Paint September ~ Day 30 ~ Drenched Salty

Paint September ~ Day 30 ~ Drenched Salty

Dip me gently in the ocean
Bathe me in blue,
Absorbing energy, I float…
Drenched salty ~

End of the month means that Painting September comes to an end…loved it. Was great for me, for my creative soul and spirit. Though admittedly, I am ready to take a little break:) Love to all for kind support all month long. A painting a day is no easy feat..I did my best as time, life and energy allowed.  I’ll be formally adding all the available watercolors to my blog or website soon…give me a little time to get organized;) My deepest gratitude to all who have already inquired or purchased works… ~ Shell



Original Ink & Watercolor Michelle Rummel

Inspired by…Hands ~

Inspired by...Hands ~

Of curious interest to me…the way the hand moves, fingers touch…reach, grasp, hold, hide. I study them…love to paint them. Sometimes get the lines right and sometimes…not so much;)

My Pinterest Board often provides a starting point for a sketch…here, I share with you a few of the images that inspire.

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. I would sketch for hours, the margins of my school notebooks filled with studies of make believe gowns. I was good at imagining the finishes, the details, the lines… and isn’t there just something so marvelously wonderful about a woman in a fancy dress? :)

In quiet moments, when I let myself daydream with pen in hand, glimpses of my girlhood dreams seem to come forward… the lines just flow. Brings a smile, actually…to know that some dreams stay with us, no matter our life path.

Original Ink & Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

Paint September ~ Day 26 ~ A Quiet Shell

Paint September ~ Day 26 ~ A Quiet Shell

My mind was elsewhere…

A gentle afternoon, just me and my paintbrush and a blank watercolor page that whispered to me the direction I needed to go in today.

Missing deeply, the ocean. So I painted a seashell…the kind I only dream of finding as my beach usually has little else but stones and slivers.

Like pigment on wet paper, my thoughts flowed and merged as they wished. I let them drift, happy in the moment… Quietly content ~

Original Ink and Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

Paint September ~ Day 25 ~ Where She Belongs

Paint September ~ Day 25 ~ Where She Belongs

Somewhere out beyond the blue where salty sea meets sky…

And… a late addition to the post;)

A Twitter Haiku, that floated  my way by my twitter friend, Robert Moore, @medialabrat. Ok, truth is I put him on the spot but I think he liked it;)

Fifty shades of grey

deflect attention from my

color filled center :)


Original Watercolor and Ink ~ ©Michelle Rummel

Home Fashions / Textile Market Week 2013 ~

About the Shell Rummel Brand... A Little More

For those of you following along here who may not know what I do beyond ink and watercolors;) I thought I’d share a little more about myself…

When I am not painting for #paintseptember…or, better said, in between painting for #paintseptember ;) …I am a designer, licensing my art and designing for the home fashions marketplace. My designs can be found on Bath Collections (available through Bed Bath & Beyond), Bedding Collections, Fabrics by the yard, Stationery and Gifts and Wall Art. I am also a well known Ketubah designer, offering my work within the Judaic Marketplace for over 12 years.

Earlier this week I spent time in New York City visiting the 5th Avenue showrooms to see my latest collections that were being unveiled for Home Fashions/ Textile Market Week. I invite you to read a little more about my time in New York and see some of the showroom photos that I have posted on my art licensing blog, here. If curious or interested, you may enjoy taking some time to scroll through that blog…it chronicles my fine art and licensing journey to date.

I appreciate your interest in my work, both my fine art and my art licensing/design work. I am enjoying posting my fine art here on this blog…Have had the pleasure of getting to know a few of you via your comments. Thank you, for taking the time to leave word for me if my art moves you. I welcome the conversation ~

What Inspiration Feels Like…

What Inspiration Feels Like...

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~ Rumi

Another, inspired by Paul’s evocative hosta photographs~  Not formally created for Paint September but I’m floating this one into the stream anyway;)

Original Ink & Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

Paint September ~ Day 19 ~ Inspired Lines

Paint September ~ Day 19 ~ Inspired Lines

Sharing the first of several watercolors inspired by Paul Henderson’s gorgeous hosta photographs from his garden in Scotland…

Paul’s photography is greatly inspiring to me.  If you haven’t seen how he creates his work with shadows, made from cut paper, copper wire and natural elements like translucent pieces of mica, take a look through his website and you will soon realize how visionary he truly is.  He won’t like that I just called him visionary;)  but we are dear friends and I think he’ll forgive it knowing I say it graciously and earnestly.  But it’s his Hosta series that this painting is inspired by.  I found myself drawn to the evocative lines, the shadows and light, the way he captured the leaves …something about that collection of work really moved me.

Over time, I painted several variations on this same theme, all capturing a uniquely different perspective. Today I post the most recent ink and watercolor of the series, completed today. The others, I will begin to share along soon.

Because my eye tends to abstract all I see, I do realize that to the viewer my painting may seem at first, disconnected to the original inspiration source. But I invite you to take a moment and look closer… the essence of Paul’s images are very much a part of my painting.

Grateful for the gift of inspiration… Such a pleasure to float this one into my stream… ~

Original Ink and Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel