Woodcut with Watercolor & the Beverly Hills Art Show


Watching Flowers Grow 5.75×4.5 Woodcut with watercolor

The woodcut above can be found in my Etsy shop, and you’ll find a speedy little time lapse video showing the sequence when she gets painted with watercolor below.

Fall art festival season is coming up here in southern California, and artists are waiting to hear if they made the cut in each show’s jurying process.  After several years of applying and not getting into the Beverly Hills Art Show, I just got my acceptance letter, and I’m thrilled! If you’re local to Los Angeles, mark your calendar for October 15 & 16, and come say hello at booth #108 between Rodeo Drive and Beverly Drive on Santa Monica Blvd.  Now, pardon me while I go dance a little jig. 🙂

What sort of art events have you lined up or plotted for the upcoming Fall season?

See you in the next post!


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Carving the portrait from a block of sealed MDF board



Ready to ink and print the portrait with non-toxic Akua inks


Pulling the first print after a trip through the press in my studio


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Art Quote

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
~William Arthur Ward


8 Responses to Woodcut with Watercolor & the Beverly Hills Art Show

  1. Gabrielle August 22, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Gorgeous! It has a very delicate feel to it. I especially love your choice to have the image become the border at the bottom of the piece.

    Glad to see you are still working with the Akua inks and getting beautiful results. I’m about to place my first order – can’t wait to try them with wood/linocut!

    • Belinda DelPesco August 23, 2016 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Gabrielle, Thanks for the compliments. Have fun with the Akua inks… they are quite different from oil-based inks (consider ordering their MagMix to adjust viscosity), and will take some experimenting to get used to, but I think it’s well worth the testing and time, because they are lovely. (And non-toxic.) 🙂

  2. Jim Serrett August 21, 2016 at 5:41 am #

    Very sweet, have a great day!

  3. Cristiane Marino August 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    Wow! So beautiful…..

  4. Sonia August 19, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Delightful little print Belinda.

    • Belinda DelPesco August 19, 2016 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks for that, Sonia! Happy painting & sketching to you!

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