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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 3.  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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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. 8

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, May 14, 2012, In : The Last Rose of Summer 
Hi All Artists Hearts, Promised UPDATE:  Final painting released today!  I am very excited to be able to show the final photo for "The Last Rose of Summer." I received Tony's enthusiastic approval and permission to show it publicly this morning.  Tony writes, "I am glad I gave you permission to paint this.  You did a wonderful job and I love it.  Thank you".    Wow! What a wonderful endorsement.  Tony was also the first to post my painting on his own Face Book page... you may need to scroll d...
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The Last Rose of Summer No. 7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, In : The Last Rose of Summer 

Hello All Artist Hearts,
This post is long overdue and I apologize, but sometimes life spins in a totally different direction and the best of plans are thwarted and must be re-scheduled.  That has included my time at the easel.

However, I am almost ready to start painting in a butterfly known as Paula's Clear-Wing Butterfly (also called the Glass-wing Butterfly) from the Ithomiidae Family in the order of Lepidoptera.

So, I thought you might find some of my study notes interesting and help ...


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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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The Last Rose of Summer No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : The Last Rose of Summer 
Watercolor The Last Rose of Summer by Jan Howlett-Stage 3 Hi All Artist Hearts,
Today and for the next few posts we will concentrate on the additions of the first new pigmented washes on the rose petals.  And because we were careful to lay in the yellow under washes you will be able to clearly see in this close-up the yellows glowing through the petals

TIP:(If you press your Control key with your + key you will be able to enlarge the close-up and see the glow - to return your window to normal size just click the Control key plus your minus [-] key)

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The Last Rose of Summer Sketch No.2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : The Last Rose of Summer 
Pencil Sketch-The Last Rose of Summer by Jan HowlettHi All Artist Hearts,
Sorry for the long delay in posting the promised sketch for "The Last Rose of Summer."  We left for a painting vacation September 7th, but I accidentally came away without the photo of the sketch... however, I have continued to make progress with the painting.  We had to slip home to care for the lawns and do some errands which gave me the perfect opportunity to pick up the sketch.   So here it is at last.  Enjoy.

This will be a short update this time, but I will be postin...

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Carols Rose No. 9 Final

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Carols Rose 

Hello All Artist Hearts,
We finally received the gold frame after waiting many months for delivery.  It was well worth the wait to gain the look I was after for this particular painting. It was a quiet air of antique glory that I had hoped to accomplish to compliment Carol's Rose.  By choosing the soft green outer mat with a sub mat of soft pink beautifully set up this rose.

I tried one other colour scheme for a completely different feel with a deep navy blue that had the same Payne's Grey Bl...

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Carols Rose No. 8

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, March 26, 2011, In : Carols Rose 
Carol's Rose Watercolor by Jan Howlett Stage 8  
Hi All Artist Hearts,
We have finally progressed to the final stages of Carol's Rose. A summer thunderstorm has just passed through the garden where this lovely rose abides and it is amazing that it has survived such turbulance!   But in a composition we can make just about any atmospheric condition we want and create beautiful survivors.  :>)
It's called artistic license.

Actually, many roses are very sturdy and do survive beautifully through many storms.  That is the case for our lovely rose...

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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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Carols Rose No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, In : Carols Rose 
Carols Rose Watercolor Stage 6 by Jan HowlettCarols Rose Watercolor Stage 5 to compare to 6
 Hi All Artist Hearts,
The layers are building quickly now on this delightful rose study. Some of the values are deepening significantly allowing me to add in the shadows cast over the upper part of the under rose leaves, setting the rose forward 3 dimensionally.   I have included stage 5 beside the current photo for you to see just how far the rose has come.  The yellows are calmer and more natural....closer to the actual color of this rose.

The shapes and curves of the petals are taking on a ...

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Carols Rose No. 5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Thursday, January 6, 2011, In : Carols Rose 

Watercolor by Jan Howlett-Stage 5 of Carols RoseHi All Artist Hearts,
Happy New Year everyone!  It's that time of year when we can approach life and the things we hope to accomplish with fresh eyes and renewed motivation.  We can start a brand new clean page and work toward our goals and plan to learn with fresh vigor.  It can be an exciting time.

One of the ways we can continue to be inspired and grow our resolve to be on the lookout for new ideas that will foster new compositions for our portfolio or our planned list of art goals is to wat...


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Carols Rose No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, December 11, 2010, In : Carols Rose 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
It's been longer than I intended between posts, but with the Christmas rush and build up, life has been very busy. However, Carol's Rose is developing nicely and it is starting to take on that lovely glow we all work to achieve in our paintings.  Each layer is like adding another jewell to a beautiful broach, and with each addition the setting is enhanced and enriched, increasing it's value.


Watercolor Carol's Rose Stage 4Especially notice the inner petals of this rose.  The layers are only a couple at...

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