Tag Archives: watercolor painting

Watercolor Show Reception

23 Aug
First Harvest

“First Harvest” Watercolor on Yupo by Katie Turner 16″x20″

The Central New York Watercolor Society has its second Signature Show of 2017 at the Kirkland Art Center Gallery.  The Show reception is this Sunday, August 27th from 3:00-5:00 for those who are located in Central New York area.  It’s a lovely area to visit, with delightful coffee and cheese shop and boutiques.

The Exhibition runs until September 22nd, 2017.  The Kirkland Art Gallery hours: 9-4:30 Tuesday-Friday and by appointment.  Click here for more information on KAC: KAC Link

The CNYWS show will exhibit 41 pieces of watercolor and I’ve posted one of my watercolors that will be on display at the Show.  A second piece titled “Wisteria” will also be on display.  Hope to see you there.



Paint Chip Challenge

14 Jul
Landscape painting of low moon rising in woods, purple flowers dot the landscape

Low Moon 20″x 16″ watercolor on paper by Katie Turner

Sassy Lilac color

Sassy Lilac #4003-9B

There are two weeks left to view the CNY Art Guild Liverpool Library Show.  “Paint Chip Challenge” will hang until the end of July 2017.  For hours and location click here: www.lpl.org

This challenge was an interesting project and it was fun to see what each artist came up with.  The color was given to me by the show organizer.  It is not a color I would have chosen.  I primarily work with transparent watercolors. This particular color required me to use Chinese white to make it opaque.   After painting several different paintings using this color, I settled on entering the picture above into the show.  It was done on watercolor paper using wet into wet techniques and a palette knife to scratch in some of the texture.

Having parameters can make painting more of a challenge but some rules also fuel creativity.  I enjoyed this challenge and would definitely participate in another one.  I highly recommend a challenge like this for healthy art exercise.

15 Minutes in the Studio

27 Feb

I’m pleased to announce that a short piece I wrote has been included in the NLAPW’s Winter 2017 Magazine.  To purchase one of these magazines, go to the National League of American Pen Woman website or click here: NLAPW PenWoman Magazine Link


Art Reception at Kirkland Art Center, NY

13 Sep
watercolor painting of seaweed

Maine Coast Seaweed, a watercolor painting on paper by Katie Turner will be on display at the Kirkland Art Center, NY through October 30th.

Maine Coast Seaweed was accepted into the CNYWS (Central New York Watercolor Society) Annual Juried Exhibition.

The show runs from September 15 through October 30, 2016

Kirkland Art Center

9 1/2 East Park Row, PO Box 213, Clinton, NY 13323

For directions and hours go to kacny.org

For those who are local, please join me and all the CNYWS artists at the reception this Sunday afternoon.

RECEPTION held on Sunday, September 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Getting Loose

1 Oct
studio shot

Changing the palette, working large, abstraction – finding new approaches to my art.

I’ve made notes to myself on developing a looser style.  I remember how free my mother was when she would paint and I want to aim for that “looser” goal.  One of the most important things I’ve learned involves devoting as much time as possible to practice.  When my daughters were little, I would steal away 15 minutes here and there to paint – when they were napping or watching a tv show.  Then once a week my husband would watch the kids while I went off to an hour-long watercolor class at the local high school.  For many years this was all I could do, working this way and I was able to be productive without getting discouraged.

Continuing the quest to grow is my next matter of business, continually learning new attitudes and approaches to my art (and my life).  Here are a few things on my list that help to shake things up for me:

  1. Change the palette – trying a new color or limiting colors. Sometimes it’s a great challenge to try using an unusual color for something – for example, instead of using cerulean blue for the sky, try Burnt Umber or some other color?
  2. Work larger or smaller – if you normally are a careful and painstaking painter, then breakout – go large. Nothing loosens me up as much as painting full sheet abstract watercolors. I have had to switch to larger brushes and mix my paint in muffin tins.
  3. Try abstraction – experimenting with line, form, texture and color are very freeing. You no longer have to paint what you see but rather what you feel.
  4. Paint on tinted paper – you may have to add Chinese white to your palette but this may awaken your unexpected creativity.
  5. Use mixed media – try working with ink, crayons, acrylics or anything that will put some variety into your art.

Water Effect: Art Inspired by Water

21 Aug
landscape painting with pinetrees

“The Pines” 18″x 23″ Watercolor


“The Pines” was accepted into the Schweinfurth Art Center Art Show,  “Water Effect: Art Inspired by Water”.  The show runs August 29 through October 18, 2015.  Schweinfurth Art Center, located at 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021 (www.myartcenter.org)  Artist Reception is Friday, September 4, 5-8 p.m.  Gallery is open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.


What I’m Working on Today

27 Mar
sketch on paper of tray of vegetables

Doing the sketch for a still life.

painting of veggies

Working on still life.

finished picture of veggies

First painting completed.

second picture of veggies.

Second painting completed.  Watercolor on Terraskin paper.

I found the shapes and colors of these vegetables intriguing.   First I sketched the shapes and painted a quick picture in my large size paper pad.  Next, I got out a piece of Terraskin paper, cleaned it off well (finger prints repel watercolor paint) and started painting shapes.  I did not sketch onto the Terraskin this time.  You can see the finished picture above.  I want to say “finished” but the truth is,  I keep going back to it adding things and removing things.  I’ll probably put it away for a while and then come back to it and see if there is anything I need to change.  Now I’m ready to take those delicious looking vegetables into the kitchen to create something fantastic.