Thursday, December 30, 2010

Small Painting Original Art on Greeting Card

"Color Chord #4"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

The blue skies of today match this original small painting on greeting card watercolor paper. Sometimes the morning sunrise behind Mt. Rainier has delicate shades of pinks and purples with dark silhouettes of clouds. This impressionistic color exploration is a unique piece of art.

This is the fourth in the series of color explorations I am painting for greeting cards. Give a gift and a card all in one! Easily frameable small art.

Click here for purchasing information in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sunflower Painting, Original Small Sunflowers Art

"Sunflower 83"
7 x 5 x 5/8" acrylic on canvas, gallery wrap

Bright colorful sunflower in an original small painting on gallery wrap canvas comes to you today because the sun came out to assist in the photography of this fine art. The beautiful yellows against the dark, dark greens give a graphic effect because of the strong color contrasts.

Small paintings give you many options in your decorating decisions. A gallery wrap canvas doesn't require a frame. Display it on your desk or a book shelf with or without a small table top easel. It will give you a happy image on any small wall space. And you can always put it in a grouping of your collection of art. Make a big statement with this little gem of a painting by framing it in a wide frame.

Click here to read more about purchasing this original painting of a sunflower.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hand Painted Greeting Card As Small Original Painting

"Color Chord #3"

4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

My original paintings of sunflowers give me a fascination with their yellow and green colors. I try all kinds of combinations of those two colors. Chromium oxide green, as I've mentioned in other blog posts, I tend to avoid even though it is the perfect true color for a sunflower leaf.

This small painting which is painted on watercolor card stock can be framed or given as a one of a kind gift to someone special. The idea for these colorful pieces of art came from my earlier blogs about my color explorations of the last two years.

You'll find them in my Etsy shop. Click here for purchase information.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Original Small Painting Greeting Card Impressionistic

"Color Chord #2"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

Today is the day I began offering my hand painted original greeting cards for purchase. The first card I uploaded to my Etsy shop had 24 views within 2 hrs. That's on a site that has hundreds of thousands visitors each day.

This card has a light, springtime feel to it. Reminds me of the fruit tree blossoms amid spring green leaves.

These cards are impressionistic in style. Some people might classify them as abstract. They are simply products of my playing with colors, especially color shapes.

I started the cards when I recently finished my two year artistic journal of color explorations. Each is unique. I couldn't repeat the exact painting if I tried. They are totally fun to paint. Most turn out really lovely, but, I must admit, some colors don't turn out exciting when I'm finished.

Because I accidentally scraped one corner edge of this card, "Color Chord #2", I'm giving it free to the first person to request it via e-mail. The small painting is fine and excellent for framing.

All the cards have matching white envelopes.

Happy New Year to the person that receives this card AND to everyone else!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Original Small Painting Greeting Card Impressionist Colors

"Color Chord" Original Painting
4 x 6" image on 5 x 7" greeting card, watercolor paper
blank inside, matching white envelope

The color explorations in my artistic journal for the past two years gave me so many ideas that I've started a line of unique greeting cards using my limited color palettes.

Each card is an original small painting, not a reproduction nor print. The colorful image is painted with acrylics with a white border around it so you can frame this gem of color.

This is the first of the series and the first showing on line. I haven't added it to my website or venues, so you'll have to e-mail me if you are eager to purchase this one-of-a-kind gift.

You'll have a choice about placement of my signature because this one is not signed yet. Do you want me to sign it on the image and/or in the white border around the image? Purchase

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Deep Magenta Color Exploration Sketch for Artist Journal

Deep Magenta and Viridian Color Sketch
5 x 8" acrylic on paper

The color sketches I've been doing using a palette knife are producing interesting marble striation textures. I've not used pen and ink with the acrylics for awhile. Instead broad strokes with the palette knife, action strokes and scraping back on layers of paint are the "techniques" I'm currently using while exploring color combinations.

The colors used for this split-complementary color scheme are deep magenta with viridian and a touch of yellow light Hansa. When I was finished the sketch called to mind the delicate color variations in rhododendron flowers that contrast with dark green foliage in shadow areas. I paint those flowers in watercolors. Maybe I'll have to do them in opaque acrylics.

