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Butterfly at the Veil by Dawna Morton

Butterfly at the Veil, watercolor painting on gessoed canvas-board, by Dawna Morton, 2013.

I originally started this painting so I would have an entry for the local art associations art contest this summer, however life with 6 kids isn’t always conducive to having enough time to paint–and the kids come first 😉 I think I managed to get it done within about a month of the deadline. I had a photo of some ‘snow in summer’ flowers that I had taken through my front window as a photographic experiment after I got my new camera, and I loved the feel of the one this painting is based on –although the photo itself turned out a little blurry. I had a couple of small canvas boards a friend gave me for Christmas, and decided to use those to experiment with different media and effects for the background. Click here to see it as a work in progress, and to see some of the other background ideas I played with…

In order to quickly see how which background type looked best with the flowers, I printed out a copy of my reference photo and just cut them out of it so I could lay them over each of the canvases in turn. This worked extraordinarily well since the canvases weren’t much bigger than my printout. I ended up going with this purple watercolor because it more closely mimicked the feel I was looking for. with the deadline looming I decided to trace the paper cut out onto the canvas to save time. Hopefully nobody feels like that was cheating. I ten drew in the details and made some alterations–such as changing which direction the main blossom was facing. I also moved the flowers on this side of the window and suggested a curtain with light coming through it instead of a screen and the edge of the windowsill with the flowers outside. Then I added a butterfly to balance everything out and add some additions interest.

Everything was coming along nicely until the three-year-old got a hold of it. One of those moments where the house was suspiciously quiet for entirely too long prompted me to figure out what she was up to. She had managed to get herself into the art room and nabbed the paints and was happily painting away in a bold red. Thankfully She had laid a few pieces of paper across the top first–which caught the worst of it; however, there was still the problem of bright red splotches on a very simple all purple palette.

Luckily the red lifted off of the gessoed surface beautifully, and I did not have to go with plan b — adding a bunch of red flowers to the right hand corner.

As I was working on the composition and painting a symbolic meaning to everything came into play. The three sections of curtain across the window is a sort of representation of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost–united yet separate and distinct at the same time as they are one. Then there is the light coming through the curtain –which represents  inspiration, revelation and those moments when we feel that heaven is near. Truly the veil is thin sometimes. This is also a reference to the temple and going there for additional revelation, inspiration, peace and to be spiritual uplifted. The butterfly is a representation of being visited by the Holy Ghost, which was inspired by an article I read to my children many years ago in the Friend magazine about how being reverent is like sitting quiet and still so you can catch a butterfly, or feel the Holy Ghost. The flowers are a representation of each of us, as we grow and blossom in readiness to hear, inspiration is more frequent and clear, and easier to understand– and in turn spiritual light nourishes us so we can grow and blossom. And of course: God is the source of all light (revelation inspiration, and so on) and we are completely dependent on them. The overall feel and tranquility in this painting is symbolic of how we feel when we commune with God and the peace and comfort He sends us through the Holy Ghost.

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This is the painting I entered in the Columbian Artists Association 36th Annual Judged/Juried Spring Show (June 18, 2012 to June 27, 2012 at the ROSE CENTER FOR THE ARTS Lower Columbia College, 1600 Maple Street Longview, Washington):
Womans Autumnal Twilight Serenade by Dawna Morton
Woman’s Autumnal Twilight Serenade by Dawna Morton~
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A country girl in a white dress and cowboy hat pauses to listen to the sound of the wind before continuing to fiddle a serenade. Autumn leaves fall peacefully downward through the dark, but tranquil forest in the background, as their silently drifting shapes create an air of magical wonder —glowing in the light in their downwards spiral towards the forest floor. As the wind flutters her dress and her hair, it also picks up the notes of her music from her inward ear, and carries them afar to the world.

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I first got the idea for this painting when I was cleaning up some gentian violet that spilled all over the bathroom counter. I made the mistake of setting the wadded up  cloth diaper which was used in the cleanup on the edge of the bathtub–which just made a bigger mess; however, when it was removed later I noticed the stain left behind resembled a cowboy hat, and upon closer inspection I saw a cowgirl playing a fiddle in my imagination. There are photos of the stain in my facebook album also.

I took a bunch of photos of the stain from all sorts of angles , and set them aside to use as a reference later before cleaning the whole thing up with a bleach spray. Then when my friend Heather suggested I should enter the competition, I thought this would make a great painting for my entry.

With a bit of a folksy feel, this painting has come to have a spiritual meaning to me. The wind can be symbolic both of trials and of the Spirit. Notice that the Tree in the background looks gnarled and weathered and bent by the winds that have beset it. We are like that sometimes, our past and the trials we’ve been through sometimes they make us feel all gnarled up inside, and we have to move beyond that and find healing. the leaves falling and glinting in the light symbolize change and the beauty of shedding the old so we can put on beautiful and tender new growth when after the process of weathering the winter season. The woman in the painting appears to have found a moment of peaceful clarity as she listens to the sound of the wind (or the Spirit)– then after listening she begins to play what she has heard, what she has learned, so that the wind can then brighten lives by carrying its message through her music to the hearts of listeners throughout the world.

