Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Colorful Small Sunflower Painting

"Sunflower #86"
7 x 5" acrylic on canvas panel
$39.95 incl S&H
Purchase

A colorful small sunflower painting to brighten your day with its yellow colors. I painted this original painting as part of an experiment in drying times of acrylics and oils on cold, wet winter days.

I used different drying agents and paint mediums for oils and acrylics. What I found was that I was already doing the best process for me. Duh! Rather than fight the weather and complicate the painting process I usually paint in acrylics during the winter and oils in the summer.

As a result of my color exploration series of abstracts I paint faster and more freely in brushstrokes. This poses a challenge for the types of paints I use. I need to achieve a balance between my fast and loose paint application and my fun in color mixing with a limited palette.

I like the slower pace of oils so that I can thoughtfully apply each brush load of paint. But, when I'm eager to paint the idea in my head, I get frustrated with the drying time of oils and lose my enthusiasm by the next day or so. Then it is hard to get back into the flow of the art piece and the fun is gone.

Maybe this shows why I so enjoy the directness of pastels and shorter drying times of watercolors.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Colorful Rural Landscape Painting, Latest in Swan Lake Series

"Swan Lake Series #7"
8 x 10 x 3/4" oil on canvas, gallery wrap
$94.95
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Rural landscape paintings provide me opportunities for using limited color palettes. This colorful original oil painting is the most recent of a series I've done of the Swan Lake area of southern Oregon.

The scene shows the planted fields where water from the large lake at the base of the mountains is the source for irrigation. Dikes above the water have roads for the vast ranch area.

The painting is ready to hang. No frame is necessary. The image is painted on to the sides of the wrapped canvas.




Monday, November 14, 2011

Oregon Coast Original Oil Painting, Small 5 x 7 Unframed

"Oregon Coast"
5 x 7" oil painting
SOLD


"Oregon Coast" is a small original oil painting of an overcast day at the beach with evergreen trees covering the headlands above the ocean surf. I enjoy the beach in any weather, but this is a typical day when the lack of sunshine mutes the colors of cliffs, water, and trees. Imagine sitting by the fireplace looking out the large windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean as you enjoy the view without getting wet in the fog mist.

For this small painting I used oil paints on 5 x 7 inch archival gessoed mat board. The painting is sealed with varnish so you can frame without using glass.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Colorful Artistic Journal Sketch as Artist Journey Breakthrough


Artistic Journal Color Sketch
5 1/2 x 9 inch acrylics on paper
(click image to enlarge)

This color sketch I painted yesterday in my artistic journal is a bit of an expressive breakthrough for me. My color explorations of more than three years seem to be moving me into a new phase in my art. I wanted to loosen up and become more expressive in paint colors and brush strokes. I didn't want to continue as a scientific "reporter" of realism resulting from my drawing skills.

Because I enjoy playing with colors in a variety of media I've endeavored to focus on only one or two. That meant that I had to reassess the use of acrylic paints which I had narrow mindedly labelled garish poster paints. I had to decide if I would again focus on oil paints with the physical restrictions of air quality and drying times. Likewise I've had to consider if I will pick up my pastels again as I remembered my initial artistic inclinations in grade school. Watercolor has been my main media for many years, but I reached a plateau and wanted to develop more spontaneity and brighter, clearer colors. Also new canvas products suitable for watercolors needed to be explored. Maybe that would solve my oils on canvas versus watercolors on paper dilemma.

Among the books I'm currently reading, the biography of Chuck Close resounded with me as I read about the artist's search for personal media that fits one's personal art focus. I was encouraged by his journey. Also I've revisited books in my art library by Nita Engle, Nancy Reyner, Nita Leland, Ted Goerschner, and others. I reviewed again Robert Burridge's non-traditional approach to painting with acrylics.

Before I painted this sketch yesterday I had been "attending" a workshop on line about the personal experiences of women's search for validation for being who they really are as individuals rather than the roles "assigned" to them by authority figures or social mores.
It struck another chord with me because I've dealt with this all my life. I wrote articles and developed workshops about creativity for women when it was considered "new" in the era of "paint by number". I spent a year working with artist Judy Chicago who championed women artists in her unique art. I had people who had read my articles on creativity in a national magazine call me to ask, "How could you work with her?" Corita Kent continued as my heroine artist from my time involved with Catholic education. I admired the individualist Georgia O'Keeffe. Some collectors in my watercolor gallery exhibition days commented that my work reminded them of her.

So, yesterday I painted with a conviction of "yes, I can!" and produced bright, clear colors expressively applied. Not a masterpiece, I admit. But whose criteria decides a masterpiece anyway? I came to that conclusion in my art history classes long ago. For me, it's my personal masterpiece for yesterday. Today I keep moving forward to the next breakthrough masterpiece.

