“Poppies Everywhere” $30.00 4 by 6 inches water color on 300 lb wc paper


Gessoed Masonite Try it you’ll like it!

Did you try painting in watercolor and found it unforgiving and
difficult to control?   Don’t give up, learn a fun way to paint in
watercolor that is totally forgiving, fresh and beautiful. Even a
beginner with little or no experience can turn out great paintings.
The solution to frustration with watercolor is a simple one.  With clayboard or gessoed masonite, you
can wipe off the paint and start again. With watercolor on paper,
you probably found it difficult to change things once the paint was
dry. Not so with clayboard ( ampersand)  and watercolor… this isn’t a problem because you
can totally work and rework the surface. This alone conquers the fear of
painting in watercolor and allows you the freedom to try new
techniques not always possible in regular watercolor.

Painting in watercolor on gessoed masonite or clayboard can be just
the thing YOU need to re ignite your interest in watercolor again. With only a
clayboard, a few paints, some acrylic brushes and common household
supplies even a beginner can finish paintings that anyone would be
proud to call their own.

Stop by for my demonstration at:( See my schedule)  and meet Shanti Marie,  one of South Carolina’s Master watercolorists and learn
this simple and easy way to paint in watercolor.

Below are examples of the two surfaces, Ampersand or Clay board is smooth and the other is gessoed masonite which gives you the choice for a textured  surface or the boards can be sanded if you prefer a smooth finish.

Golden boy

golden boy

5.75 by 5.75 Watercolor on gessoed masonite $35.00
This painting is a bit darker then this appears.  It was late tonight when I took the picture (inside & under artificial warm lights).  I didn’t finish my painting today till almost 11:00 pm, that’s because I took my friend out for a birthday dinner. By the time I got back, I had to pack up some paintings, get some chores done and take care of business.  I’m glad to have made my midnight deadline!

Koi Carnival … watercolor on gessoed masonite


this is an eight by eight watercolor on gessoed masonite. $50.00

I just found out both of my entries into the “spring into art” juried show got into the show. I’ll take photos of the pieces so you can see them. I’m happy my work is in the show but it would be even better if one of the pieces won an award. They said there were over 150 pieces of art work entered, so I was really surprised and happy to have both of my paintings get in.

I think 50 to 60 pieces were accepted. The show is this Friday nite, cross your fingers for me!

Sunset Road


This is a 6″ by 6″ watercolor on gessoed wood panel. $40.00 plus 5.5 for shipping.
to paint watercolors on wood:
First you paint about three coasts of gesso onto the wood, allow it dry then you paint it with acrylic oils or watercolor. If you use watercolor you cannot use too much water as there isn’t as much absorbancey in the gesso as there is in paper. Finally you varnish it with watercolor fixative or acrylic varnish. It can be hung without glass.
This palette is one I was experimenting with, its a split complimentary more or less.