Watercolor Whimsy

Magical Spaces Abstract Series February 25, 2017

Hello there!  I am happy to share that I recently started working on a new series of abstract paintings inspired by magical spaces and places!  I am really excited about this project, as it is allowing me to play with beautiful, bright colors and with fun, whimsical brush strokes.  My goal with this series is to abstractly depict magical spaces such as fairy tales and folklores in a vibrant and unique way.   Each painting from the series has its own theme that is filled with elements of that theme.  Since these are abstract paintings, some of the elements are noticeable while others are a bit more hidden in each work.  Below are a few paintings from the series that are now available for sale.  You can learn more about each painting by clicking on the images below.  I hope that you enjoy these new paintings just as much as I have enjoyed making them!

1. "Fairy Garden"

Fairy Garden abstract painting

2. "Gnome Forest"

Gnome Forest abstract painting

3. "Thumbelina"

Thumbelina abstract painting

What kind of enchanted space would you like to see me paint next?  Comment below and let me know!  Have a magical day my friends!
Jennifer

Cozy Rabbit Painting October 24, 2016

Cozy Rabbit watercolor painting

Hello and Happy Monday!  I have a lovely new watercolor painting to share with you all that I have fittingly titled, "Cozy Rabbit."  This lovely little rabbit is bundled up and ready for any cool and breezy weather in the forecast!  I really enjoyed putting this painting together and hope that you like it!

I am quite the animal lover (in case you did not know that already!), which is why I absolutely love creating paintings of animals.  I find creative inspiration from animals and nature, so I really enjoy showcasing the simple beauty and uniqueness of animals in my work.  While much of my focus lately has gone towards painting birds, I decided to change things up a bit for this particular painting.

As I was sketching ideas for a new painting, I felt compelled to paint a rabbit with a scarf around its neck and surrounded by a floral leaf motif.  Unbeknownst to me at the time, as I was finishing this painting I realized that I must have been creating a bit of a self portrait with this piece.  My family always jokes with me that I am a rabbit because, like a rabbit, I am a vegetarian and a grazer when it comes to food.  I also was born in the year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, and my character traits match up quite well with the zodiac description.  Since I get cold easily and love being in nature, my desire to add the scarf and the surrounding leaf motif in the painting must have also been autobiographical in nature.  It was rather therapeutic working on this painting, and it now seems that this is because I was unknowingly engaging in a form of art as therapy the whole time!

Anyways, I hope that you enjoyed seeing this painting and learning more about the backstory of how it came about!  Below are some progress photos of this painting and a photo of the archival print of it now available for sale!

Cheers,
Jennifer

Cozy Rabbit painting in progress

Cozy Rabbit watercolor painting

Cozy Rabbit watercolor print

Watercolor Throw Pillows August 29, 2016


Watercolor Throw Pillows

I am happy to share a new addition to my shop: throw pillows featuring my abstract watercolor designs!  These throw pillows are meant to bring fun, color, and joy to any space!  It is really neat seeing my work translated onto a textile format, and I just love the look and feel to these pillows.  They are quite comfortable, too, so they can actually be used for more than simply a decoration if desired!

Jennifer Ahern watercolor throw pillows

Each pillow cover is is made from soft and durable spun polyester poplin fabric, and it measures 14 x 14 inches (some additional sizes are also available upon request).  The pillow cover is printed on both sides with the same image and also includes a concealed zipper.  You can purchase just the throw pillow cover itself or the cover with a removable pillow insert.  Please feel free to learn more about these new throw pillows by visiting my shop!

Watercolor throw pillows
Coral Sky throw pillow
Watercolor throw pillows

I hope that you like these happy throw pillows as much as I do!  Please comment below and let me know what you think of this new collection, as I always love and appreciate hearing feedback.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers,
Jennifer

American Robin Painting July 06, 2016

American Robin Painting
I had quite a few requests for it, so I recently painted an American Robin!  The American Robin is a beautiful songbird that can be found throughout most of North America.  It also is a great addition to my series of state bird paintings, as it is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin!

Although I have yet to see one here in Texas, I used to see this bird all the time when I lived in the Midwest.  I would often see the robin fluttering around on the grass looking for worms.  As of lately, I have been missing the Midwestern grass that I am used to sinking my bare feet right into- it is incredibly soft and green!  Thus, I decided to be a bit nostalgic with this painting by placing the robin in a very green patch of grass that reminded me of my midwestern roots!



The original painting and archival prints of the American Robin are now for sale on my website, and below you can see a photo of what the print looks like!

American Robin art print

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my latest bird painting!  Have a wonderful day!

Jennifer

P.S. - Please be sure to check back here soon for information on an upcoming giveaway of my art!

