Monday, August 29, 2016

New Backdrop for My Art

I was trying to figure out what I could use for a new backdrop for my watercolor paintings that I put up on Etsy for sale.  I tried looking around the house to see if I had a cool new spot I could use to photograph my art.  A new spot that also had great natural light.

I decided my original spot to photograph my art was the best.  It has great lighting, if I can get to it at the right time of day with the right amount of sunshine.  Works like a charm every time.

I wanted a more creative backdrop than just the wall or just a plain white canvas panel.  As I was searching for little paintings to add to my Studio SALE I found an unfinished background for a painting.  It was blue.  I used that for a few paintings.  But I had a lot of trouble getting the blue in one of the paintings to photograph properly.

A day or two later, I came up with the perfect solution!  I would use the backside of the blue background painting.  It is an awesome 300 lb. half sheet of 100% cotton rag archival watercolor paper.  I decided to paint a new backdrop with neutral colors!  I wanted to keep it pale and simple.  I used Carbon Black and Neutral Tint.  I added a few splatters of clear water and a few splatters of my two colors.  I must admit I am very pleased with my result!

I photographed a few of my Studio SALE paintings and I do think they turned out pretty good.  Pop on over to my Squier Etsy Shop and take a look.  You may find a cute little painting you just have to buy!

Monday, August 22, 2016

8 Years on Etsy



Today marks my 
8th Etsy-versary!

I have now been selling my art and more on Etsy for eight years.  I have sold paintings and shipped them all over the world.  It is wonderful to be able to say I have paintings in collections through the USA, Canada, all over Europe, even South America, Australia, Asia, including Brunei.

Today, I have created a Studio SALE section in my Squier Etsy Shop.  The prices are incredible, if you like a painting snap it up quick!  I am not sure just how long I will keep the prices low.

The Studio SALE section has a quite a few watercolor sketches and fun quick paintings and I plan on adding more and more each day this week.

A big thank you to all those who have purchased my art, my designs and my artisan crafts over the years!  -- Sincerely, - Rita

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Twitter Art Exhibit Opening Tonight

Dew Drop Trio in Blue
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 4x6 inches

The Twitter Art Exhibit Opens Tonight! 

I donated this lovely little watercolor painting to the Twitter Art Exhibit in New York City the sale of the donated paintings in this exhibit from artists all over the globe supports Foster Pride NYC.

The opening is tonight March 31, 2016 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Trygve Lie Gallery located at 317 E 52nd St. NYC.  The show runs through April 21, 2016.  All of the postcard sized art is handmade and the price is only $35 each.  Here's your chance to get a fabulous piece of art at an affordable price and support a wonderful charity, Foster Pride NYC.

Buy my painting Dew Drop Trio in Blue at the opening!

Attend the exhibit and follow us on twitter!
@TheRita
@Twitrartexhibit
@FosterPrideNYC
#TwitterArtExhibit

Monday, February 29, 2016

Day 29 Leap Day Painting

Sunset Trees 
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

Today is Leap Day!  It is also Day 29 of my Painting A Day Challenge for the month of February 2016 ... the last day of the challenge.

Sunset Trees brings an end to this challenge.

My next challenge is to get all of these 5x7 inch paintings up for sale on either my website or in my Squier Etsy shop.  Contact me if there is a particular one you are interested in purchasing.

Happy Leap Day!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Day 28 Painting A Day

Misty Sunset
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

Sometimes you think you have a bright and brilliant sky and then the watercolor paint dries back a lot more than you expected.  It is one of the many tricky qualities of watercolor painting.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Day 27 Flowers

Flowers to Brighten Your Day 
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

A fun quick loose floral painting for a very busy day.  Flowers can brighten any day.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Day 26 Magnolia 4

Magnolia 4
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

Day 26 painting is another magnolia branch.  I love this style of painting and I love the magnolia tree in my backyard.  I cannot wait for it to bloom each Spring.  It is simply gorgeous.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Day 25 Painting a Pagoda

Pagoda
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

On request, a challenge ... paint a pagoda.

Painting A Day for the month of February 2016 is going pretty well.  Four more days!  It's Leap Year!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Day 24 Painting A Day

Bamboo
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

Keeping with the oriental style of painting and using my chop, I decided to paint bamboo this morning.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Day 23 Painting

Magnolia 3 
By Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

I couldn't resist!  Another twiggy magnolia branch beginning to bloom.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Day 22 Magnolia 2

Magnolia 2
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

I love Magnolia so much I had to paint a partner for it, Magnolia 2.  I also LOVE the Series 7 number 7 and the point the brush has.

I used my Chinese chop on these Magnolia paintings.  Hopefully it says my name Rita.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Day 21 Oriental Style

Magnolia
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

I have had a Winsor Newton Series 7 size 7 round watercolor brush for several years now.  It came in a beautiful box.  This past week, I finally removed it from it's box and used it.  I don't know why it took me so long to start using it.  I have a bunch of Series 7 brushes, but this one arrived in a pretty box.  It has a fantastic point and I was able to create this beautiful oriental style Magnolia painting.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Day 20 Painting A Day Challenge for February 2016

Stormy
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

Day 20 gets a stormy sky with a dark and colorful background and moody rocks and trees.

All of my Painting A Day paintings for the month of February are for sale, just contact me if you're interested in purchasing one ... or more!

SOLD! :)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Day 19 True Blue And a Bit of Purple

True Blue Heart
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor & Ink
Size: 5x7 inches

Day 19 is a fun wet into wet wash.  Wet paint into wet paint, changing colors.  Clear water into wet paint.  Splatters on wet, splatters on dry.  Quick strokes of ink with a brush tip pen.

Varying shades of blue and purple too.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Day 18 Quick Bouquet

Pink & Yellow Poppies
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

A quick colorful bouquet painted with a round watercolor brush.  Going from color to color, allowing the colors to blend and mix right on the paper.  A few splatters for fun fun and texture adds a bit of interest to the painting.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Day 17 Landscape

Prussian Landscape
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

Day 17's painting, is it really Prussian blue?

I'm not so sure, but that is the title I wrote on the back.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Day 16 of a Painting A Day

Blue Bouquet
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

A monotoned watercolor painting for Day 16 of this Painting A Day Challenge.  A fantastic shade of blue that has a great range in value, it goes really dark.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Day 15 Landscape

Deep in the Forest
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

Day 15's watercolor painting starts with a very wet into wet background.  Scraped in rocks and trees.  And just a few touches of details when dry.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Day 14 Valentine

Valentine 2016 
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size:  5x7 inches

A quick fun little watercolor sketch.

A simple heart painted in clear water with a mix of two red colors dropped in and allowed to spread all on its own.  Splatters of colors add texture and fun.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Day 13 - Watercolor

Trees
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

A monotoned painting in MaimeriBlu's Green Blue, a lovely color that has a great range in value.

I used a spray bottle to spritz clean water in spots on the watercolor paper and then added wet into wet color and shapes and wet onto dry to form the crisp edges on the evergreens.  I scraped in some rocks and tree.  Then when dry added in the tree branches and a few sprigs of grass.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Day 12 Still Painting

Arctic Blast 
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 5x7 inches

February has finally arrived.  It has always been the coldest month of the year.  Single digit temps and below zero temps, winds, snow ... it's Winter! The weatherman says the weekend will get colder.

Brrrrrr.  A chilly looking painting for Day 12 of the Challenge.

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