If you haven't seen my "Color Chord" series of abstract paintings on greeting cards, an outgrowth of this blog focus of playing with colors, please find them here. You can also find them among my website's "recently sold" paintings.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Playing with Color Combinations Using Acrylic Paints In Artist's Journal



Artistic Journal Sketch
5 x 9" acrylics on paper

Recent sketches in my journal included two unusual results from color combinations. The first color palette included the familiar colors of yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue. I've used these colors in landscape paintings many times. Burnt sienna and ultra blue I too easily tend to fall back on for variations of grays from warm to cool.

The subtle colors of this journal sketch I found quite lovely. I might have responded to these three colors with a ho-hum attitude if you required that I use these three instead of some bright reds and yellows. Click on the image to see a larger view that shows the multitude of colors produced by this limited palette of a red, a yellow, and a blue.



Artistic Journal Sketch
5 x 9" acrylics on paper

For this color exploration I used cadmium orange, deep magenta, and viridian. I really like the full strength viridian green positioned next to the orange. The touches of magenta near the orange colors make a rich color combination.

Besides using tried and true ultramarine blue with burnt sienna for grays notice the grays that happen when the orange, magenta, and green mix in this journal sketch. The moral of the story is that there are an infinite number of ways to produce gray colors.

It is also interesting to see the yellow component of the orange turn the viridian green to a yellow green. This is a good illustration of the nature of a secondary color, that is, orange produced from a red and a yellow mixed together in varying proportions.

If you haven't seen the "Color Chord" series of abstract paintings on greeting cards, an outgrowth of this blog focus of playing with colors, please find them here

Monday, October 17, 2011

Colorful Abstract Small Painting in Brilliant Colors by Artist K. Joann Russell


"Color Chord #38"
4 x 6" acrylic on watercolor greeting card

Today I've included one of my small paintings in the "Color Chord" Series because I've been uploading them at the rate of a few a day. This one, #38, with brilliant colors went to my Etsy shop.

The popular series of color chord original paintings on greeting cards are now available as prints on canvas or paper in sizes larger than 4 x 6". I upload a few each day to my print-on-demand vendor, Fine Art America.

All of these color explorations are the result of my two years of playing with colors in my artistic journal, some of which I posted on this blog. Collectors are using these greeting cards to frame and display in groups. Other people are using them as special gifts for their friends. All the original small paintings are one-of-a-kind with gorgeous colors and textures.

You can purchase this painting in my Etsy shop.

View the other abstract paintings at my print website.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Garden Flowers Abstract Sketch with Three Colors in Artistic Journal

Artistic Journal Sketch
5 x 9" acrylic on paper

In celebration of my garden flowers blooming into fall I painted this sketch for my journal using three colors to represent my favorite colors in the garden. The acrylic colors I used were permanent rose, winsor violet, and green gold, an unusual selection of paint tubes.

The deep purple color was in the rich velvet purples of petunias in planters. The rose color came from different petunias with that color and white. My garden this year also had lavender petunias. I use lots of petunias with snapdragons, sweet peas, carnations, geraniums, and glads among other beautiful flowers so that I have a wonderful variety.

The green gold color which I rarely use in paintings was the perfect color to show the colors in my sunflowers and their large leaves that are now bowing their heads in the October sunshine.

I found it amazing what color combinations came from three unlikely starting colors. That's my fun, to find all those interesting colors. View other color combos in my small abstract paintings.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunflower Garden for Paintings of Sunflowers by K. Joann Russell

First Sunflower of 2011 Garden
Photo

Each year my sunflower garden provides me lots of reference poses for my paintings of sunflowers. A late wet spring and only 3,323 minutes of summer for the Seattle area made me wonder if my sunflowers would even bloom before frost covered them. Alas, in the last several days the first sunflower bloomed! Then several more popped out only to start drooping from a pounding by wind and rain storms.

Among the several photos I took of this one sunflower I found this pose the most interesting. It made me think of petal like layers of a skirt blowing in the wind. I wanted to show the greens of the blossom head and the leaves. I deliberately left out the top petals of the sunflower. The challenge now is to draw a composition for a painting.

You'll find lots of sunflowers in original paintings and prints on my website.


Monday, September 19, 2011

My Daughter, Photo Page Designer Elizabeth Sawyer, Featured on Ali Edwards Blog

One of my daughters, Elizabeth Sawyer, is featured today on the popular Ali Edwards blog. Both girls are extremely creative in lots of ways not just scrapbooks and photo albums. They mastered those quickly and started thinking outside the box, their natural bent. It's great seeing Liz getting some recognition today for the oohs and aahs that she and her sister receive when people see their design work. Proud mother here, as you can tell.

