Monday, April 26, 2010


A little more playing around trying to absorb Charles Reid's advice.
I had some time to paint this weekend--and lilacs (another perennial challenge) blooming in the yard--but I also had utter chaos at home this weekend as Peter and Paco installed a hardwood floor in my guest room; in the days and weeks ahead they'll be putting down a hardwood floor in my room and totally renovating the bathroom--new walls, floor, fixtures, window.
Almost the entire contents of my downstairs are now piled in the living room, which I know is temporary, but still makes me anxious: I do like order. When I feel the anxiety I go into the guestroom and look at the floor.

One of the women who sends me work will be going on maternity leave to have her first child soon; I painted this card and envelope to wish her well.
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Barbara M. said...

Hi Laura,

I remember renovation. I was fine until the contractors put the bathtub in our bedroom, which was my escape from it all. Then woo I was upset. Beautiful work, and the renovation will be completely worth it, as it was here.

Gorgeous painting.

Take care,


AutumnLeaves said...

What a gift to receive that card and envelope. "Frame me!" they cry. Love the two watercolors, especially the piece with the paint tube. The colors are my favorites. Lovely work, Laura. I share your love of order.

Gillian said...

You seem to be mastering CR's loose style - and that's so hard to do! Love the card - what a great gift!

Melanie Rawlings said...

What a beautiful card. Such a lovely idea. I would like to invite you to follow my blog. I have been trying out some new things and your one of my inspirations.

Anonymous said...

I received my Charles Reid book yesterday. Since I am making a first attempt at portraits, I turned to that chapter. His style is so loose I am finding it hard going. You, on the other hand, are having better success. I will keep trying.

Barbra Joan said...

Your Charles Reid inspiration is showing up nicely. I have a few of his books but no DVD.
As to your other chaos, you have my sympathies. I am going through the moving process to a smaller place. Eek!! where is everything going to fit?!!! Love your card.

A Brush with Color said...

These are gorgeous, Laura! And if someone sent me the envelope and beautiful card, I'd frame them and save them forever.

I need to sit down and practice some of those Charles Reid exercises--I'd started some a while back and "life" just keeps happening and getting in the way of things here. Hope your renovations are over soon--sounds wonderful, though--think of the end results you'll have!

Sherry said...

I hear you about chaos and anxiety. I operate best in an orderly environment. But think how beautiful it all will be when it's done! Your recent paintings are cool and serene. How does that happen?

Pam said...

What a beautiful style. Nice and loose. Very nice. Will be following your works.

cathyswatercolors said...

Hi Laura, Reno's are a challenge and always make me crazy.

I have been working on my son's house, and oh boy i forgot what work it is to move.

Again, your palette is beautiful. I jus always love the way your paint and water disperse... Just the right combo.

The card to your friend is stunning. Love the envelope.

William Cook said...

Amazing work!

Sandra said...

What a lovely blog you have here! I love your use of colour. Inspiring!

Arti said...

Beautiful colors...and that card and envelops are so pretty,too!

javi said...

fantástica linpieza y frescura.Saludos

Philip Bevilacqua said...

Hi Laura-
Nice use of light on the upper lime.


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