Sunday, August 30, 2020

I have my own video now!

The Anton Art Center in Downtown Mt. Clemens, Michigan is hosting their "Art Party" right now to raise funds to support the center. Because we cannot have a real party with food and music and people gathering together this year, it is all virtual. I teach watercolor workshops there so they composed a video of me discussing my art.  The link is:   Painting With Paula!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hilbert Museum

Received this little piece of information:
 Your painting has been chosen from a large response to our call for NWS Member Artists to enter their best work and be a part of our last 100 year celebratory exhibition with the Hilbert Museum of California Art.  We share your excitement and look forward to displaying your work across the globe.

The Great American Paint in

I am participating in the Great American Paint In! I submitted "Low Tide Mont St. Michel". Here is the image in their virtual online Gallery Cero. Here is the link to the site:

The artwork shown is from inspiration of artists during COVID-19 and their thoughts and expression on how it makes us feel. Please do check out the site!

Monday, August 10, 2020

My Watercolor Workshop during COVID

 This is my watercolor/pen & ink class done COVID style! It worked out just fine. As you can see, we are all a distance apart and wearing masks.

 Reviewing the paintings.
 My demonstration was projected on a flat screen TV.
 Here are some of the brilliant works done by my students!

All in all we enjoyed it very much and will probably do another one in the Fall.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

That's it!

There is a point when an artist has to decide when to quit. I was contemplating one more design to add to this painting, but after consideration, I have decided to stop now. I really like the way this painting developed and I hope that you found it interesting also. I am naming this painting "Reaching Out". And now I am done. All of you that tuned into my blog, I thank you and comments are welcome.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Stage 6

If you thought that the painting was done at stage 5, you were wrong! I had in my possession, which I found at a local fruit and flower market, these vines. At the time, I probably knew what they were from what plant but now I do not. All I knew is that I liked them. They were curly, and viney and dark and when I set up a still life of my tulips, I put the vines with them. You never know when working on a painting when to quit. But I have one more thing up my sleeve that I would like to do. (Possibly)

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Stage 5

Here is the next phase of my painting. After putting in the gradient wash in the background, my plan was to put in this pattern. Along with the flow of the tulips, I have been inspired by marbling patterns. I collect decorative papers and love my marbled paper generally made in Italy. During this time of social isolation, I have been taking the time to do some experimenting.
Here is a close-up of the intricate pattern that I created. In order to get this effect, I am starting to use some mixed media incorporated with my transparent watercolor. I use Permanent White Gouache for a more opaqueness.
I still am not done yet. More to follow.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Tulips Stage 4

I want you to know that when I post the progress on this painting that it is in the rough stages and I am not glamorizing the painting or the image. Now you can see I have finished the tulips and have put the first stage of the background in. I wanted something dark going to pretty much white at the top. I wanted a background that was grayish in color but with a hit of color.  I started out the first wash with Payne's Grey. It more bluish in color but I wanted that to be my undertone. After that dried, I took the mixture of Payne's Grey an added Quin Sienna. It subdued the blue hue. I put a mask around the all the edges of the floral only. This is what it looks like after removing the mask. I now need to do some touch up along some edges. This is not my stopping point yet by any means. 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Stage 3

Hope you can see the progress. To be continued....

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Stage 2 Leaves

Stage 2 of this painting has me developing some leaves. I wanted to get my colors for the leaves just right so I went ahead and started establishing what greens I wanted to use. Sap Green and Jadeite Genuine from Daniel Smith are the ones that I am using.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

New Painting

A new day and a new painting during this stay-at-home time we are all living in! I wanted to work on something big and colorful. When that happens, it is usually a floral of some kind. Today it is tulips. Perfect for Spring! I am working on a 26"x40" watercolor paper and it will pretty much take up the whole sheet. I thought it would be interesting to show how I develop it. Here is the beginning.