Here's my contribution to the world of originality for today. I finished a colorful landscape oil painting of a mountain lake with autumn foliage. This is a composite of the lakes in Oregon and Washington and reminds me of hiking into these pristine and peaceful lakes.



"Mountain Lake in Autumn"
8 x 10" oil on canvas panel
$64.95





Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Colorful ACEO Painting in Pastel Pink Watercolors Challenge Artist K. Joann Russell

"Sweet Peas" ACEO Original Painting
3.5 x 2.5" watercolor on watercolor paper
$14.50 with free S and H
SOLD

Pastel pink flowers among my garden sweet peas challenged me to paint their fragile petals in delicate colors. For a person who is a jewel tones type pastels are a big challenge. Even painting in light colors without strong contrasts is definitely not my forte. This ACEO original painting met the challenge.

The beautiful soft colors of these flowers needed to be painted in a transparent technique to show how delicate they and their fragrance were in the hot weather.

I chose one stem of these beautiful pink flowers to paint in watercolors. Because the folds of the petals are so intricate I used watercolor pencils to draw them in a representational style. The final effect of the watercolors is somewhat abstract due to the flower shapes.

I like this unique piece of art for the challenges it posed to me. In addition, pastels rarely appear in the strong colors I tend to use in my colorful paintings.
You can view more paintings in this size here.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Colorful Painting Sketch Using Three Colors by Artist K. Joann Russell


Color Sketch
5 x 9 inch acrylic on paper
A color sketch I recently painted with only 3 colors turned out unusually beautiful. The limited palette consisted of green gold, light blue violet, and dioxazine purple. The variety of colors achieved by mixing the blue and olive green were more than the scanner could show you. Be sure to click on the image to enlarge it to see the variety of colors and textures.
 
As you may know, my nearly daily fun with colors results in color sketches for my artist journal. I never tire of playing with colors to see what I can find from color mixes. These sketches spurred me on to doing small abstract paintings in a series of color explorations entitled, "Color Chords".
 
The small abstract paintings I now paint on watercolor paper greeting cards have surprisingly become quite popular. People use them for gifts, unique greeting cards, or framed collections of art for their decor. Some that have recently sold are shown on my website.

You'll find an entire section of my Etsy shop kjoannrussell filled with these colorful 4 x 6" acrylic paintings on one of a kind greeting cards. Soon the growing collection will be available on my website.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Abstract Flowers Sketches With Limited Palettes by K. Joann Russell

Colorful Abstract Flower Painting by K. Joann Russell
Abstract Nasturtiums Color Sketch
5 x 9 inch acrylic on paper

Nasturtiums in red, bold orange, bright yellow, and a subtle light yellow have been blooming profusely and covering my garden like a multi-colored carpet. I've enjoyed the bright colors along with the reds and purples of petunias and other flowers. I painted two color sketches on different days in response to the colors of the nasturtiums.

The first sketch using cadmium red light, Hansa yellow medium and viridian is shown above. It is an  expressive sketch with stronger greens than those in nasturtiums to contrast with the bright yellows and oranges.

Colorful Abstract Painting of Nasturtiums by K. Joann Russell
Abstract Nasturtiums #2 Color Sketch
5 x 9 inch acrylic on paper

A few days later I used different colors to show more true leaf color for the colorful nasturtiums. My palette changed to scarlet red, cadmium red medium, naples yellow, and light emerald green. Again I was responding to the color profusion of reds, oranges and yellows among emerald green foliage. 

The colors in this sketch are closer to those in the flowers, but I find less excitement in this sketch because of the lack of color contrast from the viridian greens in the first sketch. Click on each of the sketches to view a larger photo which shows the colors and textures in greater detail. Which one do you like?

To see other color combinations I've used in paintings of nasturtiums click here.




Monday, August 29, 2011

Colorful Original Painting of Red Poppies Flowers Art


"Red Poppies in Shade", 12 x 9" acrylic on watercolor paper
SOLD

A new original painting of red poppies is now on line. The red colors, some of my favorites, were fun to paint on gesso coated watercolor paper.

Even though the colorful flowers are in shadow with bright light behind them I chose to paint them with opaquely with acrylics. Another possibly would have been to show the transparency of the petals with watercolors or glazes of acrylics. View some of my other paintings of poppies for these two different effects.



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Purple Irises Print of Beautiful Flowers Painting by Artist K. Joann Russell


"All In a Row"
Original Painting available as Fine Art Print

The original painting, "All In A Row", was inspired by my neighbor's flower garden where beautiful irises were all in a row at the front of her house.

Today I uploaded this image to my POD service (print on demand) and now you can purchase a print on stretched canvas, a framed or unframed print on fine art paper or a greeting card of this painting.

