Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mermaid Murals and Midnight Roses...


Well, it's time for my once-a-year journey into watercolor... This weekend I'll be enjoying the teaching of Soon Y. Warren... really, the only person who ever inspires me to touch a brush. 


I was in a dark mood when I decided to push the paint around a bit in hopes of not feeling quite as awkward in the the upcoming class... but, time has been slim and practice time VERY limited.  So, I'll just be jumping in the deep... again. 


If you're familiar with watercolor, you can see several of the lessons I managed to remind myself NOT to do in this little exercise.  ;)  Still, I'm feeling a little excited... watercolor can do that to you.  It participates.  And, it is a worthy friend or foe.  Either way, I'll be taxing my brain for three days.  Wish me luck.


On, a lighter note... I enjoyed Mermaid Mural time with Karsyn this past week.  She was a very intense little Paintress!  And, did beautiful work!

Her sister, Little Lady was on Noni's hip and the saddest thing of the week is that I have no photos!  She was VERY busy trying to help Noni capture these few moments (there were dozens that were way too blurry to see!).  At seven months old now, she is a busy little bundle of PURE JOY!!


Sad. Sad. That I didn't get a final shot of Karsyn's masterpiece!  It was fantastic and great fun!! Thank you, Aunt Amanda, for the excellent idea.

If ever there was a moment that I might forget what a wonderful, kind, generous group of women I enjoy knowing through your blogging, you brought it sharply to my attention with all of your sweet words about Aunt Dot and Miss Ellen.   Thank you again and again.  I know so many of you are "Aunt Dots" in your own right... I am blessed to know all of my Ladies of Inspiration.  Thank you.

blessings ~ tanna

34 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, LOVE the mermaid mural! and beautiful, papery chocolate rose! love it! good luck, dear talented tanna!

Chatty Crone said...

She is a great artist! And I remember your lovely art work from last year - it was beautiful. And this years was beautiful as well - you are talented everywhere. sandie

Laura said...

Ooooh I love your watercolor. Enjoy, enjoy. I can't wait to see what it looks like.
Love the mermaid painting, what a fun Noni you are!
Hugs,
Laura

Deb said...

such wonderful artists in your family...

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

LOVELY painting even if you WERE in a bit of a dark mood...BUT there is nothing but MAGIC in that mermaid mural! WHAT a wonderful idea!

Marissa said...

what a beautiful chocolate rose!!
such great talent..

Mereknits said...

I am in awe of you amazing artists that can paint with watercolors. I am a bit jealous as that is not my thing at all, but I fully appreciate the hard work and beauty of your pieces. Have a great time in the class and enjoy yourself, no fussing about lack of watercolor time, just be happy in the class.
Meredith

Judy S. said...

Enjoy your class! It looks like your GD got some of your artistic genes. Love her little clown fish. Sounds like you had a great visit!

Donna said...

I'm thinking that is just isn't right that you only paint once a year and you produce those masterpieces! You are one of the most multi-talented people I now! And I love that about you! I also love that you are passing on the love of creating to the littles....how lucky are they? Can hardly wait to see your newest painting! Love, d.

Wanda said...

Awwwwww, I love the dark chocolate colors in your water color. I can see that hanging on a wall.

And your granddaughter and her art work...how precious.

So many compliments on my scarf...It's my favorite!

Betsy Brock said...

I love the dark paint colors...but you know me...grey is my favorite color..not exactly descriptive of a sunny disposition. haha.

Adorable little painted you got to work with there! :)

kathy b said...

YOur ROSE is amazing. you little ones ability to paint the mermaid and the sea and dolphin is amazing!!!
I can barely draw stick people at 53~

Tricia Buice said...

Well you are such a wonderful artist Ms. Tanna. I love your watercolors. I haven't painted (other than walls) in years and years. I hope to one day again. That class sounds so interesting. Three days of instruction - what fun! Love the mural and the artist is lovely! Good luck and have fun!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your painting and the mermaid art is over the top. Did she do that. If so she is really really good.

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

what an adorable little paintress! love her painting! :) a beautiful watercolor too. hope you enjoy your class!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I don't think you have anything to worry about. Your watercolor work is wonderful! When I taught kindergarten, I used to draw posters for the kids to color or paint and they just loved that! Give kids paint and water and they are happy campers.

When we were in Sri Lanka, all the little girls loved watching me crochet and I made hearts and bracelets and garlands for them and guess what -- I didn't take pictures. I was so in the moment that I didn't think about it til later and was disappointed that I didn't take any. I even taught the 70 year old mother of our friend to make hearts and flowers (she already knew how to crochet) -- it was so fun!

Have a great day! Tammy

From the Kitchen said...

I know nothing about watercolor technique. I know that I love your rose! What a great idea! A mermaid mural is perfect for a budding artist and her noni. Did the Little Lady have a "hand" in it?

Best,
Bonnie

onlythemanager said...

I really love the rose! It has an elegance that I like.

Cindy said...

Yours and Karsyn's painting is lovely and your rose is really gorgeous!
When I read about the knitted cape that you sent one of the bloggers after her mother passed away, I was again reminded of the wonderful world that we all entered when we began to blog. You are a darling, my only regret is that I can't know you in real life.

Pondside said...

What a treat - to explore every aspect of one's creativity. The mural must have been such a joy to paint!

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

I think you got your share of talent and mine too :)

Kate I said...

The mural is such a great creative idea and there's something about working together on a project like this that seems to promote an ease of conversation and sharing.

Have a lovely weekend with your watercolour class Tanna and I look forward to seeing your creations!

Christine said...

You are so creative with your hands, eyes and heart.

When class is over, we all would like to see the results. Any idea of a subject?

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That is a beautiful mermaid mural, Tanna, and your rose watercolor in the tray is so lovely! Enjoy your new wc classes!

I am "heads over heels" in happiness watching my little granddaughter grow ... as well as being closer to my grandsons ...children bring such joy to life!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Cute little artist you have there! Your watercolors are beautiful, have fun with it!

Jen Price said...

That rose is stunning! And what a wonderful idea to paint a mural together.

podso said...

That girl can paint! It looks like she was serious about her work. i hope you have a wonderful time with your watercolor study and find it both enriching and relaxing!

SouthernHeart said...

Love the mermaid idea and the fact that you had days of pure joy with your granddaughters! I fly to Dallas next Saturday to spend a week with 19-month-old Maggie and her Mom & Dad. I can't wait! I love your gorgeous rose. You obviously have a gift!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Your water color rose is amazing. I am in awe. Wow. You are so talented. Is there nothing you can't do? :)

I love the mermaid idea. So sweet. Glad you had a chance to play and visit with both your girls...it's times like these that build lasting memories.

Hugs and blessings to you always dear friend.

Vicki Boster said...

Oh my Tanna- your watercolor rose is just magnificent- the muted colors are gorgeous-- you have a great talent for painting!!
The mermaid mural is amazing-- and your little painters is so cute. What a fun project for your little lady-- I'm sure she had a great time playing with this project!

I'm anxious to see your next watercor creations!!
Vicki

steph said...

You two are fabulous FABULOUS artists!!!! I can't get paint on my walls....let alone create such masterpieces!! Is there anything you don't do? and don't do well????? Hugs!! Hope you had a great weekend!!!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, Beautiful painting. I bet you had fun. Your painting came out wonderful and I do love the mermaid painting. Children's paintings are just great. I remember when the walls were filled with these wonderful pieces of pure imagination. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Debbie said...

I am such a horrible artist that I wouldn't dare pick up a brush for watercolor. Maybe I would have gained some confidence if I had played with murals when my girls were young. It needs to be on the "MiMi" list that lives in my head. (Yes, I have a name already picked out for myself. Not even a son-in-law in sight, but a mother can dream.

Stitchfork said...

jumping into the deepness of srt can bring us back to the light! Dive in!

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