Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Original Watercolors on Etsy!

Adirondack Lake, 9" x 12"
One rainy Adirondack day we left our campground at Fish Creek Pond and headed for Fourth Lake--when we saw this view of islands and distant clouds at Lake Durant. Joseph said "Don't you want to stop and paint??"

And yes, I did! Misty, cool, beautiful, and SO stunningly upper New York.

This painting appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine a few years ago, and now I'm ready to let it out of my sight--it does bring back so many wonderful memories, but I will have the digital version

The painting is 9" x 12"-- I make every effort to match the color and use archival materials! It will come to you securely wrapped and backed, ready to mat and frame. 

Please click here to buy or see more original art.


Fish Creek Pond Afternoon, NY

We camped at Fish Creek Pond in upper New York State with a group of teardrop trailer enthusiasts (Joseph built his own!)--it was a glorious setting,and I was SO glad we had the canoe with us. We paddled out in the middle and floated there peacefully while I painted the distant shoreline...we could hear distant conversations, the slap of the waves against the sides of the canoe, the balsam-scented wind, the cries of gulls, and I could have stayed there till nightfall. I used lake water in my painting; it makes it a real part of the location.

It was a grand, magical time, with wonderful people...

The painting is 5" x 12"--if you're interested, please click HERE.

Roseate Spoonbill, Florida
The Roseate Spoonbill is a fascinating and colorful bird that doesn't get half the press that flamingos do! That's too bad--they're truly beautiful. Mangrove trees and miles of swampland surround their habitat. Lots of crocodiles, too...or is that an alligator?

This painting appeared in Country Living Magazine a few years ago, when I had a regular column for them.  I miss doing those!

The painting is 10" x 10-1/2", unmatted and ready to frame.

If you'd like to see details of this painting, please click HERE.

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As you may know, I've been having a few one-woman shows as well as going through a lifetime's worth of work getting ready for them!  Because I believe original art should be affordable, I am offering these unmatted and unframed.  They will go out carefully packed, Priority Mail, and insured if they are over $100.

Do please check back!  I'll be adding more small works, sketches and ACEOs as I continue to simplify my studio space.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Original Art from my show at the Artisan Gallery!

If you're interested in anything you see here, let me know! I spoke with Ellen at the gallery, and we can ship to you!

And NO idea why I never published this post, I just found it in the draft folder!  Oh well...for the most part, it still applies...










The original of this one found a good home in California, but I DO have prints!


There are prints of several of these and more in my Etsy store, too...it's here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CathyJohnsonArt

Hard at Work on My Newest Mini-class, Ink & Wash!


Here's a sneak preview...it should be up sometime this week!

This will be the sign-up button on my web page...

There's a video demonstrating this one...

You can get by with only a few colors...

We look at various ways to pre-tint pages...

A beautiful fall day at Powell Gardens prompted this demo...

Another demo video...

From my older public Strathmore video, showing colored ink...
A freebie ballpoint pen works just fine...
 

Water-soluble ink can be FUN and exciting!

Toned paper can give you some interesting effects and even set the mood!

Here's the syllabus!


INTRODUCTION

SUPPLY LIST

LESSON 1

▸    Why Ink & Wash?
▸    Get the Lead Out?
▸    Working with Ink and Watercolor–approaches
▸    Fountain Pens
▸    Disposables–Fiber Tipped
▸    Ballpoints and Gel Pens
▸    Water-soluble or Waterproof?
▸    Exercises
▸    Tips
▸    Demos
▸    Videos
▸    Links

LESSON 2

▸    Planning and Intent
▸    Colors
▸    Exploring Dip Pens
▸    Brush Pens
▸    Bottle Inks
▸    Before or After?
▸    Textures
▸    Waterbrushes
▸    Paper Matters
▸    Exercises
▸    Tips
▸    Demos
▸    Videos
▸    Links

