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

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

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


Paint September ~ Day 17 ~ Shoreline

Paint September ~ Day 17 ~ Shoreline

I spent many hours with paintbrush in hand towards the end of my yesterday…moved paint around paper, little thought, play mostly. There were distractions galore…my house, not quiet. Several paintings came, none of which felt particularly right to me and none of which I’ll share with you here. I had all but called Day 17 a bust when a passing comment caught my eye and made me take pause…

Creation without Inspiration is pointless.

So I flipped the page in my watercolor book and began again, this time, recalling an image of rocks on shoreline that floated my way earlier in the week… and the paint flowed with ease and this simple painting is what emerged.

The reason I decided to try my hand at PaintSeptember was to challenge myself to show up daily, paintbrush in hand, with the mindset of creating…something…anything. An exercise in discipline, something I need when it comes to creating as the business side of my brain often pulls me in other less artistic directions. My initial goal was simple…show up, paint something and if happy with it, share it along. My routine has been to sit down without prior thought of what to create in mind, then, see what comes…. What I have learned so far, is that I need to be touched by just the smallest spark of inspiration in order to do good work. The paintings that I have been most pleased with this month all came from an inspired place within after having felt/noticed the magnetic pull of a feeling, emotion or idea.

For me, just showing up is an excellent first step, but it’s simply not enough, especially since it’s important to me to create art that is infused with depth, emotion and meaning.

Original Watercolor & Ink ©Michelle Rummel

Paint September ~ Day 15/16 ~ Pure Memory

Paint September ~ Day 15/16 ~ Pure Memory

“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us”~ Mary Oliver

The ocean has a strong pull over me. I am at peace there…grounded and balanced. Palpable, the quiet calm that comes from within.

My memory is often hazy…details of my life tend to mix and melt into something that feels a bit like shadow. My recall is clouded with fragments of memory. But the smallest of seaside moments stick with me. There is utter clarity…It is as if each time the tide retreats, it smooths the layered haze, leaving behind a softness of pure memory and thought…

A pleasure to paint what I love… ~

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel