Today I have some pretty Cosmos flowers to share with you.
This is an in progress view of my watercolor painting. At this point I had stopped painting thinking that it was finished. After looking at my photo I could see that it needed a little more work. It’s always good to step back and take another look.
I decided to strengthen the color of the flowers and add more detail in the center.
I think those changes made quite a difference without overworking the painting. It seemed to really wake up these happy flowers. yay!
One interesting note that I wanted to share about this painting is that I used only a small flat brush (1/2 inch) and small liner brush (#1). I’m always amazed what is possible with a flat brush the more I use it.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Jump in and let the magic happen. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
Let’s take a stroll through my sketchbook today and I’ll show you a few of my recent #Inktober sketches.
Happy Thursday, friends! 💚
There are sketching prompts for each day of the month. Many people like to use the daily prompts but I like to sketch whatever inspires me at the moment.
Floral pattern play
This was the first page in my new sketchbook. I didn’t know what to sketch so I decided to just play and see what happened. I love this type of sketching because it often helps me develop ideas that I can use in future sketches or paintings.
I worked on a quirky cityscape in my small sketchbook. Something very different for me but kind of fun.
One more flower to finish off our tour.
I hope you grab a pen and some paper and join in on the sketching fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent.
I recently bought a pad of Arches watercolor paper and decided to limit it to only floral paintings. Today I have one of those paintings to share with you.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💗
My favorite coral pink watercolor combination: Quinacridone Rose + Yellow Ochre + Pyrrol Scarlet (just a tiny bit)
I started by painting the flower petals first. That way I have lots of room and freedom to position them anywhere on the page. Then I can fill in with leaves and stems all around and balance things out.
I’m very happy with the soft petals. While the paint was still wet, I used a clean brush and a little water to soften the edges.
For the flower centers, I used a very small brush and a dark color mix. It took a couple layers of paint to get the deep color that I wanted. The dark color in the center of the flowers really wakes up this painting.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.
I’m in love with paintings of potted plants and flowers. This week I decided to paint a few.
Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 💚
9 x 12 inch – Three in a row (a sunny hello)
I imagine these pretty pots sitting on a patio or deck somewhere. I think they would be a cheerful addition to an outdoor space.
A few notes: – I used mixed media paper here. I might have been better off with my watercolor sketchbook that can handle more water. The paper started giving me trouble at the end and buckled a bit.
– Keeping the color and size of the pots slightly different helps create interest.
– Positioning of the pots is also important. It’s more interesting if the spacing between them is different. I think I was partially successful with this one.
I recently reached 1000 followers here on WordPress. Thank you all for following me on this journey. I appreciate your kind words and support. Starting an art blog and putting my work online for all to see was something way out of my comfort zone. I’m so happy that I jumped in and gave it a go.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, sprinkle kindness everywhere.
I bought some pretty paper at the craft store a while back. There’s something about playing with paper and cutting out shapes that always gets me inspired.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
These pretty patterns and warm colors inspired today’s art selection. 😊 I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with these shapes yet but I’m sure they will find their way into an upcoming project soon.
I was playing in my sketchbook with a large flat brush and painted this landscape with just two colors: Prussian Blue and Quinacridone Burnt Orange
I’m amazed at how many different colors and tones you can get when painting with just two colors.
These roses were painted about a year ago with espresso powder and water. Painting with coffee is a lot of fun and this is one of my favorites.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!