silence at the lake - #WorldWatercolorMonth

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SILENCE AT THE LAKE
#WorldWatercolorMonth 
SIZE: 28 x 38 cm - 11 in. x 15 in.
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKB FATPAD 425g/m² (200lb) NOT
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors 

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER




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a light upon you - #WorldWatercolorMonth




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A LIGHT UPON YOU
#WorldWatercolorMonth

SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: ARCHES hot pressed 300 g/m²
COLORS: DANIEL SMITH extra fine watercolors

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER


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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, 
is always just beyond your grasp, 
but which, if you will sit down quietly, 
may alight upon you. 

- Nathaniel Hawthorne




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small red wonders - #'WorldWatercolorMonth

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SMALL RED WONDERS 1 + 2 
#WorldWatercolorMonth
#watercolorsummer2017 

SIZE: 5,5 in. x 4,3 in. - 14 x 11 cm 

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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wip - wet in wet & clingfilm on top 


Testing new paper on small pieces, playing with ideas and technics. 





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Nolde's neighbor - #WorldWatercolorMonth

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NOLDE'S NEIGHBOR
#WorldWatercolorMonth
#watercolorsummer2017

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


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the shared passion - #WorldWatercolorMonth

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THE SHARED PASSION
#WorldWatercolorMonth 
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


No artist could enjoy a waterlilies pond without thinking on Monet's famous paintings and his gorgeous garden in Giverney. And so I do, every time I discovered a waterlilies pond I'm inspired and thrilled. These gorgeous variations of blue, green and light. This painting isn't more than a study but I love the interaction of Viridian and Indigo Blue on the water.  


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in love with otters - #WorldWatercolorMonth

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IN LOVE WITH OTTERS 
#WorldWatercolorMonth 

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


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We've a really beautiful Otter Center nearby.  The Hankensbüttel Otter Centre is a nature experience centre in Hankensbüttel, in the German district of Gifhorn, that is laid out in 6 hectares (15 acres) of open land by a lake known as the Isenhagener See. The Otter Centre showcases the European otter which is a species threatened by extinction, as well as several related species of marten, in a natural environment. The centre is run by the Aktion Fischotterschutz ("Otter Conservation Project"), a state-recognised nature conservation organisation, and is a popular tourist and visitor destination on the southern edge of the Lüneburg Heath. The otters are kept in large, enclosures with a nearly natural habitat of streams and ponds. In addition there are various species of marten, nearest cousins of the otter, in the enclosures. The presentation of several species in this way is unique.

... Wikipedia 
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For me it's a fantastic opportunity to observe and photograph otters, badgers, stoats, polecats, beech martens and pine martens (the only pine marten enclosure in Europe). 







Summer Dream's Eyes - Paula Modersohn-Becker - #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 3

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SUMMER DREAM'S EYES - PAULA MODERSOHN-BECKER
#WorldWatercolorMonth Day 3

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


"Suddenly, I stood in front of my picture. A pair of summer dream's eyes lay upon me and brought spring into my soul. 
They belong to an earnest, quiet young woman.  .... " part of the fairytale "You" written by Paula Modersohn-Becker



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a house with a garden - #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 2





A HOUSE WITH A GARDEN
#WorldWatercolorMonth Day 2

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


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I love to paint this special house (located in France) and I've painted it often, each version is so different and I can see my own development in watercolor - and the longing for France, of course. The prompt for Day 2 #WorldWatercolorMonth is "in the shade" and I think it could be fit. 



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strong & free - #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 1

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STRONG & FREE 
#WorldWatercolorMonth Day 1  
  
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm

2017 © ISABELLA KRAMER



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Foxgloves are really strong and free, they are wandering on their own path and with their own plan
through our garden  - and terrace. And no wind and heavy rain can bow them. 






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Since she's my Rose

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SINCE SHE'S MY ROSE
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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the greatest gift

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THE GREATEST GIFT
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





“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

— Charles Dickens 





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June Bouquet with Snail






 JUNE BOUQUET WITH SNAIL 

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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hummingbirds 
paint their own rich flowers
the feathers brush

©magyar

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Still Life with Sea View

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STILL LIFE WITH SEA VIEW
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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part of: A nos pinceaux



A step by step posting: 







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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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