This one was once again inspired by the book “Serendipity Quilts” by Susan Carlson mentioned in yesterday’s post. Along with the sun, she included a moon pattern, which looks like this:

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These sun and moon patterns just seem to call my name!  In my art journal, I used a ramekin for the outer circle, and freehanded the rest of the design. I added the waves because, to me, the moon and waves are just a natural match.

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I feel like they gel so well in this little painting. Used my Cotman travel palette to add the color.   This was a very relaxing end of the day wind-down, and I was pretty pleased with the result.  I’d like to come up with my own sun and moon portraits/profiles, and I’m really looking forward to the prospect!    It’s all new territory for me, but what isn’t?   Onward!

Can’t believe Wednesday’s already here!   Preseason starts tomorrow people!   (Well, I guess it’s already begun.)   It’s my annual signal that Fall has boarded the plane and is taxiing down the runway!   Let’s do the Autumn dance!   *cue the music*

Abstract Sky and Sea

This was a “chill out” painting that I did after I tried a seascape tutorial that didn’t quite work out. Everything looked okay until I got to the actual rolling waves, lol.  (Colors:  M. Graham ultramarine, alizarin, cobalt teal, viridian, phthalo blue; wn cobalt turquoise)

7 x 5″ watercolor on Arches 140-lb. cold-press

I shall “try, try again” because I’m determined to paint ocean scenes convincingly in watercolor, BUT I’m wondering if there is any way to save the 1/4 sheet of watercolor paper I used. The issue was with a mix of cobalt blue and burnt sienna that wouldn’t soften because I didn’t get to it quickly enough. (Well, there were other issues with the painting, but that was the main one.) I wish I could save the sky and the tree line and the sand in the foreground and just delete the middle ground (waves) and start over.

Oh well, lesson learned. Now I know that I need to try the waves on scrap paper, because that’s probably the hardest part of the painting. It looked so easy on the tutorial though! Grant Fuller is a really good teacher, and the painting he did is beautiful. Maybe someday, I will be able to paint a seascape. I’m pretty stubborn, so there’s that.

Happy Monday, let it be a fun day for you and yours today. Peace and gentle waves from me to you!

Yellow Yonder

Here comes yet another end of the day unwind…..I hope it brightens your Friday dance routines today!


But let’s face it….um, the weekend’s almost here, do we need further brightening?!  

I enjoyed putting this painting together with the help of Tombow markers, Portfolio pastels, Inktense pencils, Lumiere metallic acrylics….and a dusting of dollar-store golden eyeshadow for a bit of extra glimmer.  

It was a glorious 70 degrees yesterday, and so wonderful to have a few minutes away from the desk to enjoy it. Spring has finally arrived here, and I hope it’s alive and blooming where you are, too.   See you Saturday!

*Dancing off into a yellow sunrise*