Journey into Watercolors

Hi Creative Friends,

I am a professional artist who has been working in acrylic paintings for many years and also teach workshops.  I have returned to painting watercolors because I challenged myself to a medium that is more difficult for me.

Through practicing, I have realized that my problem was that I was trying to use watercolors like I did acrylics. Too much paint!

So now I am pushing more water around then paint to create translucent layers.  So many great watercolor videos art there to get you motivated.  Just go to youtube and do a search.

Scroll down to see a couple of my Floral Ladies I painted.

And click here to view available work!

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It’s in Her Eyes

9 x 12 Watercolor on paper
​sold 

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It's In Her Heart
9 x 12 Watercolor on paper
​sold

Big Sur

A few years I traveled with my husband to Big Sur for the first time.  The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most beautiful traveling highways I have ever been on.  I took a photo while I was there and here is the result being this painting of Big Sur.

I don’t know exactly where the road has been washed out in the huge landslide but now that the part of the highway is buried under tons of rocks the landscape has changed and man has to figure out how to change with it.

Anyway, I have enjoyed having this painting with me and I want to share this painting so it is available on Etsy so check it out.  Payment plans available so send me a message with any inquiry at all.

Enjoy!   Click here on LaurasPaintbrush for more information.

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Intuitive Painting and Movement Retreat for Self Discovery

Greetings Friends,
Let me start by telling you that for me drawing and painting has been one of the most rewarding creative practices I have ever experienced. Besides family, nature, and visiting new places, I love spending time creating.
I am so excited to share this new Intuitive Painting Retreat at  The Atlantic Center for the Arts with you.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is a a 69-acre ecological preserve on the edge of pristine Turnbull Bay, the Atlantic Center for the Arts provides a tranquil yet stimulating setting that inspires artists from around the world to rejuvenate, collaborate and create. Envisioned and founded by environmentalist, painter and sculptor Doris Leeper in 1977, the artists-in-residence facility brings talented artists together to work with distinguished masters in the fields of visual, literary, performing and musical arts.

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Whether you are a beginner painter or a seasoned artist
creating a portfolio, intuitive painting is a way to explore the abstract, the imaginative, the experimental, and the deeply satisfying unfolding of the creative practice in action.

Come explore the beautiful campus of the Atlantic Center for the Arts for this wonderful two day weekend retreat.

You will have the option to come to one day or two for a better deal and more thorough investigation into your painting experience.  Also, come stay on campus with me!

 

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The first day we will have yoga available taught by Ella Ran.  We have delicious meals to add on if you wish. We will also have rooms available to spend the night if you want to enjoy painting in the evening in the studio!  For those who stay overnight in our on-campus rooms, you will be able to enjoy the healing musical sounds of the Pan-Drum while in the studio in the evening played by the wonderful musician Danny Sorenson.  Headphones are also welcome!

On our second day we will have an early morning sound-walk available with musician and sound-editor Eve Payor.  Then we can continue with painting and learn how to take the painting to the next level on the second day or continuing with experimentation.
Please join me for an exciting weekend retreat at the main campus of the Atlantic Center for the Arts at the Painting and Sculpture studios August 5, and 6th.

We will be utilizing both the painting and sculpture studios.

For more details scroll down to link after poster.

Inutitive Painting Retreat 2018

 

For more details on how to register link here

Spring and the Hickory Tree

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Hi Friends,
So every year in our backwoods just before Spring,
the leaves of our Pignut Hickory tree unfold as if they are flowers! The new leaves appear pink before fully opening and turning green! This is so fascinating to me. Below I have documented the photo of the event. Above is my original painting of it. This Pignut Hickory Tree is native to Florida so I also included the native Zebra butterfly.

Anyone else find this fascinating?

Here is he original photo I took.

More at lauraknapikbohn.com

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The Art of Creating Art

Hi guys,  just wanted to share some of the work I have been doing.

As a professional artist, I have exhibited in galleries, shows and a couple of museums.

I enjoy creating large and small paintings that are highly.  detailed high end work for special exhibits.  I also enjoy creating quicker fun studies that are more affordable for many people.  For quite awhile I struggled to understand my need to create both.  While I labor for many weeks or months or over some of my work that is especially made for galleries or other exhibits I also create quicker smaller paintings that are more affordable.  Enter Etsy! I have been able to do just this here.  I have enjoyed selling 15 paintings on Etsy of far.

This little 9 x 12 acrylic painting is titled Leaf Love. It is ready to hang with painted gallery wrapped edges. It is a good example of a small affordable painting I just created for sale on my Etsy Store where you can shop at  Lauraspaintbrush 

I have a coupon code for free shipping here so just plug it in at purchase time springgifttoyou16  offer ends May 14th, 2016

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So, now a little on the process or the art of creating art!

For this particular piece, I first played with colors that attracted me. Reds, iron oxide, yellow ochre.  Once I had a fun background I found some blue greens that were complimenting the colors and added them along with a little colored tissue paper.  The leaf study came from the curve of a plant in my yard.   Nature is always a constant inspiration for me even in a modern painting.   The contrasting black and whites came after I drew out the vine.

A little about movement.  I love to show a line here or there that moves around the canvas to suggest movement.  It can be a brush stroke or line to enhance the painting.

So please come check out more of my work here at lauraspaintbrush