Painting Friendships

 Swan's Nest

SWAN "MEET CUTE"I love to paint, and I love to doodle on Etsy.  I created a treasury on Etsy, which I call Swan Lake Ballet.  It's amazing what you can find on etsy.  I love creating themes and finding just the right combination of treasures to create my collage of listings.  Nice too, because treasuries always lead me to new friends.


After I made this treasury, Ann from Green Acres Cottage contacted me.  I used her lovely tags in my treasury.  She reminded me that we were both featured in Pink Saturday's feature in the summer issue of Artful Blogging.  Ann had the lovely teacup garden ornament featured.

Here is the SWAN LAKE BALLET Treasury.

DSC08508I have been painting every day lately.  


DSC08508The other day I shared how I was creating a watercolor study to paint Hoxie House in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  

sepia study for watercolor painting

Then I took one of the photographs and printed it 8 x 10 inches.


DSC08508And then I painted the same size on Arches 90 lb. watercolor paper.

DSC08508My art teacher, Linn was right that identifying where the light is coming from to create the shadows and working in sepia first, really does help to create the feeling you want.


Painting has always led me to friendships.  My friend Joyce painted her way into my life when we first took a class together.  Now we both enjoy taking watercolor painting class.  The song for this post is Friendship.


Friendships add light to every corner of our lives

I just put the original watercolor painting in my etsy shop KarenHarveyCox Designs.
Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karen, your work is exquisite and inspires me to dig deeper as an artist. I created some more images, and if you have a moment, come and visit my new post. LOVELY AS ALWAYS YOUR POSTS! AAnita

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful painting Karen...just beautiful!

Vee said...

What wonderful light you achieved with that painting. It's magical and makes me smile.

Tina Eudora said...

Too beautiful for words Karen!
I will have to try the sepia when next I watercolor.
Swans....*sigh*...well it goes without saying, I love swans!
Have a very creative day...
Tina xo

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

karen, you painting is gorgeous! my mom is an artist and i am always intrigued by such talent. how so very sweet that you have made friends in your journey as well.

keep on creating - God has blessed you with an amazing gift.


Joyce said...

My goodness Karen this painting is amazing! I need to get going or I'll have nothing to bring tomorrow. I wish that I had even half your talent.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Karen! The paintings are stunning, both the sepia and the one in color! You are a marvel to me. Sooooo talented. Blessed of the Lord.


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and charming post! I love what you've done here...and with it all set to your choice of was a pleasant ride!

great painting....watercolour is one of my favourite things to do....

and your Etsy Treasury is so pretty!
well done...thanks so much for is such a great thing to make new connections here in blogland!

ciao bella

creative carmelina

Marie Antionette said...

To beautiful for words.Just so grand.
I'm having a give away to celebrate my return to blogland and the holidays...pop on over and put your name in the pot,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Tete said...

Awesome! I think, for me, water colors are the hardest medium to work with. You make it look so easy, and I know it's not! Such pretty colors.
My art teacher always made us do a pencil sketch and then charcoal to get the light and dark. She taught me to draw the negative. Then the light just happens.
I use the same basics for photography. Always aware of where the light is.
I just wanted to pop in and thank you for your sweet words today and to let you know that they meant so much.
Hugs- Tete

Carousel Dreams said...

Karen, I love how your painting turned out...and I love the name of your post - "Painting Friendships"...that conjures up some beautiful images for me. Thankyou for your kind words on my blog today x

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...


Kathleen Grace said...

Karen, I love this beautiful autumn painting, it positively glows! I am so glad you are back to doing what you love:>)

June said...

Karen, this watercolor is so beautiful. I went back through your blog to see all that I have been missing here. Oh how much I admire your work.
I am honored that you would come by to visit.

koralee said...

Oh my goodness...thank you for finding me..your blog is soooooo lovely...and your art...stunning! I am off to peek around some more..pure JOY over here my new friend. xoxoxoxo HUGS

Kellie Collis said...

What a gorgeous painting! You are a very talented artist. Keep it up! Kellie xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest one, thank you so much, I mean BEAUCOUP for your lovely comments. Your visit always makes me feel as if my post is complete. I am having a blast drawing and coloring like a little girl again, in that fun BLUE COLOR!!!! And, Ruben still has to help me open up a PAYPAL account so I can get my little shop opened up!


myletterstoemily said...

my husband and i attended a fine art
show last night, and i did not see any
painting that surpassed your lovely
watercolor. i bid on a cyrus afsary but
didn't get it. :(

may the Lord continue to bless the gift
He placed in you.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

A beautiful watercolor.

It makes me want to get my paints out/

MARIA said...

My dear friend, Karen,
always when I'm here
my soul is enriched.

Amazing artworks, really amazing!

Anne Fannie said...

Karen as always, your paintings are beautiful!
Thank you so much for using one of my gift tags in your beautiful Treasury on Etsy!
Hugs, Ann

The French Bear said...

Karen, your work is soooo gorgeous, takes my breath away!!! Reminds me of how beautiful art is and how enchanting and inspiring the artist!!!
Margaret B