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Updated on September 18, 2014

Watercolor Artist

In this lens I will be introducing you to the beautiful watercolor paintings of my friend Karen. We recently visited Karen at her new home in Ohio and I was really impressed with the beautiful watercolor paintings Karen had in her home. She had moved to Ohio from Waco, Texas and it was in Texas that Karen first started painting 10 years ago.

I asked Karen why she decided to use watercolor as her medium. Here is her response " I had never done any painting whatsoever. I saw a continuing ed course offered at Baylor for watercolor and decided to give it a try. I fell in love with watercolor and never looked back!"

I am sure you will agree when you view her work that Karen made an excellent choice. In this lens I am featuring Karen's watercolors on greeting cards but they are also available on a host of other products at her Zazzle store KJMWatercolorsplus

photograph of Karen's art by mbgphoto

Patch of Pumpkins

Karen felt the pumpkins needed to be painted. Here is her comment "The pumpkins were from photos taken on a beautiful fall day in Texas (and that means late November!). We drove into the Hill Country outside of Austin and I found this pumpkin farm. I took photos of all the great pumpkins and decided they must be painted!"

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Teach Yourself from Books

Watercolor painting is a great relaxing hobby for many people. Taking a class on watercolors is a great way to get started. In a class you will benefit from the knowledge of the instructors and the feedback of other students.

Some people prefer to learn on their own. Here are some books to get you started.

Sunflowers

beauty on a blue background

Karen talks about how she came to paint these sunflowers. "All my flower paintings come from either photos or from actual flowers that I have received. The sunflowers were from photos taken at an arboretum in Texas on a very very hot summer day. You could feel the heat just sizzle and it was amazing to see these flowers just flourish in the hot and hazy summer sun. After I painted them I decided they really needed a background so I imagined a blue picket fence in the background to make the flowers pop. I do a lot of alteration to try and make my paintings sing. "

Vase of Carnations

beautiful florals

This painting was hanging on the wall in Karen's house. It caught my eye right away. Karen really captured the cheery feeling with this painting. Here are her thought on the Vase of Carnations.

"The carnations in a pot were a floral birthday gift from my son's family. I decided that the happiness they gave me needed to be expressed through a painting. I feel that I captured my carefree and happy birthday feelings with the painting of the carnations. "

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Daisies in the Spring

beauty in yellow and white

Here are Karen's thoughts on her painting "Flowers are my favorite painting subject, but I really will paint a variety of things. I generally paint from photos that I have taken on trips or just photos of flowers in my garden. Whatever inspires me is what I like to paint. I particularly like the light and shadows on objects."

This painting of spring daisies is one of my favorite paintings of Karens. I love the way she captured the beauty of a simple bunch of daisies. Daisies are my favorite flower and a topic often picked by artists. I think the simplicity of the flower is what draws artists to them.

Video Classes

I have found that you can learn a lot by watching videos you find on the internet. The great thing about the videos is that you can start and stop them to rewatch areas in didn't catch at first. I have used videos to learn to crochet and for other art projects. I think they would be helpful for watercolor painting too. Even if you are an experienced painter you can pick up tips from others.

Here is a video to get you started water painting.

Karen would love to hear your comments on her artwork. I will forward all comments to her.

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      I would love to learn how to paint watercolors! Taking a course is on my bucket list. Beautiful paintings! I like the pumpkins best because autumn is my favorite season!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I like watercolor painting it is so suave, transparent, and sureal.. Love the sun flowers...

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the look of water color and hers are beauties. Once I took an adult ed class in water color but found out how hard it was to get something besides a murky mess.

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      WhiteOak50 4 years ago

      These are beautiful water colors prints. I have always loved working with water colors because they add this beautiful unique finish to pictures.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Karen's paintings really do have a wonderful unique style to them. Almost pastel in nature. Very soothing and calming.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As usual, just gorgeous!

      Happy April Fools Day!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Beautiful watercolours, these make lovely original cards

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I love all of her color schemes, every single one!

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      mamamia2011 6 years ago

      she really has the talent in water color painting.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Karen is very talented and I love her watercolor technique! Nice way of telling her story too.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      These are gorgeous Karen (and Mary Beth)! A real talent for watercolors. I am leaving a Squid Angel Blessing for this wonderful lens!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Looking at these lovely watercolor paintings, I can't believe Karen has only been painting for 10 years! Her technique and talent shines through each piece of artwork and her style is charming. Very, very nice! Thanks for sharing your friend and her watercolors with me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks everyone for your kind comments about my watercolors. Such affirmation! -Karen

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your friend, Karen, is so very talented. I love the colors in her paintings and they make such lovely and unique Watercolor Greeting Cards. Thanks for introducing kjmwatercolorsplus.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These are amazing!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Love the pumpkins.

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      love4rocks 6 years ago

      They are just absolutely gorgeous. KAren is an amazing artist.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      These are all beautiful! Thank you for the introduction. I especially love the "Ohio House."

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      These watercolors are amazing! I dabble in watercolor and so I know that these results were not easy to achieve. You have quite a gift!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Beautiful water color art! Blessed indeed!

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      Beautiful

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Karen is a fabulous artist. Her art is breathtaking. I envy her. I can't draw a straight line with a ruler! LOL. Joined her Zazzle fan club, too!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      I love your friend's art. She does a really great job with the colors. I just love colors

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      These are cool! My favorite is the sunflowers. Talented artist by the way!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, she does lovely work. Best wishes to her success on Zazzle.

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Beautiful... I like the 'daisies', keep up the great Karen!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Lovely paintings.