Sweet Peas - a Bouquet for Francine

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SWEET PEAS - A BOUQUET FOR FRANCINE
SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 56 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD ROUGH 300 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER





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in the silence of the darkness





IN THE SILENCE OF THE DARKNESS

SIZE: 16 in. x 12 in. - 41 x 31 cm 
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD ROUGH 300 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors, MIJELLO - SENNELIER

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER


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The Lily of the Valley


Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming
In the fragrant vernal days
Is the Lily of the Valley
With its soft, retiring ways.

Well, you chose this humble blossom
As the nurse's emblem flower,
Who grows more like her ideal
Every day and every hour.

Like the Lily of the Valley
In her honesty and worth,
Ah, she blooms in truth and virtue
In the quiet nooks of earth.

Tho' she stands erect in honor
When the heart of mankind bleeds,
Still she hides her own deserving
In the beauty of her deeds.

In the silence of the darkness
Where no eye may see and know,
There her footsteps shod with mercy,
And fleet kindness come and go.

Not amid the sounds of plaudits,
Nor before the garish day,
Does she shed her soul's sweet perfume,
Does she take her gentle way.

But alike her ideal flower,
With its honey-laden breath,
Still her heart blooms forth its beauty
In the valley shades of death. 



Paul Laurence Dunbar





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It "greens" so green

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Welcome May!! This is my favorite month of the year 💚 my special month with all its wonderful white and green in the awakening garden and nature around. So no wonder that the range of the monthly colors is full of lovely and amazing greens. Starting with some gorgeous loose warm up washes and the sweet lilies of the valley in my garden.



Hope you enjoy my new Color of the Month Challenge. 

xxx,

Isabella 


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Zelly - childhood's companion

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ZELLY - CHILDHOOD'S COMPANION 
SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 56 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD ROUGH 300 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER







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Windows to the Soul - Camille Claudel

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WINDOWS TO THE SOUL - CAMILLE CLAUDEL 
SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 56 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD ROUGH 425 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER



This is one of "those" portraits, which is coming to life at a very early stage and that's reason enough to me (for this special one) to stop and decide it's finished. Since months I've been "busy" with Camille Claudel and so I'm sure that more portraits of this remarkable artist will follow. 


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Simple Things - 1

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SIMPLE THINGS - 1
SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 56 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD ROUGH 425 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER



This painting is my participation for the 2nd  challenge at  WATERCOLOR PAINTERS on Facebook ...

..."We are using a photograph of the photographer Petros Fiakkas who gave us his permission to use any of his pictures for our challenge. ... Thank you Mr Fiakkas!" 




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Send back into the Ocean 3

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 SEND BACK INTO THE OCEAN  3 

SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm



2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER



During the Easter days I was very busy with my new lyric book (in German language). A lot of work but step by step - chapter by chapter it becomes more and more beautiful. And I've also time for a little break creating some loose and funny watercolor sketches. And last but not least I've finished my 3rd sea turtle painting. 
It's so lovely to have time for creative work and ideas.

Wish you all a lovely and creative new week. 



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Small Seascape

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SMALL SEASCAPE

SIZE: 6,8 in. x 15 in. - 17 x 38 cm
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD ROUGH 300 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors + MIJELLO

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER


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A Garden Friend

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A GARDEN FRIEND

SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 28 cm (quarter sheet)
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD ROUGH 425 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER


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work in progress photo - wet on wet and adding sea salt 
- the inspiring photo is copyright © Isabella Kramer - 
meeting this cute guy last year August at my garden and he was
really very hungry. 



The pure Joy

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THE PURE JOY

SIZE: 19 x 28 cm - 7,4 in. x 11 in.
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKB FATPAD 425g/m² (200lb) Rough
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors 

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER



I've not really time to paint during the last weeks, but today I decided to make some calming down washes with the new DANIEL SMITH color from the dot card and I love the AUSSIE RED and of course the WISTERIA in interaction with the QUINACRIDONE LILAC. I know I've missed IN March the COLORS OF THE MONTH, so these dot card will be my 

APRIL - COLORS OF THE MONTH 


And now I'm in the mood for more .. my sea turtle needs a little bit darker shapes and contrasts for finishing and I had a lot of new ideas for more paintings. 









