H20 Fun! a painting a day

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I really poured the water on this paper and ended up with something that resembles blotter paper. Now remember blotter paper is absorbent so the pigment would sink down into the fibers and spread out so things were not going my way. I made a batch of sizing from starch and painted several layers onto the front and back of the painting. Because the pigment was into the weave of the paper none came off. The I proceeded to paint in the weeds with Acrylic and watercolor combinations. I like the result and will usually try to save a painting. My style of painting uses a lot of water but this paper was not as absorbent as what I usually use and it really wasn’t sized well. So sometimes this happens, and you’ll find the watercolor isn’t sitting on top of the paper but sinking in. This doesn’t look good and is difficult to control. I used starch to bring the sizing back, it will never be as good as new paper but it does help.

A day on the water a painting a day by Shanti Marie

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I ran out of time today, Whew, and here it is 8:30. I’m just now posting my painting. I will most likely put a few more glazes over the sky and water and pump up the values just a bit. I thought I would paint a few sailboats. Its spring and I have seen several on the lake. Here on Lake Wylie its all about pleasure boats and Bass fishing boats. In the spring when its windy, The sail boats come out and I love to see them.

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Woman of the Earth a painting a day

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I don’t often post portraits or paintings of people thats because I asume people arn’t interested in paintings of people they don’t know. This person had an interesting face, she appeared to have a hundred stories to tell, but was very quiet reserved. This painting is for sale if interested email me at shantmarie@aol.com Price is $50.00 size is 11 by 15

The walk a painting a day

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SPECIAL OF THE WEEK $50.00 11 by 15 (usually sells for 250.00 )

I had some email from a gentleman who noticed I never put people in my paintings and I thought it was odd that he would want a painting with people in it. I guess its how you see the painting. I see it as if I’m looking at it thru a window or a camera lens. My perspective is to enjoy the natural setting without man’s intrusion. I love the scenes without people because I’m not much of a people person. I like things unspoiled and as they were before condos and high rises were built over every square inch. When I think of a wonderful scene I never think of it with people. i just see the trees, mountains lakes or whatever. This is another reason I don’t paint many city scenes. Not that I don’t enjoy them, but I live in an area that is near a lake and is wooded. That tends to be my inspiration. I only paint beaches once in awhile even thought I get many requests for them. I paint what I know and love. I put a small dog in this scene because if your going to go for a walk you should always bring your best friend.

A day like no other


This painting is 11 by 15 and is for sale for 250.00 It was part of my woodlands series, I thought I would put it up for today.

Today I wasn’t able to paint, I spent the day in the emergency room with my brother. He’s OK but he has to have an operation. What he though of as food poisoning turned out to be a Hernia. Apparently he has had it for a while but it became worse and when the pain became so great, he called me to drive him to the hospital.


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This was a bit of an experiment, I used compliments and wanted to see if I could get some variation and wanted to try a technique I had heard about. After a bit I added a third color and then another & finally some white. It actually wasn’t a waterfall at first, then at the end I decided it needed something right down the middle. This might be the only painting I have painted using white out of the 226 dailies I have painted thus far.

I usually just save the paper…

This is of course for sale and if you would like to buy it, email me at shantmarie@aol.com $40.00

Dutch Iris a painting a day

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This small 11 by 15 inch painting is a result of several forgotten bulbs which came up in my compost pile. I guess when we cleaned up the flower beds, we threw away a few bulbs. Not to be denied,these little fellows sprung up. I painted them loosely and mostly wet into wet just to give them that wild look. I was told once by Don Andrews not to paint just from nature but to rearrange nature to create something even more special. Here you don’t see the old leaves and dead breaches sticking out of the compost pile, just the three beautiful flowers and I added a little more greenery to round out the painting. I hope you enjoy it and if you like it, its for sale for $100.00 Shantmarie@aol.com contact me for buying information.

Spring Melody a painting a day

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The size is 7.5 by 11 and it is for sale for 40.00
I have been very busy as usual but couldn’t resist the urge to paint this little bird. It seems that Spring has arrived here in the South and the Birds are all singing their praises.

Artist tip: This painting was painted in three stages. First wash goes on…paint light yellow over everything. Then before that has dried, Paint wet into wet some of the greens leaves and lean these towards the blue side of the color wheel. This will give a diffused background appearance. Next comes the limb and some more leaves with some of the same brown mixed with a brighter and in some areas a slightly darker and more yellow green. After that has dried Use a BIG brush to swap in several big leaf like shapes but don’t put in any detail. This should frame in the bird. Last the little fellow, use all the same colors you have used so far except don’t use the greens. To make up some dark ( looks black) for the head mix the burn’t sienna and the dark green. If not dark enough try the blue green not the yellow green in the mix. If you want to mix in some orange, on the limb you can put a glaze over some of it to brighten the limb. A Glaze must go over completely dry paint for it to glow.

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Coy Koi a painting a day

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This is a half sheet watercolor or 15 by 22 it sells for $250.00
I had a difficult time trying to figure out which direction it should be displayed. I liked it in the landscape format just as much as in this format. Then, I thought, since I have so-many in the landscape format, I would display it in this format. Of course If you buy it, you can hang it upside down if you like. These Koi are painted in a bit of a different way then I have been painting them, I wanted to try this style to see how it would work for my larger painting which I am painting. If interested, it is on dispaly on my other blog http://h20color.wordpress.com Its a work in progress.

Artist Tip… Usually I don’t put too much interesting stuff on the edges as it can distract the viewer but sometimes you have to break the rules. If it works your lucky, if not, at least you know the rules…

Dragonfly a painting a day

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Here is a quick painting I did in my sketchbook. It measures 6.5 by 9 inches is 100 %Artist quality watercolor and 100 % Rag paper. $25.00 email me if interested. shantmarie@aol.com also stop by and see my work in progress http://h20color.wordpress.com

Artist tip… It a great idea to carry a small travel palette with a brush with you in your car.. you can sometimes get a painting finished in the time it takes you to wait for for a friend at the Dr’s office.
These 6 by 9 watercolor sketch travel books are great and I use Arches watercolor books, they are superior to canson and some of the others on the market.

Koi Pool a painting a day

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This Koi painting has a lot of movement and is slightly abstract in its nature.
It’s a beautiful Koi painting and would look great in a black frame. The size is 6 inches by 9 inches. It is mostly Blue but has dark green and black punctuated with red, orange and yellow. Email me if interested in its purchase. $25.00