Sunday, January 31, 2016

Glowing Painting of a Double Hibiscus Flower, an original Watercolor by Colleen Sanchez

She Glows
an Original Watercolor on paper
by Colleen Sanchez
19 x 19

Painting the Color of Light

I had another older watercolor painting of a hibiscus flower that I kind of liked but knew it needed something. So, today I decided to try reworking this one too. Much happier with the results, she really does glow and more closely matches her original title. Sometimes it does pay off to hold onto the odd so-so painting as you never know when new inspiration will strike you.
This one will be heading off to Nohea Gallery in Honolulu soon.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Original Watercolor Painting on Paper, Plumeria Flowers, by Colleen Sanchez

Plumeria In Pink

Original Watercolor Painting on paper
22 x 14

by Colleen Sanchez

Painting the Color of Light

This weekend I decided to rework this plumeria flower painting that I had done several years ago and was never quite satisfied with. I'm not sure any artists are ever really satisfied with their art, I think thats why we keep on taking on the challenge to improve and sometimes go back in and play with an old painting to see where it takes us. Maybe I've gone too far with this one, but it looks better than before and better captures the light and color I witnessed the day I saw these plumeria, but not too thrilled with the changes I made to the background, so this one goes into the not successful folder. Learning is what its all about when painting so we have to accept the failures too.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hibiscus Flower Painting in White by Colleen Sanchez

Light Seeker
Original Watercolor on Paper
8 x 8
by Colleen Sanchez

I wanted to paint one of the white hibiscus I had done before by changing it up a bit in terms of direction and background. This one will not be for sale, as I'm gifting it to a special person. Still enjoyed the challenge of painting the colors of white, it takes a little more attention than painting in color. The rich dark background enhances the white flower, showing to its best advantage. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Original Landscape Painting, Hawaii Scene by Colleen Sanchez

On The Ala Wai, Waikiki
Original Watercolor on paper
Colleen Sanchez
22 x 30

Finished this full sheet watercolor landscape I've been working on off and on for a while. Its one of three neighborhood paintings I'm doing for our condo building lobby. The board members are happy with it, so off to the framers this month. I struggled quite a bit with this painting, attempting things I've never done before, but I never gave up on the work and gladly so. I think the next one will be a little less stressful, but I guess I'll never stop beating myself up a bit as I work through each painting. Just the nature of being an artist I suppose. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Second Watercolor for Peace Painting

Into the Light No.2
Original Watercolor Painting
10 x 8
by Colleen Sanchez

I have a day job working in a gorgeous tropical garden. I love my job, but it does make it challenging to do my second job, painting which I love even more. This morning I'm off so I was finally able to finish this second watercolor for peace. This painting will be heading off to Nohea Gallery in Honolulu. Have a peaceful weekend everyone.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Watercolor Painting for Peace

Into the Light No. 1
Original Watercolor Painting on paper
10 x 8
by Colleen Sanchez
This weekend I really felt the need to paint something to represent my wish for peace. I think one of the ways I can contribute is to converse and live in a peaceful way, never attempting to harm others. We are all part of one community of human beings. For me white also represents peace so this is one of two white hibiscus I was working on. Soon I'll post the other one if it turns out the way I'd like it to.

This painting will be heading off to Nohea Gallery.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Original Watercolor Painting, Pink Hibiscus

Original Watercolor Painting
by Colleen Sanchez
8 x 8 on paper

Working on a few more paintings for the gallery. Just completed this pink hibiscus in watercolor yesterday. I found this lovely flower at Waimea Valley park a while back and of course fell in love. I don't know why but I continue to be obsessed with the Hibiscus flower. They may look easy to paint but they are not, however I'm always up for a challenge. A couple more small paintings to complete for the gallery and then I'll get back to the large landscapes. Mahalo for looking.