Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lots and Lots of Fruit!

Watercolor Fruit Silhouette Paintings: Grow Creative

I've been painting fruit.  lots and lots of fruit!
Watercolor Strawberry: Grow Creative
watercolor fruit paintings- pears, strawberry, pineapple, and a peach: grow creative

And with a little help from salt- they have some fabulous textures going on too!

These aren't like the realistic pears I have painted in the past.  These are more of a silhouette/ decorative style, for which, there will be a tutorial or two.  

Stay tuned for my Watercolor Fruit Series coming next week !

Watercolor Fruit Silhouette Paintings: Grow Creative


Monday, April 27, 2015

Photos of the Week

White Spring Lilacs: Elise Engh

A few photos from a little walk we took at the end of a beautiful day........

White Spring Lilacs: Elise Engh


I'm grateful for the good moments like these, even if they are short-lived.  

With every cramp and migraine and the inevitably nightly pain, I am more and more ready to get this hysterectomy thing over with.  I have plans and I can't wait to get going!   My plans AH  (after hysterectomy) include a new house this fall, painting in my own art room again (yea!!!), getting a business license for my business, and possibly some kayaking.  It's good to have things to look forward too :)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Technically Weeds

I love walking in the spring and discovering new flowers and life coming up, even if the flowers are technically weeds :)
Original Watercolor Wildflowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Wildflowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Wildflowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Wildflowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

For Sale HERE.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Semi-Abstract Flowers

Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

I've painted many flowers in my five years experience with watercolor and I probably will keep painting them for the rest of my life.  This time I took a more abstract approach and it was so fun!  I love painting wet on wet when I can.  I think my favorite paintings are the ones that look the most fluid.
Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

So are you abstract flower kind of person- or a realistic flower kind of person?  I think I'm somewhere in between :)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Photos of the Week

Few things are more beautiful to me than how the world looks (and smells) right after it rains, and by the world, I mean Utah.  It hardly ever rains here so when it does, I notice the small things like............... water drops clinging to lilacs,

purple lilacs with rain drops: growcreative
purple lilacs with rain drops: growcreative

how much brighter the sun seems,
yellow flowers in the sun- basket of gold: growcreative

and reflections in puddles.  It's good stuff.  Don't miss it!
rain puddle reflection: growcreative


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recycled Watercolor Flower Garlands


I like to recycle my old paintings, my mess-ups and experiments.  It seems such a waste to throw away good watercolor paper.  

Thank goodness I have a large flower paper punch and a sewing machine!  When you cut up the mess-up paintings, you can hide the fact that they are, in fact,  mess-ups.  

Recycle old watercolor paintings in paper flower cut-outs
Recycle old watercolor paintings in paper flower cut-outs

To make a garland out of these:
  • Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch possible. 
  • Sew straight across one flower and feed in another very closely behind it to not leave much of a gap. Then continue with the rest of the flowers.
  • When you have all the flowers attached, sew a second line down through all the flowers about a quarter of an inch apart from the first, to keep the flowers facing forwards and keep them from turning.


Flower Garland made out of recycled watercolor paper: Grow Creative
Flower Garland made out of recycled watercolor paper: Grow Creative
Flower Garland made out of recycled watercolor paper: Grow Creative
Flower Garland made out of recycled watercolor paper: Grow Creative

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Yellow Bird

Yellow and Blue Bird on a Branch- Original Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh

Since I still don't have a house of my own to work on and decorate, I've been painting more than ever.  I guess that's a good thing, right?  It's forcing me to focus more.  I want to do and try everything out there and then I don't stick to things long enough to really see what I can do.

So here's a recent bird painting- with a little hexagonal thing going on in the background.  Kind of an experiment.  A big one too...... 16 x 20 inches of experimentation!

Yellow and Blue Bird on a Branch- Original Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh
Yellow and Blue Bird on a Branch- Original Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh

For sale HERE.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A View of Paris

Girl in hat looking at Eiffel Tower- Original Watercolor by Elise Engh

This may possibly may be my first real "figurative" watercolor painting.  I don't know if I count the first time I tried to paint a portrait in watercolor- that was scary. yikes! 

I'm glad this one turned out better :)

Girl in hat looking at Eiffel Tower- Original Watercolor by Elise Engh
Girl in hat looking at Eiffel Tower- Original Watercolor by Elise Engh

I've always dreamed of going to Paris, so I can insert myself into this painting easily. When I look at this painting I feel like I'm really there, sitting in the sun, admiring the Eiffel Tower.

Girl in hat looking at Eiffel Tower- Original Watercolor by Elise Engh

You can purchase this painting HERE.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015