While I'm finishing my morning coffee these have become my warm ups before working on paintings. They are quick to do and get me responding "outside the box."

My goal is to finish this sketchbook by the end of the year which completes this two year project of an artistic journal. Flipping through the colorful pages I must say to myself, "You've come a long way, baby!"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ACEO Original Landscape Small Painting, River, Mountains, Evergreen Trees

River Landscape ACEO Painting
2.5 x 3.5" watercolor pencil on watercolor paper
Purchase at my Etsy shop

This small painting is a memory painting of the lower Rogue River in southern Oregon where the river drops through steep rocky canyons on the way to the Pacific Ocean. Rafters on tourist trips float down this far before the return trip by truck or car to the starting point miles up river.

The sun was shining so brightly the day I visited this location and the temperature was over 100 degrees. Yes, the water is always icy cold, but a number of rafters beached their raft and went for a swim.

This area has been used in several westerns by movie production companies because of the rock formations and evergreen shrubs and pine trees.

The brightness of the light was captured well by my using watercolor pencils on watercolor paper. The texture of the paper controlled how much pencil color plus water I could use for the painting.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Three Colors Triad in Artistic Journal Sketch

5 x 7" acrylic on paper, journal sketch

In this color exploration of three colors I used a only a small palette knife with a round tip, not a flat color mixing knife. Usually I apply the paints with a brush. This time I laid the paint on the paper in a trowel-like fashion, broad and narrow "slabs" of paint. Then I scraped off some paint to expose colors a layer below followed by another mix of the same colors. Finally, as the paint was drying quickly, I "patted" the paint in different areas which produced texture. Click on the picture to see a more detailed view.

I found the result of using only cobalt turquoise with a bit of cadmium orange and thio violet resulted in a number of subtle colors. The whole effect was like a marble striation. An interesting green was one of those colors.

Color wheel terminology would call this a triad color combination meaning three colors evenly situated around the circle of colors. I tried to make one of the three colors dominant and I tried to keep the colors light contrary to my tendency to paint strong color contrasts.

I had fun with colors and that was the purpose of this sketch.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Puget Sound Impressions in Artistic Journal Triad Colors

4 3/4 x 8 1/2" acrylic on paper sketch

Using a color triad of Hansa yellow light, permanent alizarin crimson, and phthalo blue acrylic paints I painted this color sketch yesterday as the snow started to fall in the Puget Sound area of Seattle. I used only a #2 filbert brush and a flat palette knife to play with the colors.

As I finished with the paints this little sketch seemed to be expressing my experiences in this area of miles and miles of shoreline at different times of day. The bright light bouncing off the distant Olympic Mountains which sometimes are beautiful pink colors. The omnious cloud formations coming over Vashon Island share space with the light colors.

The lower portion of the sketch reminds me of the dark colors of the waters under piers. The churning waters of white caps I've seen often driving along the boardwalk at Redondo Beach, WA. Even the dark shapes in the distance could be symbolic of the freighters steaming by.

I especially like the thalo blue colors with a touch of light yellow that make beautiful greens.

Even a few speckles of titantium white paint which were not intentional in the process of making the sketch are reminders of the snow that started to fall while I was making this color exploration.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Warm Yellow and Cool Red Artistic Journal Sketch

Color Sketch
5 x 8" acrylic/ink on paper

A warm yellow, azo yellow medium, and Liquitex brand deep brilliant red provided the colors for my color exploration in this sketch. Paint manufacturers often give a name to a paint color which doesn't tell you much about the characteristics of the color until you open the tube. I find this especially confusing in acrylic paints because there are so many colors available in more than one brand.

The deep brilliant red is composed of naphthol crimson and thioindigoid violet! Even though you may not understand the chemical names the words crimson and violet tell you much. The red tends toward the cool reds of the violet colors. Knowing what colors are mixed in the tube paint helps the artist to avoid the proverbial "mud" of ugly mixes of paint.

