This is the photo of the scarf that was the basis for the color selection for the Hemlock Painting, below. I did this as part of a color exercise while taking a mixed media class. We were to choose a favorite object, or clothing or anything. Then, replicate the colors in a painting.
This Hemlock Painting uses the colors of the scarf. Quite a lot of experimentation went into finding the right combination of watercolors to approximate the colors of the scarf.
The painting technique relies on negative painting to get a highly textured result.
I painted this on a quarter size sheet of Arches Paper (11" x 15").
This is the Christmas card that I had printed by Vista Print. I selected the card imagery from many, many choices. Then I uploaded a digital image of my painting into the white space provided. I also created the inside of the card and the back (not shown here).
Then after using the painting for my Christmas card, I framed it and hung it on the front porch in a sheltered corner out of sun and rain. I will leave it there until spring, I think. Then, I will find another painting to use in the same spot. I have done this before and had no problem with weather damage--didn't even get spider nests on the back!