Landscape Art

Artist Workshops and Comparison Challenges A few weeks ago, I worked as crew with WorkshopsinFrance.com, during a fantastic Carol Marine workshop at a chateau in Provence, France. I used ink and watercolor on the cypress trees and hedges sketchbook study above. There was a lot of appreciation and breathing in the French air on the …

Artist Workshops and the Struggle with Comparing Your Work to Others Read More »

I’m home from France, fresh over jet-lag and loaded head to toe with inspiring photos, ideas & new friends. I’m particularly marinating in game-changing tips and tricks from watching Carol Marine teach attendees of her workshop. Carol Marine is a seasoned and generous instructor. She casually sprinkles workshop attendees with her hard-earned painting, drawing and seeing knowledge, and she doesn’t …

Painting Watercolor in France Read More »

Where am I? I’ll be traveling in a few weeks, so I’m pondering light weight art supplies. I’ve written about the gear I use ¬†(read that post here) at¬†art festivals and painting workshops, but I’d love to hear what you travel with… what’s your go-to brush set, or palette? How about your fave fold-up chair, …

Watercolor: Provence Cypress (& managing ego in the studio) Read More »

How to Title Your Art Descanso Gardens is in La Canada, California.¬†The grounds boast 34,000¬†camellia shrubs, 25 acres of California Oak trees, 3000 roses and paved pathways throughout the 160 acre property. (If you listen to audiobooks,¬†you might consider listening to a book like this one while walking through a public garden or hiking a …

Watercolor: Tea House (& how to title your art) Read More »

There’s a lot of Fall harvesting going on here in California. The farms near my house are full of cage-box trucks heavy with green and yellow citrus, and the scent of fresh-cut produce is strong on the roads I frequent; onions, peppers, cabbage and herbs are all abundant and fragrant. As we approach the end …

Monotype: Purple Barn (& organizing your studio) Read More »

Today, I’m sprinkling your eyes with images, because writing time is limited. There’s framing to do, and promotions to distribute, and labels to make, and art festival preparations to assemble & load. I’ll be in two shows this weekend: Beverly Hills Art Show, and the opening of I Wish I Had Friends Like That! at …

Watercolor: Capistrano (& a show at Flower Pepper Gallery) Read More »

Re-Living Travel Moments Here’s a little watercolor painted from a quick¬†study made on a¬†lovely afternoon sitting in a¬†shady¬†doorway in Venasque, France. I painted several street scenes to use as studies for larger paintings while on the¬†trip I took in June. That’s my friend Angel, sketching on the lip of the fountain. Whereabouts I’ll be at …

Watercolor: La Grande Rue, Venasque (& Art Festival dates) Read More »

This watercolor landscape was painted¬†after a trip to see my step dad in Central California. I love the shape of the land up there; curvy golden¬†hillsides, forged¬†smooth with time, and made soft & textured¬†with grasses and shrubs.¬†The fleshy horizon line along parts of the California highways remind me of reclined, slumbering figures. A couple of …

Watercolor: Tin Barn Near Adalaida (& a video: how is paper made?) Read More »

I just finished this¬†study for a nocturnal watercolor inspired by a solstice moonrise I watched from the chateau in France last month. A broad¬†horizon, unencumbered by tall buildings was a perfect vantage point to watch the moon rise from the distant hills in Provence. The chateau sits¬†on a hilltop, overlooking the valley, and it whispers …

Nocturnal Watercolor: Waiting for the Moon Read More »

When you return from an excursion to a new place – like for instance, France – you get to pour over your photos and re-live the experience, or even better, make art¬†from your photos and completely submerge¬†in that recall.¬†Painting, sketching and carving imagery from the photos I took in France last month¬†lets¬†me extend the relish …

Watercolor: Palatine Hill, Rome (& Painting Plein Air in Watercolor) Read More »

I’ve been home from France for a couple of¬†weeks, but I’m still feeding my family baguettes, with¬†cheeses, fruits,¬†salami,¬†pancetta, and prosciutto regularly. I’m listening to French music, drinking¬†ros√©, and selecting¬†outfits inspired by¬†the panache & style¬†I saw on the streets of Provence. It was an incredible travel experience, even though I’ve been there before;¬†this was the first …

Watercolor sketch: Boulangerie (& praise for art workshops) Read More »

The painting above was done after a trip to Rome a few years ago, so it seemed appropo for this post.¬†I just returned from two weeks in¬†France. #pinchme ¬†I’ve¬†been in Provence, sketching¬†quaint villages and¬†lavender fields while working as crew for Scottish painter Julie Snyder’s company,¬†Workshops in France. ¬† This was a last-minute opportunity to travel …

Watercolor: Vicolo Della Palle (& a painting trip to France) Read More »

What is a Collagraph? A collagraph is a type of printmaking, traditionally made from a collaged printmaking plate. If you’ve wondered how to make a collagraph – especially from mat board – here are the basic instructions, with a tutorial video! Shapes and textures are layered on a matrix or plate (usually metal, masonite or …

How to make a Collagraph Print Read More »

