Besides painting with my Crayola watercolor paint set as a child, it wasn’t until the age of 20 that I discovered the powerful affects painting with watercolors has on me. It began when a dear friend brought me a book of beautiful self portrait paintings by Anh Duong (if you aren’t familiar with her work, you-must-look-her-up!!) Something in her work struck a cord in me, seeing a woman use herself as a muse, so unapologetically, seemed both empowering and intriguing to me. I had her work in the back of my mind for a few weeks, and finally one night while still living in San Francisco, after a friend called to say they’d be running late to meet, I finally picked up a watercolor set and white printer paper (all I had at the time), and began quietly painting… Since that night, I’ve had an ongoing love affair with painting self portraits, as well as flowers, which I began painting a few years ago. Though I generally haven’t shown my work to others much, below is some of my recent work, as well as watercolors done by others I find particularly beautiful and inspiring…
Do you have a passion which you might keep under the radar, which brings you joy and a sense of calm? I know the world (and I!) would love to hear about them, so please do share (feel free to add a link in the comments)!
Above and below are a few self portraits I did this month.
These 3 above are a few in the series of mini-flower paintings I had fun doing (6″x6″ and 5″x7″).
These are a few paintings from the orchid studies I did this summer (above). Your can find more of my work here.
I love the saturated colors and whimsical nature of these 3 watercolors above by Shana Frase. They just set me in a good mood! Also check out her website, from a design perspective it is really cool, love her out of the box approach.
This watercolor is so inspiring to me, with the woman’s clothing, beaded headdress and colorful jewelry… It reminds me that there is a whole HUGE world out there in which to explore. Paintings/prints found here on Etsy.
I stumbled on these light-hearted animal watercolors (above and below) on Etsy & they just made me laugh, so wanted to share. WaterInMyPaint on Etsy
Besides being one of the most famous portrait painters of his (and our) time, John Singer Sargent was also a master watercolor painter…I will do a separate post dedicated to him and his legacy as an artist, but I couldn’t finish this post without including a few of his breathtaking watercolors (below). I had the pleasure of seeing an exhibition of his watercolors in person, and it was truly an honor and a highlight in my life thus far…
I will leave you these in hopes of brightening your day and week ahead…! xoxo SE