Delphiniums” 7” by 10” watercolor, ©2011 Nikki Kinne

Welcome to day fifteen in the 33 Paintings in 33 Days Project of Alaskan artist  Nikki Kinne and Wisconsin artist Helen Klebesadel.

Nikki’s twelfth painting came straight out of her yard as she painted this lovely gestural impression of a bouquet of Delphiniums.

Today you get four for the price of two.  Both Nikki and I created our painting for the day that we then realized didn’t quite fit the personal parameters that we had set up for ourselves doing this project, so we each did a second painting.  I like all four paintings so much I decided to post all of them.

Reflecting, 5x7, watercolor, ©2011 Nikki Kinne

Here is Nikki’s second, rule-breaking, painting.  She is trying not to use photographs but this work was created from a photo she took from the Mississippi the last time she was in Wisconsin.  I liked it too much not to include it even though it isn’t officially one of our 33 paintings in 33 days.

By the way, Nikki will be back in Wisconsin this September with her husband Ken.  I’ve invited her to be a guest artist in my week-long workshop at Bjorklunden in Door County the week of September 18-23 (another two for one experience).  The workshop, “Watercolor:  A Fresh Start,” is for beginners and those in need of a refresher, though the occasional experienced painter has been know to join us.  Weather permitting we will try out a little plein air painting on the lovely Bjorklunden grounds.

Fireworks, 9x7, watercolor, ©2011 Helen Klebesadel

This is my rule-breaking painting.  I used a technique of adding successive layers of liquid rubber masking fluid over increasingly redder washes of watercolor.  The technique requires you to let the paint dry completely before adding a layer of mask, and then the mask must dry completely before adding another layer of watercolor. It took me two days to complete all the layers.

I also share this second painting as my official 15th of 33.

Bloodroot, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2, watercolor, ©2011 Helen Klebesadel

This little artist trading card sized work captures the spring Bloodroot bloom as it appeared in a lovely wooded glade near my hometown of Spring Green, Wisconsin.  I haven’t sworn off using photographs for this project.  Here I used one I took to capture this image on a lovely spring day.

Thank you for participating in our shared creative play over these last to weeks.  Please stay with us for the next two!

I am now making my daily works for this project available for sale online in my Meylah shop here:​besadel  I post them each day after they are posted in the blog.