Thursday, July 30, 2020

Handmade Note Cards- Watercolor Set - SOLD


Set of Handmade Note cards
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Arches, A2 size with Envelopes
Set SOLD at $25 plus $10 shipping

A set of six blank note cards in cellophane wrap, with envelopes.
Each one is hand painted.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Handmade Note Cards - Set - SOLD

Set of Handmade Notecards
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Arches, A2 sizes with Envelopes
Set SOLD at $25 plus $10 shipping

A set of six blank note cards in cellophane wrap, with envelopes.
Each one is hand painted.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Playful Watercolors One and Two

Playful Watercolor One
Watercolor with Acrylic Overpainted and Pen and Ink Added
on Watercolor Paper, 7" x 7" Image Size
Available at $20 plus $10 shipping

Playful Watercolor Two
Watercolor with Acrylic Overpainted, Then Pen and Ink Added
on Watercolor Paper, 7" x 7" Image Size
Available at $20 plus $10 shipping

These were jut plain fun to do. Watercolor messiness to begin with, with salt and alcohol inks to make textures. Once that dried, I "found" some organic shapes and added the acrylic background, and then either pen and ink or marker on top. Fun stuff!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

July Watercolors


Acme Bouquet
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"
Available at $15 plus $10 shipping



Pines Study
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"
Available at $10 plus $10 shipping

The Bouquet is from a very colorful bouquet of flowers from the grocery store. There was a phlox sprig included, but it didn't last more than a day. The sunflowers I caught just on the cusp, but I still have the roses and maybe a dahlia variety? Not sure what it is. The pines study is a copy, so I priced it for materials only. I was interested in making one of those silver lined clouds, but it didn't actually work. Need to try again.


Thanks for looking!


Saturday, July 04, 2020

Japanese Irises

Japanese Irises
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, 16" x 20"
Available at $100, includes shipping.

This one is larger. And I tried a new technique.
I first drew the irises out in watercolor pencil, then washed over the drawing with the loose, runny background, just let it flow, and let that dry. Turns out that you can still see the watercolor pencil marks under the wash. Cool.Then I painted on top. The leaves are loose like I wanted, but the irises themselves got a little stiff, and I used some gouache to make the whites show up, All in all, I'm pleased with it.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Japanese Iris and Repeat, and Repeat - SOLD


Japanese Iris One
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 10" x 14"
SOLD at $17 plus $10 shipping


Japanese Iris Two
SOLD


Japanese Iris Three
SOLD


All three of these were done in succession over the course of this afternoon.
Interesting how differently they came out, I think.
if you would like more than one, I will charge shipping only once.
Click on the images to see them larger.
I can tell you later which is my favorite!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Summer Watercolors - SOLD

Squall on the Bay
Watercolor on Arches 140 lb Paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $15.00 plus $10.00 shipping


And something a bit looser again.
Happy Yellow Bouquet
Watercolor on Arches, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping


Mountain Sky
Watercolor on Arches
Watercolor on Arches paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping.

Still happily playing with my watercolors.
Staying home, staying safe, except for forays to doctors appointments, and to the grocery or PO. I'm still content though, as long as I have books, pens, brushes, pencils and colors. And some dirt to putter in. And what would I do without my laptop??

Hope you are all doing okay as well.
Hang in there!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A Couple of New Watercolors

Misty Pines
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping

Spring Bouquet, 2020
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 10" x 14"
Available at $20 plus $10 shipping.

Misty Pines was a chance to play with painting mist, fun stuff, with a lot of backward paper clearing, painting clear water up into the pine trees. And the bouquet was what I could find at the local Acme. My cousin B will be tickled to see her old Dutch vase depicted very close to it's actual color.

Stay safe, everyone. We're not out of the woods yet!

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Lilac Bush Watercolor - SOLD


Lilac Bush Watercolor
Watercolor on Indigo Watercolor Paper, 16" x 20" Paper Soze
Image Size 16" x 16" or 17"
SOLD at $75 plus $10 shipping

I used a different paper for this one, and it acted a little differently than my normal Arches paper. In some respects, more adaptable, in some ways, it felt a bit "unstable." It was recommended by an online watercolorist that I watch on YouTube a lot, and it is cheaper, so I'll use up what I have, but I may not order it again. It IS 100% cotton, so archival, I think.

This one took awhile to do, a lot of dabbing and dashing. If you are interested in it, please send an email to me at NelVanL@aol.com to claim it. 

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lilacs Two - SOLD

Lilacs Two
Watercolor on Arches 140 lb Paper, 9" x 12", including border
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping.

I didn't get to the larger version of the lilacs, but decided to do another practice painting instead.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Lilacs April 2020 - SOLD

Lilacs April 2020
Watercolor on Arches Paper, Paper Size 10" x 14"
Image Size 9.5" x 12.5"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

As planned, staying with the blue, pink, purple color theme.
Tomorrow more lilacs, but probably bigger.
Being brave!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Pale Anemones Watercolor - SOLD

Pale Anemones
Watercolor on 140 lb Arches Watercolor Paper, 9" x 12" including border
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping

I am planning a series of Anemones, Lilac and Hydrangeas, all Blues and Lavender florals.
We'll see how it goes.
Meanwhile, I like this one simply because it's different from what I usually paint.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The End of the Daffodils - SOLD

Daffs, April 22
Watercolor and Gouache on 300 lb Arches Paper, 11.25" x 15.25"
SOLD at $40 plus $10 shipping.