The painting image has a classical appearance to it, even a vintage look of the classic iris.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Watercolor Print of Small Inviting Sunflower Painting by K. Joann Russell


"Inviting Sunflower"
Original Watercolor available as Fine Art Print

When I designed on my website the archives page for recently sold sunflower paintings I noticed this charming watercolor that I had forgotten. Today I uploaded it to my POD service (print on demand) and now you can purchase a print on stretched canvas, a framed or unframed print on fine art paper or a greeting card of this "Inviting Sunflower".

Why call it an inviting sunflower? Notice the flower head and the visiting bee enjoying the nectar.

I'm enjoying anew the freshness of this watercolor and the transparency of the sunflower petals. In many ways I wish I had painted this painting larger, but it may have lost the simplicity of the smaller size.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Original Greeting Card Colorful Abstract Painting by K. Joann Russell

4 x 6" Acrylic on Watercolor Paper Greeting Card
"Color Chord #30"

Colorful small abstract painting with golden yellows and royal purples reminiscent of regal brocade fabrics for your gift giving or personal art collection.

This is an unusual color combination for me. It is a challenge to use the subtleties of complementary colors in a painting without a totally neutralized result, i.e., mud. This is a one-of-a-kind hand painted greeting card in gorgeous colors, a small 4 x 6" original abstract painting entitled, "Color Chord #30". Enjoy the nuances of colors.

This is one of a series of abstract impressionistic cards I'm making available after two years of color explorations in my artistic journal. Each card is one of a kind, not a print nor a copy of previous work. Have you been following the series of small paintings?

The images are 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" on a 5 x 7" single fold greeting card. The image is signed by me, the artist, and the back of the card has information about my art. The inside of the white card is blank. A matching white envelope is included.

The card can be easily framed in a standard size frame.

Give a gift of an original art greeting card, small painting, with your original personal greetings.

You'll find more of these original abstract paintings in this section of my Etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KJoannRussell?section_id=7661482

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunflowers Abstract Daily Color Exploration with Two Colors by K. Joann Russell


Sunflowers Sketch
6 x 10" acrylic/ink on paper

As I started to do a daily color exploration in my art journal I wanted to make it high key (light and bright) and use only two colors, azo yellow medium and light green oxide. I had no intention of drawing nor painting sunflowers, but the resulting color shapes and textures looked like the sunflowers I grow.

Sometimes I add expressive lines of black ink so that seemed the appropriate next step in this sketch. With only two colors I found the color variations most interesting.

I guess I've had a lot of sunflower art on my mind lately while organizing the archive files of my paintings of sunflowers which have sold. Every time I see this page in my artist's journal it makes me smile. I think I achieved my goal of a light and bright sketch. It also contrasts with my recent post of the muted colors in the sunflower ACEO to show you the effect of painting on white background rather than a colored ground.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sunflower ACEO Original Painting Using Limited Palette



"Sunflower #84" ACEO Original Painting
3.5 x 2.5" mixed media on watercolor paper
$14.50 with free S & H
SOLD
A sunflower ACEO original painting using a limited palette shows the effects of blue and yellow color mixes. The gessoed watercolor paper I painted a golden yellow color.
With watercolor pencils I drew the sunflower image and used yellow, blue and orange washes. Later I applied acrylic washes of yellow to the flower petals. Then I used acrylic washes in varying strengths of ultramarine blue to glaze the leaves and darken the background.
Notice the color effects of the blue over the yellow areas. Remember that I did not use any green paint or green watercolor pencil. The ultramarine blue with yellows gives a muted green which adds to the subtleties of this small painting. In a white mat the ACEO is striking.
For more of my sunflower art please visit my website to enjoy the many sunflower images in the archives of sold paintings of sunflowers.






Monday, August 1, 2011

Red Poppies Flower Garden Colorful Sketch by Artist K. Joann Russell

"Red Poppies Garden Sketch"
6 x 9" acrylic/ink on paper

The reds of garden poppies draw my attention whenever they are blooming. This abstract color sketch using only four acrylic colors I painted as a fun break from a more realistic painting of poppies I am working on. I used scarlet red, cadmium yellow light, cobalt turquoise, and chrome oxide green.

I added some black ink lines after the color exploration. When I started an artistic journal a few years ago I used expressive black lines because I like to doodle over the color shapes. Later I stopped adding the lines when painting the color chord series of abstract greeting cards. You'll find some of them in my Etsy shop.

Red poppies are one of the perennials I want to plant in my new garden. This year I've used my "tried and true" bright nasturtiums and petunias to provide masses of colors from purples to reds to yellows. Have you viewed my colorful flower paintings including prints of red poppies?


