Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"The Far Turn" 17th painting of the challenge to paint 30 paintings in September

"The Far Turn" 7 by 10 watercolor on paper

This is the 17th painting of the 30 day challenge.  A tough painting to work on in one day, so much detail and a difficult angle.  Tried to remember what I found interesting in the photo, the speed of the horse and the warm September Sunshine and focus on those two things.

Painting is for sale here for 45.00, plus 5.00 for S/H

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Taste of Fall, watercolor on paper

"A Taste of Fall" 7 by 10 watercolor on paper ©Maria'sWatercolor Art
Number 16 of the Challenge was inspired by a friends Facebook Page Post.  Thank you Jill for letting me use your wonderful photos.  Cool Mornings, afternoon sunshine, Fall has most definitely made its arrival known.  Enjoy some apple sider and dust off the fall sweaters.

This is available for purchase Here  55 dollars plus 5.00 shipping

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Where's the beach?" Number 15 of 30

"Where's The Beach?"  7 by 10 watercolor on paper ©Maria's Watercolor Art

OK we are at the half way point of the challenge.  My strategy has changed, trying to simplify, complete these sketches in one or two hours.   15 more to go to complete the 30 day painting challenge with the theme of "Moving On"

For Sale 35 dollars plus 5 dollars S/H

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Number 13 and 14 of the 30 day painting challenge

Number 13 and 14 of the challenge to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  Struggling a little at this midway point, going to try and keep it simple.  Maybe a 1 to 2 hour limit for each painting?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Play Ball, number 12 of the 30 day painting challenge

"Play Ball"  7 by 10 watercolor on paper Maria's Watercolor Art SOLD
"Play Ball" Number 12 of the 30 day challenge, thank you Donna for sending the amazing photos, I loved the lighting in this one, which is what I focused on in this study. Tried not to get into the detail, but get the values and light changes. I need a simple subject next to rest my brain a bit :))


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Number 10 and 11 of the 30 day challenge

"Scarlet Lake" 7 by 9 watercolor on paper ©Maria's Watercolor Art

This little painting is number 10 and 11 of my 30 day Leslie Saeta painting challenge, as I painted it once yesterday and again today!  Feeling a bit challenged by this pose, yesterday's attempt went straight to the recycle bin and I am ready to start something new today.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Just Passing By 9th painting of the 30 day painting challenge

"Just Passing By" 7 by 10  watercolor on paper ©Maria's Watercolor Art
"Just Passing By"

Maybe not everything is meant to be kept or even understood.  Maybe some things are just to be admired as they come passing through.

The ninth painting of 30 in the 30 day painting challenge, them is "Moving On"  or action paintings.

This painting is available for purchase.  75 dollars plus 7.50 S/H

Monday, September 8, 2014

Number 8 of the 30 day challenge, Splash

"Splash"  8 by 8 watercolor on paper
"Splash" is an 8 by 8 watercolor on rough watercolor paper.  Struggled for a few days on this one, but think we will call it complete here.  This is the eigth painting of a 30 painting challenge for the month of September.  Theme of "Moving On" or Action paintings.

Can be purchased for 35 dollars plus 5 dollars for shipping.

Going Back For The Hat

"Don't Forget The Hat" 8 by oil on board ©Maria's Watercolor Art 

You know it's a good ride, when you have to go back in for the hat. May they ALL be good rides.  

To share the words of Brendon Burchard:

"If, on a single day, you suddenly came alive and chose to express who you truly are and to pursue what you truly desired of life, LET THIS BE THAT DAY."

Painting Number 7 of the 30 day painting challenge.

"Don't Forget The Hat"  8 by 8 oil on board is for sale, 125.00 dollars plus 5.00 dollars for S/H

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Number 6 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge

Walking The Dunes 7 by 10 watercolor on paper ©Maria's Watercolor Art

Day 6 of the 30 day painting Challenge and I chose this little deer as my subject.  I love seeing these guys early morning and late in the evening as they forage through the dunes of South Carolina.

This watercolor is for sale, 45 dollars plus 5 dollars to ship

Friday, September 5, 2014

Paint Horse In Oil Paint Number 5 of the 3 day Challenge

"Roxy"  8 by 8 oil on board ©Maria's Watercolor Art  SOLD

Well for the fifth painting of the month, I painted this little paint horse, using oil paints on gesso board.  A bit of a change from my usual watercolors,  but there are NO rules to this challenge, HaHa, so anything goes, RIGHT?!

 This painting is for sale and you can but it here for 45 dollars, plus 5 dollars to ship.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Aqua Finn Number 4 of the 30 day challenge

"Aqua Finn"  5 by 7  watercolor on paper Maria's Watercolor Art
Day 4 was a little rough, this painting had so much detail, hard to let the paint dry and get clean edges  all in one day.  And it was a crazy day, not much painting time, finished it up late last night.  Will see what tomorrow's painting brings,  This is the fourth of 30 paintings to be painted in September, theme is "Moving On", paintings with movement in them.

