Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ACEO Garden Flowers Original Watercolors Painted by K. Joann Russell

2.5 x 3.5" watercolor

As I cleaned off a counter with a stack of papers today look what I found in an envelope! Yes, this is one of those popular ACEOs, tiny art that people collect with fervor today. I've struggled to paint in this size even though I started a series in 2006. It was a "One Brush Painting Daily Series". These two paintings are signed on the back with the series name, watercolor title and the date.

3.5 x 2.5" watercolor

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Pink Tulips Garden Flowers Decor Print from K Joann Russell Watercolor

"Pink Tulips"
Decor Print 8 x 10"

A lovely new print of delicate pinks contrasted with a variety of greens. In a white frame the colors and image really catch your eye.

Find it newly listed in my KJoannRussell Etsy Shop

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Decor Print of Sunflowers from Original Watercolor by Artist K. Joann Russell

"Many Though One #2"
Decor Print 8 x 10" Image

This gorgeous sunflower print with its blues, greens, and yellows is new today. The new prints will be offered without mats. People enjoy the freedom of choosing mat colors. Rather than spend my time increasing my inventory of mats, I'll paint more originals.

Until I finish the links on my website for purchasing this print, please click here to see it in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Red Poppies Garden Flowers Decor Print and Mat from Original Oil Painting by Artist K Joann Russell

"Red Poppies"
Decor Print in 8 x 10" Mat

The original oil painting of these gorgeous red poppies "resides" with a collector in the United Kingdom. The decor print has been very popular in its larger size that fits an 11 x 14" mat.

Today I listed this size in my Etsy shop because it works so well as a colorful gift.

Red poppies have been blooming in the Puget Sound area. They catch my eye while I'm on my morning walks. Yes, it is the bright color that I so enjoy.

Click here to go to my Etsy shop where you can purchase it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Landscape Sketch Using Limited Palette by Artist K. Joann Russell

"High Desert Landscape Sketch"
5 x 8.5" acrylic on paper
Click on photo to enlarge for details

My artistic journal sketch yesterday proved to be an interesting result from a challenging limited palette of colors. After a previous painting session I had leftover paints which I usually combine to form warm and cool grays to use with fresh colors. These were the colors: a yellow ochre-raw sienna, grayed cerulean blue, grayed red violet, a yellow-orange, and white.

I started with no definite composition in mind. The only connection with the grayed colors was a subdued mood and a desire to get out in the open spaces. I started at the top with the usual sky, adding cloud buildups. I mixed a lovely purple (one of my favorite colors) and decided to use it in the distance for a landscape without knowing what to add next for elements of the landscape.

At first, as I added mixes of the colors a level terrain of field shapes developed. I wanted to bring the cerulean blue of the sky closer to the foreground so one stroke of that color later became a lake. Likewise, I did the same with the purple. I so wanted to get this landscape to bright colors that I'm accustomed to, but I had limited myself with grayed colors.

I continued to add strokes of paint colors intuitively. Finally, it was time to stop and make some sense of the landscape that resulted. It reminded me of higher distant mountains behind hillsides typical of high desert country with brown trees rather than lush evergreens where more rain falls. The lake bed of marshlands formed at the lower elevations. The contrast of water and dryness seemed to be what I was expressing with this unusual limited palette. I definitely felt the limitation!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Red and Purple Petunias Fresh from K Joann Russell's Garden

Red and Purple Petunias
5 x 8.5" Acrylic on Paper

Enjoy my quick sketch of the bright red and deep purple petunias that are starting to bloom in my garden. In the warm sun they are especially colorful. Color is my passion. Acrylics dry so quickly that I needed to paint fast and bold.

This will go into my artistic journal for this day. I'm encouraging myself today. The contrasts in the colors is strong. Many years ago in response to someone's opinion that you shouldn't put those two colors together, I deliberately painted strong reds and purples side by side in watercolors for a gallery show. The art critic who reviewed the show commented how well I could pull off the unusual combination of red and purples.

Do you like the colors? By the way, I drew the shapes while looking at two different sections of the garden. Notice how I used pieces of color to relate the two color masses. I had fun, so that's all that counts on these quick sketches. Expressive color strokes rule today!

Be sure to click on the photo to enlarge the image so you can see the expressive drawing and painting strokes.


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