Archive for Watercolors

The Three Fountains of Fun

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2017 by sebland

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In my classroom, we have one very firm rule: you must have fun! I tell old and young alike that if you can’t have fun why waste your time? Life is short, chaotic, full of challenges, doubts and fears. Why ever would you bring that into the studio? Colors, textures, forms, lines, brush strokes, what’s not to like? Approaching a blank canvas should be like sitting down to a huge banquet in your honor – the food is ready to be placed before you, and you dive in with anticipation! Why should you not approach your art with the same sense of awe? Nobody else in the whole universe holds your ideas, your dreams, your inspiration. Having a bad day? Paint it out in dark colors! Having a good day? Put it down for everyone to see and rejoice with you.  Being creative is one of the finest gifts The Creator could give you. Take advantage of it, and remember to feel the joy. That’s my word of wisdom for today!

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How Green Grow Your Lilies?

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2017 by sebland

imagePainting white flowers on a white background can be a challenge. Add to that, white paint is not a part of a watercolor palette, so I’m spending a little time experimenting with various ways to make my lilies speak for themselves. How’s about those greens? I challenge my students to reserve the white in various ways, whether it be masking fluid, resist or background color. We’ll try several ideas in the studio and see what happens.  By the way this piece is available!

Loving Those Lilies

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on September 26, 2017 by sebland

imageTo many of us, finding inspiration is not always easy. We don’t always stroll into our studios with a clear plan. It’s very nice to know exactly what we’re going to paint,  and some of us try to find our prompts, or ideas, in magazines, photos on the Internet, or even our imaginations. It’s really nice on the rare occasion when a friend will trigger your imagination. This happened recently to me. I’d been painting every day for a month and was frankly running out of ideas.  One of my friends told me she’d love to see some Calla lilies. Cool! For the next several days I plan to paint a number of pieces . I hope you will enjoy them with me. This piece is available at my new gallery on http://www.dailypaintworks.com, under artist S. E. Bland.

A Place Apart

Posted in art, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegI believe we all at some time need to stop. Just quit working, quit thinking, quit trying and just stop. We’ve given it the best we have, we’ve worried and done everything we know how to fix the situation and we realize finally that there is nothing more we can do. That’s when we need to give it up and find that quiet place, that place apart, where we can be still and let the world revolve around us. It is in those still moments, those times of introspection and listening that we find our peace. The cacophony of our world, the anger and despair, the pushing and the shoving, that’s not what it’s all about! What really matters is how we care for one another, how we listen and respond to the needs of those around us. As I’ve seen the flood waters rise, I have seen human kindness rise higher. I know that we are tired, even those of us who are dry and safe. Because we’ve seen loved ones in danger, old friends lose everything, neighborhoods and memories wiped out, we grieve for them, and we’d like to go back a week and wipe out all that’s happened. We cannot. We can only go on, one day at a time. And we go on together. We see that color, race and religion no longer matter. Our concern for one another makes us stronger and we realize we are not alone. That’s the message. We can’t erase what has happened, but together we will face tomorrow. And the sun will rise. And so will we.

Mama’s Flowers

Posted in art, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on August 27, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegMy mama loved flowers. Her irises, gladioli, zinnias, lilac, hollyhocks and dahlias were a source of joy and graced the altar at our little church many Sundays during my childhood. She was also a meticulous housekeeper. I’m afraid I inherited none of those genes! My friends won’t even let me near their silk flowers because I’ve caused even them to wilt. That’s why I’m grateful to be able to recreate these memories in watercolor. I’ve begun showing them on dailypaintworks.com. They are up for auction this week and next. Hope you enjoy them!

A Piece of Sunshine

Posted in art, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , on August 25, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegif one is lucky occasionally a painting will be sheer joy. When I accepted the “Painting a Day” challenge, I knew inspiration could be a problem. Not so on this day. Sunflowers seemed to beckon to me and this one was fun from beginning to end! Not only did it it seem to paint itself, it sold almost immediately after I finished it. Thanks to a lovely patron it is going to live in London! I’m happy to plant a sunflower on English soil.

Beside the Still Waters

Posted in art, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , on August 24, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegAs I painted this one, I kept thinking of Psalm 23, where the phrase “He leadeth me beside the still waters” kept running through my mind. When we grow fearful, when the world spins out of control and the chaos threatens to overwhelm us, it is so comforting to know that there are still waters we can rest beside, if only in our hearts. I hope you find your still waters today.

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