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve got a foxy watercolor in this lovely¬†exhibit – Outfoxed, at True North Gallery in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, opening this weekend, April¬†30th. I’ll be on the opposite side of the country at the San Diego Artwalk¬†this Saturday and Sunday, so I’ll miss the opening, but if you’re on the east …

Watercolor: Woodlands (& an Exhibit at True North Gallery) Read More »

This art began it’s life¬†as a watercolor. When I was almost finished, I knew¬†it was overcooked. You know what I mean right? That moment when all your shimmering, artsy hope and sparkly excitement for What-Could-Be goes dark? Yeah, that one. ¬†¬†I tossed the unfinished waif¬†on a shelf, and there it sat, shivering &¬†waiting to be …

Pastel: Spin (fixing failed watercolors with pastel) Read More »

There’s a wonderful little video (see below) about the details in creating¬†Marimekko fabrics, and it follows the process from¬†the concept drawing, to the fabric being printed in the factory, and ends with fabrics being used in the home. ¬†I especially love that it starts with an artist doodling ink and dabbling watercolors¬†in a sunny studio. …

Monotype: Santa Monica House (& fabric printing video) Read More »

I published a newsletter with dates¬†for upcoming Spring art festivals¬†that includes¬†a coupon code for 20% off in my Etsy Shop, so be sure to check that out here. (If you’re not yet subscribed to¬†get newsletters, you can sign up here.) Thanks for all the great feedback on the last post regarding artists being unkind to …

Monotype: Boatyard (& spring art festivals & #linklove) Read More »

I spent a few days this week hanging art, and unpacking the last parts of my studio that have been in boxes since moving from the desert to the coast over the summer. As much as I loved seeing those previously inaccessible art supplies, I also realized I haven’t missed some of them, and I’ve …

Collagraph: Morocco (& de-cluttering the art studio) Read More »

What are your Artist Goals? It’s time to review last year, and make a plan for the upcoming year!  Let’s review what’s behind us, and create a rough-draft map for the pursuit of artist goals ahead, shall we? Do you go backwards through your calendar to inspect the events stacked in the last year as you plot the next …

Artist Goals – Review and Make a Plan Read More »

This is the third post in a series¬†of gift books for artists in your life (or your own art library). [The first two posts can be seen here and here.] ¬†This list of five books is a little more esoteric – and not specific to¬†art-instruction, or watercolor, but they are great additions & references for …

Watercolor: Water Tower (5 gift books for artists) Read More »

Happy November to you! Is it cool and Autumnal where you are? Has the air around your home¬†got a crisp, bright, squinty light that signals the official arrival of Fall? Does the chilly atmosphere make you reach¬†for a sweater, a mug of hot apple cider, and a table strewn with art supplies, buffered¬†by a few …

Watercolor: Alverno Read More »

In my¬†early acquaintance with¬†blogging art back in 2005, I remember being stuck; I wasn‚Äôt sure if the watercolors I painted¬†were interesting enough to share, and I couldn‚Äôt think of much to say about them. (That last part will make my family¬†laugh¬†‚Äď but really, writing is different than talking all the time.) I deleted posts retroactively …

Watercolor: Nassco Shipyard (& writing an art blog) Read More »

Thanks for all the nice emails and social media tweets &¬†comments on the last post about making little art, and painting Artist Trading Cards. That trend, combined with the Painting a Day movement¬†–¬†which emerged at the same time¬†–¬†was like a double current of sanctions to work in small format to my heart’s content. Now, 10 …

Watercolor Landscape painting: Blue Eucalyptus Read More »

I started this watercolor painting as a demonstration on my easel at an art festival last Fall. Gale force winds in a water-restricted Los Angeles park added to the challenge of making art in a crowd, so I worked on it inside my booth, on my lap (see photos below) where¬†I could¬†hold onto the¬†board my …

Watercolor al fresco landscape painting – Good Day Sunshine Read More »

I’ll be traveling to San Diego, California in April for the San Diego Artwalk in Little Italy. ¬†(Booth #192 – Come say hello!) ¬†One of my favorite things about visiting other¬†towns is looking at homes, apartments and shop-fronts¬†to see the way local residents paint their clapboards, arrange¬†their flower beds, and adorn their porches with cushioned …

Watercolor Paintings: Albanian Apartments Read More »

I’m celebrating three things; 1) Happy Spring 2) Happy Birthday to my awesome little sister Nancy, and 3) Yayy for 20-videos (so far) & 1400 subscribers on my art channel (http://bit.ly/belindadelpesco)! ¬† To share in the festivities around here, let’s have a¬†sale in my Etsy Shop, shall we? (http://bit.ly/bdelpescoetsy). ¬†¬†Pick some art, & use MAKESOMETHING …

Watercolor: Baths at Caracalla in Rome, Italy Read More »

About ten years ago, I went on a plein air painting excursion in Old Town Newhall, a¬†historic western town not far from where I live in California. My artist pals and I scoped out paint-worthy architecture and¬†cityscape scenes, and set up easels along¬†sidewalks, under the shade of awnings, with our paints,¬†cameras and water bottles. Some …

Watercolor painting – Orange Storefront Read More »