Can be purchased for $35.00 plus $5.00 to ship, through PayPal.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 3 of the 30 day Painting Challenge "Misty"

"Misty"  7 by 9 inches on watercolor paper ©Maria's Watercolor Art

Day 3 of the 30 day painting Challenge, theme being "Moving On" or action paintings.   Must thank a friend for letting me use her reference photo from her Instagram feed.  She took the picture of this little guy on her summer travels to Assateague Island.  Have you read the book, 'Misty of Chincoteague' by Marguerite Henry?  One of my favorites as a little girl, I would love to go visit that island and see the wild ponies, but painting one is the next best thing :)

Here is a link to the book on Amazon, in case you have a young, horse loving reader:  Misty

This painting can be purchased here for 55.00 plus 5.00 for shipping.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Following the Leader, watercolor on paper Day 2 of the Painting Challenge

"Following The Leader" 11 by 7 inch watercolor on paper ©Maria's Watercolor Art

First Day of School today, it is dark, raining and stormy,  how I wish the day looked more like this.

For this second day of the painting challenge I painted this on Arches watercolor paper and it measures approximately 11 by 7.  On to Day 3!

Available For Purchase 55 dollars plus 5 dollars for S/H

Monday, September 1, 2014

Day one of the Thirty Day Challenge

"Other Side of the Hill"  8 by 8 watercolor on paper ©Maria's Watercolor Art

The very first painting of the Leslie Saeta 30 day challenge.  The challenge is to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  My theme is "Moving On" and I hope that each painting will show form of motion or action.   But remember the number one rule is... there are NO rules, so who knows??  Follow along, or better yet  grab a paint brush and join in.

Available for Sale 45 dollars plus 5 dollars S/H

Saturday, August 30, 2014


"Happier" 10 by 10 watercolor on paper Available Here

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” Mother Teresa

I hope this tiny vase of flowers will leave you a tiny bit happier as you go about your weekend.

It is still available for purchase HERE

Friday, August 1, 2014

Get Some Coaching

"Get Some Coaching"  8 by 10 pencil sketch on bristol paper, Maria's Watercolor Art

I would like  to share a link with you to an article by Brendon Burchard, "Five Steps For Achieving Your Goals", as the line from his article that comes to mind today is ...

Get Some Coaching...

Five Steps For Achieving Your Goals

With no formal training in art, I so often think where do I begin??  So often I have been told the way to progress is to practice, practice and practice some more.  An accomplished  artist once  told me 2 hours of practice per day and you can be good at anything. Really?  Anything?!  That is very encouraging.

Well, I must say, I practice each day, and keep an active sketchbook, paint whenever I have the chance, but only recently  I picked up a book I found on drawing techniques, I am only half way through and have learned so much already.  Different paper, shading techniques, measuring guides, so much I never knew.

I will continue the practice, but what a difference a little guidance makes.

Don't get me wrong, I have art books, but I really think at this point, some focused coaching would be a great direction to take.

Any books, videos, workshops you would like to share with me?!

Could coaching be a help to you at this point of your journey?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Zoey, the Black Cat in Watercolor and Summertime

Cosmo and I enjoying the summer sunshine

a current work in progress, 11 by 14 watercolor
Zoey is 8 by 10 watercolor on paper, nearly finished 
Summertime is flying by, nearly through July already.  I have been painting and sketching all summer. So much harder for me to maintain a schedule though in the summer, one home from college, the other here and there, vacation, house repairs, I have little routine and this is hard on the Art Time.  

Keeping my focus on enjoying my kids while they are home, I know it won't be long before I miss them being in the house and eating ALL the food in the fridge :)

A quick summary in photos, finishing the black cat portrait, and waiting for the owners OK here, starting the horse and rider, and making very SLOW progress, and enjoying the time with the kids and animals as summer moves right along, How about you?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Golden Retriever in Watercolor

Golden Retriever in Watercolor on Paper Maria's Watercolor Art©2014
For Sale Here  Prints For Sale Here
Thought I might share a few progress photos of this Golden Retriever profile painted in watercolor.
I have been doing my evening sketches on watercolor paper, and it gives me something to jump into when I have a few minutes of time to paint.  

“Once someone has had the good fortune to share a true love affair with a Golden Retriever, one’s life and one’s outlook is never quite the same.” –Betty White

Friday, June 20, 2014

"First Kiss" watercolor painting on Arches coldpress paper

"First Kiss" paint horse and little girl, watercolor on paper, 9 by 12 Maria's Watercolor Art ©2014 Prints Available Here

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind work, a listening ear, an honest complement, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."~Leo Buscaglia 

My thought and painting for the day.
Prints Available Here, Original is SOLD

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Go Fish and Infinity and Other Things and a Painting of course

"Go Fish" 8 by 8 watercolor on Arches 140# watercolor paper Maria's Watercolor Art ©2014  Available Here

I went to see the movie "The Fault in Our Stars" and was moved in so many ways, a must see for sure, have yet to read the book but that is next on my list.

Sharing a quote from the movie/book:

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.” 
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

And I believe the take home message to be, that we never know how many numbers we have in our very own infinity, and maybe our goal should be to seek each one, make it count, make it memorable.  

And honestly, as artists, isn't that what we do each time we touch a brush to paper?  Make that moment stand still, make it count, make it memorable.  The light on the tip of the ear of a horse, or the shadows on the petal of a sunflower, or the glitter on the scales of the fish caught by the lake.  When I get it right, it brings back the memory, the smell of the hay, the colors of a garden, the sound of the water.  Trying to make that moment a forever for the viewer and the artist.  Maybe.  

This painting is available for purchase HERE
Prints of this image are available HERE