This one involves a splashy under-painting, all loose with splatters, salt sprinkles, and Saran Wrap. After that was dry, I did my drawing with the last of the lovlies, and today they are pretty much wilted. One was left unshriveled for me to use as a model. Now they will sit on the back porch table, waiting for a warm enough day for me to plant them in the garden, hoping they will come back next year. If not, I've certainly had my $7.00 worth of beauty and inspiration from them.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Loose Daffodils - SOLD


Loose Daffodils
Watercolor on Heavy Arches Watercolor Paper, 15" x 11"
SOLD at $35 plus $10 shipping

This one is a tiny, tiny bit closer to the way I would LIKE to paint watercolors...loose, sketchy, confident. Like Jean Haines! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UazOcJxkgs

Hmmm, still have a ways to go. But I did get the "impression" of jonquils, so that feels like progress. I'll keep plugging along. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Reclamation Art Cards - SOLD

A set of watercolor cards, most of which have been cut out from failed larger watercolor paintings. Even if the paintings don't "work," I save them for useful scraps, and this is the sort of reclaiming I really like to do.

Several are also experimental, splashy, sketchy cards that sort of "work," for the most part.
Good enough for a quick note, anyway.



Set of 10 assorted cards, blank inside, with envelopes in cello wrappers
SOLD at $30 plus $8.00 Flat Rate shipping.

Please send an email if you are interested in claiming these, which will make you a claimer of the reclaimed, LOL. Hope you are all enjoying sunshine and good weekends!



Saturday, April 18, 2020

Joyous Jonquils - SOLD


Joyous Jonquils
Watercolor on 300 lb watercolor paper, 15" x 11.25"
SOLD at $40 plus $10 shipping


I'm sorry that you can't smell these beauties, that's been one of the nicest things about painting them, that gorgeous, fresh smell. I've just been breathing it in. Yum! And since these came potted, I am hoping tat they'll reappear next Spring too!

Send an email if you are interested in having this one.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Current Art - Jonquil SOLD

Here's what I've been up to.
Among other things.
Got some lovely daffodils at the grocery store, which inspired me to both sketch and paint jonquils.
An ongoing effort.
See below.


Jonquil Sketch in Ink and Watercolor, in an 8" x 8" sketchbook



Jonquil Watercolor
on 9" x 12" Arches Watercolor 140 pound paper
Image size: 7" x 10"

SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping.
This one is a copy of a lovely You Tube instructional video, so I can only charge for my time and materials. Still really pretty, right?

Below is an accordion sketchbook, in video and photo forms. Front side only, back side still needs to be played on.


Charcoal, Graphite, Artgraph, Oil pastels, acrylic, pastel, ballpoint, stamping with leaves, stamping with carved stamps, Sumi Ink with stick, white Ink.


Here's the Concertina Sketchbook (same as Accordion Sketchbook) in video form.
I do apologize for the focus being off.
There's a skill I'm not used to or good at.

Thanks for looking!



Monday, April 06, 2020

Dahlia Dreams for D- N/A




Dahlia Dreams for D
Mixed Media on Bristol Paper, Images 6" x 6", Paper 9" x 12"
Not Available

I'll admit that these are bright, but I hope that my brother D. likes them that way. Dahlias grow in so many colors, I had no idea!
He raises dahlias every year, and because they can be tricky, they are a challenge. Some years he gets the most gorgeous blooms, the size of dinner plates, and the most beautiful colors. So these are for him. Happy gardening, D.!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Playing with Poppies - SOLD


Playing with Poppies, Watercolor - SOLD
Watercolor on Indigo 140 lb cold press paper, 16" x 20"
Full size with deckle.
(note that the deckle, while pretty, does have staple holes from stretching. Not bad, but there.)

I left the top left corner showing for the deckle edge.
Available at $40 plus $10 shipping.

This one is very loose and sketchy, which I am loving! Bright and cheerful!
I did it after watching the Anne Laure You Tube video, and it isn't copied, but I did follow it loosely. Her channel is called Following the White Rabbit, and she's French, and has a wonderful accent.
I hope you like this one.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Floral Bouquet, Watercolor

I was blessed with a nice bouquet from the grocery store, when my niece E was visiting last weekend.
(Thank you, E!) It has lasted well enough that I've been able to paint with it for a whole week. Well, minus the sunflowers.

Here are three attempts. I think the last one is sale worthy.
We'll go backwards.
This one has some breathing room (white space).
It has some nice loose brush strokes, and a solid composition.
This one, from today, is the one for sale, directly below:


These are all watercolor on Arches Watercolor paper, sized at 12" x 18"
Available at $20 plus $10 shipping.

The following are interesting in that you can see how much "tighter" I was when I started.
Second and First Attempts. They "can" be for sale, but that's up to you.

Attempt Two

Attempt One

You can see how much fuller the first ones are. Not much breathing room there.
The strokes are more stiff also. The fall into the category of  "not bad, but..."

Thanks for looking!




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