Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Peony

Work in progress...Christmas gift - shhhhh 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Little Fall trees study


Just some colors that made me really happy a few weeks ago, when the weather was perfect and the were taken away with the snow that now blankets us 
Watercolor on paper 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sketches

Some ideas for the day




Saturday, October 1, 2016

Compleated #30 paintings in 30 days Challenge

#30paintingsin30days 
all 5x7 Watercolor

#30 for the 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge

Last one for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. What a long journey this has been for my first time. I tried to keep these fairly simple, all finished within a short fraction of time; but it was a very complicated project. I'm pretty happy with myself that I stuck with it; I'll admit that there were many occasions that I had no time for this and so I created some loose abstract pieces. However this has been one thing I've really enjoyed with taking up watercolor-you're almost forced to let go and free to just let the paint do the work. I can't wait to now focus my experience and energy to some bigger pieces, sticking with the watercolors.
Thank you so much to everyone who's followed along. I'll continue to post works-in-Progress of pieces to come :)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

#28

almost done ... this has been such a hard project to commit to; on top of all the other drawings I have to do for work. Thank you all who have followed me along my first attempt at this 30 paintings in 30 day challenge :)
5x7 watercolor #30paintingsin30days

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

#21

I do not love this one, sadly enough...I had horrible luck with the frisket but I painted and that's the whole point :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#13 30 paintings in 30 days

starting to feel a little better hopefully can get back on a roll

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

#12 30 Paintings in 30 day challenge

still under the weather... cat and mouse I think 
still 5x7 watercolors

Monday, September 12, 2016

#11 30 painting challenge

Been a little to down to paint but had to get some paint on the paper 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

#9 "Mr.Moon" 30 Painting Challenge

Watercolor 5x7 
#30paintingsin30days

My daughter was never a good sleeper. Most of the time she never slept. I started  realizing that when the moon got fuller she stayed awake more and more (we had black out curtains threw out the house). So instead of fighting it; I showed her the moon. At 8/9 months she tried always to see him! We always said hello and goodnight! By 2 there was no loss in the connection with that moon. She started to scare us when driving screaming 'mommy/daddy' with a calm  drop "do you see Mr. Moon". Still now when Mr.Moon appears we say "hello", "how've you been?",and "goodnight"; and still sometimes she blames him for why she's awake.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

#8 Sail -30 paintings in 30 days challenge

 Day 8 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days
watercolor on paper 5x7
 ( https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html )
  #30paintingsin30days 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

#5 cabin in the woods -30 Day painting challenge


I'm learning that this collection is turning into pieces I enjoy to paint, pieces that show the love I have for nature, and my wishes to one day have that nature surround me while I paint pieces I love!

#lifegoals


 Day 5 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days
watercolor on paper 5x7
 ( https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html )
  #30paintingsin30days 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

#4 morning glory -30 Day painting challenge


 Day 4 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days
watercolor on paper 5x7
 ( https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html )
  #30paintingsin30days 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

#3 Portrait -30 Day painting challenge


 Day 3 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days
watercolor on paper 5x7
 ( https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html )
  #30paintingsin30days 

Work in progress for day #3 challenge

Strictly watercolors 😶 5x7

Friday, September 2, 2016

#2 Rose -30 Day painting challenge

 Day 2 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days
watercolor on paper 5x7
 ( https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html )
  #30paintingsin30days 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

#1 Blue Bird -30 Day Painting challenge

 Day 1 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days
watercolor on paper 5x7
 ( https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html )
  #30paintingsin30days 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Work in progress portrait b&g

So trying to continue to do some work in progress shots as I continue this strange adventure of being an artist.
So this one was a model from Sktchy (I totally recommend getting your hands on this app!) I did this in ink and colored pencil on toned paper. The shots are not the best because I'm using a TruLight and for some reason it absolutely hates being used for pictures. 
I always start portraits by using the rule of thirds to map out the face. (not shown here but I'll be doing that in one of my next examples)( here's a good gist of what I mean). Once I get everything drawn out and happy with the look at the layout I start blocking out some of the darkest spots that need to Pop.(1) This gives me a good sense of direction to how the layout is holding together. I then start to alternate back and forth between pen and my prismacolor black (I only used white and black colored pencils with micron ink pen for this piece).(2) I use a soft circular motion to build up the black colored pencil pigment. Once I'm satisfied and done with all of the gradations I put a little burst of white.(3) This is the most exciting part. These little spots of White are very minimal and not to heavy! They are located along the cheek, a little in the eye, a smidge on the lip, and lightly threw little parts of the hair as well as a tiny dot on the nose. And Done!
I hope you enjoy! Better pictures will be posted soon to my website

Friday, March 25, 2016

Love you to the moon and back

Little grand baby commission... Charcoal and ink on toned paper 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Pool stick design

This was a new one!!! I was commissioned to do the bottom handle of a pool stick with a rose line design.So I did a little Flash Tattoo inspired illustration. It'll be a collaboration piece with a craftsman who is going to line it with One shot. His pool sticks are amazing. I can't wait to see how this comes out.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Lady in Turban


Here's my second watercolor portrait. I had a lot of fun working with this one. It was interesting playing with levels and layers of color.
So for this piece I used Winsor Newton Cotman pans and tubes. (Mostly pans) cad. Yellow, sap green, burnt umber, cad pale hue, alzarian Crimson, and ultramarine. Where the only colors for my pallet. On Strathmore paper.
For sale email: dawnkelleyart@gmail.com subject:Art for Sale

Friday, February 12, 2016

Portrait of daughter

This is my first watercolor portrait (at least since high school if I did it then). It's of my daughter -this is her "focused" face. She was actually opening up some Chapstick when I shot this; which is one of her favorite things ever...lol. This is going to be a Valentine's gift for my husband. <3 Thanks for looking :)
Full size about 5"x7" 
Watercolor on Strathmore using Winsor & Newton

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lemmy Portrait - Work in Progress



Starting a piece for a super amazing friend of mine! So I'm posting a little work in progress for you to see how it's done #wip (and yes I accept commissions)

The layout:
My daughter drawing alongside 

Here's her rendition of Lemmy (she's 2.5!!!!) I'm amazed by her; in so many ways! 
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Lil more work on the hat 

Little bit more....getting closer! This paper is a real struggle! My preferred paper was out at all of the two art stores around me :(


Back to finishing this up ...almost there