Painting of the Week

Happy Valentine’s Day! Painting of the Week – Jubilee

Erase Fear with Love

Thinking about getting your “Significant Other” flowers for Valentine’s Day? Go for it! I painted this bouquet Paul gave me in 1979. Don’t worry; he has given me plenty of flowers since then. This painting was so playful and fun and I only felt love when I painted it. Love gives power to your creativity. Fear is the opposite of love and will make you focus on what’s wrong. Dramatic emotional art also requires fearless and focused thought to share a truth effectively. When you feel fearful painting, take a break, slow down and look for what you love in your painting and work with that.

Paul and I just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary on Sunday!

This painting shows a dominance of light cool pinks contrasted with very dark transparent greens. The rich almost black background of dark blues and greens make the pinks seem even more delicate. If you look closely, there are very large shapes with delicate ornamentation on them interrupted by the dark. The simple diagonals at the bottom add pizzazz.

Jubilee was the first painting I ever had accepted into Watercolor West. Since then, I have gained signature status which is achieved by having 3 or more paintings accepted into their annual juried exhibitions within a 10 year period. This is why you see the letters WW after my signature. Watercolor West’s Annual Juried Transparent Watercolor Exhibition is now an international competition.



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2020 Workshops Schedule

With Instructor Ellen Jean Diederich TWSA, RRWS, WSA

Building Transparent Layers in Watercolor

Workshop Tuesday-Friday April 14-17 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND

Acrylic Landscape Painting

Workshop June 2-5 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND

Beginning Watercolor Workshop

Workshop July 21-24 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND


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