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What the Shepherds Saw

Posted in art, Christmas, holidays, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2017 by sebland

imageOne of my great joys in December is designing my own Christmas cards. I play with ideas, and find I really like to use new tools and see where they lead me. Recently, two of my art friends shared pure pigments in powder form with me, and I’m thoroughly enjoying them. I don’t know if this is the design I will go with this year, but I have had a good time with it. After spritzing a sheet of watercolor paper, I scattered the dry pigments and was amazed at the bursts of color that appeared. I had cut out some rough figures and a star and laid them on my paper first, so I got this neat three dimensional effect. With a brush I enhanced behind the figures and while I’m not sure I’m finished, I do like the overall theme of my design. Running through my mind was the phrase: “And in that region there were shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night, and lo! An angel of the Lord appeared, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace and goodwill to men!” Not a bad way to begin the holidays, I think! Even if this isn’t the final product, it’s put me in a good place. Hope it has that affect on you, too!


All That Glitters

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on September 28, 2017 by sebland

This week I’ve been playing with various backgrounds to see how my lilies look surrounded by white space, foliage and now gold acrylic. I’m fascinated at the effect of green watercolor over gold, then blotted away, giving a lacy appearance. I’m going to play with this idea. That’s what it’s all about: “What if?”  This painting  is available at my new gallery, (

Moody Musings

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting with tags , , , , on September 16, 2017 by sebland

imageIf you are a creative person you are going to experience moody days. Somebody cut you down, hurt your feelings, said something unfair, maybe unknowingly, and there you are, down in the dumps. I don’t know about you, but for me, it definitely affects my creativity. Like a child, I sulk, I withdraw, and suddenly self confidence disappears. To make art requires a certain amount of optimism: maybe this time I’ll make something good, or true, or beautiful. Over and over I tell myself and my students, when you are down, the only way to go is up. If your paintings are muddy, try drawing, or cutting and pasting, or even pouring the paint to see what happens when the colors run together. This little piece began on such a day. I was hurt by a comment a friend made. I wasn’t going to paint at all, but decided to pour some paints on the paper when slowly some figures emerged. Fascinated, I got out my gold acrylics and embellished them. I saw pilgrims walking along, the mother evidently pregnant. I called it “EXODUS” and proudly framed it. The moral to this little story is, just show up. Paint a while and if nothing happens paint some more. If you want to make art, you’ll just keep painting until you do. I promise!

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