A few years ago I painted a buck silhouette. I love this simple painting and thought it would be fun to share it again.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💜
I sketched the buck first and then dropped in different colors filling in most of the space. I allowed the colors to mix and mingle and didn’t fuss with it. I tapped on my brush to created a little fun spatter.
While the painting was still damp (not too wet/ not too dry), I sprinkled on some salt. As I recall, I used kosher salt which is flaky and creates these nice large blooms.
After it completely dried, I brushed off the salt to find a beautiful pattern.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.
I recently posted a few digital sketches that I made using Procreate. Sharon Mann at Make Art…Magic Happens, mentioned that she likes to import her artwork into Procreate and enhance it with cool effects. I knew I just had to give that a try. I’m always inspired by Sharon’s beautiful and creative artwork. 💗
Happy Thursday, friends! 😊
I decided that a recent sketch of my birdie in a teacup would be fun to play with.
My original ink sketch before importing it into Procreate.
and then after a few enhancements…
New tail feathers and a sweet little hair accessory added.
Lots of happy color and a fun background added as well.
Wow, what a difference that makes!
Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement, Sharon! I’m having so much fun learning and playing with Procreate.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
I’ve been working on painting a barn owl and have a few photos to show how it all came together.
Happy Sunday, friends! 😊
I started off with a simple sketch. It is important that the big shapes are positioned correctly and that your proportions look good. No detail is needed at this point, just light lines to serve as a guide.
Next I added a few small ink details with a Micron pen. The eyes are very dark so I like to use a pen to outline them to get the shape set before putting down any paint.
I used Daniel Smith watercolors for my owl. I started out by wetting the paper in sections and dropping in color allowing it to mix and mingle on right on the paper.
The first wash of quinacridone gold, yellow ochre, and burnt sienna. It doesn’t look good at this point but it gets better with each wash.
The second wash with more definition. Things are now starting to take shape. I’m not sure why this photo has a rosy glow but hopefully that’s not a distraction.
Barn owl – 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn beta sketchbook
The final wash added even more detail and deeper color. I love watching the transformation with this type of post. I hope you enjoyed it as well.
For me this post reinforces the importance of three washes and that getting the eyes dark enough makes a big difference.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Art is for everyone, keep painting, creating, and having fun!
Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!