This watercolor painting is painted in an abstract style that resembles a Mediterranean seascape with a characteristic white-washed village lining the seashore. The painting is done on 9″ x 12″ archival watercolor paper and combines vibrant hues of green and blue, with hints of white, yellow and orange!
It feels like it’s been a long while since I’ve written a post here! In the past couple of months, I’ve mostly taken a break from painting, as I’ve been focusing my artistic energy on building out a few of my Etsy shops (The Accounting Artist, Spanglish América and Kids Yoga Art).
However, luckily I have my wife to keep me on track for our personal paintings in our home! There is one that has been pending for some time, and now I’ve got a due date to get it done, which is helpful. It’s of our youngest son doing downward dog, which will match another one I did a couple years ago of our older son doing downward dog.
Here is a progress photo of the painting, which will be a combination of oil (for the portrait part) and acrylic (for the background).
Recently I was commissioned by some friends of ours, Adam and Ciara, to do a cactus painting, as they live in Southern California (having previously lived in New York City) and have really gotten into them. They wanted a larger-sized painting, but the creative license was left up to me for this one.
After mentally cycling through several ideas, I decided upon painting two cacti in a pot, with a flower growing out of the top of one of them. This, I thought, would symbolize them as a couple growing together.
The painting is done with acrylic, gouache and watercolor paints!
Adam and Ciara met while serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in the country of Guinea, in West Africa. Prior to that, I had met Adam while we both served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Costa Rica. Yes, that’s right, he did two stints of over 2 years each TWICE in a row! Good golly.
This flower watercolor art print (originally painted in 2017) is made with a beautiful blue-based purple, which happens to be Pantone’s color of the year for 2018! I must have been ahead of the times stylistically! That would be a first for someone from Indiana…at least that’s what my wife might say.
According to Pantone, ultra violet is a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade that communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”
Sounds like food for thought for setting your 2018 goals!
It’s been 14 years since I’ve been to Puerto Rico, but I remember the trip there with my wife as if it was yesterday! I feel bad for the people of the island with the devastating hurricane, and hope for an even better Puerto Rico in the future after they rebuild.
This artwork has a swash of sea blue watercolor with a white map of Puerto Rico, and the words “Isla del Encanto”!
Adondequiera Que Voy Boricua Soy
This design is available as an art print or on a mug! A nice artistic keepsake. 🙂
Flamenco Beach Watercolor Art Print
I can say from experience that Flamenco Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!! Located off of the main island on the small island of Culebra, it’s an expansive crescent beach with low-lying, clear water. You feel like you’re in paradise!
As I was sitting at the kitchen table this morning sipping my dark roast coffee, a spark of creativity came over me and I drew this illustration. Somehow, I came up with this with two little boys in the room mini-fighting over their toys! Such is my usual morning coffee routine haha…my wife and I dream of the day when we can sit in peace. Though older parents tell us we’ll miss this!
This illustration is a part of my Spanglish America collection in a new Etsy shop I recently opened, which combines Spanish and English language artwork and Latino cultural designs.
The inspiration for Spanglish America? My family! I’m more of an old-school American whose family has been here since before the U.S. was a country, while my wife is a multi-cultural combination of various Latin American countries and a 1st-generation Latina. However, I speak fluent Spanish and have lived and traveled in Latin America and Spain. So, our two boys are mixed-race and mixed-culture! Such is the evolution of America. ; )
Recently I’ve started a series of 25 world map watercolor paintings for a translation/interpretation company (UNO Translations) to give to their clients for the New Year. Each painting has a unique design – this one is full of roses!
This portrait painting is going to be given as a surprise gift for Christmas from the husband to the wife!
Finishing a portrait painting always feels like a grand accomplishment to me. A lot of work goes into these, from the initial construction of the canvas, to measuring proportions and sketching out the image, to painting all of the details, subtle tonal changes, and adding depth through thin layers of paint!