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.

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.