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Colorful Abstract Landscape Original Painting Note Card from Sunflower Studio Art


4 x 6" Acrylic on Watercolor Paper Greeting Card
"Color Chord #36"
SOLD
To celebrate summer I'm offering this abstract landscape painting note card. I especially like the colors which remind me of the Puget Sound area when the sun is out after a cloudy or rainy (today) spell. People have been buying these small original paintings for themselves or for special gifts.

This is another abstract painting on a watercolor paper greeting card in a series I've been painting as an outcome from my color explorations on this blog. Each is unique. I couldn't repeat the colors and textures if I tried. And this is not a print.

The painting can be easily framed. The image is 4 x 6" on a 5 x 7" single fold card and includes a white envelope.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Artist Inspiration from Dragonfly Arts of Maine to Sunflower Studio Art


"Prout's Syncopation"
by Rachel Maher of Dragonfly Arts of Maine

Rachel Maher contacted me several years ago because she was inspired by my paintings. I encouraged her as she started developing her uniqueness as a watercolor artist. Later she told me that she was fighting leukemia.

Through all the challenges that illness brings, Rachel keeps being true to her gifting as an artist. She continues to grow as an artist and as a Christian believer. She and her husband David haven't stopped reaching out to others in need with their love and prayers. They send us occasional updates.

Today was the day for the present update with good news of arrested/delayed symptoms in the fight with the big "c". But, this time, she is the inspiration for me as I get back to work painting after weeks of fighting a weird sickness that seemed only a "simple" sinus infection and sore throat. The "bug" drained my energy and usual stamina which I am now regaining slowly, too slowly to suit me.

I've not been on this "page" before where it takes determination to pick up a paint brush when your body is fighting you at nearly every moment. Rachel deals with this each day. I'm only learning to fight through the present "bad" times. We're not alone, other artists have their challenges, too.

But, come what may, we're in our studios wherever they are, facing each day. "Why," you ask? One simple answer, Life! This is our life. It is who we are and what makes us tick. It's our music.

Thanks for the inspiration, Rachel, and all the other artists out there whom I admire and from whose art I draw inspiration and encouragement.





Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Red Poppies Field Abstract Color Exploration Sketch


"Red Poppies Sketch
6 1/2 x 10" acrylic on paper

Red poppies attract my attention wherever I find them. The red colors, the graceful petals, the challenging foliage, the buds... all are fascinating to me. The challenge in this abstract sketch was the red and green colors.

The goal in this color exploration was to use the red and greens without looking like the usual Christmas colors. In addition, poppy greens are grayed in tone which gets me over into the chromium oxide green range, my least favorite color.

Because this is a sketch in my personal artistic journal rather than a painting for a collector I could take the liberty to use any brand of paint, fine art or craft. Rather than the dreaded chromium oxide green I used a celery and a spruce from leftover scrapbooking supplies my daughter shared with me.

The names of the colors in the leftover bottles, celery and spruce, point to the problem of naming paint colors so they can be reproduced. What is the color celery? Yes, I can mix that color from fine art paints and it will be what I see as celery. The same is true for spruce. However, what is celery color to me may not be the same for you. Interior designers use color names such as celery in communicating with you. However, their "celery" and yours may be poles apart.

Happily I'm a few years removed from celery talk and can simply have fun with color explorations in my journal. However, I will be painting a red poppy composition when they bloom. In the meantime, view my poppies in prints.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Springtime House Finch in Paper Sculpture of Anna-Wili Highfield

Paper Sculpture by Anna-Wili Highfield
House Finch
2010
14cmx 15cm x 7cm
ink, water colour, archival cotton paper, cotton thread, brass rod, timber block

Yesterday I noted a single bright red house finch among the birds at the feeder in my yard. Amazingly, in reading a person's reference to an artist, I found the most incredible sculptures in paper by this Australia artist. And, lo and behold, there was a red house finch!

I asked the artist's permission to feature her exquisite work on my blog and she graciously agreed. For an artistic treat please view her work at annawilihighfield.com

In addition to this little bird I was fascinated with her horse sculptures, done in paper!

It was so refreshing to digress from two-dimensional art for this blog post.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Purple Crocuses Small Abstract Painting on Art Greeting Card


4 x 6" Acrylic Painting on Watercolor Paper Greeting Card
"Color Chord #27"
SOLD


Purple is one of my favorite colors. The crocuses in my yard this year kept me smiling with their varieties of purples set off with other white flowers. They must have been on my mind when I painted this small abstract painting because I could see them outside my studio windows.

This is another abstract painting on a watercolor paper greeting card in a series I've been painting as an outcome from my color explorations on this blog. Each is unique. I couldn't repeat the colors and textures if I tried. And this is not a print.

The painting can be easily framed. The image is 4 x 6" on a 5 x 7" single fold card and includes a white envelope.
Have you considered collecting some of these small art pieces from the series?