California Gull May 19, 2016

California Gull
I recently finished a new state bird painting of the California Gull.   This lovely bird can be found all across the Western United States, and it is actually the state bird of Utah!  I had not painted a seagull before this, so I really enjoyed working on this popular sea bird.  Hopefully there will be more seagull paintings to come in the future!

The original painting and archival prints of this bird are now for sale on my website!  You can view purchasing details and see more photos of the painting and prints by clicking on the above links.  And below I thought that I would share a photo of the archival print, along with a few work in progress pictures.

California Gull watercolor print

Seagull watercolor painting in progress

California Gull watercolor painting

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my painting of the California Gull!  Stay tuned for the next state bird painting to come in my series!

Cheers,
Jennifer

The Nene (The Hawaiian Goose) March 23, 2016

The Nene, also known as the Hawaiian Goose
I am back to working on my series of bird paintings and decided to start off with painting the Nene!  The Nene is also known as the Hawaiian Goose, and it is the state bird of Hawaii.  This bird is only found on the Hawaiian Islands, and it is the world’s rarest goose.  Although once threatened, recent conservation efforts happily have helped bring a steady rise back to their population.

 It is such a gorgeous bird with an especially striking appearance to its neck.  I only hope that I was able to capture this beautiful bird aptly!  Both the original painting and archival prints of it are available for sale.  And below are some work in progress photos of this painting for you to see!

What bird would you like to see me paint next?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Cheers,
Jennifer

Nene watercolor painting

Nene watercolor painting

Nene watercolor painting

New Circle Abstracts March 03, 2016

I recently created some new circle abstracts in happy and lively colors!  I had a lot of fun putting these abstracts together, as they really allowed me to paint in the moment and just enjoy the creative process.  As a result, I think that the positive energy that I had while making these really shows through in the final paintings themselves.  Hopefully you are able to see that energy in these pieces, too!

Coral Sky

Coral Sky Watercolor Abstract Painting
Coral Sky painting in progressCoral Sky Watercolor Abstract Painting

Red and Teal Circle Abstract
Red and Teal Circle Abstract painting in progressRed and Teal Circle Abstract

Both of these paintings are currently for sale at my website shop and Etsy store.

In other exciting news, I am now back to working on my bird series, so stay tuned for updates on the latest on those paintings!  You can follow me on Instagram at @jenniferahernart for the most current updates on my work!

Have a wonderful day!
Jennifer

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! December 23, 2015 1 Comment


Snowman in the sand

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Texas!  This has been quite a year for me with a lot of changes both in my personal life and with my art business.  I especially appreciate all of the support that I have received over this past year as my business moved across the country to my new home in Austin, Texas.  Thank you so much to all of you who support my work, you really mean the world to me!

I thought that I would take this time to share my final finished painting from 2015, a beautiful Mountain Bluebird (below this post are also a few photos of my painting process for this bluebird in case you like to see my work-in-progress photos).  You can also view details on purchasing your own archival print of the Mountain Bluebird painting here.
Mountain Bluebird Watercolor
Bluebirds have a special meaning for me personally, as they would often make their way into my art journaling and became a symbol for peace and calm in my sketches.  So I think that it is fitting that my final formal painting of this year ended up being a bluebird.  I had quite a hectic year, but within the chaos there were many special moments of peace, love, and happiness as well.  And I think that the chaos helped teach me more about the meaning of unconditional love and how to better find peace in my life.  So I am incredibly grateful to share this meaningful painting with you all, and I hope that you enjoy it!

Have a wonderful and peaceful Holiday, and I hope to see you in 2016!
Jennifer

Mountain Bluebird watercolor painting in progress

Mountain Bluebird painting


Custom Dog Painting November 18, 2015

Custom Dog Painting
Hello! Things have been pretty busy here in my studio as the holiday season is drawing near. I’ve been working on some fun commissions and thought that I would share a few process pics of a custom dog portrait that I recently finished. Oh how I loved painting her stunning coat and stoic facial expression :)

Also, I still have a few openings left for commissions to be completed by mid-December. You can learn more about the commission process and can contact me here if interested. I would love to hear about your vision for a unique, one-of-a-kind painting!

Take care,
Jennifer

Custom Dog Painting

Custom Dog Painting

Cardinal on Dogwood Branch Painting September 30, 2015

Cardinal on Dogwood Branch Painting
I recently was commissioned to create a painting of a male cardinal on a dogwood branch. Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, so this commission really was a treat for me! And clearly I am not alone in loving this stunning bird- it’s actually the official state bird for seven different states! Those states are Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia (just in case you were wondering!).
 
