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Sunday, July 04, 2021

Oranje Boven

 Hey there. Happy Fourth, and one of my very favorite holidays! Hope that you are celebrating and enjoying the day in your own fashion and with some good peeps. And super weather!

God Please Bless America, our beautiful land.

This one is for all my Dutchies out there, and I expect that they will be the only ones who "get" the nuances of the expression in Dutch. Celebrating my American citizenship, and our country and my sweet Dutch heritage, all at the same time. Hope you Hollanders like it!

Oranje Boven
Mixed Media on MDF Board, 12" x 12"
Available at $45 plus $12 shipping

Detail, Top Right

If you find yourself interested in this one, just shoot me an email to stake your claim, as it were: NelVanL@aol.com

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

La La Lilacs

 

La La Lilacs

Watercolor and Gouache on Watercolor Paper, 15" x 20"

Image Cropped 14" x 19"

Available at $60 plus $15 shipping.


Difficult Colors to achieve, but so lovely when you can. 

Lots of small brush strokes. Contact me at NelVanL@aol.com if you are interested. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Watercolor Hand Made Cards - Two Sets

 

Set of Five Watercolor Blank Cards, Set One

Hand Painted on Watercolor Paper, size A2, blank inside, with envelope.

Gifted. Not Available.


Set of Five Watercolor Blank Cards, Set Two

Hand Painted on Watercolor Paper, size A2, blank inside, with envelope.

Available at $20 plus $8 Flat Rate shipping.

Please send an email to me at NelVanL@aol.com, if you are interested in one of these sets. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Girl with Braids

 


Girl with Braids

Charcoal, Acrylic Paint on Watercolor Paper

Image Size 14" x 19", Paper size 19" x 23"

Available at $30 plus $12 shipping

 

Detail Above (Close Up)

Continuing with My Hands and Faces class, taught by Sabra Issa

And loving it.

Monday, November 16, 2020

What I've been up to

I'm taking an online class, which has been challenging, in an effort to "loosen" up. Learning some new techniques and being inspired to boot. The teacher is terrific, but understated. Sabra Issa is her name, and you can see some YouTube lessons if you google her name. Otherwise, her portfolio is here: https://sabraissa.com/portfolio/ Here are some of the projects I've done, and next we'll tackle portraits, some with hands showing also.







Thought you might like to see them. Nel



Sunday, November 01, 2020

Requiem for Summer - SOLD

This was originally going to be a set, but the images all turned out pretty much the same. So, more of a series, though please feel free to hang as many as you wish, as a set if you should choose to. It is an ode to summer, that precious and fleeting season that really only lasts 2 and a half months. While sadly, winter gets 5 months. Now, is that fair, I ask you? LOL.

These are on Bristol Board (Paper) size 9" x 12"

Mixed media, collage, acrylic, pencil and crayon.

Images are 8.25" x 6"

Requiem for Summer One
 
Requiem for Summer Two
 
Requiem for Summer 3

Requiem for Summer Four
 
These are priced at $10 each, or $30 for the set, plus $10 shipping no matter how many.
Thanks for looking, and my sympathy to fellow summer lovers, who with me, now face the long, cold time until Spring. (Wouldn't it be great if we could all just hibernate? Sleep right thru all the cold?)


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Election, 2020

 

Election 2020

Mixed Media on 140 lb Watercolor Paper, Paper size: 12" x 16", 

Image size: 10.25" x 14.25"

Available at $20 pus $10 shipping.

Just in case you haven't had enough talk, distraction, news, jokes, and conversation about the election, here's one more thing. I wanted to commemorate the season in an artistic way, and this is what came out of it. Mostly acrylic, some markers and oddball pencil work. Since it's on paper, it can easily be cropped.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Soft October Mixed Media Quartet - NA, Gifted

 So, some semi abstract work for you this week. I think I've been influenced by the overcast, rainy weather we've been having here in Maryland, with a few glimpses of sunshine interspersed. At any rate, I've had some fun working with collage, crayons, paint, markers, pencils...

Theses are 6" x 6" images on 7" x 7" watercolor paper.

From top to bottom, Soft October 1, 2, 3, and 4.




 

These could be a nice set, or grouping, or feel free to buy just one or two. I'll leave that up to you, ...but to encourage someone to get all 4, I'll price these at $15 each (plus $10 shipping for as many as you like.) The set at $40.00 plus shipping.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, October 19, 2020

Floating Poppies, Watercolor

 

Floating Poppies, Watercolor
Watercolors on 140 lb Cold Press Paper, 15" x 23"
Available at $60 plus $10 shipping

I feel some abstract work coming on, so wanted to "clear the deck", so to speak, and get this one done and posted.
I'm pretty happy with the results, and I like the sense of airiness around the flowers, something I've had trouble achieving.

Monday, October 05, 2020

Watercolor Card Set - SOLD

This time it is 6 for $25.00, plus $10 shipping. I figured for $10 shipping, you might want to have more than 4 or 5 to make it worthwhile. Blank inside, 100% cotton, Arches watercolor paper, 140 bl paper. Hand painted.

(And me too, for the trek to the PO.)



Send an email if you are interested in buying this set.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Wild Ones - SOLD

 

Wild Sunflowers
9" x 12"
Arches Watercolor Paper
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.


 

Wild Irises
9" x 12"
Arches Watercolor Paper
Not Available, TIC (Turned into Cards).


More watercolors, still trying to paint nice and loose.

Shoot me an email if you are interested.

NelVanL@aol.com

 

 

 



Friday, September 25, 2020

Poppies and Sunflowers, Watercolor - SOLD

Here are four attempts at loose watercolors. Any of them are priced at $20 plus $10 shipping. Shipping can be combined.

Poppies and Sunflowers. All are on 140 lb Watercolor paper, sizes are listed.

Getting there.


12" x 16" - SOLD


12" x 16"
TIC (turned into cards) Not Available

9" x 9"
Not Available - TIC (Turned into Cards)

9" x 12"

Not Available- TIC (Turned into Cards)

Thanks for looking!

Shoot me an email if you would like to buy one.

NelVanL@aol.com




Friday, August 14, 2020

Loose Red Poppies, Watercolor - SOLD

 


Loose Red Poppies
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"
140 lb Cold Press Paper
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping.


This is how I am liking to paint right now, all loosey goosey and free.
Though I still like a controlled piece as well. 
But I like how this one turned out.


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 - NA

Playful Watercolor One
Watercolor with Acrylic Overpainted and Pen and Ink Added
on Watercolor Paper, 7" x 7" Image Size
Not Available - TIC (Turned into Cards)

Playful Watercolor Two
Watercolor with Acrylic Overpainted, Then Pen and Ink Added
on Watercolor Paper, 7" x 7" Image Size
Not Available - TIC (Turned into Cards)

These were just 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 - SOLD


Acme Bouquet
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD



Pines Study
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD

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 - Turned Into Cards

Japanese Irises
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, 16" x 20"
NA, Turned Into Cards

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 mostly 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!
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