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!
It’s in Her Eyes
9 x 12 Watercolor on paper
It's In Her Heart
9 x 12 Watercolor on paper sold
What can I say, at the end of the day my passion beyond painting music is playing music with friends and dancing to it. I love playing my djembe, cajon and my new acoustic bass guitar! My love for music can be seen in many of my paintings over the years.
Check out this video link to many of my paintings inspired by music!
Click link below to go to Youtube video!
My latest painting series features my love for the ocean, living near it in Central Florida,
and being concerned over the health of our oceans.
Also, I wanted to return to painting with a trowel and palette knife. It was quite freeing not working with a paintbrush and learning how to give up control of some of the mark making.
Click here to see the paintings available. https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurasPaintBrush?ref=seller-platform-mcnav
Some of my paintings are now available on Etsy at Lauraspaintbrush
Here are a few examples! Click on link and email me with any questions!
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.
A Day in the LIfe is my latest painting based on a lovely banana bloom I once witnessed while eating ice cream in New Smyrna Beach under this tree. Years later while painting it, I went to the kitchen to see a red rat snake peeking out from behind our refridgerator! So, the snake is now in the painting!
Here is online gallery link to size and details.
I don’t know about you but I am definitely wanting a little peace and coziness this time of year so I can catch up on some reading.
I cherish a delicious novel and have one I have started but think I will share some books that are non-fiction and related to my work as an art therapist.
There are some fantastic books out there on healing arts, art therapy, authentic art expression, and the list goes on. Right now I am very interested in authentic movement guiding the art process so one of the books I am reading is Imagination in Action written by art therapist Shaun Mcniff! He uses mindfulness to slow down and be in the moment while not judging the physical acts of movement and creating.
Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies also uses this moment to moment mind, body, spirit connecting to bring about creative awareness! I am in awe of these methods and have started using them in my workshops.
If you are an art therapist or work with these methods as an artist leave a comment so we can have a conversation. The other books on this list are equally enlightening but won’t go on anymore as you can look them up for yourselves if interested and on a journey to trust the process in your spiritual path through the healing arts. More at creativewellartstudio.weebly.com
Here is one of my latest paintings. I live in Florida and a few months back I saw the last magnolia flowers fall off our front yard Magnolias. I missed their fragrant blooms and so continued their lovely bloom with a tribute in paint!
I have been exploring adding collage and paint to my art journal but have been a bit afraid of adding collage elements into my paintings on canvas even though I add them to paintings on board.
So, I managed to add a little collage to this one, including the scientific name of the flower
This painting is now featured at De La Vegas restaurant in downtown DeLand, Florida.
It is also available on Etsy