Dad's Tree

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DAD'S TREE - 
 VATERS BAUM 
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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During our Christmas family visit, my over 90 years old daddy talked about the Christmas times long ago, when he wents in the woods and brought a Christmas tree at home, cut by himself, in a fir wood full of snow and silence.    


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The Carousel Horses

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 THE CAROUSEL HORSES

an old Carousel at the Christmas Market, Hannover

SIZE:  15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 56 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER


in all innocence
next to the Christmas carousel
observing my own childhood

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Christmas Cake - Weihnachtskuchen

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CHRISTMAS CAKE - 
 WEIHNACHTSKUCHEN 
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I've discovered a new recipe for a wonderful Christmas cake. It's very yummy filled with a delicious cream and surrounded by gingerbread men. And so very decorative, isn't it. 
So it's my third cake painting (first you can find here Kuchen/cake). Maybe it's the start of a new series. 




“Take the broken pieces of your life, bake a master cake out of it. 
Don't stand still like a lake; keep flowing like a stream!" 

 Israelmore Ayivor 


I want to thank you from my heart for your so kind interest in my work, 
your supportive comments and your wonderful friendship during all these years blogging here. 

I wish you Merry Christmas for you and yours
and a fantastic, creative and peaceful 2020!!  


Cordially yours,

Isabella 


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It is December!

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IT IS DECEMBER!

SIZE:  15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 56 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD ROUGH 300 g/m² 

2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

walkers
at this rivers frozen edge
a dog pulls for home


©magyar


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That's my contribution to the DECEMBER painting challenge at the FB Watercolor Art on Paper group. 
This month's theme was a very inspiring photo by Jack Doctors. Not easy to paint, but with a lot of fun. 


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Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus

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MEIN KLEINER GRÜNER KAKTUS 
my little green cactus 

SIZE: 12 in. x 9 in. - 30,5 x 23 cm 
PAPER: FABRIANO COLD PRESSED 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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Nun kann ich es offiziell posten, dieser "Kleine grüne Kaktus" ist mein @Wichtelzauberei2019 Geschenk für die @Josephine.Nähmaschine auf Instagram. Sie hat mir nämlich erzählt, dass sie Blumenbilder und besonders Sukkulenten mag. Ich hoffe, dass sie viel Freude mit diesem sehr pflegeleichten Gesellen hat. 

Now I can post it officially, this "Little Green Cactus" is my @Wichtelzauberei2019 present for @JosephineNähmaschine on Instagram. She told me that she likes flower pictures and especially succulents. So I hope that she has a lot of fun with this very easy-going fellow.  


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Christmas isn't just a day ...

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 CHRISTMAS ISN'T JUST A DAY,
 it's a frame of mind."
Valentine Davies, 'Miracle on 34th Street'

SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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A quick Christmas painting warm-up sketch with a hint of gold. This motive was my last year's Christmas card design and it's so fun to create, as you know, bigger paper, bigger fun! 

A little timelapse making-of from last year for you, hope you enjoy it! 




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Starcatcher Angel - Christmas Cards




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STERNENFÄNGER ENGEL - STAR CATCHER ANGEL 
SIZE: 10 cm x 15 cm - 4" x 6"
PAPER: CLAIREFONTAINE 300g/m² (140lb) COLD PRESSED 
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I know, I'm late with my Christmas cards, but these are for 2020, so I'm really early - aren't I!! 



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Only Water & Pigments - Artful Wall Calendar 2020






Artful Wall Calendar 2020
ONLY WATER & PIGMENTS
NUR WASSER & PIGMENTE
Watercolor paintings created by Isabella Kramer

With loose brushstrokes and fresh vibrant colors created animal portraits by Isabella Kramer.
The Only Water & Pigments Wall calendar presents twelve of Kramer‘s unique and beautiful animals, which shows all her positive energy and love for nature. Get this joy home and enjoy each month a charming work of art.

Size: A2 (ca. 42 x 30 cm) ca. 17 inch x 12 inch
21,00 € + shipping costs order via contact form

The Kilsdonk Mill - Heeswijk Dinther

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THE KILSDONK MILL 
Wind- and Watermill located at Heeswijk Dinther, Netherlands 

SIZE: 12 in. x 16 in. - 31 x 41 cm 
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD ROUGH 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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A rare double mill nestled along the banks of the Aa river. 
For more information please visit: The Kilsdonk Mill 



winds bring rain
joining winds and rains river
life's breads

©magyar

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Clever Otters!

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 CLEVER OTTERS!  
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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Otters are not only incredibly cute, no, they are also terrific intelligent! In addition to monkeys, crows and dolphins, they are one of the few species of animals that produce tools and use them specifically. So they use stones on their belly as an anvil to crack on it shells or crabs.


