Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My 100th Post!


It really is my 100th blog post!  It's quite a surprise to me that I started this blog last July.  Must say I'm having fun posting watercolors and photos of my views while out plein air painting.   

My new-to-me journey in non-commercial watercolor artwork for the most part started in 2011 with Vinita Pappas's first online instructional website.  I initially "met" Vinita on eBay where she was posting ACEO/ATC size (2.5"x 3.5") watercolors!  Vinita's first demos that I tried kind of gave me the confidence to sign up for some local workshops.  I had so much fun taking workshops from some wonderful artists.  It was in a workshop in 2012 given by Brenda Swenson on Negative Painting (which I blogged about in "Leaves and Berries") where she mentioned a local plein air painting group.  Wow, the group has been just what I was wishing to find for years.  Since then I've found two more plein air groups that I enjoy so much.

Vinita has a new version of her inspiring and instructional website, Create 38, which I love.  Below I'm posting my versions of her February demos which were about painting water and boats.  Both paintings were from a classmate's photos.  One is of Greek fishermen and the other is a cold looking harbor in the Netherlands.  I had fun trying these and I certainly need practice with boats and water.  I'm also posting the very first piece I painted from one of Vinita's first demos, a barn, and I learned so much. 
      
No cake, balloons, or prizes but a big Thank You to all who have subscribed, visited, and commented.  I really appreciate your time, interest, and feedback.  

8x10" watercolor

8x10" watercolor


14 comments:

  1. Even though you have continued with Vinita and her demos you have retained your own unique style in every piece Sherry as is evident from your first barn scene. The boat harbour scene is really very well painted as it is a complicated scene but your experience has rendered a great painting, I particularly like the distant buildings

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    1. Thank you so much Lorraine for your always-lovely comments. Hard to believe it's been 100 posts.

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  2. That is impressive. You're maintaining a pretty ambitious schedule of plein air painting and blogging. I'm happy to be company on your journey.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! It's thanks to you we have the fabulous Saturday paint-outs. We've had lots of fun painting in so many neat locations. And sometimes a good painting results!

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  3. I love these Sherry especially the first one, you have made sense out of such a complicated scene...

    Talking of the number of posts made me look at my own and I have done 95 so not far behind you though I think I started bit before.... it is exactly a year at the end of this month since I stared!! Well done Sherry.. I don't know but you but I love my blog and really enjoy writing it!!

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    1. Thank you Judith! Yes, we got that push at about the same time! Who knew a watercolor blog could be so enjoyable.

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  4. I'm really enjoying your blog - congratulations on reaching the 100th post milestone. I'm very pleased I found you.

    Favourite painting in this post is the top one, by the way. There's a lovely sense of bustle in the background to counter the serenity of the boats at rest.

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    1. Thank you Vandy, what a wonderful comment. That harbor was so confusing to paint!

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  5. Sherry, this whole thing has been a big blessing to all of us!!!!

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    1. Thanks Paulie! All of your support has meant a lot!

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  6. Wow, I remember that barn with Vinita! I hope you continue to put your hand to boat scenes - these are wonderful.

    Congratulations on 100, Sherry, and here's to hundreds more. I always enjoy seeing and absorbing what you create.

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    1. Thank you Terry! You were there in the beginning with Vinita. We both really got started in our current directions then. Just wonderful.

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