Trail Tales

Hit the trail this morning and look what I found๐Ÿ˜€…blue sky, sun peeking out from behind the tall trees, pretty little weed flowers and a white hibiscus!!๐Ÿ’• What more inspiration does one need to step out under the wide open sky!!

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5 ways to deal with your old watercolor artworks

What do you do with your mounting pieces of art? Before you know it, they have begun to probably gather a fine layer of dust and have started fading and inching their way into every space available!

Yes! storage does seem to be an obvious solution but we have only so much space! So I came up with 5 very simple ways to handle all the clutter created by old and growing number of artworks.

1.Categorize

This is the most important step. I categorize my artwork chronologically. This is a good way to keep everything organized in one place. It actually also helps me look back at my old paintings and reflect on how much I have grown as an artist. It’s almost like a journal that takes you down your memory lane. However you can also organize your artwork according to subject like flowers, landscapes, portrait etc.

2. Put them up!

Adorn your wall or space! Fish out some pretty or interesting pieces and put them on frames on the wall or counter tops. The best part is you don’t need many frames, just a couple and you can keep changing the display. This works really well in kids’ rooms using their “own art”. Another way to display your artwork is by simply pinning them up on a cork board in your work space area and just watch them bring in some cheer!

3. Create something out of them

While categorizing my artwork I discovered sheets that had only one or two nice pictures. So I cut out the good ones like a bouquet or a flower and then glued it on another piece of paper to use as a bookmark. Or you can glue the cutouts on a card stock paper to create greeting cards also.

4. Gift / Give away

There’s always someone who really cherishes your artwork – your grandma or your friends! Gift them a pretty one. They will LOVE them! You can also donate to the library or to a classroom if you have a lot of nice paintings that need a home.

5. Recycle

Yes you heard it right! There are always some artworks that we are not very proud of and don’t mind getting rid of. Just recycle them and claim back your space!

I hope you liked these tips. If you know of any other tips please share them here. I will appreciate!

Flowers of the day

I thought I would jump start this week with this watercolor collage I painted recently.

Flowers – roses, sunflowers, poppies, pansies, lilies, dianthus, and lavender!

My favorite flower is the rose but I love watercoloring poppies the most…. they are um…so dreamy, fragile, so… surreal!

What flowers do you love to watercolor most?

April showers bring May flowers

..and lots of them!

Here is my latest watercolor floral art that I want to share with you.

Most of the time I paint roses, poppies, sunflowers and lavender, but this time I tried painting plumerias, hollyhocks, and crocuses. Even though I do not have a green thumb, I love painting flowers.

Painting hydrangeas was so much fun. The trick to painting them is you start with the central blossoms coloring them a little darker and as you get to the ones in the periphery you lighten up the shade.

Believe it or not, I found painting the plumerias most difficult even though they look pretty simple! My favorite however was the hollyhocks!!

Beauty of the weed flowers

Pause and admire the weed flowers sometimes! My eyes always fall upon the nameless beauties we often refer to as ‘weed flowers’ – fragile, miniscule but so vibrant in their hues. 

 

This is Yellow rocketcress I found blooming off the walking trail next to a small stream.

And this is Sherardia arvensis, very tiny purplish hued flowers! I had to really zoom into them.

And finally this is Henbit deadnettle, still in a slumber ( it was still early )! The ground on either side of the trail was swarming with these ‘sleeping beauties’. I might have to take an afternoon walk to actually admire them in their full bloom.