Traveling to new and unusual places gives me the opportunity to paint in my watercolor art journal. I am always on the lookout for some fun and creative ideas. Sometimes I sit in little alleyways to paint on location, and sometimes I finish my paintings in my journals in the evenings with a glass of wine. The painting of the little church below is of a Church that my husband and I hike to while on a recent boat trip to 3 islands near Dubrovnik, Croatia, This lovely Church was built over 1,000 years ago! It had a tiny door. I guess people were smaller back then. If you are interested in painting with me and learning about keeping a watercolor journal, I am teaching four different classes at the Seattle Create art retreat There are several seats still available in each class.
My favorite time of 2013 was painting daily in Provence, France with a wonderful group of artists. Twelve wonderful artist joined me on my 3rd watercolor journaling trip to St. Remy de Provence. I love this charming town not only for its own charm but because within an hour in all directions, we were in awe inspiring locations painting plein air. Here are a few highlights from our trip:
|One of our favorite times of the day was sharing our paintings in our journals|
|The red poppies were out in full bloom!|
|We were lucky to be in St. Remy for the traditional costume parade|
|There was lots of dancing in the streets of St. Remy|
My next European Watercolor Trip: ADVENTURES IN ITALY
|Mt. Hood Lavender|
Inspired by the fields of lavender in the Hood River Valley during my painting trip, Mt. Hood Lavender is a miniature watercolor painting. It will be in the February small works show at the Red Chair Gallery. The requirements for the miniature paintings for this particular show were that the size was to be no larger than 10″ x 12″ framed. Painting small paintings like this one is one of my favorite things to do. Do you like to paint large or small or both?
I have been working on a series of watercolor paintings inspired by my trip to Provence in May. The title of this one is Celebration. We found this lovely village in the Drone area of France and what caught my eye was all the flags that were hanging from the ancient buildings. This painting will be hung in the Red Chair Gallery for Bend’s First Friday Art Walk, October, 7, 2011.