Hi, I’m Lorayne. Welcome to my website of watercolor paintings. I paint landscapes, flowers, seashells, imaginary places, and anything else that strikes my fancy.
I’ve been in the creative field my entire life, working as a graphic designer and illustrator and a professional faux painter for a brief time! In my spare time, I dabbled in painting.
My painting journey.
I first started painting in oil and acrylic way back in the 80s and did quite a few pretty decent paintings. I then tried watercolors and realized I was horrible with this medium! They were flat, muddy, and just overall very, very bad.
In the late 90s, I took an eight-week painting class with a renowned Colorado watercolor artist named Tom Owen. I just loved and admired his work so much! It was fun, and I learned a lot, but I was still horrible! I didn’t have the time to practice and explore this fascinating medium, so I put my brushes and paints in a box.
I did get that box out on occasion over the years and tried again to do a painting, but they always left me feeling frustrated and looking very amateurish.
When it all changed.
It wasn’t until 2018 that I picked up my brushes again. I was recovering from cancer and needed a way to escape the trauma and fill my days with something to do. You can read more about that on my About page.
This time I stuck with it! I checked out countless books on watercolor painting from the library, watched endless YouTube tutorials, and took another watercolor class. I became obsessed with learning how to paint watercolors, and this time I practiced! For every decent painting I did, I had two or three disasters!
They say watercolors are one of the most challenging mediums to learn, and they’re right! It requires much patience (something I don’t always have) and learning to let the water and color do their magic.
I still have much to learn and many techniques to explore and paint. I’m not an award-winning artist, and my art does not hang in any gallery. Yet. But my art today is not the horrible muddy, flat mess I used to paint. I hope you enjoy my paintings.