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Bokeh Ballerina

Continuing with the ‘Bokeh’ effect from my last blog post, here’s another piece you might like. I chose a ballerina this time as my main subject as it is close to my heart…Becoming a ballerina was a childhood dream! So here she is in deep blue in a bokeh cloud…..

Have an awesome day😊

My summer

So a week ago I hosted a watercolor challenge (on the suggestion of my daughter) on IG! It was a mini challenge with prompts related to my favorite season – Summer! And I’m going to share my work from that challenge. It was a wonderful experience and it was refreshing to see some very beautiful pieces of artworks by talented artists on instagram.

My favorite summer dessert!

I used to love the mountains and streams (and I still do) but the sea has changed me. The wide blue skies, the turquoise waters and the golden beach….need I say more?

I totally believe in this quote by Kellie Elmore. Do you?

What is your favorite thing to do on summer days/evenings? Stargazing is one of my fav activities (not just during summer) and whenever I spot the Orion I’m ecstatic!

Florals are my favorite things to paint not just with watercolors but also digitally on procreate. And dragonflies have become my signature style as I just can’t stop painting them!

Tell me what do you love most about summer? I would really love to hear from you!

Until the next post😀

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Tulips on the window

A bunch of tulips is what I need to spruce up this little corner in my kitchen and with the bright spring morning light streaming through the windows, everything feels ok…..
…..the simple things!!

I used my metallic gold from the Komorebi watercolor palette for the first time.. on the faucet and the knobs on the cabinets! This was my entry for an art challenge on instagram.

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Teacup Flowers

Do you like teacups? Floral, plain, tiny, dainty, and vintage? I love them all! My favorite thing to do while browsing through the aisles of a home goods store is to stop and breathe in the beauty of these exquisite things. I think one just cannot have enough of these!

And they aren’t just for tea you know that. Right? Let them overflow with some pretty blossoms!

Here is a set of 2 miniature watercolor pieces of dahlias, peonies, and a few buttercups in teacups. They are painted on cold pressed paper. Each is 5.5 inches in height and 4.5 inches in width. Look out for these beauties in my Etsy store!

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Coffee in San Francisco – Two versions!

A photograph from my trip to San Francisco inspired me to make a watercolor art for an Instagram Challenge and since I had just acquired the app Procreate and was in love with it, I decided to digitalize the watercolor! It was and is a great way to explore and experiment with the myriad of tools that Procreate offers.

Digitalized version
Here’s my original watercolor. Which do you like better? Watercolor or digital?

And finally the photograph that inspired it all! I still remember that day two years ago – windy but beautiful and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge – breathtaking!!!

And by the way the digital version is up on my Redbubble store!

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Pretty Little Birds in Watercolor

Here is something to bring some cheer to your walls all year round. This is a set of four watercolor paintings that illustrate different birds in various settings. Each painting is 5 in x 4.5 in.

Please scroll down for a detailed picture and description of each bird.

A yellow warbler on a wisteria branch! Spring is here and the days are beginning to get longer.

A bluebird sitting on a branch of a golden chain tree. This takes me back to summer!! Anyone else missing summer already?

A little robin perched on a pine branch. She is a busy bee these days with the days getting shorter and cooler!

A cardinal on a juniper branch! Here in Texas even though I see these birds year round I somehow attach them to winter most! I wonder if it’s their color that complements the festive season or does that brilliant redness brighten up the shorter days of winter??❤️

You can buy these little beauties in a set from my etsy shop Artsy gals!

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Sweet spot on Lake Tahoe

The other day I was browsing through some pictures from a vacation when I came across a few from Baldwin Beach, a quiet little beach on Lake Tahoe. There was this picturesque spot a little away from the beach and just before hitting the road. It seemed like a mini lake with ducks gently paddling away in the blue waters laced with tall grass waving in the summer breeze.

I just had to relive the moment, this time with watercolors!

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Yosemite memories

A watercolor painting of Yosemite inspired by a photograph!

Two summers ago I visited Yosemite National Park. Memories of standing at the base of El Capitan, a granite monolith over 7,000 feet tall and listening to the thunder of Yosemite Falls made me feel like a grain of sand or maybe an ant! I remember the grueling climb to the top of Vernal Falls and back to the base where the peaceful Merced flowed. Every minute spent there – in the meadows under the sun or near the roaring waterfalls – was filled with awe and admiration for the majestic beauty of nature. It’s impossible to come out of that experience the same!

Yosemite

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time long long ago in a far away land lived a pair of dragon flies….

Growing up I loved reading Enid Blyton’s magical books. They whisked me away into a land of fairies, elves, and gnomes who lived in toadstool homes in enchanted forests. I remember relishing every book and daydreaming about the stories wondering and almost believing that such a land existed!

Dragonflies have an innate charm. They signify joy, courage, and transformation in different cultures. To me they are simply magical creatures in brilliant shades, adding a sparkle to everything in nature.

These days I seek out these beauties to remind myself of the light and joy that still exists on this planet.

Painting every day

Here are some newer entries from my daily paint – a – picture! I am happy to report that I have been keeping up with this ritual I began in November of last year and like I mentioned in my last post, there are days I skip or even decide to paint two instead of one but that depends upon my mood.

Has anyone of you been painting every single day? If so please share your thoughts about the process. I will love to hear about it!

A Collage of many Blooms

Usually, I do not ever complete an entire collage of painting in one sitting, but yesterday it was different! Both my kids were home (recuperating from flu) and I badly needed a break. So while I listened to some of my favorite tracks on the Spotify, I picked up my brush and watercolor palette to paint a flower or two.

One painting led to another and yet another until every color on my palette was used up and I ended up filling the entire page with floral illustrations!

Therapeutic, satisfying, nurturing …..this is how I felt in the end.

Watercolor collages

Finally done with the two watercolor collages that I started sometime in early September! I divided a paper into squares or rectangles and filled them with scenery whenever I felt like watercoloring.

Sometimes when you really want to paint or test out a particular scenery in mind, but on a small scale, this is a good way to do so as you get to finish the work quickly and also get a general idea of how the scenery ends up looking. 

I totally enjoyed this process since there was no time restraint and a lot of freedom involved. However, don’t get tempted to finish in a hurry! It doesn’t matter whether the painting is a product of your imagination or an inspiration from a photograph, looking back, each painting has a story to tell about what you were thinking at the time or where you were!