Excited to be in a magazine

27587 magazine article
Article in 27587 magazine


I’m very excited to say that I am the featured artist in the current 27587 magazine. Kathryn Rende wrote a nice article about our day out looking for birds in January. Above you see a snapshot of the first page. They have put their other issues online, so if this one goes online, I will be sure to send out the link!

Another Sick Day

Cardinal by R. Welty
Campfire by J. Welty

My youngest was home sick today with a tummy bug. We played the doodle game. First person draws a squiggle, then the second person has to make it into something. These were the two most successful of the day.

Benefits of Art Journaling


Last night I gave my talk on art journaling to the WFGA. It was a gracious crowd – they all seemed excited to try out journaling and how it might work for them. I thought I would share with you some of the benefits of writing/drawing things down in a bound book as opposed to random scraps of paper (or not writing it down at all!)

* You remember what you draw (a nice benefit to travel sketching)
* Having a record of what you have learned – I have documented little projects I’ve undertaken (i.e., learning the structure of the human head)
* Seeing things you’ve forgotten – little random notes about daily life sprinkled through journals take on greater significance as the years go by.

There are, of course, many more benefits – feel free to add them in the comments!

The image above is a doodle I found in a sketchbook from the late 90s.

Chances to Meet


I’ve spend the last two days in the studio going through sketchbooks. It’s been a fun walk down memory lane! This is in preparation for a talk I am giving Monday evening in Wake Forest at the Wake Forest Guild of Artists’ Members’ Meeting. If you are local and free on March 16th, come on by, I’d love to meet you.

As well, it is time for Art After Hours again. Tomorrow night, Friday the 13th from 6:30pm to 9pm I will be at Wake Forest Art and Frame. I plan on working on my latest hawk painting for the evening. I’d love for you to stop in and see how I paint and chat.


Sick Day

pencil sketch of boy asleep
My Son Asleep – drawn from life

So this guy was home sick from church on Sunday. My poor sons – they feel miserable and their nurse jumps at the chance to draw them while they are still.

Every family has to bear their burdens, I suppose! (He is feeling better now.)

What did you do with your snow day?

Watercolor of Red Tailed Hawk
Young Red Tailed Hawk – work in progress – copyright Rose Welty

I do realize that most of the world did not have a snow day yesterday – but, in my neck of the woods it’s a common question. And, it hasn’t been just one snow day, but yesterday we woke up to 7 inches of snow on the ground!

My kids, of course, have been out playing in it. So, in between loads of laundry, I worked on a new painting of a hawk. Above you a little snapshot – more once I finish it. This is a large painting, my largest so far, at 18in x 27in.

Looking to the Past

Fruit from the fruit bowl – sketched live while watching a family movie.

There was a recent Facebook meme that had artists posting 3 paintings a day for 5 days in a row. For my part, I decided to have a look through the past – it was a great exercise to look back at what I have done in the last 10 years.

Sketch of my mom reading – done from life – this is one of the first live sketches I did that does resemble the person somewhat

Today I thought I would share with you 3 sketches I selected – all done in 2008. During that period in my life I sketched every day for at least 15 minutes a day, usually more than that. I would love to get back into that habit – my posting it here on the blog is a way to try and keep myself accountable to it!

A copy of Degas’ drawing of Manet – I have learned a ton over the years from copying Degas and Sargent drawings.



Setting my sights


watercolor male and female cardinal
copyright 2014 Rose Welty

As I sit here curled up with my tablet, I am planning a new series. I really enjoyed my recent series through NC birds. I hope to do another series of them, but this time in a larger format. The last series was all 5x7s, for our small works holiday show. This time I plan to do several 11×14 or 12×15. I’m quite excited – I’ll be incorporating more environment and playing more with line, shape and color.

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My Favorite Colors

Tufted Titmouse copyright Rose Welty
Tufted Titmouse in watercolor copyright Rose Welty

This little beauty is one of the birds hanging in my show at Wake Forest Art and Frame. I’ll let you in on one of my secrets  – these are 3 of my favorite colors to paint with. Paynes Grey is the dark one. It is nearly black at full strength but moves quickly to blues with dilution. Cobalt Teal is the bright cheery background. I just love the way it granulates. The rust color is just a nice warm counterpoint to the other two colors. It has that steady, quiet influence that brings the whole family together!