Thursday, April 14, 2011

messing around with watercolors..

My kids inspire me to play around in art just for fun, which I should do more often. I think I can take it too seriously, because with my book illustration I need to to a certain extent. But it can be bad because I scare myself away with self intimidation. These were done while watching Conference. Some I like more than others, but I'm including all of them just because. (maybe to show not just my favourites, but the mediocre stuff as a contrast..) I honestly never know what is going to turn out.

I started out n
ot liking the leaf.. but kept messing with it and coming back to it (which most of the time with watercolors will just make a mess) and I ended up liking it a lot. Leaves are a rather re-occurring theme in my art. I think they are beautiful, and are somewhat symbolic for me of the beauty and intricacy of creation.
The baby nasal aspirator ironically turned out une
xpectedly well despite the subject matter. Unfortunately it IS an indicator of the condition of my baby's nose..

The apple and orange are rather.. um, just meh. Underwhelming. But they were simple objects already... so their lack of detail isn't a problem, as much as they were boring still life subjects to begin with. Blame my kids, they were their snacks.

All in all though just very fun to mess around and have fun with art for no particular reason at all.


  1. wow, liesel- i can't even believe those are watercolor! amazing.
    and, i have to say that the apple & orange are my fav.

  2. Wow Liez, I love your art! Honestly, I know I'm your friend and I'm supposed to say kind things to you but REALLY I love your art!
    The leaf is so beautiful.
    You guys should come with us on the hike. It was just 10 minutes away on the Bitteroot River Trail. We can't wait to hang out again.

  3. They all look great. I love the "navel" part of the orange. During conference I also was "arting" with my kids. I intructly colored there coloring sheets with Prisma colored pencils. I think I listen better while my hands are moving. (must be from all that time drawing in church)

    Your baby is so cute. Mom had said Detta stopped at there house on her way to help you with the baby.

  4. LOVE the picture of Sohvi and Liam on top of the page--a classic! (and my favorite water color is the leaf, too)

  5. I love all your stuff. You Bendio's are sure creative. How much for one of your diaper kit holders?

    Kim (Usher) Hardy

  6. Sorry Kim, I don't sell them. If you (or somebody else) wants to sew it up and has any questions about it, I'd be happy to help. You can e-mail me at lieselb[at]yahoo[dot]com.