Monday, March 28, 2011

San Juan Islands Painting Artist Meets San Juan Artisans


"Puget Sound Peninsula"
5 x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board
$34.95

Today as I was working on my Etsy shop I read the current Etsy blog post entry about three artisans who live on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands. My last blog post featured a recent painting of the San Juans. I felt that another painting of Puget Sound was perfect to illustrate my experience in "meeting" these fellow Etsy shop owners.

Their classy website www.bossysfeltworks.com tells the story of island life in all its creativity, simplicity, and ingenuity which makes it the place where tourists flock in the summertime. Orcas Island is one of the stops on the ferry trip through the San Juan Islands as I mentioned in my March 23rd post.

Read the Etsy interview of their featured shop and check out their crafty products.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

San Juan Islands Original Oil Painting Small Art from Northwest Artist K. Joann Russell


"San Juan Islands" 5 x 7" oil on gessoed mat board
$30.00 incl S&H in USA

An original small painting with lots of color and texture to express the beauty of the Puget Sound inland sea and the evergreen trees on the San Juan Islands. Let this art remind you of your ferry ride through these waters.

When the sun is out as it is today I enjoy living close to the beaches of Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background. The beauty of this area is unmatched, in my opinion. All I have to do is rotate approximately 90 degrees and see the jaw-dropping beauty of Mt. Rainier towering above the skyline. It gives me so much to express in paint.

This painting will be varnished and ready for your choice of frame. The small size makes it so versatile for display possibilities on table top or wall.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Daffodil Yellow Abstract Small Painting Colorful Original


4 x 6" Acrylic on Watercolor Paper Greeting Card
"Color Chord #23"

Daffodils budding and starting to bloom in my neighbor's yard made me think of this small abstract painting with its variations of daffodil yellow color.

This is another abstract painting on a watercolor paper greeting card in a series I've been painting as an outcome from my color explorations on this blog. Each is unique. I couldn't repeat the colors and textures if I tried. And this is not a print.

The painting can be easily framed. The image is 4 x 6" on a 5 x 7" single fold card and includes a white envelope.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunflowers Decor Print Decorating with Sunflower Art

Sunflowers Decor Print of K. Joann Russell Watercolor
"Sunflowers Bouquet #3" Decor Print of Original Watercolor

Sunflower art, a favorite decorating theme of many people, can be found from coffee mugs to fabrics to wall murals. "Sunflower Bouquet #3" is a decor print of one of my original watercolor paintings. Let these sunflowers brighten your day.

The original watercolor for this sunflower decor print was the third painting of a bouquet of sunflowers given to me as a gift. I painted different compositions and used oils and watercolors. Sometimes I paint in series. I can see so many possibilities from one group of flowers.

This signed small decor print can add a beautiful color spot to your wall decorating. In a white mat it is a gorgeous piece of art.

This popular colorful sunflower print is 8 x 10" image on 8 1/2 x 11 matte heavyweight Epson paper, printed with high quality Epson inks. It will easily fit a standard size 11 x 14" mat. The mat is not included with the print.

Your print comes to you carefully packaged and mailed reinforced with stiff cardboard.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Small Abstract Painting Bright Colors with St. Patrick's Day Green


4 x 6" acrylic on watercolor paper greeting card
"Color Chord #20"
Purchase

New small abstract painting with some St. Patrick's Day green added to the colorful mix of colors. The bright orange and yellow colors contrast beautifully with variations of the green.

I've selected this art card today to add some sunshine to our winter lives. The white border around the painting complements the gorgeous colors and paint textures.

This is another abstract painting on a watercolor paper greeting card in a series I've been painting. Each is unique. I couldn't repeat the colors and textures if I tried. And this is not a print.

The painting can be easily framed. The image is 4 x 6" on a 5 x 7" single fold card and includes a white envelope.

The cards are available at my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Small Abstract Painting Surf Nautical Colors Original Art

4 x 6" acrylic on watercolor paper greeting card
"Color Chord #19"
Purchase

This new small abstract painting reminds me of the weather forecast for today at the ocean beaches in the northwest, high winds. The surf crashes and blows over submerged rocks and sand. If the clouds and overcast don't render everything shades of grays, then the variations of colors can be observed.

This is another abstract painting on a watercolor paper greeting card in a series I've been painting. Each is unique. I couldn't repeat the colors and textures if I tried. And this is not a print.

The painting can be easily framed. It has a white border around the 4 x 6" image.

The cards are available at my Etsy shop.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Abstract Colorful Small Painting Floral Art Rhododendron Colors


4 x 6" acrylic on watercolor paper greeting card
"Color Chord #14"
SOLD


My color explorations that developed into a series of abstract small paintings on greeting card watercolor paper have been popular from the day I offered them to collectors. Many say that they are not giving the greeting card as a gift because they like the painting so much that they plan to frame it for themselves.

