Tag Archives: watercolor

Wildflowers and Tetons Watercolor

This is a watercolor on my drawing table right now, almost finished.  I have only to paint the Western Tanager bird that is pencilled in on the bottom right.   You may recognize this as another version of a view of … Continue reading

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Art Trading Card Pinecone Watercolor by Alice Flynn

This is an art trading card, ATC, I painted yesterday.  It is pen and ink and watercolor. If you have not yet heard of art trading cards or ACEO’s, here is a bit of history courtesy of wikipedia. The dimensions … Continue reading

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100,000-year-old art studio uncovered – Light Years – CNN.com Blogs

100,000-year-old art studio uncovered – Light Years – CNN.com Blogs. Wow!  Abalone shell containers with pigment and tools for grinding ochre… a painter’s studio in a cave in southern Africa, 100,000 years old. See the CNN blog post.

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Rocky Mountain Watercolor

This watercolor illustration of mountains, wildflowers, butterflies, and other natural elements was created for a souvenir gift manufacturer.  It was sold mostly in Colorado on tees, mouse pads and mugs. The wildflowers include hare bells, columbine, lupine, Indian paintbrush, and … Continue reading

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Bees, butterflies, dragonflies and petroglyphs

Again, a watercolor illustration designed for a souvenir tee shirt client – it has many of my favorite elements, bee, dragonfly, wild flowers and petroglyph.

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Butterfly and thistle

This is one of my favorite small paintings from my nature series of watercolors.  The texture of the thistle was satisfying to paint with spikes, highlights and shadows, and the cushion of flower in bloom that attracts butterflies. This illustration … Continue reading

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Thistles – weeds or habitat?

Thistles can be invasive weeds that destroy natural habitat and they can be supportive plants in their native locations that feed birds, butterflies, moths and bees. This is a watercolor from my nature series (see previous posts for more).  I … Continue reading

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My heart belongs to Mr. Darcy

I love to paint and design illustrations for Jane Austen’s novels, especially Pride and Prejudice. I have filled my Etsy shop with Austen related images on pinback buttons, digital transfers, and silver plated framed jewelry charms such as this one. … Continue reading

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Western tanagers, nature watercolor illustrations

The Western tanager migration through Montana in the spring is one of my favorite experiences in bird watching every year. As part of my watercolor nature series, this painting illustrates the Grand Teton mountains, a male Western tanager, a moose, … Continue reading

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Who makes souvenirs? Artists do.

Many of my clients for illustration since the 1980’s have been souvenir manufacturers.  Most of my work was sold in national parks, destination resorts, and ski and golf resorts. Snow or water globes have become popular as souvenirs lately.  This … Continue reading

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My Fantasy Garden

I’m planning a completely different garden for this summer, as last year a destructive pattern of tennis ball sized hail coming from the west destroyed most of what I planted.  This year, I have seedlings growing inside and new beds … Continue reading

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Nature Stripe Watercolor, Large View

Here is a close-up view of the watercolor illustration on my Nature Cap.

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Nature Cap for Gardening

Many of my clients over the years have been manufacturers of souvenir gifts and apparel for National Parks, destination resorts and tourist locations. If you have bought a coffee mug or souvenir shirt at a National Park, ski area or … Continue reading

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Dragonflies, bees, butterflies

Dragonflies, butterflies, bees, thistle, rose hips, nest… this is the last in the series of three large watercolor illustrations. I love painting the delicate wings of dragonflies.  There are unexpected colors that reflect from their wings and body. Although thistles … Continue reading

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Butterflies, Foxgloves and Pansies

This is the second large watercolor in the set of three I described in yesterday’s post.  One of the butterflies fits right in with the pansies at the bottom of the painting. The yellow and black butterfly is a Swallowtail, … Continue reading

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Watercolor nature series

This large watercolor painting was one of three that I licensed to a manufacturer.  Unfortunately, they lost the original paintings after they scanned them, so they were not returned to me.  Such events are the bane of an artist’s profession.

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Garden illustrations

This is a watercolor created as part of a nature series of illustrations. My home is in a mountain zone that takes a long time to warm up enough for gardening.  Between snow fall and melting, I check for anything … Continue reading

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Nature illustrations

This painting is part of a nature series I created for imprinting on souvenir sportswear.  The illustrations were sold nationally in hotel and resort boutique gift shops. I love watching the birds at the feeders outside my studio window.  The … Continue reading

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Nature is my muse… hurry, spring!

I paint more in good weather! I always find it easier to be creative when the snow is gone and green and colorful growth surrounds my home and studio.  I am itching to be able to work in the gardens.  … Continue reading

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The Shamrock Will Be Worn

A cliche symbol, the shamrock has been over-used in many ways, becoming the “plastic Paddy” icon that has commercialized Saint Patrick’s Day.  It sets my teeth on edge when I see a four leaf clover image used interchangeably with a … Continue reading

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