Sunday, June 26, 2016

Oil Painting Kids on Tractor

Right now I'm wishing my Facebook was connected to my blog because I've been posting lots of art and news about a recent children's book that was published. I need to remember to post in both places.

Here's a little painting (8 x 10) that I finished today. My friends keep luring me over to oil painting and I confess I'm enjoying myself. These are my kids about 10 years ago when we took a trip to a farm that had a weekend open house showcasing vintage ways of farming. It was really a nice day.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

RIP Prince... truly a sad loss

I grew up in the 80s and Prince was one of my favorites.

This is also my 4th day of the 100 Day Project. I'm posting art daily on Instagram with the tag #100daysofKathyJurek. Later today I will post a watercolor (as soon as I finish painting it. :)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Watercolor Portrait - Cheryl

I have a beautiful friend named Cheryl who posed for me a couple of weeks ago and here she is in watercolor. :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NEWS: Children's Book published on Amazon

A children's book that I worked on last year, The Tale of Josephine Rose: A Horse’s Magical Neigh, by Kristen Halverson was published this week and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 
Josephine Rose is a noble Clydesdale horse that moves from Canada to the rolling hills of Iowa. When she meets the other horses, they realize how different she is. Although she wants to make new friends, some of the other horses push her away and won’t let her play.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Watercolor Coneflowers

I started teaching watercolor again this past weekend at Fine Arts on Fifth in Malvern, IA. It was cold but we had a nice class who were all ready for spring and eager to paint this pretty coneflower.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Painting a butterfly collection

I have a collection of boys truck wall art that is a best seller in my Etsy store and as I have watched the truck collection grow, I've realized how much I enjoy painting children's wall art. I also wanted to work on something for little girls and so began my butterfly collection last month. How can you not be happy painting butterflies?

Butterfly Print on Etsy

1. I drew my butterfly freehand onto watercolor paper. This is art for kids so the less perfect, the better.

2. I used an Ultramarine Derwent watercolor pencil to draw squiggles on the wings, hatch marks on the body, and I outlined the edges of the wings, too. Then I carefully painted clear water over each section. I like a little messiness so I paint water over the outer edges and let them blur. I also spray water on them and spatter more color into it. Then I use a hair dryer to speed things up.

3. The pinkish color is Winsor & Newton cobalt violet which is a pale sedimentary color which means the pigment will separate a little bit and leave a pretty texture. I also spattered more
cobalt violet into the wash to encourage this effect.

4. The quote was added in Photoshop. I love painting traditionally, but I also love what I can do with my art in Photoshop!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Verdict is in!

Omaha was getting ready to shut down on Monday night but Snowmageddon didn't happen. I think we got about 6 inches total, but we did get 2 snow days = 2 nice long uninterrupted work days for me.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Football Player - Watercolor Portrait Work in Progress

Last month a friend of mine commissioned me to paint her grandson who is a star football player and he's only a sophomore in high school! He's a nice kid and very big. :)

Made a couple of changes here. The boy on the right needed to be African American with a mohawk and I flipped the kid on the lower left.
I painted AJ's face first thinking I'd tackle the hard stuff right away but that was actually the easiest part for me. The background was painted wet in wet and I used a spray bottle to get that cool orange streak.

AJ finished painting

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Need Some Fresh Painting Inspiration?

I've been saving color swatches from Design Seeds on a color board I have on Pinterest for a while and today I decided to use one as inspiration for a new butterfly baby painting to add to a collection I'm working on.

I know designers make inspiration boards all the time and I've made a few when I have designed scrapbook paper collections, but I think this is a great exercise if you need some fresh painting inspiration.

As you can see, I went for really simple and I got lucky. My butterfly reference is very similar to my  inspiration palette, though I'm not convinced that this is a real butterfly species. I think someone may have tinkered with their butterfly photo. Anyway, if I hadn't found the right color, I would've just used my reference for the drawing and then painted it with my inspiration colors.

This was a very satisfying little experiment and I hope this gives you a little encouragement if you're ever stuck on what to paint. Just go to Pinterest or Design Seeds and find some inspiring color palettes and reference photos. You might want to set a timer though so you have time to paint. ;)

Pink & Yellow Butterfly Inspiration Board
The finished baby butterfly

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