Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
OK, so it's mid-summer, but I was doing some leaf paintings, and maple leaves look so nice dressed up in autumn finery. I used a green maple leaf as a template but chose yellows and reds to make the golds and oranges in this piece.
I spattered with some green paint when everything else was painted. I like how this turned out. Definitely not looking to rush summer, though. It will go by all too fast!
The 7"x11" original watercolor on handmade watercolor paper is available for sale in my Etsy shop: Autumn Maple Leaves.Pin It
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This type of painting, using real leaves as templates, is so much fun to do and I've often had my students try it. They enjoy it too and no two come out alike. As soon as I have time, I'll make a video to show how I go about it.
What I like about this particular painting is that it can be turned in any direction and still makes an enchanting composition. Thanks for checking out my newest work - or should I say play?
The 7"x11" original watercolor on handmade watercolor paper is available for sale in my Etsy shop: Oak Leaves Pin It
Monday, July 25, 2011
The contrast of the yellow swallowtail against the magenta pink bloom was delightful, so I decided to paint the scene. I used wet-into-wet watercolor washes in the background to keep all that soft and out of focus so the foreground would pop out. You can maybe see the wet paint dripping from the paper in the demo picture. Click the images to see them enlarged.
The original painting is sold. If you would like to order a print, please contact me. Thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful day! Pin It
Waimea is a beautiful bay on the North Shore of Oahu. Though the water is calm enough for swimming during the summertime, it is famous for its gigantic surf in the winter months and draws expert surfers to test their skill every year.
This 5x7 inch oil painting on panel shows majestic waves crashing in to shore at the end of the bay. A couple of sea birds dip and soar against the colors of the sunset sky.
You can see larger images and purchase this painting here: Surf at Waimea Bay oil painting. Thanks for stopping by! Pin It
Thursday, July 21, 2011
So, I decided to paint this scene of a sailboat breezing along the south shore of Oahu. I've added Hawaii's state flower, the yellow hibiscus to the foreground.
Ah, it almost makes me feel like I'm there!
"Sailing the South Shore" is sold. Take a look at Zeh Original Art Etsy shop for more Hawaii paintings.
Monday, July 18, 2011
So I quickly grabbed a couple of brushes, an 8"x10" sheet of watercolor paper, a small piece of foamcore board to back the paper, my paints, jar of water, small table and a folding chair and went out to the flower garden. I did not even take the time, as I normally do, to tape the watercolor paper to the board, nor did I bring a pencil to sketch the scene first, but dove right in with watercolor.
There is something magical each time a painting develops on a blank sheet of paper or canvas especially with watercolor because of the unpredictable way the colors run together. When you begin with only a vague idea of what the finished painting will be, the wonder increases with each brushstroke.
I hope you enjoy the fresh, spontaneous quality of this painting. The original is sold, but you can contact me if you would like to order a print or a hydrangeas painting done just for you.Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
This time, I focused on the Annabelle Hydrangeas that are so prettily blooming in the front garden. They are white, but I washed some varying colors into the shadows for interest. It would be nice to do a larger painting of these pretty flowers from life. If the weather holds, perhaps tomorrow!
Find my original paintings and prints at JanetZeh.Etsy.com.
Monday, July 11, 2011
The first painting I did yesterday was of the red bee balm blooming by the side of the house. I did not see the hummingbird fly to the flowers, but I heard him buzz by my head. So he was most likely waiting for me to finish the painting and be gone. That's what I did.
However, I had not brought out the umbrella, so there were dappled sunlight and shadows on my paper meaning it would be difficult to see what I was doing. Rather than fight it, I just went with it and painted the shadows on my paper. This is what resulted. Lots of fun, and what a great day!
These two paintings are sold, but you can see more of my small paintings in my Etsy shop, Zehland.Etsy.com. Thanks for stopping by! Pin It
Each day that I was in Hawaii, I rose early just as the sun was coming up and would be outside painting or taking photos as soon as possible. In this painting the early morning sun is just touching the clouds with the palest rosy pink, there are not yet many people about and Diamond Head crater stands majestically in the distance greeting a new day on the island of Oahu.
- This is an original watercolor painting
- The image size is 8"x10" with an extra 1/2" white border around the image to help with matting and framing
- Unframed so you can frame it to match your decor.
- Painted with professional watercolor paints on heavyweight, acid-free watercolor paper for color that lasts.
- The copyright watermark is only to protect the digital image. There is no watermark on the painting.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
The African Spoonbill is a wading bird found in many parts of Africa. This particular bird, though, I found at the Honolulu Zoo. I was impressed by its stately bearing. The bird and its reflection in the golden pool make a peaceful composition. Almost makes me want to meditate!
African Spoonbills nest in colonies in trees near water. Their long legs are perfect for wading in varying depths of shallow water to find food. With their spoon-like bill which they swing back and forth across the surface of the water, they scoop up small fish, crustaceans and other aquatic life including insects. When they fly, they keep their long necks outstretched.
You can currently find the original painting of African Spoonbill for sale in my Etsy shop, Zehland.Etsy.com.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
A pink peony is visited by a small black and white butterfly. Peonies don't need extra decoration being quite lovely in their own right, but this pretty insect adds a special touch, alighting for just a moment before it flutters away.
The original watercolor is 5"x7" and is on sale now in my Etsy shop: Pink Peony Flower watercolor painting. Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you enjoy the painting!Pin It
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
A Red Admiral butterfly alights on a white peony in this new painting. Peonies, though they have complex petals are one of my favorite flowers to paint, especially when they are sunlit as in this piece.
The original watercolor is sold, but you can find more of my flower paintings my Etsy shop, JanetZeh.Etsy.com. Thanks for stopping by! Pin It