This happens when mixing green colors from blues and yellows. If the blue has some red in it as ultramarine does, the green tends to be grayed (muted) because the red complements the green pushing it toward a neutral tone.

Some artists avoid some of these color problems by using a palette of primary colors with a warm and a cool paint for each primary, e.g., cool red and warm red, cool and warm yellow, cool and warm blue. Do you see how a painter can mix so many variations on a color because of the chemicals in the paint? Challenging, isn't it?

I selected this sketch today, a light and airy bright color exploration, when the weather has turned cold and a chance of snow is in the forecast even before Thanksgiving. It's spring time somewhere.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Warm and Cool Reds Abstract Poppies Artistic Journal Sketch

"Abstract Poppies" 4 1/2 x 8" acrylic on paper
artist journal sketch

Recently I wanted to use some bright, clear colors for my daily artistic journal sketch. My choice of colors included azo yellow orange, cobalt blue, and two reds, one cool and one warm. They were very close in color temperature but I chose them any way to see if they could be distinguished from one another. The reds are cadmium red medium and scarlet red.

As usual, I brushed these colors onto the paper without a preconceived idea for a composition. I just wanted bright colors. Some colors mixed with each other, others remained separate hues. Splashes of titanium white gave some relief to the powerful colors.

When I reached the point where I was getting concerned that a muddy mess could happen at any moment, I stopped and looked at the result of playing with colors. To me, the brush strokes resulting from using only one flat brush seemed to suggest petals of red poppies, flowers I like.

Can you tell where the two reds are located in the sketch? Click on the sketch to enlarge the image.

If you couldn't distinguish the warm and the cool reds, be encouraged because color temperature also changes with the influence of other colors nearby. What fun! And never ending challenge!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bright Small Sunflower Painting, Colorful Original Art

"Sunflower 82"
5 x 5" original painting, gallery wrap canvas

Small paintings are a charming size of fine art. And sunflowers bring smiles to everyone with their cheery yellow golden "face".

A small original colorful painting displays so easily. Show it off on a tiny desktop easel. Prop it on a bookshelf along with your favorite books. Make it a show stopping focal point by mounting it in a wide frame. Because sunflowers have a universal appeal, an original painting of them makes a special gift, too.

I've run out of names for my sunflowers so I'm assigning them numbers. Does it remind you of the saying, "a rose is a rose is a rose ..."? They are all unique, one of a kind.

This painting was painted with acrylics and is sealed with UV varnish. No staples show on the sides of the gallery wrap canvas and the image is continued onto the edges.

Be the first to view this painting and purchase it online through my website before I offer it on the art venues in which I participate. Click here to view more images of this painting and purchase information.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Abstract Artist Journal Sketch in Raspberry Colors

"Raspberry Ripple", 5 x 7" acrylic on paper

When I was using a magenta paint recently I remembered this artist journal sketch in which I played with three acrylic paints; light, medium, and deep magenta. Doesn't the sketch remind you of raspberry ripple ice cream? It did for me. I can "taste" it right now on this unusually warm, sunny day in the Puget Sound area of Washington State!

I enjoy trying various acrylic paints because the color mixing is already done for you. That is the major difference, I find, between oils and acrylics. The drying time is so fast with acrylics that it doesn't allow me much time to mix colors. Oils are so different in drying time that I enjoy mixing basic colors and seeing how tiny amounts of another color change the mix. I think it gives one a greater command over the properties of color.

My first experience in painting was with pastels. The colors are so clear in that medium because you are working more directly with color pigments. The binding solvents for acrylics, oils, and watercolors determine the ease or difficulty in mixing colors. I'm itching to bring out my pastels again. Maybe do some mixed media paintings with them? Over "so-so" acrylic paintings?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Winsor Purple with Light Yellow Artist Journal Sketch

5 x 8" acrylic on paper color sketch

Purple is one of my favorite colors. Another is bright red. Yes, I have painted both purple and red in the same composition. However, for this color sketch I wanted to use the complement of purple which is yellow, but I planned to keep the cadmium yellow light and not dull the purple as can happen with complements.

