Work in Progress: Wheat

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wheat watercolor in progress by Elizabeth Smith of rowntreestudio.com
Wheat watercolor in progress.

My primary project right now is a commissioned watercolor painting of a single head of wheat at about ten times life size. The entire painting is about thirty inches high by ten inches wide. This snapshot is of a small section near the base.

The wheat is slowly taking shape, one layer at a time. I hope you enjoy watching the wheat’s progress!

 

Muscat Grapes: Work in Progress Images and Final

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Because I’m going to have artwork on display at Isenhower Cellars’ Woodinville tasting room in June and July I thought it would be appropriate and fun to work on a grape image. These art table grapes because that’s the kind i found that were willing to pose for me. I took some snapshot of the work in progress:

grapes in progress one by Elizabeth Smith of rowntreestudio.com
Muscat grapes in progress, view one.

As usual, I built up the color with many layers rather than putting down a single layer with the final color. I find that this allows me a great deal of control over value (relative darkness/lightness) although it does create other challenges.

grapes in progress by Elizabeth Smith of rowntreestudio.com
Muscat Grapes in progress, view two.

By the time I took this third picture the piece was mostly done. There was still fine-tuning to do.

grapes in progress by Elizabeth Smith of rowntreestudio.com
Muscat grapes in progress, view three.

Here’s the final, scanned and cleaned up in Photoshop for printing. When I clean something up for printing I try to make the image on-screen match the image on paper. I don’t go in and digitally touch up areas of the painting that I’m not as satisfied with unless I’m choosing to make it a watercolor/digital mixed media piece. I erase any grays (like shadows from scanning) from the white background and adjust color and contrast levels to accurately represent the original painting, and leave it at that. The image you see here is always a reduced-quality version in order to reduce download times for the website.

grapes by Elizabeth Smith of rowntreestudio.com
The finished piece. 12.5″ x 10″ on watercolor paper.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Hall Health Spring Artwalk

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spring flowers by Elizabeth R Smith of rowntreestudio.comSpring Artwalk at Hall Health Center

May 6, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm

4060 NE Stevens Way, University of Washington Campus

It’s time for the Spring Artwalk at Hall Health! Visit the Hall Health center on May 6th to see the 140-piece art collection. Director Mark Shaw will be delivering a presentation titled “How Art Can Enhance the Health Process,” starting at 6:00pm

Included in the collection is an entire hallway of UW NSI 2013 graduate artwork.

Artistic Genus at the Edmonds Artwalk

Artistic Genus at the Edmonds Artwalk

April 17th, 5-8pm

Windermere Real Estate/GH LLC
210 5th Ave. S., Suite 102
Edmonds, WA 98020

Artistic Genus signage and art at the Windermere Edmonds, by Elizabeth R. Smith of rowntreestudio.com
A small part of the Artistic Genus display at the Edmonds Windermere

Yesterday the members of Artistic Genus hung a display of framed prints at the downtown Edmonds Windermere office. Our artwork will be on display in the lobby through the month of April, with a special focus on the regular third Thursday artwalk. That night we’ll bring in even more artwork, prints and notecards and will stay to chat and share snacks with artwalk visitors.

In March nearly twenty downtown businesses participated in the event. I had a great time strolling through town, chatting with artists and checking out their work, and I’m looking forward to participating this month!

Berggorilla & Regenwalk Direkthilfe

Gorillas by Elizabeth R. Smith of rowntreestudio.com
Gorillas at the Woodland Park Zoo

Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe (Mountain Gorilla and Rainforest Direct Aid)

This German gorilla conservation organization invited me to share my gorilla artwork and experience on their website along side other artists. You can find my page here, along with a wealth of other gorilla information and links in German and English. Animal and environment conservation are subjects dear to my heart, so I’m delighted to see what this organization is doing for gorillas.

 

The Jaguar Cubs Celebrate Their First Birthday at Woodland Park Zoo

jaguar cubs' birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith of rowntreestudio.com
The cubs stroll in and check out their Happy Birthday sign.

Yesterday Woodland Park Zoo celebrated the jaguar triplets’ first birthday in fine style. They were given beautiful handmade papier-mache turtles scented with their favorite things. I’ve taken a pile of pictures of Arizona, Inka and Kuwan, so I’m going to share just a few here.

Thank you to all the zoo staff and volunteers that made this event happen and who care for these entrancing animals!

jaguar cub birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r smith rowntreestudio.com
The siblings stroll into their newly decorated exhibit.
jaguar cub birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r smith rowntreestudio.com
Those turtles sure smell interesting! They were treated with spices and perfume.
jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r smith rowntreestudio.com
My house cat gets this look on his face when he’s playing, too.
jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com
Just look at those beauties!
jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com
Taking a break from the cardboard carnage.
jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com
The best present is one your sibling is already opening.
jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com
Hello, gorgeous!
jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com
Om nom nom nom!
jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth R. smith rowntreestudio.com
Two-and-a-half hours in, the cubs are ready to take a break.

Thanks for taking a look! The cubs are full grown and will soon be moving off to other zoos. Kuwan, the male, will be going up to Canada, and as far as I know destinations are still being worked out for the sisters. I’m sure they’ll be loved wherever they go. We’ll miss all of the cubs! It was wonderful to have this chance to celebrate with them.

2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

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A floral arrangement photographed by Elizabeth Smith of www.rowntreestudio.com
A floral arrangement at the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Today I went to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, an annual event held in the Washington State Convention Center just upstairs from the Drawing on Nature exhibit I’ve mentioned earlier. The Flower and Garden Show is an annual gardening extravaganza running five days and featuring elaborate display gardens, seminars and a huge garden-related marketplace. I braved the jaw-dropping Seahawk parade crowds (Go Hawks! etc.) to get to the garden show today since I had plans already in place. The bus was full to overflowing but the show was great. Here are some photos of the display gardens:

a display garden photographed by Elizabeth Smith of www.rowntreestudio.com
A display garden at the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Most of the display gardens featured elaborate garden art, and giant rocks, patios and other structures aren’t unusual. I fell in love with this towering metal vase. (If I had a place to put it and the disposable income I could have purchased one like it in the marketplace.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A display garden's water feature
A display garden’s water feature at the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

The same garden had this lovely water feature, a crystal clear pool filled by a small stream and waterfall. The exhibitors have only a few days to install these gardens and it’s amazing what they come up and can pull off.

Orchids photographed by Elizabeth Smith of www.rowntreestudio.com
Orchids at the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. If you like orchids, go! They’re on display and for sale, too.
flaming fountain photographed by elizabeth smith of www.rowntreestudio.com
Flames coming from the center of a bubbling fountain at the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden show
garden photographed by elizabeth smith of www.rowntreestudio.com
Elaborate lighting on a display garden at the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden show

I’m only showing photos from a couple of the gardens here. I urge you to visit yourself if you’d enjoy a lungful of floral scents and and eyeful of summer color. If you do go, which display garden was your favorite, and why? I’d love to hear from you!

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