In The Garden

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realism in watercolor gazebo
I called this painting In The Garden though this name is
more applicable to a series that is getting bigger month after month.
Visualizing this landscape was easy for me. The whole
composition just popped up in front of my eyes, in my mind. And then I just
needed to apply what I imagined on the paper.

I imagined a soft breeze playing with the tops of the
cypress trees. Some pink and purple flowers in the flower bed are competing in
their beauty with the red geranium in the decorative vases. Only the songs of
the birds are interrupting the peaceful moment in the garden.

A little girl just woke up after a nice nap. She is sitting
on the steps of the house, and looking at the garden. Yet she is not along as
you can notice. The garden gazebo is welcoming some light figure there. Was
it a trick that the afternoon shadows were playing; or, a young lady is coming
up to the steps in her shimmering dress? Perhaps, she is a visitor from a
dream. The girl is half asleep. She is holding her favorite toy, her Teddy
Bear. The afternoon sun is warming up the ground and the tiles of the steps. It
is a beautiful peaceful time, when a dream mixes up with reality. It is a warm
Summer day, good for a daydreaming and a nice walk.  

Here is a few other paintings from In The Garden series that came out of my imagination recently:

Girl Reading book painting
realism in watercolor

Love Is All Around – Looking Back

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Valentine's Card
Only one month is left before Valentine’s Day; and, I am working on Valentine’s designs. This season I’ve started with a few images from my collection.
All of them, in my opinion, are well suited for this heart-full holiday.
The Tulips On Fire above were so good for warming up any heart; and the reach background might be loved by a person, who (like me) appreciates green.

Next design is definitely for purple color lovers. 
The Stripy Purple Orchid was a good match:

Happy Valentine Day Card
A written Love Note looks great on this still life with the Pen and A Red Heart:
Happy Valentine's Day card
An antique doll is inviting her Valentine for a Tea Party:
Be My Valentine
A Sweet Valentine note to her mom from a cute baby in a Heart shaped dream:
Be My Valentine watercolor card
And a few giggles from a Red Hat holding a colorful heart-balloons bouquet:

Red Hat With Sunglasses
And now, I am off to paint new artworks for new Valentine cards’ designs.

Love Is All Around!!!


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Standing By The Sea

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See the detail Image HERE
This painting was an inspiration after reading a beautiful poem Standing By The Sea by Carolyne Swayze. The author approached me with the request to illustrate the poem; and, the moment I read it, I knew what I wanted and how I wanted it to be painted.
 The poem was speaking to me in a very personal way. I’ve remembered my Grandmother who died at the end of year 2000, right before I came to America. It was so hard to let her go. She was my true soul mate ( in more Universal than romantic way). Living long but very hard life, she made herself becoming my great example; and, even now, writing this note I feel her peaceful presence in my memory (yet for some reason the tears are ready to come out)
I am sure that the poem would find a place in the hearts of the readers.
In my painting the boat is sailing into the Future, but the girl has her own Future and needs to find her own way. Her hand touches the heart and her heart is aligned with the ship at the horizon. The clouds on the left are darker and dramatic, when the clouds on the right are melting away lit by a Sun.
The poem speaks for itself:
Standing By The Sea
One day as I stood by the sea,
a sailing ship did sail towards me.
What beauty I thought,
what splendor, what grace,
when all at once my heart did race,
for as it neared, at a leisurely
I saw a figure with my mother’s face.
I called to her with all my might,
she turned and smiled, then sailed
out of sight.
For one eternal moment I stood and
before falling to my knees in
motherless despair.
At just that moment I heard a sound,
through teary eyes, I looked around,
to see an Angel, hovering over the
The Angel spoke in hallowed voice,
“Rejoice, dear child, for on
this day
a trip to Glory is underway,
and when she reaches the arriving
she’ll greet loved ones gone on
So lament no more,”  the
Angel scried,
“For God’s Kingdom awaits her on
the other side.”
© Copyright 1997 Carolyne Swayze
All rights reserved. 
Original Artwork is 16″x12″ on 300 lb Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Quiet Moment – Reading in The Garden

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To see detailed Image or to see how it looks on cards and prints click HERE

A quiet moment. The girl is reading her book
in a geranium garden. She is there but she is also with her characters from a
book fully involved with the story. Yet soon, she will stop reading and
look around at the beauty of the garden, sun spots on the ground, fresh summer
Original Painting is 12″x16″ Watercolor on 300 lb Cold Pressed Arches

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Step-by-Step Watercolor Movie – Girl’s Portrait

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In this short step-by-step watercolor movie, the white paper
transforms into a painting of a sweet girl, in which all colors of the rainbow highlight
this Little Cutie’s personality.

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul