I’m overwhelmed by all the wonderful comments and votes of confidence ya’ll gave me over on Facebook for Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle conference. I’m thrilled to say I won! I’m now on the speaker’s lineup and I’ll be presenting at the conference July 20-23, 2011. I’ve not ever attended Tory’s conference in the past, but from everything I’ve heard, they are phenomenal and really produce results for the attendees. I’m selective about the companies I align myself with, and I’m proud to be part of the Spark and Hustle team.
Now on to the fun part: the winner! I’m excited to announce two winners: Debbie Snyder and Laurie Krauss. Ya’ll get your choice of prizes: either a lecture to your guild, or a social media course over at SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com. Contact me at maria [at] colormastery.com and we’ll arrange all the fun details.
And the watercolor? A fun folk art watercolor I did of some homemade cupcakes I made and created a still life with my Winter Bird table runner. Art imitates life, inspired by art. It’s all so beautiful!
I hope you are having a wonderful summer with your family and friends, and enjoy your July 4th holiday weekend. Here’s my family enjoying some time at my sister’s lake house over Memorial Day weekend.
Great art often inspires great art, and I’ve been inspired by my Color-of-the-Month table runner patterns to capture them in watercolor. I’m delighted to create in both media, as they complement each other. Quilting is a precise, geometric discipline, whereas watercolor is a loose and often uncontrolled process. Watercolor has a mind of its own, but I can make an exact 12″ block for my runners.
While the fabric version of a quilt and its watercolor counterpart both present the same colors, achieving them couldn’t be more different. As a quilter, I go into the fabric shop and select exactly the colors I want, and plan my quilt from those unchanging swatches. As a painter, I create my own versions of those colors by mixing different pure hues: Aliziran Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre. They even sound beautiful, don’t they?
I had intended for this watercolor series to be my own private playtime, a creative exercise just for me. But I just have to share! So, I’m making these watercolors available on note cards, a set of 10, with envelopes, in my store. Look for them here in the online store.
I couldn’t wait to dress up Winter Bird on my table, with my Christmas china, candles, and flowers. My kids love having dinner by candlelight and think it’s quite a special occasion when I bring them out.
As I was arranging, adding, and editing the table setting, something started to happen. Can you begin to see it here?
The light. Soft afternoon light streamed in my kitchen windows, to make long shadows and highlights on the table. This is exactly the kind of still life I love to capture as a watercolor painter. Gorgeous depths of color and value created by soft light.
My kitchen, as well as my entire home, doesn’t get a lot of light. Our neighborhood stresses a natural, subtle look to the homes, so no one has much in the way of large front windows. But the back windows are where the sunlight invites itself in.
This elegant setting called for a special dinner: homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Yum.
A big welcome to the Color-of-the-Month pattern subscribers! I can’t wait to see those table runner photos in the online forum. I’ll be sending you the link to join by email. Until then, I’ve got a birthday cake to make: my older son turns 14 tomorrow!