8x10 Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper. This is from a picture I took of a big fat sleeping cat on top of a barrel at the Carl Sandburg home in Hendersonville, NC. He just looked so warm and content. Still enjoying the Batik process. I edited this with a new photo of the painting, I've discovered that taking a photo under certain light bulbs turns everything yellow, here the colors are true to the painting.
This is a process I've been wanting to try since Kanuga last spring. It is called Skillet Batik ala Carol Ann Sherman (you can see a free video demo at Jerry's Artarama). It involves using wax as a resist, painting on rice paper with watercolor then ironing the wax off. I've had this photo I took at a street festival for a while trying to decide what to do with it, so you see the result. This was my first attempt and I enjoyed it - learning dos and don'ts as I went along. Will definitely try it again.
This little 5x7 watercolor started out as a much larger painting of peonies in a vase. After struggling with the larger painting but liking a few of the blooms, I marked out a 5x7 section and repainted the background. Then I sprayed it with light coats of clear gloss, cut it out, pasted it to a 5x7 gesso board and coated it with some acrylic medium. Worked out fine for a little raffle we will be doing as a group project for our upcoming Monday Night Painters show.