After retirement, I started going to a watercolor art group with my sister-in-law.
I found I loved the medium.
I also loved how relaxed I became when I was painting. The adventure has linked me to art groups in Mississippi, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Do you enjoy art?
Below, I’m sharing some of my favorites.
Grote Market in Antwerp
The Grote Market of Antwerp is a town square in the heart of the old city quarter. The city quarter boasts an extravagant city hall, many elaborate sixteenth-century guildhalls, restaurants, and cafés. Wikipedia
The Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Connecting the sestieri (districts) of San Marco and San Polo, it has been rebuilt several times since its first construction as a pontoon bridge in the 12th century and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city. The humor of this picture is that I thought the man with the camera was one of my travel companions. It was a full year after I painted this that I looked back at the pictures I took that day and realized our friend was wearing an entirely different shirt that day.
Irish National Stud and Gardens
We visited the Irish National Stud and Gardens when we were in Kildare, Ireland. This beautiful stallion was definitely one of my favorites.
We have a friend in the Twin Cities who creates hybridized lilies. With a basic knowledge of the hybridizing process, you can cross-breed your own lilies and make new ones. An afternoon tour of Franz’s gardens is one of my favorite summertime activities.
Löwendenkmal – The Lion of Lucerne
This beautiful setting commemorates the Swiss Guards who massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. Mark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally wounded lion as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”
The Kapellbrücke is a covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland.This beautiful landmark and stone water tower contains seventeenth-century art. We thoroughly enjoyed our day on Lake Lucerne. Wikipedia
The Arc de Triomphe stands at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the “Place de l’Étoile”. It’s located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The arches decorative style is the tradition of sculpture from the first half of the nineteenth century.
The Windmills of Denmark
Denmark was a pioneer in developing commercial wind power during the 1970s. Danish manufacturers such as Vestas and Siemens Wind Power along with many component suppliers produce a large share of the wind turbines around the world today.
We will always remember this loving little guy. His heart was huge and he loved everyone he met.
Gulls on the Beach
I did his picture using splattering techniques. It was done as an exercise in learning new techniques.
Eagle on Tree Mushroom
I decided to use watercolor ground on a tree mushroom to see if I could paint a picture. It’s impossible to achieve any form of detail, but I enjoyed creating a piece of art that could sit on a shelf.