Yesterday I read a few sentences of author Mitchell Albala in his chapter on color in the book "Landscape Painting". He said, "Ultimately, working with color is as much about ongoing experimentation as it is about the application of theory. Understanding color is a lifelong endeavor, not something that can be fully grasped in a short amount of time. The most brilliant colorists confess that they are still trying to figure it out."

I'm not a brilliant colorist but I'm definitely still trying to figure it out. That's my play with colors. This little gem of color exploration reminds me of the rhododendrons of the northwest that start blooming about now and continue through spring. The delicate colors of petals against the deep greens of the leaves are gorgeous as the flowers start to bloom.

Today I sent several of these cards to Australia to a new collector who plans to frame and give the paintings one by one as encouragement gifts as a friend goes through a series of cancer treatments. What a wonderful way to celebrate a friendship!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Small Painting Original Abstract Art 4 x 6 inch on Watercolor Greeting Card

4 x 6" acrylic on watercolor paper greeting card
"Color Chord #18"
SOLD

Cobalt blue and lime green colors in this small abstract painting give a hint of spring trees starting to leaf out with a bright blue sky in the background. This painting was selected today for a treasury collection on Etsy entitled "Blue and Gold Hello".

This colorful small painting can be framed in a standard size frame. It can also be used as a unique greeting card. The single fold watercolor paper card is blank on the inside. It comes with a white envelope. This is an original, not a print.

"Color Chord #18" is one in an on-going series of original greeting cards which is a further exploration with colors from this blog. The cards are available at my Etsy shop.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Colorful Floral Small Painting ACEO Beautiful Garden Flowers Art


2.5 x 3.5" Watercolor on paper ACEO
$14.50


Selected today for two different collection lists on Bonanza.com! Wow!

This small painting of beautiful flowers in a garden is an original ACEO painting. I used watercolor crayons in a variety of colors to express the peaceful afternoon shade in flower gardens.

For those not acquainted with the term ACEO, it stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". They originated with Art Trading Cards (ATC) among artists. The dimensions (3.5 x 2.5") are the same as other trading cards. They are very popular currently.

Purchasing an ACEO is an economical way to collect original art. Some people have large collections of these. There are special display cases for them as well as other accessories. I like to see them framed in a group matting. Little colorful gems that are one of a kind!

This gem of a painting is varnished, ready for framing display.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bright Red Petunias Flowers Painting Floral Art Fine Art Print


"Petunia Patterns"
8 x 10" acrylic on canvas ORIGINAL SOLD
Prints Available

Brilliant red petunias in sunlight made interesting shadows in the flower garden. The original colorful painting of these flowers is sold, but a variety of prints on paper and canvas are available. This image was added to my gallery of prints today.

Have you looked at the many paintings of mine that now have prints available? You can choose framed or unframed prints, select your framing colors, or choose a gallery wrap canvas ready to hang. And you can purchase on line greeting cards of this image of red petunias among the many other images.

View and purchase prints.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Small Colorful Abstract Art Painting 4 x 6 Original Landscape Colors Greeting Card


"Color Chord #15"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

Colorful small abstract painting for you or use as an art greeting card. What a unique gift of art for a special person on a special occasion! This is a one-of-a-kind hand painted greeting card in gorgeous colors, a small 4 x 6" original abstract painting entitled, "Color Chord #15".

Remember to click on the image to see a large picture that shows colors and textures of the painting.

The landscape colors in this original art reminded me of rock formations among pine trees and vast amber fields of grain or even the deep blue greens of ocean bays. Enjoy the many nuances of colors.

This is one of a series of abstract impressionistic cards I'm making available after two years of color explorations in my artistic journal. Each card is one of a kind, not a print nor a copy of previous work.

The images are 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" on a 5 x 7" single fold greeting card. The image is signed by me, the artist, and the back of the card has information about my art. The inside of the white card is blank. A matching white envelope is included.

The card can be easily framed in a standard size frame.

Give a gift of an original art greeting card, small painting, with your own personal greetings.

You may purchase the painting in my Etsy shop or contact me by e-mail.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Creativity and Artist's Life As a Painter of Landscapes, Puget Sound


"Puget Sound"
5 x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board


Reading this afternoon Ali Edwards' book, "Life Artist", which my two creative daughters are sharing with me has my focus again on creativity and the lives of artists. Ali's premise that it is OK to express yourself your way in art (she started in scrapbooking)takes me back to the days when my girls were little and I was doing creativity workshops and writing articles to encourage women to "paint outside the lines" in art and life. I guess Ali's book was a bit of deja vu, and I felt like saying, "Now, that's what I meant!"

