Archive for August, 2012


Now you can browse my wares right on Facebook, I downloaded this nifty app. for Facebook which allows me to link to my Etsy Account.   Check it out by clicking on the link to your left.  Leave a ‘like’ or a comment on the new app.  Thanks!

In addition, you will be able to see past projects I have done (via a photo album) and also leave comments or suggestions (maybe easier?)

In the near future we are planning to run various contests (still working out the details though).  I think I’ll run a few polls and see what you guys think would be cool.

(c) D. Hellm 2012

I’m finally back in my studio after a wonderful vacation in the state of Washington.  I thought I’d share with you the first painting I have done since I got back.


Techniques used:

  • Color mixing – to orange and purple tones
  • Wet-on-wet graded washes
  • Dry-on-wet graded washes

Thoughts, notes, and critiques:

The whole point of this project was to work on my color mixing skills and work on my washes while working within the watercolor media.  When working with water colors, you are using pigment suspended in water and allowing the pigment to settle as the water evaporates from the mixture.  Because of the way watercolors behave you get the added benefit of rich vibrant coloring if you do careful layering within your painting.

I was trying to stay within a harmonious color scheme of all cool color-values with a little bit of brightness to add life to the painting.  Think a color palette of sunset.  So keeping that in mind, I mixed my colors first.  The three primary colors of red, yellow, blue and the secondary colors orange and purple.  I kept mixing them until I found the values I liked for my color scheme.

This entire painting was done in watercolor layers from back to front.  First I painted the entire paper with bands of red, orange, yellow, and purple  and allowed this to mostly dry.  So my trees which were much further into the foreground would appear with sharper lines than the mountains miles away.

Then I made and layered different tones of purple to create the trees. To create the illusion of depth I painted the trees in layers adding pigment or water accordingly to lighten or darken areas of the trees.  You can see that the illusion of depth was also achieved by the degree of detail depending on where the trees are in the composition.  The tree closest to the viewer is sharper with more detail apparent.  The mid-layer tree (the one in the middle) is a little softer and the last tree is still more out of focus compared to its two companions.

The grass I painted last using a dry brush technique with blue paint with a little bit of careful splattering.

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Going on Vacation

Posted: August 4, 2012 in Available on Etsy Now

I’m excited!  My vacation starts tomorrow, and we plan on heading out to the state of Washington for a whole week!  Going to go camping and visit family out in the Seattle area.  We are hoping to catch the meteor shower that’s happening during that time. 

If anyone has any ideas on places to check out while we are being tourists, please make a suggestion!

(C) D. Hellm 2012


He was tenacious.

He was dedicated.

He was loved.





This is a portrait of my mother’s first Scottish Terrier.  We had to put him to sleep (a while back) because of cancer, but let me share with you a little bit about him.

This dog really had some tenacious tendencies.  For example, you could take a scrap of a tennis ball, about he size of a dime and throw it in the yard.  This dog would start in one corner of the yard and zig-zag back and forth with his nose to the ground until he found his “ball” for you to throw again (he also would hide a ball in each neighbor’s yard so he would always have a toy).

We had to start making him stop playing because we actually had him pass out on us while playing when it got too hot one summer.

Also, one night my mom let him out for his last potty break and he unfortunately got backed over by the neighbor.  This dog drug himself home, bleeding and with a broken back leg.  My mom found him by the back door broken and barely alive.


After emergency surgery, he lived another 10 years (he always walked with a limp after that) before we were forced to put him to sleep because of his cancer.


This dog would do anything I asked him and he was truly loved and will always be missed.


I also included a photograph of a Scottish Terrier for comparison.  Let me know what you think.English: Picture of a Scottish Terrier taken b...