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work in progress - Send back into the Ocean 3

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 SEND BACK INTO THE OCEAN  3 - work in progress 
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors 


2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER







Two weeks ago I've had the chance to visit the gorgeous Aquarium SEALIFE at Hannover. 
It was really like diving in an amazing world and so I've had the possibility to take several images about my actual favorite animal for future watercolor paintings. 



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Nude painting female life model - 14

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- 20 Minutes Posing  (with a finishing  touch in my studio  today) 

NUDE PAINTING FEMALE LIFE MODEL - 14
 
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
PAPER: GUARDI ARTISTICO - TORCHON 300 g/m²


2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER



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sweet Moments - 5 - Lamb

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SWEET MOMENTS - 5 - LAMB

 an exercise without any drawing 

SIZE: 19 x 28 cm - 7,4 in. x 11 in.
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKB FATPAD 425g/m² (200lb) Rough
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors 

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER




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Spring arrived at the dark Woods

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SPRING ARRIVED AT THE DARK WOODS 

SIZE: 14,2 in. x 18,9 in. - 36 x 48 cm 
PAPER: HAHNEMUEHLE LEONARDO MOULD-MADE  MATT 600 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors 

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER




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nude painting female life model - 13

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- 20 Minutes Posing  (with a finishing  touch in my studio  today) 

 NUDE PAINTING FEMALE LIFE MODEL - 13

SIZE: 13,5 in. x 12 in. - 35 x 30 cm
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD NOT 300 g/m² 
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER



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Where the heart is

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WHERE THE HEART IS
SIZE: 14 in. x 20 in. - 36 x 51 cm
PAPER:
ARCHES COLD PRESSED 300g/m² (140lb)
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors  

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER 



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Happy World Women's Day -

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- 20 Minutes Posing - 

NUDE PAINTING FEMALE LIFE MODEL - 12
pure watercolor without any drawing 

SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 56 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD ROUGH 425 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER



HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 


Today I've had an "act painting day" (again) with a professional female life model 
- isn't this a fantastic way to spend this special day, I feel blessed. 
Thank you Gabriele Rinkleff for your gorgeous studio using and organization.
Wish you all a great day dear Girls !!




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Frog Poem

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FROG POEM
SIZE: 14,5 in. x 12 in. - 37 x 28 cm
PAPER: 
BOCKINGFORD RKB  FatPad NOT 425g/m² (200lb)
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors  

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER 



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Old pond - frogs jumped in - sound of water


Matsuho Basho, transl. Lafcadio Hearn
1681/6, transl. 1898






shore line
as night frogs debate the day
this ponds choir


©magyar 






draining the pond ~ more
frogs in the mud
look into their eyes


 


©Gwil W
 








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After gardening the whole weekend this is just a doodle on a warm up exercise background with green and yellow (February Colors)
 and cling-film structures. It's just for fun and I hope you enjoy it as much as I've during playing. 







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Welcome March !

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WELCOME MARCH !  
SIZE: 11 in. x 14,5 in. - 28 x 37 cm
PAPER: 
BOCKINGFORD RKB  FatPad NOT 425g/m² (200lb)
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors  

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER 



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The exact place

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THE EXACT PLACE 
SIZE: 14,5 in. x 11 in. - 37 x 28 cm
PAPER: 
BOCKINGFORD RKB  FatPad NOT 425g/m² (200lb)
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors  

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER 



 “Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit
 that will cause the most inconvenience.” 


– Pam Brown




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Muh !!

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MUH !!
SIZE: 14,8 cm x 42 cm
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKB FATPAD 300g/m² (140lb) ROUGH

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER


Becoming a cow
would be fine—morning naps
and the evening cool

— SHIKŌ



just a little doodle yesterday evening ... next project is a selfportrait .... curious ?


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