LESSON 3

▸    Travel Sketching and Working On the Spot
▸    Colored Ink
▸    Finding a Point of View
▸    Keep it Simple, Keep it Light
▸    Be Prepared!
▸    Elements of Landscape
▸    Distance, Depth & Aerial Perspective
▸    Sketching from the Plane Window
▸    Focal Point
▸    Gridding
▸    People and Places
▸    Travel Notes Today
▸    Exercises
▸    Tips
▸    Demos
▸    Videos
▸    Links

LESSON 4

▸    Out & About
▸    Time is of the Essence
▸    How to Simplify?
▸    Watercolor First
▸    Ink First
▸    Try a New Perspective
▸    Out & About–Aerial Perspective
▸    Try Toned Paper
▸    Ink, Coffee, Tea, Wine
▸    Buildings in Landscape
▸    Urban Sketching
▸    Reportage Drawing
▸    Safety Tips for Urban and Travel Sketching
▸    Exercises
▸    Tips
▸    Demos
▸    Videos
▸    Links

Thursday, December 6, 2012

'Tis the Season!

LOTS OF GIFTS AND GOODIES

If you're looking for a gift for that special someone--or for yourself! (and you like the idea of supporting an individual artist/craftsman rather than a huge business that may get most of their inventory from China) please stop by and browse!

The original of this was bought by a dear artist friend, Brenda Swenson...so I made prints available on Etsy!

This plein air sketch of the ivy-covered gate at the old high school in Excelsior Springs was lots of fun...the original is in a show at The Artisan right now, but prints are available HERE

One of my favorite places for plein air painting is Tryst Falls, in Excelsior Springs, MO.  The print has proven quite popular.


Of course if you prefer original art, ready to mat and frame to suit YOUR taste, we have that too...

This is another plein air piece--I raced to capture the changing clouds and the sun sank lower in the west; see details HERE


There are even small, affordable goodies like ACEOs and hand-painted bookmarks.  You're sure to find something to fit the occasion--eve if that occasion is just, oh, Thursday!

Click on any of the links, above, and look around.  If you have any questions please just ask!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I've made cat prints available, as well

...and forgot to mention that...


"Beloved Cat"
This is one of my favorite paintings of my cats...I can't seem to let the original go, but the prints have been quite popular!
You can find Fuzz, who was one of the sweetest animals I ever shared my home with. He arrived on my front porch in the middle of a blizzard one winter night; he was so lovable I was sure his owners must be devastated. I put ads in the paper to try to find his home, but no one ever responded...he lived with us for 18 years, and I still miss him.

Those big green eyes were so solemn and trusting--he loved everyone, and never met a human he didn't want to cuddle up to. Wouldn't you love to pet that soft fur? I did...

I loved playing with a variety of watercolor techniques to express the intimate relationship with with this sweetie...in my Etsy shop.

My fine art prints come to you backed and covered with protective acetate, ready for you to mat and frame to fit your decor. 


Meet Sophie!  She'll keep your place in your book or magazine...
I'm also having fun making original watercolor and ink bookmarks...ORIGINAL watercolor
on archival paper, they're 1.5 x 7 inches.  This one was using the primaries...lots of fun!

I do a lot of demonstrations of techniques for my classes, books, and articles...many of them are just color swatches testing pigments, demonstrating washes or brush strokes, or showing texturing techniques. I decided to make some of these into bookmarks (ACEOs to come!) and make them available here.

I let the color, shapes, and textures suggest what I want to add to the design...cats (of course!), nature, Celtic crosses...and who knows what's next? The three bookmarks shown here are examples of what I'm inspired by.

I'm feeling frugal AND creative, and it's delightful!

My husband and I love to read, and we often use bookmarks made from my demonstrations or cropped from paintings...the bookmarks are surprising sturdy, as much as we read they really get hard use!

These have been punched to accept a satin ribbon chosen to complement the color; they're signed on the back. I hope you enjoy using them, and reading your favorite books.
I use pH-neutral paper and pigments that will survive the test of time.

(On your screen these bookmarks will look larger than they do in reality.)

Take a peek, if you like, there are lots of other bookmark designs , prints, and original paintings!

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