Starting with Winsor violet I painted an area of deep purple and added yellow acrylic paint near it. I also added another smaller area of strong purple to balance the first large shape. From there I painted strokes of light green oxide and cadmium yellow, trying to maintain very light values. I used only a 1/2" flat brush.

The interesting aspect of this artistic journal sketch was the change in the original dark purple area as I painted. At first it popped out as a positive element on a lighter background. As I kept aiming for the very light values of yellows and greens, the Winsor purple seemed to recede into the background with the light areas becoming dominant. It was like those drawings that play tricks on your eyes, e.g., a vase turns to a face profile and back again as your focus changes. Part of this may be due to the size of the color shapes.

I was pleased with the results because the sketch stayed light instead of my usual penchant for strong lights and darks. Do you see the many color nuances from these three paint colors?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bright Yellow Sunflowers in Green Field Artist Sketch

5 x 8" acrylic painting on paper

The golden yellow sunflower dancing in the autumn breezes inspired me to play with just two colors, azo yellow medium and Hooker's green. I like that color of green for its versatility.

Note the variations of yellow green when mixed with the azo yellow. Full strength Hooker's green provides a strong dark for contrasts with lighter colors. The really nice blue green it produces when lightened with titantium white gives a cool color in the midst of the warm yellows.

I let the azo yellow be as it is, similar to cadmium yellow medium, except for a few spots of light yellow. Maybe a title for this sketch could be Hooker's green etude!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Flower Gardens Colorful ACEO Using Watercolor Crayons

Colorful Flower Gardens ACEO Painting
2.5 x 3.5" Watercolor on paper

While looking for some special pencils I found my Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and decided to play with the colors. The top photo shows the color selections and the effects with water. The second photo is the ACEO that developed when I painted with these colors. I wanted to use all the colors I had rather than limiting my palette to only a few crayons.

Watercolor or Aquarelle crayons look similar to the familiar school crayolas, but these are pure pigment that dissolves in water. Because they are water soluble you can use wet and dry techniques in the same drawing/painting. A lot of crafters and scrapbook or journal book makers use these color sticks in their designs. It was a lot of fun playing with these crayons from a fine art vantage point. The ACEO seemed the most appropriate size for my explorations.

Yesterday when I was checking on the technical information for the crayons I happened onto a fabulous video on using them by one of my favorite artistdesigners Donna Downey. Click here for the link to the video. Ironically, I used these art materials a year ago at a weekend of workshops with Donna. She is so much fun and witty. Oh, her creativity! And how she so graciously shares it with others and encourages anyone to live creatively using any media.

To celebrate creativity on Labor Day, I'm offering this ACEO free to the first person to e-mail me to ask for it.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Light Colors of Orange and Lime Green in Artistic Journal Sketch

Orange and Lime Green Color Sketch
5 x 8" acrylic on paper

Yesterday I mentioned that I had selected cadmium orange and Liquitex vivid lime green to play with color combinations for the next sketch. Oh, how I wish I had said three colors when I was in the middle of this color sketch. I just wanted a darker blue green to work with. However, I kept to the parameters I set for this sketch.

I used only a 3/4 inch angular flat brush to play with these colors. I naturally resorted to my watercolor habits of lifting colors and painting negatively. I did some layering of washes, too, to tone down the strong lime green.

Finally I doodled with my micro permanent black ink pen mostly in a negative manner. It is almost a hypnotic process with one caveat, one diastrous stroke and everything is ruined if you're not using "white out".

Negative painting, as you many remember when I've mentioned it in previous posts, is a technique in which you paint the background behind the object to produce the positive shape of the object. The best way to understand what this means is to draw a tree by drawing the spaces between the branches, not the branches themselves. Try it for a lot of fun. It's similar to patting your head while rubbing your tummy or seeing double.

