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Unique Watercolor Calendar and Posters
My friend Karen paints beautiful watercolors. In the first lens I did with Karen's works, I featured the greeting cards that she made from her paintings. You can see them at Unique Watercolor Greeting Cards.
In this lens, you will find more of Karen's beautiful paintings. This time I am featuring her calendar and prints/posters. You can order the prints in several different styles and sizes. You can even choose to have them framed and ready for hanging.
I asked Karen when she first discovered her love of painting and Karen shared with me that she started painting 10 years ago when she took an evening class at Baylor University. She fell in love with watercolors and has been doing it ever since. Karen's favorite subject is flowers, but she has also tried some landscapes and still lifes
I hope you enjoy this selection of Karen's paintings.
Still Life Watercolor
insight from the artist.
I enjoyed hearing from Karen how she came to paint her watercolors. It always fascinates me how artists pick their subjects. Here is her story about the Winter Pots" I had my pots all jumbled together in the backyard in the winter as they waited for spring to arrive. One sunny winter day I went outside to sit in the sunshine and noticed the lovely shadows cast on the pots. It was if they were just ready for spring and flowers."
I love to take photographs and I think that picking subject matter for watercolors or photography can be very similar. The artist or photographer picks an image that speaks to them and then incorporates it into their work.
Books to Get You Started
I have been interesting in painting most of my life but never really was able to produce anything that I liked. I have finally decided that photography is a better match for my creative side. I think because I find it so fascinating, I still enjoy viewing the works of others. I think it takes a very special talent to be able to see a subject and then to paint it. If you have ever considered painting you might want to consider trying a book on watercolor painting. There are many interesting books on learning to do watercolors. Here are a coupleto get you started.
Learn to paint beautiful landscapes like my friend Karen.
old Texas house
Here is Karen's story about The Old House in Texas painting."I was driving on some rural country roads in Texas to Austin and was going through a little town on the way. I saw this old, worn down house and immediately signaled to turn around so that I could stop and get some pictures of it. It reminded me of the old house in "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart. It just begged to be painted!"
Have you ever tried to paint with watercolors?
I am not a very good artist, so I really admire those who have that talent. What about you have you tried your hand at painting with watercolors?
Are you a watercolor artist?
Lets Get Started - supplies to get you started
Have Karen's paintings inspired you? Perhaps you would like to try painting on your own. I searched online for a kit with everything a beginner would need to get started painting. I think this kit and perhaps a beginning watercolor book would get you started on a fun hobby.
Perhaps after you've tried a few lessons you will want to sign up for a class or two to enhance your skills.
Best of luck as you pursue this fascinating hobby.
Here is everything you need to get started.
Learn to Paint
There are many different step by step tutorials available online. You can use these videos to learn different painting techniques.
The one that I have chosen for this page is of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I thought it would be good to start because it has only a few colors and should be fairly simple.
This tutorial makes painting looks so easy. I would love to try it some time. Somehow, though, I think for me it just wouldn't come that easily.
Easy to follow directions with this video.