Photos of the Week

Ok, it's pretty much been forever since I posted any photography, but I wanted to share some today!  My flowers are like my children.  I'm always looking after them, making sure they get what they need.  Then I get to stand back and watch them flourish.  It's so satisfying to grow things!  

Pink Cosmos Flowers
Rose of Sharon
Pink RosesPink Zinnia Flower


Labor Day Art Sale

My Labor Day Sale is here!

Original Watercolor Art Sale- Elise Engh Studios

All of my original paintings are 20% from Sept. 4th- 8th.  I have a wide variety of paintings available: from beach car illustrations to peaceful green abstracts to soft florals!

Green Abstract Watercolor Landscapes

 Introducing......

New Abstract Landscapes!

Green Abstract Watercolor Landscapes by Elise Engh

I have loved every minute of painting these watercolor landscapes.  I normally don't do a lot of abstract work, but it was much needed at this time in my life and in this crazy year that we call 2020.  

Abstract painting has a way of calming me down and helping me feel peace.  I think it's the beauty of watching watery paints blend and mix on paper that really gets me to stop and just be in the moment and really appreciate the beauty of color and art.  I go to my art room at the end of a long day and create these green landscapes from my imagination.  They don't reference anywhere that I have actually been and I love that about them. They transport me to somewhere magical! It's such a peaceful wonderful feeling.  I will be creating more of these because I love the process of creating them so so much.

Green Abstract Watercolor Landscape by Elise Engh
8x10 abstract landscape #2

Green Abstract Watercolor Landscape by Elise Engh
8x10 Abstract Landscape #1

Green Abstract Watercolor Landscape by Elise Engh
8x10 Abstract Landscape #4


Green Abstract Watercolor Landscape by Elise Engh
8x10 Abstract Landscape #3


New Cactus Art Prints

 Introducing........Three new watercolor cactus art prints in my shop!

Watercolor Cactus Prints, Cactus Wall Art

Two of these designs were previously licensed to Hobby Lobby and now the license has expired I get to sell them in my own shop. Yay! These colorful cactus prints are available in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes and are printed on beautifully textured white paper. 

Watercolor Cactus Prints, Cactus Wall Art

Fun Ways to Re-purpose Watercolor Paintings

Hi there! It's been a busy summer! I've been cleaning out my art room and basement and it got me thinking about how to reuse things instead of throwing them away- particularly old watercolor paintings.  I hate wasting materials so I've compiled a list of the ways I have reused my watercolor paintings over the years.  Enjoy!

How to Re-use old watercolor paintings by Elise Engh


Watercolor Sketches from my Travels

Hi there! My little family ventured out on a trip recently and it felt soooo great! It wasn't quite as carefree with wearing masks everywhere and social distancing, but being on the beach is good for my spirit. So it was worth it!


I brought along my travel watercolor paint set so I could sketch during my daughter's nap times.  I painted some pretty orange flowers in the yard of our air bnb and then I painted the coastline one sunny afternoon! 

beach scene watercolor sketch

By the way, If you're ever in La Jolla, CA- check out the tide pools!

New Watercolor Girl Paintings

Two happy things here today: it's almost officially summer and I have some new figural paintings finished!  

Watercolor Girl with Palm Leaves Painting by Elise Engh
Girl with Palm Leaves 8x10

Photos of the Week

Good Morning! 
My favorite time of year has arrived..... my poppies are blooming!

coral pink oriental poppy flowers

Abstract Watercolor Landscapes

Hi there! During this busy and crazy time, I have tried really hard to still find time for doing things I love.  As you probably know, painting with watercolors is one of those things that I can't do without! 

I've mostly been doing abstract paintings.  Abstract work has a way of soothing me and helping me let things go. Here are the two abstract watercolor landscapes that I created!
Green Abstract Watercolor Landscape Painting by Elise Engh

New Abstract Watercolor Paintings

Hello friends! How has quarantine been going? 

I've had my ups and downs with it.  The upside is seeing a whole lot more of my kids and husband and connecting in ways we wouldn't have otherwise.  The downside is that life is actually more busy than normal.  Distance learning with an 11 year old is more challenging than I anticipated.  Some days my son's teacher gives out 5-6 hours worth of work online and that's too much time on a screen for my kid.  This week we've been prioritizing his work so we don't finish everything, but get the most important stuff done.  That's working out much better for us!

Expressionist Watercolor Paintings

Photos of the Week

crab apple tree blossoms

I haven't posted any photography in ages!  My 9-year-old camera finally bit the dust so I'm left with my smart phone to capture the spring blossoms in my yard.  

