Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Newport 925 15c "Getting to Know You"

Title: Newport 925 - 15c
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Media: Watercolor
Size: 20 x 20 inches

This creative process of painting my "Newport 925"
series brings to mind the song from "The King and I",
"Getting to Know You".
With each change and observation about my choices for
design of this subject matter, I continue to learn more
about it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Waiting for Dinner

Title: Waiting for Dinner
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
20 x 20 inches
Media: Mixed Watercolor / Acrylic

Here is the latest in the Newport 925 Series.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Learning from Painting in a Series

Newport Series - 4 Paintings
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Each painting size: 20 x 20 inches

Deciding to paint this painting four times helped me to
improve painting skills, make subtle changes in the composition,
explore neutral color combinations and learn how to push the color
dominance of the painting from cool to warm.

These are all predominantly transparent watercolor.
Number five in this series will be featured in the next post.

Newport Series Continues

Title: Newport 925 -15
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Size: 20 x 20 inches
Media: Transparent Watercolor

This is the fourth in this series.
Each time I paint another painting, I learn how to improve one
more detail or small area of the composition.
While I paint, additional thoughts about the subject pop into
my mind. Or even better, I receive suggestions from my husband,
son, or artist friends that resonate with what what I want.
That is why I added an additional seagull, changed the
bucket to orange and created the loop on the orange cord in
this painting.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Joy to You in 2015!

Title : Newport 925
Size: 20 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolor / Acrylic
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

The wonderful response (on Facebook and in the
last two posts on this blog) to the first two paintings
in this series led me to this third painting.

Interesting to note that the vote was almost even.
Ten voted in favor of the predominantly cool painting
with the dark horizontal band at the top.
Twelve voted in favor of the predominantly warm
painting with the "L" shaped composition.

After seriously weighing each comment, I decided to
combine what I learned from you, to create this third painting.
The new passage and color on the left side of the
painting, as well as the seagulls add the suggestion of
a scene I have witnessed many times...the seagulls
waiting for a meal.
As the fishermen clean their salmon for customers,
they often toss the unwanted parts of the catch to the

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Compare Two Compositions Side by Side

Newport 625 and Newport 625-2
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

Thank you to all of you for your input!
I appreciate your comments and opinions (on this blog and on Facebook) 
about these paintings. They have been very helpful.

Liz Walker suggested I share the compositions side by side,
so the comparison would be easier.
Susan Greenbaum only received one of the images, so this
post lets you see both.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Newport 625-2 & Which Design Do You Prefer?

Title: Newport 625-2
Size: 20 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolor and Acrylic
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

Using interesting cast shadows has been a recent new
direction, which started this summer
with "Old Tug 10" (see June 30, 2014 post).

The first painting (see Nov. 28, 2014) using this subject
matter was painted using a horizontal band design.
Compare the horizontal band of color across the top of the
composition (the darker colored shape on the top of the image)
to the upside down "L" shaped composition above.

Sometimes my family members ask, "What do you mean
by an "L" shape? All we see is an orange cord on the side of
a fishing vessel, with the numbers 625".
I tell them, "If you squint you will see a dark sienna colored
shape on the left and top of the image.
Together these shapes form an upside down "L" that
frames the orange cord and the lightest part of the painting.
This is one of the ways an artist can direct the viewer's eye to
a specific part of the painting".

So which do you prefer, the horizontal band or the upside down L

Friday, November 28, 2014

Newport 625

Title: Newport 625
Image: 20 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolor
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

Monday, October 13, 2014

46th Annual Watercolor West Exhibition - Joyful Moments

Francesca Brayton, Vickie Rothchild, Sharon Kale holding
the award envelope.

It just made my day to receive these photos from my
sister, Sharon Kale. She and my mother, Vickie Rothchild
traveled to Brea for the show opening and to see my
painting in the 46th Annual Watercolor West Exhibition.
Francesca Brayton, President of Watercolor West,
presented the awards at the opening.

Vickie, with my painting, "Old Tug 10" Transparent Watercolor

Chris Stubbs won an award at this show.

It meant a lot to me that Chris, an artist friend, that
I have admired for years,
greeted my mom and sister at the show.
Click on the link below to see her work:

Thank you to the Signature Members for their
contributions to this award. Leslie Cheney-Parr,
one of the signature members on this list.
is also from Oregon and won an award at this show.