Thursday, December 22, 2011

Delft Ornament

The large and varied assortment of Christmas ornaments hanging around have been wonderful subject matter for 20 minute paintings! Every ornament is different (well, other than a couple of those colored glass ones). The blue glaze on Delftware is a very unique deep dark blue - but I think I captured it pretty accurately on this little ornament here. Watercolor, approx. 5" x 7".

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rainbow "Porcupine" Ornament

Decorating our Christmas tree are several of these really neat Polish "porcupine" paper ornaments, all handmade, unique, and very special. Since I enjoy using nearly all the paint colors in my palette in one painting, this was a perfect 20 minute challenge! Rainbow colors are so cheerful, especially on gray winter days. Watercolor, 5" x 6 1/2".

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Patterns of a Pizzelle

Pizzelles are most definitely one of my favorite cookies, whether it's Christmas or any other season. They can vary when you buy them at a store or bakery, but when I make them they are always going to be anise flavor - delicious. Out of the Christmas cookies I baked/painted this year, this was the most challenging cookie to paint in 20 minutes! All those little waffle-y crevices, the intricate flower pattern, the irregular "deckled" edges, its thin, wafery goodness... I might have to try painting one again. Of course, it will be a different pizzelle, because I ate the subject of this painting once the timer went off. Watercolor, 5 1/2" x 7".