My usual painting style tends toward strong color contrasts, so this light and airy high key sketch is very different for me. I feel it needs more "punch" to the composition, but I'm going to let it be what it is for this day. Maybe I'm expressing the dry grass lands around my present location, but I choose to interpret this sketch as a happy, joyful exploration of color. Have a happy Labor Day celebration!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Colorful Landscape Artistic Journal Sketch by K. Joann Russell

Landscape Color Sketch
5 x 8" acrylic on paper

Today I'm using an artistic journal sketch from Feb. 21 of this year because I think it fits the seasonal change into September in a river town. I didn't note on the journal page the few colors I used, so this is your opportunity to guess what three colors I mixed(probably only three because I always use a limited palette). I'll be most interested in your comments.

I've been busy with website revisions, so I didn't do much painting this week. I'd much rather be playing with colors than working with computers. However, the people visiting my website from every state except one in the USA and nearly 100 other countries this month according to the August stats wouldn't be able to enjoy my colorful paintings and decor prints without the internet technology.

Back to my paints to see what will come from my choices for today, cadmium orange and vivid lime green, popular in decor accessories.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blue and Yellow Decor Palette Artistic Journal Sketch by K. Joann Russell

Sky Blue and Sunflower Yellow Sketch
5 x 8" acrylic/ink on paper

Clear blue skies, golden yellow sunflowers on a summer day must have been on my mind as I played with only two colors. I wanted something light and sunny. This time I wanted to try a different brand of acrylic paint, Amsterdam Azo Yellow Medium, along with one of my favorites from Liquitex, Light Blue Violet. I use a lot of this blue color because it saves me time in mixing its components, ultramarine blue and white.

Because my specialty is original sunflower paintings I like to try different brands of yellow paint. This is the first time I used the Amsterdam paint. I've seen it on beginning painting class supply lists at places such as JoAnn's and Michael's. I don't know that I'm excited about it. It seems to remind me of the poster card acrylic paints that used to turn me off to using acrylics. I purchased an expensive brand of yellow recently from my favorite local art supply store that I'm eager to play with because it is supposed to work well with both acrylics and oils.

Notice the greens that these two colors produced. They tend toward more grayed greens because of the red that is in ultramarine and the medium yellow. Red is directly across the color wheel from green so they neutralize each other to grays. I purposely kept them rather light to complement the lightness of this small painting sketch. Those two colors can turn to a khaki green very fast, not my favorite color.

This color combination is more subtle than the popular decor cobalt blue and bright yellow. That blue is a more clear, pure blue. However, it usually is more pricey than the ultramarine because of the cobalt in its chemical compound. I think I'm getting a little tired of that color scheme in the decorating world. Strangely though, I seem never to tire of a crisp, clear blue and white decor with a few splashes of other bright colors such as reds or oranges. Maybe those simply remind me of the beach, one of my favorite places.

For some ideas for decorating with paintings click here to read more from my website

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Colorful Reds in Painting Sketch of Garden Flowers

5 x 8" Color Sketch
Acrylic/Ink on Paper

In one of my large flower pots this year I planted a variety of red blooming flowers. Yesterday I noticed the reds ranging from bright orange red to a clear red, followed by a rose red and a blue red with accents of dark, dark maroon. I hadn't planned it that way. I was just trying to make a bright, colorful painting using reds in the garden.

The flowers are salvia and petunias. In the sketch I omitted the white sweet allysum flowers which provide a softening effect to the strong red colors. Neither did I include the delicate pink miniature rose currently blooming and standing slightly above the red flowers.

The colors I used for this artistic journal sketch are cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, permanent rose, alizarin crimson, maroon, and hooker's green. I used one brush, a #4 filbert. Do you know which are warm and cool reds?

Combinations of red and green can be so trite if the colors tend toward traditional Christmas red and green. This little sketch shows some of the many colors classified as red. It was so much fun, per usual. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Delicate Purples from Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Blue in Sketch

5 x 8" Color Sketch
Acrylic/Ink on paper

The combination of alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue makes some of my favorite purple colors. However, in this sketch I substituted a clear blue, cobalt blue, to make a light and delicate color exploration.

The page of paper did not have an additional paper layer pasted on it. Somehow I had overlooked a few pages when I constructed this artistic journal. So I had to work drybrush technique as much as possible because too much water would have totally ruined the paper.