Whether the photos come out nicely or not, I still enjoy taking photos of beautiful things around me.  I'm starting to realize what a gift it is to be aware and notice what is all around you at the exact moment you are in. Not rehashing what is behind you or worrying about what is coming next.  Just feeling your own feelings and thinking your own thoughts in the present.  It's a quality we are born with as children and slowly lose as our lives become busy and distracted.  For the health of my brain, I'm trying to feel that childlike wonder about life and notice the small things!

crab apple tree blossoms

Flowering Almond Blossoms

Painting Flowers: How I Slow Down My Brain

With an active one year old and a homeschooling 11 year old with me all day everyday, I really appreciate the time I get to paint! I make sure that I get some quiet time for myself every afternoon so that I can slow my brain and my body down and rest.  

original watercolor flower paintings by Elise Engh

Free Floral Coloring Pages

 Hi friends!
While I've been stuck at home, I've been working hard on some freebies for you guys.  We all need ways to relax and be mindful and coloring is an excellent way to do that!

Free Flowers Coloring Pages from Elise Engh Studios

Spring Floral Sale

How's everyone doing this week? For me, it's hard to be stuck inside this much, so I'm trying to find ways to focus on things that make me happy and that are beautiful- like flowers! There aren't many flowers blooming yet where I live, so for now I am appreciating floral paintings instead.

With that in mind, I'd like to announce a little sale I'm running for the next week (4/3-4/10).  All of my original watercolor flower paintings are on sale- 25% off in my shop!

Spring Floral Sale at Elise Engh Watercolors

Spring Floral Sale at Elise Engh Watercolors
5x7 Mini Watercolor Flowers Painting



Spring Floral Sale at Elise Engh Watercolors
Original Watercolor Flower Paintings

5 Projects to Keep Kids Busy

With kids being home a whole lot more these days, it's easy for them to get bored and it's easy for them to turn to technology to fill the void.  I am by no means anti-tech as a mom, but I try to keep a good balance with my kids. Personally, I think one of the toughest challenges for us parents during a global pandemic is keeping our youngsters' bodies and minds engaged and active so they aren't on screens all day long. Is anyone with me on that one?!!

How to Paint a Watercolor Rainbow

Rainbow paintings are showing up everywhere these days.  I love that they aren't just the traditional rainbow colors - pretty much any color palette goes and it's so fun! That's why I've created this free watercolor tutorial for painting your own rainbow art.  Keep reading below for the tutorial!

How to Paint a Watercolor Rainbow by Elise Engh Studios

Nursery Decor: Wall Butterflies

 These paper butterflies have been on my daughter's nursery wall ever since she was a few months old. I feel like I've been waiting all my life to decorate a baby girl's room and I feel so lucky that dream came true! Girly decor is so much fun!

Make fun girly butterfly nursery decor with colorful paper!

I used a simple tutorial at Free Crafts for Kids to create these colorful butterflies from scrap-booking paper scraps.  I attached the butterflies to the wall with adhesive putty and they stay up on the wall perfectly!  

My daughter loves looking at these butterflies every day and they add a lot of color to her room.  Now if I could just tame her hair... haha!

Nursery Decor: Wall Butterflies
Make fun girly butterfly nursery decor with colorful paper!



New Abstract Watercolor Art

                                          Good morning! I have some new art to share!


Original Abstract Landscape Watercolor Art by Elise Engh
8 x 10 Coral Orange Abstract Landscape Painting

I've been taking some time to paint stuff that I want to paint- it's such a good feeling! Creating abstract art is such a soothing process for me.  It takes all the stress out of me. 

So I've created some original abstract watercolor pieces that are now listed in my shop (and are very affordably priced for original art).  Check them out!

Original Abstract Floral Watercolor Art by Elise Engh
8 x 10 Original Abstract Floral Art

Original Abstract Watercolor Art by Elise Engh

Stay tuned for a new watercolor tutorial on creating rainbow art- like this little guy. It'll be worth your time, I promise!

original watercolor rainbow art by Elise Engh
8 x 10 Watercolor Rainbow Art

Butterfly Card Design Collaboration

Hey there! I'm excited to share a collaboration with you all!

Butterfly Birthday Card design by Elise Engh for Papyrus

In 2018, Papyrus (the card company) contacted me about creating some artwork for cards for their fall 2019 line.  I painted several versions of this floral butterfly piece and this is the version that ended up on their cards! So fun!

Papyrus added the glitter and gold foil- which I love.  These cards are quality too! Seriously so well crafted that I could never throw one away.  

Butterfly Birthday Card design by Elise Engh for Papyrus

It was an awesome feeling to see my name printed at the bottom!

Butterfly Birthday Card design by Elise Engh for Papyrus