×20 (?)
I’ve always wanted to paint the flatirons, but have never had the motivation to attempt them. They may look simple, but are actually very challenging especially since I see them every day and haven’t perfected painting rock yet. I thought the flatirons would be a good choice as a gift for my parents. Perhaps it’ll motivate them to visit some time.