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Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Value of Values - challenge

watercolor 5" x 7" and 7" x 5"

These were the painitngs that I did for this past week's challenge. We just had to do one, but I felt that I picked so much on the verticle one that I wanted to do another very quickly. It took about 15 minutes to do the second one. It is amazing how much time these little ones take. It is so much easier for me to paint larger and looser...but I guess that is why these are challenges.

The challenge was to have one area of values taking up most of your painting (papa) then another set of values using a little less space (mama) and then the last set of values - just a smidge (baby). They are fun to do, but it really made me think. I went through my sketchbooks and I could see where I might want to improve my sketches/paintings.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Walking the Pier" - Navy Pier-Chicago

watercolor 14 x 21

I felt inspired to paint this painting from a visit this past summer. I loved how the sun was shinning onto the walkway. It is such a neat place to be anytime of the year.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Dog is a Good Ol' Cat"

watercolor 7 x 10

This is this week's challenge. I never painted a cat before. I guess there is a first time for everything. Meow....

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Just Beet It"

watercolor 7 x 10

This is one of the daily paintworks challenges. We had to set up a little still life of a veggie and paint it. This is going to be one of my summer workshops.

My new schedule of workshops for the summer is now on my website : www.kathylosrathburn.com

Hope to see you in a class or two....

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bleeding Hearts-Plein Air

Watercolors 7 x 11

I wanted to do some plein air painting the other day so I went out into my back yard and did these two little studies. They are of bleeding hearts which are one of my favorite spring flowers. Maybe I will do a painting from these little studies. They are so delicate of a flower.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

17th Annual Art Exhibit-Art Barn, Valparaiso, Indiana

Purchase Award

Merit Award

These three watercolors just got accepted into the Art Barn's Annual in Valparaiso, Indiana. I received a purchase award and a merit award. I was really surprised and excited! Yeah. I am doing the happy dance.

The opening was tonight and they did a great job. The food was excellent. It was fun being among fellow artists.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Waterlily on canvas

watercolor 11 x 14

Did another watercolor on canvas. I will be teaching a class on this technique on June 15. Planning to paint more on watercolor canvas.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sunflower on Canvas???

watercolor 12 x 12 on watercolor canvas

Thought I would try something new....yes, painting on canvas. This is special canvas made for watercolor. It was a lot of fun and I didn't know what was going to happen. Up close it looks like a batik. I am thinking of teaching this at a workshop this summer. I think it would be a lot of fun.