Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Watercolors

Wildflowers, Bauer Park, watercolor & pen, copyright 2010 Jan Blencowe

Clinton Produce Market, watercolor & pen, copyright 2010, Jan Blencowe

If you've ever built a custom home then you know how busy I am right now! If not, then just trust me, I'm really busy!!

While this is a very exciting time for my husband and I, it is also time consuming, and filled with decisions and deadlines. We are walking that fine line between not regretting that we didn't get such & such for the kitchen or living room etc. and keeping our budget overages from becoming a run away train!

Tomorrow I go to pick out granite counter tops and meet with the lighting designer. We are in the process of designing our kitchen which continues to be a fluid work in progress. The walls went up today and apparently we lost a few inches on one side of the kitchen but gained about 9 inches on the other, which will now necessitate a reworking of the kitchen plan as we try to efficiently maximize the use of that space.

Meanwhile the rest of life goes on getting my son ready to head to the University of Arizona in a few weeks and getting my daughter her learners permit tomorrow and teaching her to drive.

I've been sneaking in some plein air watercolor sketching but haven't even had a chance to use my new French Resistance pochade box from Guerrilla Painters.

Despite the busyness I do have plans to begin a new painting based on this photo I took a few nights ago...

But I will most likely crop it to fit a 12x36 canvas......like this......

As soon as I have something on canvas I'll show you an update!

6 comments:

Ann Nyberg said...

Your watercolors are just great!

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Ann,

Thanks so much! Watercolor has always been my medium for personal work, sketchbooks, experiments and explorations. I rarely, if ever exhibit them, I reserve that for my acrylics and oils.

I love nothing better than to grab my sketch kit and enjoy the beautiful Connecticut scenery in every season of the year.

Dusty Pines said...

what lovely bright & fresh watercolors! & i really like the way you've cropped the photo - should make a dramatic painting!

Roxanne Steed said...

I always love the watercolors you do! Looks like that night-sky scene is going to be a beauty, too!

Katherine Thomas said...

I'm intrigued by the watercolor with pen... I'd love to try that sometime. What goes on first? The watercolor of the pen? (or is that tantamount to the chicken and the egg?)
The ocean scene below is breathtaking!

AutumnLeaves said...

Love the watercolors, especially the second one. Just lovely and a much looser style than usual for you, Jan. How blessed you are to be building your own home and being able to have it just how you want it!