Mother’s Day Tulip Bouquet

I hope everyone is enjoying this fine Mother’s Day weekend. The weather was beautiful here today. I started out the day with a lovely Mother’s Day breakfast with my daughter, sister, and mother,  followed that up with a brief shopping spree, then ended the day with a joint painting session with my daughter. We convinced my mother to join in on the fun, and she painted her first watercolor painting. I’ll be posting copies of their paintings next. Tonight I’m giving myself top billing since today is my special day. This was another lesson featured in Fiona Peart’s book, “Tulips in Watercolor.” Watercolors on hot pressed Acquarello Artistico paper by Fabriano.

Red Tulips in Watercolor

red tulips in watercolor

Here’s my version of the same painting my daughter finished earlier this week–a watercolor lesson featured in Fiona Peart’s book, “Tulips in Watercolor.” Watercolors on hot pressed Acquarello Artistico paper by Fabriano.

Watercolor Calla Lilies

Watercolors, micron pen, and acrylic ink on cold pressed Canson Aquarelle/Acuarela paper. Another painting my daughter finished during our joint painting session this week. How amazing is she? I just love this. I’ll be posting one of my paintings tomorrow. For step-by-step instructions on completing this project pick up a copy of the book, “Botanical Flowers in Watercolor” by Michael Lakin.

Watercolor Tulips

My daughter and I are really enjoying our joint painting sessions. Here’s a peek at her latest painting–a project she picked out of my new  book “Tulips in Watercolor” by Fiona Peart. She was experimenting with a much looser style today. It was a speedy painting; it took her less than an hour to complete but the results are stunning. Okay, I may be a bit biased. Watercolors on hot pressed Acquarello Artistico paper by Fabriano.

Yorkie Antics

I turned around after loading the dishwasher this afternoon and found my Yorkie, Steve, watching me from his perch on the kitchen table.  I guess he wanted to get a better view. Ah, the trials and tribulations of owning a Yorkie. They are delightful little troublemakers. Before I shooed him off the table, I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots for posterity.


Caitlin Wilson Pillow Cover Giveaway

I’ve featured Caitlin Wilson pillow covers on my recent spring living room mini-makeover post, now you can win one of her 16×26 Signature Border Pillows in the color of your choice.

To enter visit Caitlin’s blog, leave a comment, and tell her what color you’d choose. But you need to hurry; the giveaway ends on Monday, May 7th at midnight. Good luck.

Come On, Everyone, Let’s Do the Tangerine Tango!

I’ve introduced you to Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, I’ve highlighted previous colors of the year, and I’ve shown you how you can replicate this color at your favorite paint store. Now, let’s get down to some serious business. Seriously fun, that is. I’ve begun to assemble some items that I plan to feature in various rooms of my house as I dance around with this color and splash it from room to room. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the items that I’ll be featuring on my Tangerine Tango tour. Over the coming weeks I’ll provide you with photos of the completed rooms as well as purchasing information. I’m going to be quite busy; and I’ve definitely got some painting to do!

Tangerine Tango–How to Get it at Your Favorite Paint Store

If you enjoyed Lori Sawaya’s Pantone Colors of the Year chart in my previous post, you’ll also enjoy these infographics she created that show you how to translate Tangerine Tango into your favorite brands of paint so you can use this great color in your own home.

We’ll start with my favorite brand of paint, Benjamin Moore. Lori’s top three Benjamin Moore paint colors that most closely match Pantone Tangerine Tango are:

  1. Tawny Day Lily (2012-10)
  2. Orange (2011-10)
  3. Outrageous Orange (2013-10)

Next up is Pratt and Lambert. Here are Lori’s top three picks for Pratt and Lambert paint colors that most closely resemble Tangerine Tango:

  1. 1855 Flame
  2. 1006 Banner Red
  3. 1861 Poppy

And finally, here are Sherwin Williams’ paint color equivalents that most closely match Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, Tangerine Tango:

  1. SW1623 Fire Island
  2. SW1616 Valencia
  3. SW6882 Daredevil

Thank you, Lori, for allowing me to share your work.

Pantone Colors of the Year 2000-2012

And speaking of Tangerine Tango–Pantone’s color of the year of 2012–here’s a colorful infographic created by Lori Sawaya from that features Pantone’s colors of the year from 2000 through 2012. Not only is this infographic beautiful (it would look fabulous as a framed piece of art), it’s also a handy guide for artists, interior designers, and color enthusiasts. It includes the RGB values and HEX codes for your convenience. Lori says “feel free to share the graphic, just remember the information in the brown box at the bottom must remain attached.”

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