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2020-11-20We are absolutely thrilled with our recent purchase from GGwatercolors! Gretchen's ability to capture both light and spirit in her paintings is incredible. I see this work of art everyday when I wake up, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible eye and vision in your work!
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2020-05-21Vibrant and captivating! I love it! I couldn't be happier to own "Mighty." And the personal touches this piece was delivered with were such a sweet gesture perfectly reflecting this talented artist!
- These two paintings are being shipped to their new homes today. They are as different as night and day- one is 30x24, full of drama and power, and the other is a 6x6 playful, quirky , colorful piece. I love them both, and I am so happy they have found their forever home.
My website is evolving, and some new paintings have been added if you haven't looked around lately. Find something that speaks to you or someone you love- because I can attest that they were painted with love, and somehow, they always find their way to the right home.
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I found the photo for this painting reading about the gains young women have made over the past 20 years in Afghanistan, and how the Christian church there is the second fastest rising in the world. My heart aches for them watching as both of these groups and the gains they have made have suddenly become prey to the evils of mankind's basest motives .
America was their hope, their protection, their support moving from violent tribalism to freedom. And aside from the complicated reality, the politics involved in the past 20 years and the plans to facilitate the Afghans standing on their own, we have let them down in their moment of need, being hunted down after having only barely tasted the beauty of freedom. And what about our own loved ones and friends, who have bravely stood, died, fought, and sacrificed for the freedom of those in Afghanistan
America is only as good as it's people, and we have been - less than..
Infighting, massive corruption, hatred, greed, selfishness, and short sightedness to name a few. I am ashamed, for the first time in my life, of my country. Not ashamed of our flag, but ashamed of how we are representing it- because we have forgotten the reason it has been a beacon of light for the world for almost 250 years. The concept of freedom and hope that thousands have shed blood for.
We are not doing it justice.
How can the United States of America open the floodgates to wolves who devour and ravage the seedlings of freedom just beginning to grow roots? If we stand by and watch, I wonder how our legs will not crumple beneath us before the world. The past week has truly felt crippling.
This Sunday morning as I pray for the people of Afghanistan, I am also praying for restoration and resilience for our own country. For strength and intelligent discourse, for leadership, and most of all, for love and optimism to come and live through us.
The United States is an experiment - with no guarantees- only the scaffolding built for a society and people capable of reaching not only freedom, but the individual and collective dreams freedom provides, not known before in the history of the world. But freedom has never been free and we each have to work to climb, build and defend it because we have a responsibility to something bigger. To be more courageous, compassionate, and more active in making our country all that it can be. Those things we hold most valuable -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are at stake not only in our own country , but in the eyes of oppressed souls around the world.
We have a responsibility to that elusive, vulnerable seed that America grew out of and still seeks to embody fully.
-Jon and Shalaunda Gray- friends and collectors
My summer thus far has included a lot of driving and quite a bit of time to myself to think and reflect. Although I haven't been able to do as much painting as I would have liked, I always remember a fellow artist and friend telling me that it was okay- like the mighty oak tree- to have dormant periods where we are nurtured, resting, and preparing for our next season of growth. I have felt that deeply this summer, as our world begins to open and we happily begin to see and hug each other again without fear.
Creativity has it's own mind, it's own epiphanies, it's own energetic structure. I have to follow the lead of my creativity, and when I join in fully, there are some purely magical moments. But just as there are magical moments, there are intensely challenging periods of time where I feel stuck, distracted, overwhelmed, or emotionally not available to enter into that sacred space of creating.
I've been all of those things the past couple of months, and yet, God has continued to send encouragement in the form of friends, old and new. All my traveling this summer has brought me into contact with people whose souls seem to connect with mine, even if only for a little while. "Soul" friends who have given me strength through phone calls, old high school friends I have had the blessing of seeing after 30 plus years, "mom" friends who will come out for coffee and laugh for an afternoon, relatives I love and new ones I hadn't met before, and complete strangers whose kindness truly touched me.
All have enriched my life , encouraged me, and given me new perspectives. I have so much gratitude- maybe it's turning 50 and realizing we are all doing this "life" thing together through thick and thin. Maybe it's being masked up for a year and getting to hug, laugh and smile together. Praying we can keep Covid at bay, as we look forward to seeing more and more friends as the year continues.
I suppose for and introvert/extrovert like me, I enjoy my private time and need a lot of it, but also am fueled by connection and engagement with others. The pandemic has proven to be a time of reflection and steady, solitary work, at the same time I am realizing how much I have missed communing with other souls, and how truly grateful I am for the opportunity.
One thing about being an artist is being surprised by how your own mind and spirit process your experience. It is not methodical or predictable, but it is somehow magical and I am looking forward to taking this new awareness into my next phase of work.
I hope to see you soon!
I was out of town awhile in May and June, and while I had brought a few art supplies with me, It wasn't conducive to do much more than a commission I had been working on. My thoughts were all over the place, much as they have been this entire summer. So I bought a sketchbook and started just playing. I have not used sketchbooks for my watercolors, simply because the paper is not usually high quality, so I don't like the outcome. But this time is different. I am not pressuring myself to DO anything. I'm just seeing what emerges as my thoughts come and go. There is an ease that comes with putting down on paper the fleeting ideas and reflections of beauty that come my way without the commitment of a full painting.