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Two weeks ago I went over to a friend’s house for “art day” which is when we forget about the chores for a while and just have fun creating some art and chatting. We don’t get to do that nearly enough. This particular day She was working on some custom painted mats for some small frames , and I decided, because time was short, to paint a flowering tree branch on a bookmark sized piece of paper. There was just barely enough time to finish before time to pick up kids from school, but I thought it would make a nice border for some stationary.
flowering tree branch by Dawna Morton
flowering tree branch by Dawna Morton
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Watercolor painting of red flowers on a spring tree branch with a simple background of yellow sunlight with a delicate pink morning blush. This looks great framed with a cranberry red mat.

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With some of the background removed this did in fact make a pretty stationery border. It looks great on a variety of paper colors.

In fact, they turned out so well that I put the design on a variety of cloth napkins too.
Then I got a little carried away and created over 50 colors of custom dish towels.
It even looks great paired with my “abstract in tie dye colors” design on a variety of products 🙂
Any of these would make an excellent gift for Mother’s Day, housewarming gifts, or a wedding present 😉
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Flight of the Great Blue Heron

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Flight of the Great Blue Heron by Dawna MortonView Larger ~see it framed

Watercolor on gessoed paper, 14 3/4″ x 21 3/4 “, 2007. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Like a prayer that lifts us up from our troubles to see a glimpse of the beauty and majesty of god’s plan for us, the great blue heron takes flight from the marsh towards the footbridge and the misty mountains beyond. Set at Trojan pond near Goble, Oregon.
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In process of  rephotographing my artwork with the new camera I got for Christmas, I realized I had not written a blog post about Flight of the Great Blue Heron.

There is an interesting story behind this painting:

Back in 2006 we went fishing at the pond at the site of the old Trojan nuclear facility(near Goble, Oregon). On one of my many trips escorting kids to and from the bathroom that day, this great blue heron went swooping down to the water and away again.  Unable to whip my camera out quick enough to get the shot, I kept going back hoping the bird would be there again. Finally several hours later I said a prayer in my head asking for the bird to come back so I could get some pictures. Within minutes the heron swooped down again, sticking around long enough for me to get quite a few good photographs. Amazingly enough even the dog managed not to frighten it away.

on the wing by Dawna Morton
on the wing by Dawna Morton

coy blue heron by Dawna Morton
coy blue heron by Dawna Morton

blue heron keeping an eye on me by Dawna Morton
blue heron keeping an eye on me by Dawna Morton

walk with me by Dawna Morton
walk with me by Dawna Morton

MY fish! by Dawna Morton
MY fish! by Dawna Morton

Before beginning this painting I had been hearing quite a bit about achieving interesting results by painting on Yupo paper with watercolors. I didn’t have money to buy new paper at the time, but thought maybe applying a layer of gesso to the paper and painting on top of that would create similar effects. It worked beautifully, causing the paint to slide around with a loose slippery feel, creating a light airy feel to the mountains in the distant background. As an added bonus this brought an element of fun and spontaneity back into my artwork–as opposed to the drudgery of trying to be photo-realistic.

The other night for Family Home Evening when  one of my son’s was in charge of the activity he suggested we do this art activity. He is taking an art class at school, and they have been exploring textures in a project that involved rubbing a crayon over a textured surface, painting on top of that, and then tracing and cutting flower shapes out to glue on another paper. He was very excited to teach us how to do this. Here is the one I made:

red tulip by Dawna Morton
red tulip by Dawna Morton ~see it framed
This mixed media watercolor explores various textures with crayon rubbings, overlaid with a paper tulip cutout. The work was then painted in a loose impressionist style to give a light and airy feel like the tulip is glad of a little spring rain in the sunlight.

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All of the kids from the teenager right down to the toddler had fun doing this  (with a little supervision). On mine I used textures from the wall, ceiling, the heater, and a carving on our piano, while the kids had fun finding textures on the woven fabric of our computer chair, Legos, and various other bumpy surfaces around the house. Then we traced, cut,  and painted the flower shapes and glued them on another piece of paper. Although I textured and painted my background, a plain, colored piece of construction paper also works well as a background–especially if you want to get done sooner so you can get the kids in bed on time 😉  It may be fun to also just cut out shapes like squares, circles and rectangles and then arrange them into flower shapes on the paper (or fire trucks or whatever might be of interest to your own kids). Once I got the cut and paste stage, I realized I had made my flower too large for where I wanted to place it on the paper, and I had to trim it down a bit. Then after gluing down the tulip I quickly and lightly painted in a stem and some leaves using some colors to match the background, adding some stamens and pistols  to complete the composition and add to the feeling that the flower was  reaching for the spring rain to get a drink.  The next day I glued down the flower more securely and did a little touch up since I had been in too much of a rush to get it done before so I could whisk the kids to bed.

Perhaps later I’ll post the ones my kids made if that’s ok with them…

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Stationery and sticker with  the water soluble oil painting,Elizabeth at the Beach, by Dawna Morton, in which Elizabeth explores the tidal pools on a windy day at Cannon Beach, Oregon on the way out to haystack rock .

