A little sunshine your way today with a cheerful Sunflower painting.
I worked on painting a Sunflower based on an exercise in Jean Haines beautiful watercolor book, Paint Yourself Calm. I love her loose style of painting and the vibrant colors she uses in her work. This book is full exercises to help you relax, explore color, and reduce stress through painting.
Sunflowers just make me smile. The bright yellow makes me happy. 🙂
In this exercise the petals are painted by pulling color toward the center of the flower. The salt technique is used on the center of the flower and plastic wrap is used on the petals. Both techniques are fun and create some interesting results.
It was vey exciting the next day after the salt was dusted off and the plastic wrap removed. Then just a little touch up and this happy sunflower was finished.
Sunflower watercolor painted on 11×14 inch Arches watercolor paper
A different view of the same Sunflower.
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A quick post today with a few watercolor birds. I’m guessing you are probably not surprised to see a few more bird paintings. 🙂
I painted this little bird last month. I really like the green background and the contrast of the soft bird next to the rough branch.
Bird on a branch painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper
This week I worked on painting a Tern, or beach bird as I like to call them. I just love that the Tern has a crazy cool hairstyle. My hair would probably look like that too if I played at the beach all day. 🙂
I was a bit worried about painting sand. I tried to vary the direction of the brush strokes when putting down the color. I hoped that making the sand look uneven would give it a more realistic look. I think it was a good exercise. I like that the sand softly fades off into the distance behind my beach bird.
Beach bird painted on 9×12 inch Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook
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A number of months ago I bought a few Princeton Dagger brushes. This week I decided to practice with the small 1/4 inch brush. I found it to be a great choice for painting leaves, twigs, and branches. I need to practice with this brush a bit more but it was fun to switch things up and try something new.
Dagger brush notes:
The brush holds a lot of paint, be sure to have a nice puddle of color to work with.
The super fine tip is perfect for detail work and fine lines.
Dipping the brush in 2 different colors and then pulling the brush across the paper creates some very fun results.
I played around and painted a series of leaves. My favorite ones are below. I like the simplicity and soft colors, all very calming.
Daniel Smith watercolors: Undersea Green, Carbazole Violet, and French Ultramarine
Each painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.
I painted some pretty pink flowers with the small dagger brush. It created some nice loose shapes for the leaves and petals. I also used a few of my favorite go-to round brushes in this painting as well.
Pink Posies watercolor painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.
Try something new…
Mix it up with a new paintbrush or a new sketchbook. Maybe even paint something you’ve never painted before. Playing around and having fun can often produce some very exciting results.
I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun. Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and stay warm.