I'm letting that be enough. Even though I need to be painting and selling my art, the fact is that unless it comes from an authentic place of love and meaning, it simply doesn't work. So my little sketchbook is being filled, and this week, a friend of mine (thank you Lance!) sent me a link to a website where a woman makes her own pigments out of plants in her yard. Intrigued, I tried it. It was so freeing and exciting to see what happened on the paper.
For this painting I crushed up the spent flowers of my deep pink Purslane, added a bit of boiling water, and used some honey for the binder. It actually worked beautifully for these little pale pink flowers I painted.
"Creativity is a continual surprise."
Amanda Gorman portrait commission
If you have ever thought about having a painting commissioned, but didn't know where to start, you are not alone! Most people have no idea where to start, and so a great idea for an original piece of art fizzles out before it has a chance to begin.
Commissions are custom paintings that can be done for a collector of just about anything they want. I have painted pets, houses, portraits, and landscapes, but any subject matter can work. I have painted childhood homes, departed beloved pets, bridal portraits, flowers, travel photos, children and grandchildren, and custom work for a specific room and/or color scheme. Commissioned work is limited only by your imagination.
Here are a couple of things you need to do to have a successful commission completed for your space:
1: Find a photo with good lighting and clear images. It is difficult for an artist to open closed eyes or combine two photos, so start with a quality photograph the artist can work with and communicate clearly what you want- colors, mood, size, etc.
2. Communicate your wants with the artist with email or a phone call and look at the artists other work to make sure their style of work is what you want. Ask for progress photos, timelines, payment, etc. so that everyone is on the same page.
If you are interested in commissioning a painting of any kind from me, I have a specific form on my website for you to fill out to get started. Click here- Commissioned Artwork - to begin the process of finding the perfect customized painting for you . I would be honored to paint something for you.
As a watercolor painter, I am so thankful to live in the era of giclée printing.
Giclée printing conveys the luminosity and brilliance that represents the watercolor painting better than any other reproduction technique available. When printed on heavy watercolor paper, these reproductions rival original artwork in beauty and detail.
Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) is a term created in the early 1990's to refer to digitally-reproduced fine art print and is based on the French verb “gicler” which means to squirt or spray a liquid, which is how the ink from the powerful inkjet printer is applied. Giclée has since then come to mean any high resolution inkjet print produced on large format printers from a digitally generated file. These printers use fade-resistant, archival inks with multiple variations of each color which increases the resolution and color accuracy and allows for more delicate color and value transitions.
Prominent art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim, Smithsonian Institute, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have hosted exhibitions featuring fine art giclée prints.
So that's what a giclée fine art print is. What you get when you buy a giclée print is artwork that is difficult to discern from the original, for a lot less money. It's a great way to get fine art into your hands and into your spaces, and stay within your budget.
To see a selection of my giclée prints, visit prints .
I don't know about you, but it was slow going this week and I had a couple of difficult days trying to paint something I wasn't completely frustrated with. After the past couple of frozen weeks, I was back in my thawed out studio and started painting.. and nothing happened.
The landscapes I was working on this particular day were Blah with a capital B. I had a nice little stack of paintings I was tempted to put in the fire pit.
The next day, we were talking about it and Gary asked a great question - had I been painting photos I really loved. I had not. Actually I had been working on several photos in my "pile" that I had at one time thought would make good paintings, but I was not in love with any of them.
I went back to my studio, and started working on one I really wanted to paint. A road out in New Mexico that is in the middle of sagebrush and always makes me think of Georgia O'Keefe- she used to take off in her model A across the desert sage in hopes of finding the perfect spot in which to paint. Georgia is one of my favorite artists because of her fortitude in finding what she loved, what spoke to her heart and soul. She lived in New York and painted in beautiful Lake George but it wasn't until she came to know the desert in New Mexico that she fell completely in love with a landscape. A place that sustained her creativity for decades.
It made me think again about what the difference is in those days where nothing happens, and the days where everything has a little magic in it. How do you find what you love when you aren't feeling inspired? How do you sustain the creative flow? Some of it may be the "muse" at work, but there are a few things we can control, so here are my tips for getting unblocked and back to painting:
1. Set the mood- Get your best "painting music" playing, have your water/tea/coffee at the ready, and definitely give yourself the benefit of working during your most creative/productive time of day.
For me this looks like 6am with my coffee and spotify "art" playlist.
2. Take a walk- I need a walk periodically throughout the day to give my back a break, one, and to clear my head and work through what isn't working in my painting. Somehow getting out and breathing in a change of scenery is transformative in how I see things when I return to my studio.
3. Have an inspiration board- a physical board works best for me. On it I put up my best paintings- Photos that I want to paint, ideas, quotes and verses that inspire me. I also put up words that resonate with my work. Terms that describe the heart of what I want to convey in my work. "whimsical", "buoyant", "beautiful", "sacred" are some of mine.
4. Call a friend- Ask someone, maybe an artist friend- who understands the struggle- how they see your work, what it says to them, words that describe it. This is invaluable. It's powerful to hear from others how your work speaks to them, and may just give you the boost you need to get through your block.
So I painted "Georgia's road" - my little reminder to be true to myself- and the magic happened. At least magic in my mind, and whether it's in my mind or comes across in the painting, I don't always know, but I am satisfied either way.
I love what I do. There is nothing else I would rather spend my day doing than painting. It satisfies me on so many different levels that I don't think anything else in this world could substitute for it.
So as it is in painting, often it is in life, true satisfaction doesn't come until it aligns with our passion, our spark- that thing that makes us feel like a kid again. Georgia understood that sometimes it just takes a change of scenery, a little fresh air, and a new direction to find it.