sunset watercolor boat painting

“Sunset Cruise” End of Summer Watercolor

Sunset Cruise” carries a poignant meaning for me. Being a boater is one of the most delightful things I’ve ever done. I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the water after we purchased our first boat.

This time of year, there’s always a bit of a tug-of-war between my husband and me. I like to keep the boat in the water as long as possible, way into the fall. Fall color cruise, anyone? My husband, on the other, likes to get it out early, way before the snow flies. I’ll give him that much. Nonetheless, it’s still a sad day when the boat comes off the water for another winter. I hope you enjoy this last bit of warm weather magic.

original watercolor landscape painting

“In Flight” Watercolor Landscape Painting

In Flight” also speaks to the dreamy feeling I’m after for my work as I wrote the other day. I’m letting the paints decide where they want to go. The scene for this miniature landscape painting is from Door County, Wisconsin, one of my favorite places in the world.

It is early morning. Steam is coming off the water, blurring the landscape edges. Fall is fast on the heels of the waning summer. A few ducks take to the skies to begin their journey for the day. Undoubtedly, it’ll include plenty of stops for food to fuel up for the long migration.

I’ve painted this scene before, albeit, with a brighter palette. The muted tones suited the subject—and the mood I wanted to capture. Hope you like it.

miniature watercolor landscape

“Pairing Off” Watercolor Landscape Painting

Pairing Off” is one of my first paintings to mark a new style for me. I love doing realistic style paintings. In this one, I wanted to capture more of a dreamy feeling. The palette consists of muted colors. I use texture in subtle, but descriptive ways. And as always, I want my paintings to tell a story.

In this case, the pair refers to two lone trees in this barren landscape that somehow connect in the vastness of their environment. The old fence tells another story of a field that may have hosted grazing cattle or other livestock. I hope you enjoy it.