Welcome to my online gallery of watercolor paintings. I hope you’ll stay and visit a while! I call my style of painting “impressionistic realism” and aim for a luminous flow of colors that shows off the extraordinary beauty of watercolor. Please browse this site to learn more about my work and how I get my inspiration. If you would like to take a class or purchase a painting, giclee reproduction or my “Art Rocks” jewelry, please contact me! I’d love to hear from you. I am now accepting a limited number of painting commissions for 2014. Be sure to check out my new “In Situ” gallery on my watercolor gallery page which shows my work on the wall in various interior spaces!
My newest painting, “Life of Tree – Wings and Roots”, was inspired by the verse that there are two gifts we should give our children: one is “roots” and the other is “wings”. I added a child on a swing and butterflies hidden in the roots in this contemporary watercolor. If you follow my Facebook page you can see my process! Please feel free to “Like and Share” Kathleen Noffsinger Watercolors on Facebook with your friends and leave comments about this painting. I have posted photos of the painting process for this painting in a step-by-step format…enjoy!
I recently delivered my watercolor, “Red Orchids”, to the purchaser after picking it up from the 2014 Virginia Watercolor Society Show! Once again, one of my paintings has found a happy home.
Another painting adventure for 2014 has been working with watercolors on canvas in beautiful applications of very transparent layers of color. I love the way the white of the canvas shows through the paint and gives a luminousity to these large non-representational (some call it abstract) works. Here are two recent commissioned paintings and a photo of the finished paintings on the wall of my client’s stunning contemporary home.
How did I do that? I am often asked that question! Since my ideas come from many sources I like to have a “painting plan”. Although each painting is different, I begin with a compositional plan of lights and darks in a 2” x 3” value sketch in my sketchbook and proceed to a full-size pencil drawing on my watercolor paper. I use various traditional and contemporary watercolor techniques to apply color and sometimes spray or pour the paint onto the paper or canvas. In all of my work I use both large and small brushes loaded with very transparent colors, adding layers of paint to create transparent glazes. I rarely use opaque watercolor pigments.
If you look closely at my work, you can see “negative painting” in the osprey nests, light “poured” into the water in “Jellies” (pictured at right) and clear transparent “luminous color” in the seascape paintings of the Florida Keys. I hope you enjoy viewing my paintings as much as I enjoyed the painting process!