It was a very difficult start to Spring this year with the unexpected loss of my beloved brother. Although I try to keep my personal life and struggles out of my art blog, this is where I am and what I’ve been going through. I just thought I should let you all know.
Today I have some pretty pictures of the daffodils in my garden and a few other paintings to share.
The daffodils this year did not disappoint. They’ve since faded but I did manage to get some nice photos when they were at their peak.
I really love this close up view.
Once again no luck with tulips this year. The critters outside have enjoyed snacking on them. I think I will just plant something else in the fall.
I painted some pretty pink and red tulips in my sketchbook. These playful loose watercolor flowers are so cheerful.
I also filled a page in my sketchbook with butterflies. I used watercolor brush pens for this and really like how it turned out.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Creating art has always been very therapeutic for me. I shall continue to lean into my art and give myself time and space to heal.
Until next time share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.
I left space for more flowers to be added later. I should have taken more photos but I’m glad I have this one to share.
I strengthened the buds with darker color and loose shapes. I love how the pretty purple flowers and leaves at the bottom guide your eye up into the painting.
There was enough space for a large flower at the top. It worked out well and became the focal point that this painting needed. The center of the flower turned out really nice. The little bit of dark color that bled into the petals from the center really makes my heart sing. The best part was that I didn’t overwork it. Yay!
It’s important to remember that showing up and having fun really makes a difference. Some paintings will work out better than others. While I may showcase some of my favorite paintings here, I have many that aren’t successful. I do my best to keep in mind that each painting is a step forward and an opportunity to learn and grow.
I’ve been playing in my sketchbook and have a few pages to share with you. I layered watercolor shapes with markers. It was a fun and easy exercise that I hope you will try as well.
I’m always inspired by watching Shayda Campbell videos on YouTube. She has so many great ideas for filling your sketchbook. I love her style and enjoy her watercolor tutorials.
I painted simple watercolor leaves and flowers all over the page. I love the combination of peachy pinks and soft browns together.
Once the page dried I used my dual tipped Tombow markers for some detail. I’m always amazed how adding detail with a pen or marker really wakes things up. I tried to keep the detail all very simple but I did get carried away with a few of them. 😉 Looking over my page, I really like the simple flowers much more.
Note to self…whether painting or drawing with markers, you have to know when to stop.
For my second page, I switched up the colors. I covered the page with a variety of leaves. I ended up with a nice little playful pattern.
Wow, the fuschia really added a nice punch of color. Nothing shy or boring about that color.
These dual tip markers are really nice to work with. They have a fine tip on one end and a larger brush pen on the other. I do need to practice more to learn how to control the brush pen though.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone and I hope you play and fun in your sketchbook too.
It’s been a while since I opened up my sketchbook for you. Today I have a variety of sketches made using pens and markers.
It’s been challenging getting nice photos of different pages in my sketchbook. It always seems to be either too bright or too dark when I’m taking photos of my artwork in winter… 🙂
I layered tiny flowers and vines in this sketch using both Tombow markers and Micron pens. The little unexpected blue leaves and flowers make me happy.
A practice page of flowers and leaves. I love how this little sampler turned out. It was a good way to try different colors together and see what works. Most importantly, it was fun and very relaxing.
A simple little bird sketch found its way into my sketchbook. I think I’m going to start adding more birds in my sketchbook.
Tulips with marker pens. I love how the stripes of different green markers look on the leaves. I played around using the large and small tip of the markers. Parts of this sketch I really like and other parts not so much but this is a sketch and it’s important to explore and try different things.
This was an in progress piece. While prepping the photo for this post, I accidentally rotated it to the left and now it feels complete. In my sketchbook the top of the page has the three magenta vines on top. I really like it better with them on the left as you see here.
I’m going to have to remember to try this with my paintings as well. Sometimes simply changing the orientation can make all the difference.
I hope you enjoyed this walk through my sketchbook. I encourage you to play and have fun sketching. I really need to remember to do more of this myself.
As we head into the new year I like to think about new possibilities and what I will focus on. I don’t like resolutions but I like having goals and things to reach for.
My thoughts for a creative 2022: Keep working to improve my watercolor skills. Have fun and explore different techniques. Improve my watercolor backgrounds. Allow for more playtime in my sketchbook. Share videos and snippets of my painting process. Remember to be gentle with myself and slow down when I need to.
Watercolor Backgrounds I plan on putting more thought into backgrounds this year. Hopefully playing more with backgrounds will improve my paintings and make them more interesting.
As an example, I recently painted this lively background above with the wet on wet technique. I used a damp brush to lift off paint in some places for placement of bigger flowers.
I think playing and experimenting with backgrounds will be a lot of fun.
Here’s a photo of the final painting taken with better lighting. 😊 I added some flowers and bumped up the color. It think it looks a bit dreamy… I love that.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. What are you planning on focusing on in 2022?