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Cornwall Coastline

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CORNWALL COASTLINE

SIZE: 12,6 in. x 9,4 in. - 32 x 24 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

a far dwelling
on this point across the bay
stones to clouds

©magyar


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Years ago I've spent a gorgeous time at Cornwall and since these days I wish I could live there forever. The longing was always a great impulse for painting for me, since my very first steps with watercolor, also years ago. This one was one for my sky- and cloud exercises. 



Moorland - Lower Saxony, Germany

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MOORLAND - LOWER SAXONY, GERMANY


SIZE: 12,6 in. x 9,4 in. - 32 x 24 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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No hurry, autumn is here and so the wide-open landscape of my homeland Lower Saxony shows its best side. Amazing colors, great skies or poetic foggy horizons. Best moods for watercolor painters. I hope you enjoy this lovely season as much as I do. 


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Rose Hips

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 ROSE HIPS

SIZE:  15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm 
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER


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Rose hips are one of the motives I paint every year again. I love these bright red dots in nature and garden, these last farewell of the lovely roses. 



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Song of the Sea - 2

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SONG OF SEA - 2

SIZE: 12,6 in. x 9,4 in. - 32 x 24 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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Sky- and Cloud studies, preferably daily are a part of the really good tips for the future by Thomas Schaller. And so I try my best to full fill this plan. 



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Under the Brigde - Fulton River, Chicago

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UNDER THE BRIGDE
FULTON RIVER CHICAGO - Sketch

SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 28 cm 
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKP FatPad ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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Painting cityscapes, streets, and urban scenes have always fascinated me. For many years, I have accumulated an infinite number of ideas, sketches, and photographs and I will try to transform more of them into watercolors. Reduced and focused on the essential moment and yet narrating a story. That's the plan and I hope it succeeds. 


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Faded Season

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FADED SEASON

SIZE: 22 in. x 15 in. - 28 x 38 cm 
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKP FatPad ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER
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this fall day
fades into sunset
a bird watches
©magyar

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This is another watercolor after my own photography of the lakes Meissendorf, Germany during the wonderful watercolor workshop with Thomas Schaller at Chicago. For years I thought about painting this motive and Thom created such a great demo with a "bull eye" start for a soft background wash, that I decided immediately to select this as my motive. Thoms demo you can find in the collage below. 




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Red Haubarg

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RED HAUBARG

SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 28 cm 
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKP FatPad ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I started painting this view of one of my own photographs from the Red Haubarg Schleswig Holstein, Germany during the wonderful watercolor workshop with Thomas Schaller at Chicago, perfectly organized by Ingrid Albrecht. So much learned about picking the right object, composition, position of light and color choice. So all I need is time and practice to paint all the views and stories who I carry inside my head. 

***A Haubarg, rarely also Hauberg, is the typical farmhouse of the Eiderstedt peninsula on the northwest coast of Germany and is a type of Gulf house. It emerged in the late 16th century when West Frisian immigrants brought with them the Gulf type of farm building and it was to continue to be used until the late 19th century as a farmhouse. In the Netherlands these houses are called stolpboerderij.
The word "Haubarg" means a place for piling or stacking hay (see hooiberg). As a byre-dwelling, man and animal lived for centuries in haubargs under one roof, albeit in separate rooms. www.wikipedia


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It's Autumn again



 IT'S AUTUMN AGAIN
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I love to paint Physalis and every year again I MUST do this. Since three years they grow in my garden and it's so lovely to watch these orange points of happiness in autumn. 



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the big cloud

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THE BIG CLOUD

SIZE: 5,7 in. x 22 in. - 14,5 x 20,5 cm 
PAPER: CANSON HÉRITAGE COLD PRESSED 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I am a member of the FB group Watermedia with Maggie Letham
And they have created a challenge, everyone paints the same photo, and we all post our watercolor under the inspiring photo.  This month we painted a really big cloud photographed by Deborah Secor. As you know I love this kind of challenge and can't resist painting my version too. 


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Windmill de Paauw, Nauerna - Netherlands

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 WINDMILL DE PAAUW, NAUERNA - NETHERLANDS
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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That's my contribution to the SEPTEMBER painting challenge at the FB Watercolor Art on Paper group. 
This month theme was again a wonderful inspiring photo by Lois Davidson. 




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Juist Beach

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JUIST BEACH

SIZE: 5,7 in. x 22 in. - 14,5 x 20,5 cm 
PAPER: CANSON HÉRITAGE COLD PRESSED 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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And one more paper test with CANSON HÉRITAGE this time the cold pressed version and I must say, I'm thrilled. This is so far the best for me. Easily to make soft washes and create hard edges. Perfect, absolutely perfect for me. 


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Norddeich Marina

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NORDDEICH MARINA

SIZE: 5,7 in. x 22 in. - 14,5 x 20,5 cm 
PAPER: CANSON HÉRITAGE SATIN GRAINED 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I'm still at my paper testing phase and this is a really fine paper, satin grained, lovely for smooth washes, with a lovely texture for the background. The other properties are exactly like the CANSON HÉRITAGE ROUGH.  Both papers worth more than one try. 



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