Tuesday, August 2, 2011


This week I was writing a design unit for my 8th grade classes based on the design movement known as Art Nouveau. Artist like Gustav Klimt, Mucha and Louis Comfort Tiffany come to mind when thinking about this style in both painting and design.

I always characterized this style with the simpliest forms and shapes. The use of geometric shapes in Klimts paintings and the use of flowers and peacock feathers in Tiffany's lamps and vases. It is such a graceful style of art.

So I decided to create my own Art Nouveau inspired piece. But what colors to use? This is always the hardest part for me.

Art Nouveau Poppies
Watercolor, Ink, stamps, prisma color pencils
Art Journal c. 2011

Well... I came across another blog that I fell in love with! The Play Date Cafe does a color challenge that really spoke to me as an artist with no clue when it comes to choosing color.

The color challenge this week was for petal pink, coral and antique gold. When I heard that I automatically thought flowers.

What inspires you?


  1. What a lovely watercolor...well done!

  2. OOoh, so soft and pretty! It definitely looks like stained glass. :) THanks for playing with us at THe Play DAte CAfe!

  3. Art Nouveau indeed! visiting from Play Date Cafe!

  4. Your artistry is fantastic! Great work with your shading and such a beautiful image. Thank you so much for playing along at The Play Date Cafe.