Rachelle Levingston's Profile

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This is my second ETSY shop. My other shop offers a lot of original watercolors as well as bird, animal and nursery prints. This is my newest shop but you can check out my feedback in my other shop (it has 2,000+ positive feedback!!) I will gladly combine shipping costs from my two shops. Click here to go to MY OTHER ART SHOP
http://www.rachellelevingston.etsy.com

So why a second shop?

I took a class years ago and asked the teacher how he painted his trees. They were amazing....not overworked, not too detailed; he caught the essence of the tree. He said in order to learn how to paint one tree, you need to paint 1000 trees. Once you paint that many trees you really know them and what marks it takes to paint one.
It dawned on me how that is true for all subjects... if I want to paint people…

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  • Female
  • Joined July 12, 2012

Favorite materials

watercolors, paper, drawing pencils

Shop

1000PaintedTrees
Original Art and Unique Art Gifts

About

This is my second ETSY shop. My other shop offers a lot of original watercolors as well as bird, animal and nursery prints. This is my newest shop but you can check out my feedback in my other shop (it has 2,000+ positive feedback!!) I will gladly combine shipping costs from my two shops. Click here to go to MY OTHER ART SHOP
http://www.rachellelevingston.etsy.com

So why a second shop?

I took a class years ago and asked the teacher how he painted his trees. They were amazing....not overworked, not too detailed; he caught the essence of the tree. He said in order to learn how to paint one tree, you need to paint 1000 trees. Once you paint that many trees you really know them and what marks it takes to paint one.
It dawned on me how that is true for all subjects... if I want to paint people really well I need to paint a lot of people. I can't expect the first one to be great (and it wasn't!!) And the only way to get better is to paint, paint, paint. So this shop is journal of my art journey to paint like mad. A journey to paint 1000 trees so to speak...1000 people, 1000 landscapes, 1000 birds. ( I know, his words were so simple, yet they were so profound to me.)

My other shop is primarily watercolors; this one is my chance to mix watercolors with acrylics, gouache, and colored pencils. This shop also offers unique art gifts like original watercolor earrings.

Click here to go to MY OTHER ART SHOP
http://www.rachellelevingston.etsy.com

Click here to go to THIS SHOP
http://www.1000paintedtrees.etsy.com

It seems I can manage the mundane routine of life and work as long as I get a little play time with my watercolors. Watercolors are my escape from the world. I paint to be happy. I get grumpy after a few days of not painting. Sometimes I get so busy that I forget how happy they make me. I mope around for a while and think, "What's wrong?" Then it dawns on me..."Oh, yeah, I haven't painted in awhile." So I am so pleased to have ETSY and be able to share my art with others.

I love to paint a variety of subjects. Growing up in both Ohio and Utah, my family often took road trips. As we drove I would study the countryside. Now I try to capture rural America; I love My favorite subject to paint, though, is people. I love to tell a person's story with my paintings. Even though watercolors are difficult, I still prefer them to oil. The challenges they pose are all part of the fun for me.

My dad and I share the love of watercolors....although he does like the drawing aspect more and I love the painting more. My 1000paintedtrees shop has several pieces where my dad and I both worked on the same piece. I love the idea that art does not have to be a individual process.

Visit my father's shop at http://www.rbwatercolors.etsy.com

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