One cup at a time

Painting these blue teacups in watercolor was such a pleasure. I used to see paintings of pretty and dainty teacups on Pinterest, and they always reminded me of some other time. Finally one day I was inspired to paint.

I remember seeing rows of dainty teacups in fine china adorning the shelves of the cabinet in my mom’s dining room. Looking back even further, I remember seeing them in my grandma’s kitchen. Hand painted and delicate, those exquisite teacups with matching saucers perched quietly on the high shelves must have listened intently to the conversations around the dining table, observing old and new generations coming together, absorbing their stories…….

I cannot look at teacups without reminiscing about old times!

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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!!

Lessons from a watercolor landscapes collage

Does practice make perfect? Does it make better? Or is it something else?

I started this set of landscapes in watercolors early this month and just finished it. My goal was to paint the same picture over and over again to get it ‘perfect’ but after two or three, I got so bored and it dawned upon me that I needed to get better not perfect!!

So then the fun began – letting my imagination take over, allowing myself to make lots of mistakes, experiment with colors and have fun.

How often I have held myself back with rigid rules and lofty expectations and then ended up dissatisfied with the end product.

What I learned from this experience is I need not be a perfect artist. I have a style and a process of my own and I just need to embrace it fully.

So if there’s anyone out there like me who doubts herself, just remember you need to ‘enjoy’ the process and own your style.