Monday, March 15, 2021

Stage IV

 The last part to work on now is the vintage paper background. I put in wet-in-wet technique to get the stained, weathered look and painted in the postal stampings and text. The very last step was to do the ribbons. This is the finished product. "Commedia dell'arte" is the name of the painting.

Stage III

 In Stage III the marquise pattern is now developed and the next part is the scalloped pattern at the top of the painting.

Stage II

 In Stage II, the frame is now complete and I am now putting in the design in the background. You can now start to see the ribbon pattern that will be running through the painting. The diamonds or marquise pattern is often part of Pierrot's costume.

Stage I

 As I was developing this painting, I documented how I started. Here is Stage I. You can see my pencil drawing and the first thing that I developed was the mask. I did that because that is the central theme and subject of this painting and everything around literally frames it. In the painting there is a frame and I first laid down Cadmium Yellow. There is some gold leafing on the frame and Cadmium Yellow was my choice to bring that out.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

New Painting

To add to my collection of venetian masks paintings, here is my latest completed last night. Yes, everything is painted and I have not incorporated any collage material. This is a Pierrot mask. 
Pierrot was a common character in Commedia dell'arte.  By collecting decorative paper design, I have been using the design element in my paintings lately. Along with ribbons and frames, I put together this composition. See below to see my collection of paintings depicting Venetian Masks which I love.

Commedia dell'arte was an early form of professional theatre, originating from Italy, that was popular in Europe from the 16th to the 18th century. Commedia dell'arte was formerly called Italian comedy in English and is also known as commedia all marchers, commedia improvviso, and commedia dell'arte all improvviso.


Sunday, February 28, 2021

"Reaching Out" Accepted into NWS Member's Exhibition

Received word over the weekend that my painting "Reaching Out" has been selected to be in the National Watercolor Society Member's Exhibition for 2021! If you have been following my blog at all, I posted step-by-step video or images of how I developed this painting and now it will be part of this exhibit.

Mat Barber Kennedy is the juror of selection and awards for the show this year.


Monday, January 4, 2021

New Updated Website for 2021!

 Happy New Year to all my followers and ones that happen across my blog! To start this new year, I have re-designed and updated the appearance of my website using a new website developer called Sparkle".

I am very pleased with the result. You can access it by going to: 

Friday, December 25, 2020

Childrens's Portrait Continued

 I completed this awhile back but due to it being given as a Xmas gift, I waited till today to post the finished painting. This was done on a 22" x 30" sheet of Kilimanjaro watercolor paper. I an anxious to see the reaction mostly from the kids themselves !

Monday, October 26, 2020

Portraits of Children

I was asked recently to do watercolors of a client's grandchildren. I don't normally do portraits but I considered it a challenge and decided to take a crack at it. This is my result. The client is happy and excited to give them to the parents. this is a snap shot in time. There are baby teeth and one is losing them. Children's skin is very smooth and fresh and young of course and interesting to paint. I have never met the children only was given photos of them. I believe that I captured their essence according to the grandmother.  That's all that matters. I mixed various strengths of yellow ochre and alizarin crimson for basic skin tone. I started to render the eyes first as my anchor to the whole face. I found the mouths to be challenging to get just right. I think that now, after doing this first set, I will be more at ease to do more if asked.

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.