Arena Shawn

Arena Shawn has chosen two watercolors of flowers for her favorite work of the past year, and has commented on each one:

 High Summer Dreams II Watercolor 10" x 14" June 2012
In High Summer Dreams, I took a bold step and challenged myself to use a really large brush to paint the background foliage wet-in-wet, and it was  scary from start to finish, but in the end, it showed me what watercolor can do when I let go of tight control.
  Edge of Summer watercolor 5"x 7" March 2012
I want to challenge myself and do not paint from a photo reference too literally. So I did Edge of Summer from a black-and-white photograph and imagined the colors from color schemes I loved from another artist. It was a really fun exercise!
Arena Shawn's watercolors are both passionate and exquisitely detailed. Her intense scrutiny of the world of flowers has me thinking of some well known lines by William Blake:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

Sun Dance watercolor 8" x 8" August 2012

Dancing Tulips watercolor 9"x6" February 2012

You can see more of Arena Shawn's work at her blog and her website.

There are so many good painters who blog that it'll impossible for me to get to them all this month, but here's an idea. If you are an artist who blogs, and would like to be included this month in The Art Room, please email your choice of your ONE favorite painting from 2012, along with a link to your blog. Include the title, size, medium, month and year. All of these submissions will be included in one grand and interesting post towards the end of the month.


  1. Arena's work is beautifully executed! Watercolor is an unforgiving media and she handles it so well. I love the light and spontaneous quality in 'Dancing Tulips'.

  2. Arena's Blog is exceptional. Her paintings are breath taking AND she frequently discusses her painting process. She is generous with her explanations when someone asks a specific question. Thank yoi, Tayrn, for bringing Arena to the attention of more artists. She deserves it!

  3. Arena's work is so sensitively beautiful. All her flowers have such a calm, peaceful feeling. She's my favorite floral painter. And her landscapes are stunning too!


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