makes beautiful paintings?
in the eye of the beholder"
Beautiful artist paintings come out of the heart and imagination of the artist.
so why do artists paint?
There are a lot of different reasons for painting.
- One of the first reasons artists paint is to share with others.
- We want to share the things around us.
- Sometimes we paint to record history.
- We practice painting to hone our skills.
- Or we may paint for experimentation and try new things.
- Most of all we paint for the sheer joy of painting!
we paint to share with others
sharing my love of color
- Color is fun! It is one of the joys of being an artist. This watercolor uses "Fun Color".
sharing is the best joy of painting!
My sister and I went to a cookout at the local feed store.
The food was good, but the best thing was watching all the children running and playing.
The owner's daughter was riding her stick horse named "Bucky". What fun!
Some lucky child will soon be getting a real equine, a "Christmas Pony".
we paint to share things we see around us
Artist paintings from ancient cultures depicted their lives and the things they saw around them.
- This is one of the main reasons artists paint today.
- It is natural to want to share the things around us.
We may want to paint the beauty of the spring blooming flowers.
wonder of a stream flowing around a cottage on the hillside.
- Whatever the reason, we paint the things we see around us.
My home state of California grows lots of grapes. Harvest time is a very important time.
The schools start after Labor Day so the children can help with the picking, loading, and preserving all of the produce.
Anhinga with Mangrove
Florida was my second home for about thirty years. I really enjoyed all the bird life.
Anhingas are one of the native birds we would commonly see around the waterways and lakes.
artist paintings record history
Country Barns records the architectural changes on this farm.
This paintings was privileged to win a Best of Show.
Day's End records the days when the Gulf of Florida had many stilt homes.
This home is gone now after the many Florida storms.
we paint to hone our painting skills
Rooster excerpt from a larger painting
At my new home in Florida watercolor paintings were the norm.
So I started working on my watercolor skills.
One of the best things to do in Florida is walk on the beach and watch the shore birds.
This Oyster Catcher is catching some surf while he is on the way for more oysters.
we may paint to .....
try new things
These Hibiscus flowers were painted with an unorthodox watercolor method.
to teach others
This tutorial is a fun how-to method of pouring watercolor paints.
best of all - we just paint for the fun of it!
Pink and purple dolphins were just plain fun!
- Beautiful paintings are a reflection of the heart of the artist.
it's a joy sharing my artist paintings with you!