GUEST ARTIST: “Light & Shadow” by Rachel Murphree

These stunning doodlewashes come to us from Rachel Murphree in El Paso, Texas (originally from the northeast). Be sure to follow her blog to see more! In her blog posts she tries to present her process, including sketches and in-process paintings.

Rachel is a watercolor artist, part time librarian, and formerly very busy volunteer in PTA activities at her daughters’ school. She says, “Now that they are teenagers, I am following my passion for watercolor. I have a five year goal to make this my second career: to enter national shows, travel teaching watercolor, and thoroughly enjoy translating my vision of nature onto paper!”

In her artistic past Rachel created bead embroidery sculptures which won Juror awards at El Paso Arts International Shows. You can see photos on her blog of these sculptures.

Since 2014, her focus has been watercolor. She currently paints close ups of nature’s wonders and everyday aspects of life. “I strive for looseness,” she says, “and I am fascinated with light and shadow. I thoroughly enjoy sketching the subject to understand it and then translate that to the painting.”

Currently she’s participating in a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge which has artists worldwide showing their daily work. “The challenge is amazing because it’s not designed to produce gallery ready work, but it IS designed to keep you focused, keep you in the studio creating, painting, whether you’re too tired, or too busy, or whatever is the excuse!” (Love this!)

Rachel did this for the first time in January 2015 and produced about 20 paintings. The paintings from the current challenge can be seen here!

Take A Bite by Rachel Murphree Rachel’s 2014 artistic goal was to enter one watercolor in the juried Arts International show. She entered three pieces, two were accepted and her fruit still life “Take a Bite” (shown here) won the watercolor award that year. This year she participated in a members show where she had 15 pieces, and she’s been accepted again for Arts International with her painting “October Leaves” (shown at the top of this post).

You can also follow Rachel on Instagram, Facebook, and Google+. She says, “My paintings are ‘Priced to Collect.‘ I have enjoyed creating them, and have learned a lot from the process. I have priced them affordably so people can have original artwork on their walls that makes them smile! Cards and prints of most paintings are available.”

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36 thoughts on “GUEST ARTIST: “Light & Shadow” by Rachel Murphree

  1. Beautiful paintings. Love the vibrancy and looseness of the watercolors. The fruit still life has such a wonderful play of light, the grapes particularly look delicious and ready to eat. Thank you Charlie for a great feature.

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