A personal project

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This piece is a commission that my sister in law requested. Her own hand is being held between the hands of our family’s beloved Nana. Alice was a funny, loving, good and kind woman who brought light into each of our lives.

Aside from the emotional connection, doing this was a real pleasure. Working solely in a monochromatic scheme allowed me to really focus on form and value. Without the “distraction” of worrying about skin tone and local color, I found it easier to achieve the the results that I am always looking for in my paintings (and don’t usually get IMHO).

It always feels good to refocus and hopefully bring this focus to the next painting.

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Play Ball

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The finished piece. I’m happy with the results, wasn’t sure how the background was going to turn out but it’s pretty much what I’d hoped πŸ˜„

If you are interested in purchasing cards or prints here are the links

TheWhiteSwanStudios Etsy Shop (boxed sets)

TheWhiteSwanStudios Zazzle (individual cards)

TheWhiteSwanStudios Zazzle (print)

New project wip

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Here is the project for Spring/ Summer. This one has no title yet, but that will come by the end. I have to say, my first thought was that this would be a relatively straightforward drawing/painting experience. Of course, an all grass background would be a challenge for me to paint, and that’s where I anticipated the most struggles to occur. (My weakness has always been foliage and landscapes.) I never dreamed that drawing a baseball glove would be as complicated as it turned out to be! Now, I never thought that it would be a simple thing to do, but it was much more difficult than I thought. I am very happy with how it turned out, though. And, after working out a few techniques on scrap paper, I have a plan of attack for the background now, and I feel much less anxious about it. The painting process has been fun and joyful (exactly what it’s supposed to to be) . I always plan out my paintings before I start, and I learn something new every time I paint. The early planning and struggling has seemed to pay off this time especially. I hope you like it, stay tuned for more progress updates. πŸ˜„

A different kind of project

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Framed final invite_professional photo

A friend of mine approached me several weeks ago with a request for help with a special wedding gift for a close family member. She asked me to do a small watercolor painting on their wedding invitation to have framed and given to the couple as a gift. She asked me if I could do a peony, as it was the bride’s favorite flower and in her bouquet. I said “Of course! I would be honored.” I had forgotten til she reminded me, that I had done the same thing for her once before for a very close friend of hers years ago, and that it was a huge hit, and everyone thought it was a great idea.

It turned out really well, if I do say so myself πŸ™‚

Full disclosure, I had nothing to do with the framing, other than advise on color, etc. through emails.

This was a really fun project to do, and I hope I get to do more like this πŸ™‚