montage commission

montage commission

A fantastic returning client contacted me about painting a watercolor montage for her to give as a gift.  The location is a horse ranch where weddings are held in Prairie Grove, Ar.  I went out to take several pictures.

I used this example from a google search as a map/plan to create mine for my client.IMG_3162

Then using the photos I took and the proportional sizing the client wanted (12″ x 24″) I put together a few mock set ups for the client to choose a draft for me to follow.  Here is what I sent her after she chose which photos to use as references.Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 9.40.05 AM

she chose the one on the left and here is the final result:

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Her daughter was recently married at this location and my client has gifted this watercolor to the owners of the ranch.

commission of U of A sorority

commission of U of A sorority

Sorority Commission.  Alpha Delta Pi.  Reference photos then the watercolor paintings. art.by.beth

first the reference photos, then the paintings.  Four 12 x 12 watercolors to hang in the entryway of the sorority.  I am grateful to have this opportunity.Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 3.56.00 PMScreen Shot 2014-02-17 at 3.56.56 PM

A Fun Commission

A Fun Commission

a very fun commission

using a color palette from my client that she provided and the subjects of a pear, apple, sunflower and hydrangea.  Watercolor on 140# cold press arches paper.  The added gestural, sketchy pen work is one of favorite looks as well.  Then mounting the originals onto a 12×12 cradled wooden canvas.  I love the close up compositions.  Final application is 2 coats of wax to protect and seal the art.

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sponges, your watercolor tool

sponges, your watercolor tool

natural-sea-sponges-good-for-skin-1I use different size and shape natural sea sponges to recreate foliage in my paintings.  Dipping the sponge in the paint and “stamping” the sponge onto the paper in a random pattern really depicts leaves well.  I like using different shades of green to give the trees depth. Wildflowers and cherry blossoms are also a subject to represent with natural sea sponges.  Here is a link to a youtube video giving an example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzFQZQqL7dw

and then below is one of my recent commissions with sponged trees…IMG_2141