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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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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 8 FINAL

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, October 4, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 

Watercolor Harmonizing Down By The Pond by Jan Howlett
Hi All Artists Hearts,
"Harmonizing Down by The Pond" is finally completed and now you can see all the individual segments that we have been studying all put together as a unit.  And so the story is complete.  I have been careful to include many of the research details discussed in earlier posts.  One of the more challenging parts of this painting, oddly enough, was the water and its reflections.  I wanted to be careful to have the pond and river to be contained and not flow out into an everla...
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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Watercolor by Jan Howlett called Harmonizing Down by The Pond-Stage 7Hi All Artists Hearts,
Well here is the star of the show sporting  his glorious aqua blue suit, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog!  He was so much fun to paint.  Once I have finished all the last minute details I will be able to post a final photograph of the entire piece hopefully in a better quality format for you. 

You may wonder why I bother with research and fact-finding when bringing a composition together. You will understand later in this post.  So for now I realize you already know some facts, ...

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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, August 25, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Harmonizing Down by The Pond, Watercolor by Jan HowlettHi All Artist Hearts,

Here are a few basic facts on our typical Garden Green Frog as seen taking shelter by an old cracked clay pot here in our art oval sample. I wanted to include him in contrast to his colorful family friends.  He is a familiar find in many gardens and children just love capturing them for pets.
  • The garden green frog is 5.7 to 9 cm (2.25 -3.5")
  • Found in every eastern province (introduced to Newfoundland)
  • Call is a twang like a loose banjo string.
  • Calling begins in late sp...

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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, July 28, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Watercolor Small Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Jan HowlettHi All Artists Hearts,
Well we are now at Stage 5 of Harmonizing Down by The Pond.  Today we are focusing on 2 sections:The smaller of the 2 Red-Eyed Tree Frogs in this painting. as well as the Garden Green Frog.(See photo above.) 

This little fellow is perched on the surface of a frond growing in the pond. He is not yet full grown and is captivated by his new friends nearby.  He is also surrounded by other plant life affording him some much needed shade and protection.

Young frogs are typica...

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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, July 22, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
We have been experiencing quite a heat wave in our cities the last few weeks and although very uncomfortable it certainly takes the "wait" out of the drying time for our paintings when it has been a dry heat.  But when the humidity has been high some days our painting layers have taken much longer to dry than others. Thankfully, we are getting relief now and finally enjoying lovely cool evenings for sleeping, at least for the moment anyway.

Our little 5" x 9" tree f...
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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Tree Frogs Stage 3 Watercolor by Jan Howlett
Hi All Artists Hearts,

Stage 3 shows good progress with our whimsical Watercolor, "Harmonizing Down by The Pond".  The first color pigmented washes have been laid in and now completely bone dry.  I used Cerulean Blue for the sky and pond passages and various summer greens for the start of the tropical fronds.  The soft layer of warm Indian Yellow under wash sets the stage for the mauve and pink sunset afterglow to come later.

We have concentrated on these first few layers to assist us in pin-...

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Possible New Art Series

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, February 17, 2013, In : Odds n Ends 
Hi All Artist Hearts,
I am getting closer to announcing our new Art Series, so stay tuned.  It is still a very slow recovery for me and thus the slight delay in getting the new post done, but I have been slowly working on a new composition. 

Now things may change, but a hint might involve the tropics and little creatures that tickle the color spectrum.  Another hint, "you have such big eyes... all the better to see you with my dear!"   :>)  Curious?  Me too!   Until next time... shortly... sta...
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Finch's Garden Slide Show Bonus

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, January 13, 2013, In : Home Sweet Home 
Hi All Artist Hearts, 
A little bonus today while I continue to recover from my surgery, wait for a couple of new art supplies and finalize my decision on our next painting series.  Please enjoy and share with your friends.  Thanks for your patience.  Until next time keep painting those things that inspire you and bring joy.
Blessings, Jan.

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Home Sweet Home No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, October 1, 2012, In : Home Sweet Home 
Finchs Garden Stage 3 Watercolor by Jan Howlett
 Hi All Artists Hearts,
Things have progressed to where some color washes have now been introduced on the roses, leaves and 1 butterfly.

I always love it when I can start this part of the process.  Mixing  color is such fun and the anticipation of bringing a one dimensional outline sketch into the start of a two or 3 dimensional presentation that a viewer can identify with is such a joyous and satisfying challenge.

I must admit when I first began painting way back in the early 1980's I would av...

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Home Sweet Home No. 1

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : Home Sweet Home 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
While we wait for final approval to arrive from the original photographer who granted permission to use his work for the finished Watercolor, "The Last Rose of Summer"  let's start a new series called "Home Sweet Home-Finch's Garden.   Let me introduce you to some of the various components that will make up this sweet little composition.  The first photo is a manipulated compilation of several different photographs for the possible composition, including the Adonis blue ...

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The Last Rose of Summer No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : The Last Rose of Summer 

Hello Artists Hearts, and Happy New Year!
A lot has been happening here at home that has made it difficult to post at the usual time and I apologize for keeping you in suspense.  I am finally back at work and ready to post Stage 6 of "The Last Rose of Summer," along with an update report with details below.

Watercolor The Last Rose of Summer by Jan Howlett Stage 6We trust you had a wonderful Christmas season as we celebrated the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Christmas is such a special time of year when we remember with fresh eyes and ...


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Carols Rose No. 7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, In : Carols Rose 
Carols Rose Watercolor No 7 by Jan HowlettHello All Artist Hearts,
As promised here is the next stage completed for Carol's Rose.  A few hours behind schedule. But, better a little late than never.  It's been a busy few weeks and time for painting at a premium.  But here we are at last.

Announcement:
Before I get started I want to share a bit of exciting news that we announced only yesterday on our website... that we are planning to create a teaching Art Video on "The Art of Painting Beautiful Roses One On One," and would like to includ...

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