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Elizabeth at the Beach

Elizabeth at the Beach by Dawna Morton

Elizabeth at the Beach by Dawna Morton

Water soluble oils on gessoed paper, approximately 15 x 22″, 2006. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

The idea for Elizabeth at the Beach. came to me back in 2005 when Elizabeth came back home to Oregon for a visit from out of state. She was so sad that her schedule while visiting did not allow enough time to have a day at the beach that I decided to do a painting of a little piece of “home” for her.  I  found a picture  for reference in my photo album from a day we had spent at Cannon Beach as teenagers. While the tide was low  we waded out to Haystack Rock and climbed up on part of it. On the way out there I  turned back towards shore  to snap a picture of Elizabeth who was using the rocks as stepping stones some distance behind me.

Too simplify the composition of the painting I reduced the number of beach houses on shore, people, and rocks in the water in the scene. Since the painting is quite a bit larger than the photo, I used a ruler and some math to mark key elements on the paper in the right places and in the correct scale and relation to each other. I used this method more sparingly in this painting than on several I had completed previously since it can be rather tedious when overdone.

Once I was done with the sketch, I started in  painting a layer of light blue in the sky and then overlaid it thinly with some white– being careful to leave it patchy to create the impression of an overcast spring day. Then I used a dark blueish green to add in the  mountains covered in evergreen trees. The houses on the lighter yellow green foothills were all painted in earth tones to keep them from drawing too much attention away from the focal point. Next came painting the sand. I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to get the sand right since I had never tried painting sand before. What I ended up doing was painting a layer of a brownish mustard yellow and then using a two variants of it applied in semi-transparent horizontal strokes to create highlights and shadows.  After that it was time to put in the water and rocks in the foreground. Although in the reference photo the water was transparent, allowing the sand and rocks below to be visible, I chose to portray it as a vibrant opaque blue instead. With the white sea foam of the waves I added in, it shows more of a feeling of the wind that is constantly blowing along the coast and gives more energy to the piece.  I also added  bits of green on the rocks to give the impression of algae and  perhaps some sea anemones . Finally I added the people, painting them all in blue, red, and white to unify them. When I was almost done I accidenaly got a smudge of the dark blue paint in the sky because I had some wet paint on my hands. Instead of painting over it I decided to use it to make a group of seagulls circling in the air which worked well with the composition.

Explore the tidal pools with Elizabeth on a windy day along the Pacific Coast in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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Last week when I was doing some marketing optimization of my Zazzle product ( making sure there are links to help people find matching postage, stationery, and stickers etc). I decided that some of the details in my water soluble oil painting, Midsummer Daydream, would make some beautiful stickers to match some of the stationery I already had for sale. They also make pretty magnets and key chains.

Midsummer Daydream sticker

This sticker shows a view of fairies dancing on green lily pads surrounded by red lilies floating on dark blue water.

Midsummer Daydream magnet
Midsummer Daydream by dlmtleArt
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Midsummer Daydream sticker

This sticker shows a view a fairy skipping across the lily-pond in a pose reminiscent of an ice skater while she leaves a trail of ripples behind her in the dark blue water.

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Midsummer Daydream magnet
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Midsummer Daydream sticker

This sticker shows a view of a brown leaf boat floating among the reflections in a lily-pond

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Midsummer Daydream sticker

This sticker shows a detailed view of the wood sprite creating ripples in his refection as he daydreams while laying on the shore of the lily-pond.

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This week I created a series of products on zazzle Using my painting, Oakridge Reservoir #3

Watercolor painting on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Soft Press 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″x 11″, 2001. Sunrise over Oakridge Reservoir, on a tranquil Oregon morning. Smooth as glass, the water mirrors calm reflections of driftwood and a fishing boat. Peace and solitude as the day breaks over the cool blue mountains. This is one of a series of 4 watercolor paintings I did of Oakridge Reservoir quite a number of years ago. We went camping in Oakridge during august one year for vacation, and while we were there I took some lovely reference photos of the reservoir early in the morning. It’s a really lovely place, not far from Springfield and Eugene, Oregon–it’s very family friendly with lots of outdoor recreational activities. Painted on a very smooth sample of Fabriano Uno 300 lb Soft Press 100% cotton paper, this early morning scene inspires reflection and peacefulness as well as a sense of the majesty and grandeur of nature and God’s creations. The waters of the reservoir are smooth as glass as they reflect the logs and driftwood within the reflections of the shadowy mountains. An evergreen branch seems to point past the small fishing boat moored alone at the dock towards the pale yellow dawn light filling the sky and creeping across the mountains while three pale gray clouds hover in the distance.

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This week I used my painting Oakridge Reservoir #4 to create some items on zazzle. The original is watercolor on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Rough 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001.  A gnarly tree stump surrounded by weathered gray branches juxtaposed against a view of algae and rocks under the vibrant blue water of Oakridge Reservoir. Forested green Oregon mountains frame the hazy blue mountain ranges in the distance. These would be a great inexpensive way to get a souvenir of a great vacation or just enjoy some fine art.

Oakridge Reservoir #4 bag
Oakridge Reservoir #4 by dlmtleArt
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