I started the color mixing using a 3/4" angular flat brush, one of my favorite brushes because I can make all kinds of strokes with it. As I came to the end of my experimentation I switched to a smaller 1/4" angular flat brush for some details.

There were delicate passages of white which prompted me to optimize them with more white paint speckles. However, they seemed to contrast too much with the soft background, so I used a dampened wet tissue to daub at the white paint.

As so often happens in intuitive painting, there was a point where I thought I had "lost" the sketch to the status of being a mess. But, I pressed on with the challenge of making something out of the original two colors and ended with something light and delicate, my goal today. I had fun and that is what counts for me.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sketch Using Scarlet Red, Blue, Emerald Green Colors

5 x 8.5" Color Sketch
Acrylic/Ink on paper

What a contrast in colors from yesterday's post! This little gem has scarlet red, light emerald green, and ultramarine blue in it. I also always have titanium white available in these color explorations.

When I pulled out the color tubes I wanted a bright red first of all. It took a moment or two to decide on the blue and the green to go with the scarlet red. I also wanted to add surface texture by using thick paint strokes.

In the process of playing with the colors I became concerned that I was headed for dark, muddy colors but stopped before reaching that disaster point. Later I wondered if the colors were reflective of my concern over the smoky skies from nearby forest fires even though that was not my intention for the sketch. I did deliberately add the ink lines in the background to suggest evergreen trees and particularly pine trees that are around my present temporary location.

I'm satisfied that I somehow tempered the strong, almost garish acrylic colors. That has been the challenge for me in painting in acrylics, controlling color mixing in the speedy drying time.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bright Colorful Journal Sketch by K Joann Russell

5 x 8" Color Sketch
Acrylic/ink on paper

Three colors (yellow light hansa, vivid red orange, and vivid lime green) gave me bright, lovely combinations in this color exploration sketch. It's been a long time since I last posted on my blog even though I do these quick, fun sketches nearly every day.

I guess I've been thinking that I should be using my blog for finished paintings as so many artists do. However, when I'm working on larger paintings I tend not to think about blogging. Maybe someone would enjoy patches of color from those paintings. Maybe not.

As I mentioned in previous sketches these are part of my artist's journal. I select only a few colors that appeal to me at the moment and start free flowing brush strokes for the pure enjoyment of the changing colors. Later I add quick, expressive black ink lines to complete the sketch.

More than a year ago I started this journal to loosen up my painting more. I'm surprised at how much I've done in that journal, now bulging with wrinkly pages. I didn't want to stymie my creativity with precious, expensive art papers so the wavy paper is to be expected.

Around the sketch page I write notes, comments, quotes for myself. On each page I also note the colors I used. Sometimes I go back looking for a special color when I'm "stuck" on a painting.

I'm happy to share my fun with others, but I must admit that I still do not find chrome oxide green "fun", try as I may!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Gerbera Daisy ACEO Original Colorful Painting by K Joann Russell

"Gerbera Daisy Gift"
3.5 x 2.5" acrylic on watercolor paper ACEO

Using deep magenta, red violet, and a turquoise I painted this unusual "pose" of a Gerbera Daisy flower. Some of the many petals turned in a side view showing the contrast of the light striking on the under side of the petals versus the darker center and petals in shadow. I selected this color in the daisy knowing the challenge to paint the intense color without becoming garish. Yes, it was a challenge, but so much fun.

The interesting part of this post is the story behind the daisy. A local florist, Rogue River Florist, 541-476-8831, advertised a free daisy as a promo for their opening under new ownership. When the former owner was selling the business I happened to see their shop and location and thought how sad to lose another local business to hard times, especially a place where lovely flowers and unique gifts were available.

When I read about the new owner, Tracy Dooley, who had re-established other failing floral shops in California, I was so glad to hear of someone who could see a brighter future for this small town in a depressed area of high unemployment and real estate foreclosures. When I stopped in to select my gift daisy I was delighted with beautiful displays of floral arrangements, some artificial ones that begged to be touched to see if they were real, and refrigerated colorful fresh flowers. And the background music was tasteful, a complement to the floral colors.

In addition, it was so pleasant to be welcomed by a sales person really genuinely friendly and customer service oriented. She offered a greenery to go with my daisy and wrapped them carefully including a color coordinated ribbon. What a special way to introduce a "new" business to town. Can you tell I was impressed?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Small Colorful Painting of Pansy Flower Garden by K Joann Russell

"Red Pansy" ACEO
2.5 x 3.5 " acrylic on watercolor paper

Pansies seem to be drawing my attention during this seasonal transition into spring. Among my selection of unusual colors this year is a velvety deep red variety. The challenge in the color mixing to depict that red color was fun, to say the least! I used a combination of deep brilliant red and maroon acrylic paints to get close to the true color of the petals. I must admit that there was a point in making this small painting that I nearly gave up. I kept going until the colors and composition gave me a degree of satisfaction.

You can purchase this red pansy in my Etsy shop where I sell my ACEOs.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pansies Original Painting, Colorful Garden Flowers, Artist K. Joann Russell

"Pansy Patch #2"
9 x 12" original acrylic painting on Watercolor Paper

Bright colors of pansies in a spring garden make us smile. This is another original flower painting of a pansy patch I found on a walk. I've changed some of the pansies from the earlier painting.

Today I moved some golden yellow and some purple pansies into pots in my garden. With the red tulips and the dark red pansies they make a grand display of color even when the weather has been trying to mix snow in with the rain. However, when the sun comes out, are the colors ever wonderful to behold!

On to another small flower painting I go, a richly colored Gerbera daisy I received yesterday. When that painting is finished I'll tell you that story.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bright Colorful Sunflower Original Painting, Sunflower Studio Art

"Beginning to Bloom"
12 x 9" acrylic painting on watercolor paper

How all those colorful sunflower petals are folded into the seed head amazes me! Gradually it opens out into a large sunflower. The process of unfolding bright yellow petals in sunflowers fascinated me.

The composition for this original painting stared at me for a long time before I painted it. The position of the flower challenged me to show its three dimensionality on a two dimension sheet of watercolor paper. I nearly gave up on the painting more than once, but I finally achieved what I wanted to express, the bursting forth of the sunflower.

The painting comes to you unframed. It is sealed with varnish on both sides of the archival prepared watercolor paper so you can frame with or without glass. A light colored mat would really set off the painting's colors.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Patchwork Sunflower Original Painting, Abstract Colorful Art

"Patchwork Sunflower"
12 x 9" acrylic painting on watercolor paper

Using only a #6 bright brush I applied color patches of a few acrylic paints on watercolor paper in a pleasing abstract composition. After looking at the resulting colorful painting a patchwork of colors suggested a sunflower head.

Today I developed the painting around the patchwork motif, leaving the original sunflower head as it was in the initial paint application. I used only the #6 brush except for the signature. This small painting shows how much my artistic journal entries have affected my painting style.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Colorful Painting of Sunflowers Field, Original Sunflower Art

"Sunflower Field"
11 x 14" Acrylic on Canvas Hardboard


A "happy" painting of the golden yellows of a field of sunflowers. Where do you stop on the vast landscape of sunflower heads? The bright colors provide a pleasant scene for any place you display this original art.

This colorful painting of sunflowers comes to you unframed. It is varnished to protect the surface. The canvas is on an archival hardboard panel core and ready for a standard 11 x 14" frame.

More new paintings are available on my website. Look for the New Painting label.

If you like these venues, ArtFire, FineArtAmerica, Bonanzle, and Etsy, look for my art under KJoannRussell.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pansy Garden Flowers Original Painting by K. Joann Russell

"Pansy Patch"
9 x 12" original painting


A small garden patch of pansies caught my eye when I was out for my morning walk. The colors of bright yellows next to deep purples and deep blues were softened with light blues, almost a periwinkle blue.

The painting comes to you unframed. It is sealed on the front and the back so you can frame it with or without a mat and no glass is necessary. A light colored mat will really make this painting stunning.

This colorful garden flowers painting is an original acrylic painting on archival prepared watercolor paper.


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