I liked how the original turned out so much that I decided to create archival prints of the painting to sell in my shop! You can click here to view more details on the prints. And check out the photos that I snapped while painting this very lovely bird below :)
 
Cheers,
Jennifer

Cardinal watercolor painting in progress

Cardinal on Dogwood Branch Painting

Abstract Color Studies August 24, 2015


Abstract color studies

I recently painted some fun abstract compositions to loosen up and to play around with color combinations a bit.  I just love getting a chance to explore with colors, shapes, and brush strokes when I'm not working on a more formal or structured painting.  It really allows me to relax, have fun, and get the creativity flowing!  I decided to put some of these new lovelies up for sale at super low (priced-to-sell) prices!  If you would like to learn more about one of these paintings, just click on the photo of the painting below.  It'll take you straight to the listing so that you can see more pictures and details of it :)

Abstract Study in Green

Square Study in Purple

Abstract Study in Orange

I hope that you enjoyed seeing these fun compositions as much as I enjoyed making them!  
I am hoping to make some more of these color studies soon and would love to know what other colors you would like to see.  Feel free to comment with your suggestions below!

Cheers,
Jennifer

Happy Hedgehog Painting August 19, 2015


Happy Hedgehog

I just finished my latest painting, "Happy Hedgehog."  I wanted to paint something cute and lighthearted, and this little hedgehog came about as the result.  I thought I would share a few photos of my process for creating this cutie below :)

Hope you enjoy!
Jennifer

PS- This original hedgehog painting is for sale!  Click on the photo or link above for details on how to purchase it!

Hedgehog watercolor painting

Hedgehog watercolor painting

Happy Hedgehog watercolor painting

What I’ve been up to Lately July 31, 2015


Abstract watercolor painting in progress

It has been a crazy time for me to say the least (see previous posts)! My husband and I have been busy unpacking and getting settled in to our new home in Austin, TX. So far, Austin seems like a great place to live, and I’m really looking forward to exploring the city and surrounding areas much more in time. As a Midwestern gal, though, I must admit that adjusting to the heat down here is certainly going to take some time!

With everything going on in my personal life lately, it’s been nice to finally start getting back into a grove with my art business. I’ve started painting again, and I just finished a new abstract painting entitled “Heavenly View.”  I like each viewer to see what he or she wants or needs to see in my abstract work, so I don’t like giving too much away about my thought process for creating a piece. However, I thought I’d share just a little bit into the creative process behind this painting.

Heavenly View Abstract

Without trying to sound morbid, the concept of death intrigues me. I previously worked as an art therapist with older adults with dementia, so I became quite used to dealing with end of life issues on a daily basis with my job. And with the recent death of my beloved dog, I have been thinking about this topic more and more. Consequently, I’ve been reading a few books as of lately on near death experiences and the idea of life after death.  This piece represents my thoughts and reactions to what I have been reading, and what the transition of life on Earth to life after death could possibly be like. I really enjoyed painting this abstract, as it pressed me to dig deep. It’s a very soft work of art, and whether or not the viewer sees what I see in the painting, it is meant to encourage peaceful contemplation.

Heavenly View abstract watercolor painting close up

I hope that you enjoy this painting and that you perhaps even come up with your own interpretation of what it represents. That’s why I love creating abstract work- each person sees something different in each piece!

Happy Friday,
Jennifer

New Abstracts April 29, 2015

Hey there, life has been a bit chaotic for me lately so I apologize for the lag between posts. Nevertheless, I wanted to share what I’ve been working on lately. Here are three finished abstracts, and the originals are all for sale right here.

Sunshiny Day Abstract:
 Mermaid Dream Abstract:
Mermaid Dream
Fuchsia-Cobalt Abstract:
Fuchsia-Cobalt Abstract
I would love to hear your input on these and also what other color combinations you would like to see in the future!  And if you would like to see photos of my latest paintings in progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram :)
 
Cheers!
Jennifer

Bald Eagle April 09, 2015

Bald Eagle watercolor painting
I wanted to share with you all my latest painting, the "Bald Eagle." This painting is part of the series of watercolor paintings I am doing of U.S. state birds. While the bald eagle is not actually a state bird, it is the national bird and animal of the United States. It is such a majestic bird of prey, so I hope that I was able to capture the regal quality that this bird seems to have.  The original has already sold, but I have prints available for purchase here!  I also thought I'd share a few pictures of this painting in progress below:

Bald Eagle watercolor painting

Bald Eagle watercolor painting

Now it's time for me to get back to work on some fun abstracts I have been busy creating :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Jennifer

Sleepy Fox March 19, 2015 2 Comments

Sleepy Fox watercolor painting

I recently finished my "Sleepy Fox" painting, yay!  I have the original currently hanging in a beautiful salon in Milwaukee, while prints of this fox are available right here on my website!  I love sharing pictures of my artistic process, so below are a few photos I snapped while painting it.  I really enjoyed painting this piece and creating the leaf motif around the fox.  For some reason it was an extremely calming and cheerful experience putting this painting together (perhaps I was channeling the peaceful fox while painting it).

Sleepy Fox watercolor painting

Watercolor fox painting

Anyways, I hope that you all like it!  As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments!

Jennifer