Then I watched Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday video for today. Oh, what fun! To see watercolor painting used with a creative flair that most found hard to envision back in the time of my creativity workshops.

I find Ali Edwards and Donna Downey to be artists who have blended craft and fine art into truly creative works that can't be defined as one or the other designation. That is so refreshing!

My contribution for today in the blurred boundary lines of creativity in craft or fine art is a small landscape painting. I developed a composition from a variety of personal experiences of our typical Puget Sound marine landscape. I used archivally prepared gessoed mat board not canvas. The paints are professional quality acrylics. Acrylics have had a reputation as "craft" paints. I used them for the strong, clear colors that dry very quickly. I painted in a representational style rather than the impressionistic abstract look in my new greeting card series.

My painting is available in my Etsy shop.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rural Landscape Painting Original Small Canvas Art by Artist K. Joann Russell


"Beyond the Dikes"
5 x 4 x 3/4" acrylic on canvas, gallery wrap

"Small is beautiful", some say. Small paintings can be colorful jewels. For me, they are a big challenge.

Painting small format art brings out my detailed drawing skills. As I paint in dimensions less than 9 x 12" I find it hard to stay with the large color shapes that I'm accustomed to using in larger paintings. It becomes challenging to stay with large brush strokes rather than fussy detail. Details can't substitute for structure of a composition.

I grew up drawing very detailed drawings. My dad majored in architecture and gave me lots of drawing materials and books and critiques. To this day I sometimes draw realistic, detailed sketches just for the fun of it. It is rather therapeutic for me, I guess, because I get lost in line associations. But, often I'll just want to cut loose with some free wheeling action drawing "outside the lines".

I've worked hard at loosening up my painting by painting on larger surfaces and with a variety of media. Maybe my struggles with this painting are similar to what I experience doing ACEOs. They are so small.

This painting comes from my time spent in southern Oregon. This is the 6th in a series of paintings, mostly oils, of the Swan Lake ranching area. This rural landscape painting, entitled "Beyond the Dikes", shows the acres and acres of farmland which uses the waters of Swan Lake at the base of the mountains by the same name for irrigation. Dikes with paths and roads separate parts of the area. I omitted the fence posts and wire to give a more spacious feel to this vast region.

You may purchase the painting in my Etsy shop or contact me by e-mail.



Friday, January 14, 2011

Bright Colors Small Painting Greeting Card Original Art


"Color Chord #12"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper



Bright colorful small painting on a greeting card! What a unique gift of original art for a special person on a special occasion! This is a one-of-a-kind hand painted greeting card in beautiful colors, a small original painting, "Color Chord #12", in an abstract style.

The bright blue, reds, and yellows remind me of bursts of color in a summer flower garden. Subtle touches of grayed greens add to the impression of floral art.

This is one of a series of abstract impressionistic cards I'm making available after two years of color explorations in my artistic journal. Each card is one of a kind, not a print nor a copy of previous work.

The images are 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" on a 5 x 7" single fold greeting card. The image is signed by me, the artist, and the back of the card has information about my art. The inside of the white card is blank. A matching white envelope is included.

The card can be easily framed in a standard size frame.

Give a gift of an original greeting card, small painting art, with your original personal greetings.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Buy Prints of Artist K. Joann Russell Colorful Original Paintings


"Many Though One"
16 x 12" mixed media on watercolor paper Original SOLD
Prints & Greeting Cards Available

Today I made it easier to buy prints of my original colorful paintings by using one page on my website rather than three or more. The many people coming to my website looking for either an original painting, a decor print, or a fine art print find it confusing once a painting is sold.

One page now has all the information for the painting. The description of the original painting, the purchase information and link are there. The decor prints that are signed by me have information and a buy button.

The new page, in addition to the above information, has information about fine art prints with a link photo of the painting that connects the buyer with my online shopping cart catalog page for prints, accessories, and greeting cards of that particular painting. In addition, the catalog shows a variety of sizes, a framing selection function, a color matching code, and links to more news and views about my artwork.

The new page on my website includes a handy link for subscribing to my e-mail mailing list. No more having to send an e-mail request to me. Finally, the page has all the links you need to visit all parts of my website.

This is only the first page. Please see if you find it easy to use. I have many more paintings waiting for pages to be developed.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Small Painting Original Greeting Card Red Violets Blues


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

Red violets, blues and subtle purples make this small painting on a greeting card unusually bright and stunning against a white background. The color purple, one of my favorites, is between warm blue and a red violet which tends toward a cool red. Click on the image to see the many color nuances of these color combinations.

When you need a card for an exciting celebration consider this abstract impressionistic card to add to the fun. Bright colors for everyone to enjoy.

The greeting card is an original painting suitable for framing. Give a gift and a card all in one!

Click here for purchasing information in my Etsy shop.

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