Photos of the Week


Birthday weeks are usually pretty good, but this one took the cake (hehe)!  My husband got a job offer after being out of work for the past two months (such a relief), my brother sent me some surprise flowers,


my husband made my favorite lemon pound cake ......


and...............

my pink feathers painting is now in Hobby Lobby! This has been in the works for a few months.  I licensed two paintings to a manufacturer who then sold framed prints to Hobby Lobby.  I only make a small percentage of the wholesale price, but it's a dream come true for me.  I never thought my business would go this far!



Palm Fronds and Floral Wreaths

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here are my latest watercolors..............

Original Watercolor Floral Wreath and Tropical Palm Fronds by Elise Engh: growcreative
Tropical Palm Fronds by Elise Engh: growcreative
Original Watercolor Floral Wreath  by Elise Engh: growcreative
Original Watercolor Floral Wreath and Tropical Palm Fronds by Elise Engh: growcreative

Tropical palm fronds and floral wreaths have been floating around in my brain.  I love using fun, bright, colors with them- I just need to work on the compositions a bit more.

What's inspiring you lately?

Watercolor Flower Easter Eggs

Paint Easter Eggs with Watercolors: growcreative

It's almost Easter and I've got my Easter eggs painted!  

I've been wanting to try out my watercolors on blown eggs for forever.  It turns out, eggs shells hold watercolor paint similarly to coldpress watercolor paper so it was easier than I thought.  They just take a little longer to dry.

Check these floral eggs out!

Paint Easter Eggs with Watercolors: growcreative
Paint Easter Eggs with Watercolors: growcreative
Paint Easter Eggs with Watercolors: growcreative
Paint Easter Eggs with Watercolors: growcreative
Paint flowers on easter eggs with watercolors: growcreative

Why I Paint Flowers

Floral Spring Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh: growcreative

If you've followed this blog for any amount of time, you'd know that I paint lots of flowers.  Lots and lots of flowers! But why?

More elite members of the art world might tell you that this is kitsch art.  The cheesy stuff.  It's shallow and has no intellectual value.  I really don't care what they say.  Happiness has value and painting flowers makes me happy.  Don't we need more happiness in this world anyway? Why does an artwork have to be complicated to mean something? 

 It doesn't!  It can be as simple as expressing joy or beauty.  Something that makes you stop and appreciate the pretty happy things in life.  That's what my art is about.

Floral Spring Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh: growcreative
Watercolor Flowers by Elise Engh: growcreative


Last week I finished this large painting for my living room and I even posed with it to show you the joy I got from creating it!
Watercolor Flowers by Elise Engh: growcreative

Flower-Head Girl

Original Watercolor and Ink Girl with Floral Headdress Painting by Elise Engh: growcreative

 I have so many watercolor ideas in my head right now- I'm rushing to create them before I forget. This Flower-Head Girl has been on my mind all week and now she's done. I'm really excited about this one!

She started out with opened eyes, but it looked weird to me, so I made them closed in the end.


Original Watercolor and Ink Girl with Floral Headdress Painting by Elise Engh: growcreative
Original Watercolor and Ink Girl with Floral Headdress Painting by Elise Engh: growcreative
Original Watercolor and Ink Girl with Floral Headdress Painting by Elise Engh: growcreative

I can see myself painting more of these!

See Flower-Head Girl in my shop.

Spring Florals

I always feel so much more inspired to paint in the spring.  The sunshine and warmth are invigorating!  Check out some of the new florals I've come up with.  Some are small 5x7 paintings  (in the shop) and some are bookmarks- which may end up as mother's day gifts :)