pink hydrangea watercolor

Rooster, Sunflower and Pink Hydrangea

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Thanks to a new scanner I’ve finally been able to scan some recent work. The hydrangea blossom above was the most recently finished. Also included are this rooster and sunflower.

strutting rooster by rowntreestudio.comThe Strutting Rooster is ink and scratching on clayboard. The piece measures 5″ x 7″.

sunflower watercolor by rowntreestudio.comThis sunflower painting is watercolor on Arches 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper. It measures approximately 8″ x 10″.

I’m working on getting reproductions of all three pieces available in my Etsy shop!

Work In Progress: Wheat Two

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wheat painting in progress by elizabeth r smith of
Wheat painting in progress

I continue to work on the wheat watercolor painting. You can see that I’ve gotten more work done to the bottom of the painting than the top. That’s probably because it’s about 30 inches high and I keep going back to the part that’s easier to reach! I’m gradually working my way up and deepening the color.

Thanks for looking!

Work in Progress: Wheat

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The finished piece. 12.5″ x 10″ on watercolor paper.

Thanks for reading!



ACEO: More Cherries

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cherry aceo by elizabeth smith
Cherry ACEO 1

This was really fun to paint! If I don’t go to the grocery store for some fresh produce you’re going to be seeing a lot of these colorful little fruits.

The image is more-or-less life size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches. It was painted freehand in watercolor and gouache from a reference photo I took last year. It will be available for sale on my Etsy shop as soon as I have some shipping materials on hand.

An Introduction to ACEOs

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radish ACEO in hand by elizabeth smith
An ACEO example

ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals. They are essentially art trading cards. Measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches (either horizontal or vertically oriented), they fit in standard trading card sleeves. They can be matted and framed like other artwork, too.

ACEOs allow people without much of an art budget to collect art, even original art. For me it’s freeing to work at a smaller scale. Art doesn’t need to be big to be beautiful or interesting, and working small lets me try out a lot of ideas and techniques quickly. It’s great fun to create a finished piece over hours rather than days or weeks!

I’ll be showing ACEOs here as I finish them and putting them up for sale through my etsy shop. Enjoy!

Work In Progress: Hydrangea

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hydrangea work in progress by elizabeth smith
Hydrangea painting sequence

I promised some artwork, and here it is. I’ve taken snapshots as I’ve worked, so although the lighting conditions are inconsistent you can still see the flower developing. I’ve still got a long way to go on this but I’m happy with the way it’s shaping up.