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The Trading Post No. 7 FINAL

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, April 20, 2015, In : The Trading Post 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
After a very long delay in posting here is the reveal everyone has been waiting for so patiently.  It has been a roller coaster these last few months, in and out of hospital, but I have a breather at the moment.  I just wanted to complete our series before other medical needs arise calling for my time and attention.  It is fun to see all the individual parts of this painting finally come together as a whole, enabling us to enjoy the full story knowing what has gone befor...
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The Trading Post No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, In : The Trading Post 
Hi All Artist Hearts,
Today I thought we could focus on 3 individual cropped portions of our Trading Post painting.  Some of these areas were completed before I ran into eye trouble and thankfully the detail work was done. A lot has been accomplished including the intricate detailing of the Kale flower itself.  It took many hours layering in the rich colors, creating shadows and crisp edges.  There are many leaves with many gradual shadings that give them their brilliance and transparency.


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The Trading Post No. 5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, January 17, 2015, In : The Trading Post 
Hi All Artist Hearts,
Happy New Year to everyone!  I know this post is long overdue, but I have been recovering from an emergency surgery on my neck for a severe infection and tumor.  Only a few months earlier I began losing the sight in my left eye and was diagnosed with Retinal Vein Occlusion.  We pray the disease won't cause complete blindness and end my painting days. At least I was so blessed to make it home from the hospital 2 days before Christmas.
Kale rose crop Watercolor by Jan HowlettPlease know that I have not forgotten ...
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The Trading Post No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, November 2, 2014, In : The Trading Post 
 Hi All Artist Hearts,
Time for an update on the Trading Post Kale garden. 

Watercolor The Trading Post Stage 4 by Jan Howlett
As you can see the painting has progressed with many more layers of rich color and detail, not only in the planting soil in front of the Kale and the earth in between the garden stones, but also inside the edges of the Kale leaves and parts of the antique Creamer Separator.  

The blue reflection of both sky and the blue Kale is quite prominent at this point, but will be toned down considerably as the Creamer is closer...

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The Trading Post No. 3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, October 6, 2014, In : The Trading Post 
HI All Artists Hearts,
Sorry for the bit of a delay in posting this stage 2.  We were able to stay a little longer at a trailer for an extended, much needed, rest and only just got back 4 days ago.  If all goes well though, I will be able to post on time this month and so you will not have an extra long wait for stage 4 since I was able to do some painting while away.

As you can see I have made significant progress on the Cream Separator with the under-washes on the main body as well as a darke...

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The Trading Post No. 2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, In : The Trading Post 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
In this second stage of 'The Trading Post' we will share a bit later about this unique and charming country store, but first let's get started with the beginning washes of color for the leaves, store doors, a bit of the flower pot rim and dark soil in-between the stones.

The Trading Post Watercolor by Jan Howlett May 2014

The starting point on this complex sketch was fairly daunting so I chose the more simple and obvious larger leaves of the Kale to begin my first few under washes to help me get my bearings. Start simple ...

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The Trading Post No. 1

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, In : The Trading Post 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
Face Book clues were "purple, antique, strange frills, trading post & Port Perry".
Anyone guess what the series would be about?  Well, it's all about a stunning decorative Kale I once discovered while visiting the Port Perry Trading Post years ago!

So as promised we are beginning a brand new Watercolor series today entitled, "The Trading Post".  As usual we will begin with my original sketch for this new painting.  It has taken me weeks to decide what elements to include,...
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