Garden-Inspired Watercolors

If Kathleen Ballard’s work is most notable for its vibrant palette, compositional strength and skilled brushwork—cultivated first in her professional life as a sign painter and then in her home studio—it’s also remarkable for its depth of feeling. Creating art that attracts attention and generates emotion is important to Ballard, who chooses all of her subjects with acute care and attention to the finer points.

While she admires the work of artists who use loose brushwork and an economy of detail, Ballard notes that working in detail is more characteristic of her work at this time. “I think the way people paint reflects their personalities and their unique sensibilities,” she says. “I don’t mean that I won’t ever paint loosely—the whole process is a journey.” 

Beauties (watercolor on paper, 19×27)

Aloe (watercolor on paper, 20×28)


Golden Cannas
(watercolor on paper, 12.5 x 16.75)


Sierra Madre Wisteria
(watercolor on paper, 22.5×30)


Night Bloom
(watercolor on paper, 20×28)

Kathleen Ballard is featured in the April 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist. Check out the article to see her gorgeous garden-inspired waterscapes, see a breakdown of her palette and learn how she uses color to paint light.


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