A look back at a painting from last summer.
Lavender field painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.
I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts.
Have a great weekend and do something fun. 🙂
A few years ago I painted a Coneflower after watching this Deb Watson youtube video, How to Paint a Coneflower in Watercolor for Beginners. I decided to watch the video again but this time decided to paint a larger flower.
I painted this first Coneflower in 2015 shortly after I started documenting my journey. This was painting number 35.
I’m really pleased with this early work, I think it was a nice exercise.
In the video, I love that Deb walks through painting the wet on wet background by dropping in lots of color and letting the colors mix and mingle. I remember when I was just a beginner, she made me feel like I could do this and gave me the confidence to give it a try. This video is packed full of great tips and advice that has stayed with me.
My recent Coneflower painting on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.
This is painting number 651. Wow, I am so amazed by that number! 🙂
The salt technique worked out much better in the new painting. I have more experience using salt now and have a better feel for when to sprinkle it on the wet paint.
Salt technique – things that can affect your results
How wet is the paint. If too dry, the salt will not work very well.
How much salt is applied.
How you apply the salt. Sprinkle or Toss like”Bam” 🙂
Applying the salt from directly above or at an angle.
The type of salt used. Kosher salt or a finer table salt.
I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.
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 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.
Thursday Blues – Abstract Flowers painted on 6 x 9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.
I hope this quiet post puts a smile on your face. I had planned on making some bookmarks out of this painting, but I fell in love and could not cut it into strips. 🙂
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the holidays!
Hi everyone! I’ve been having fun sketching and painting Poinsettias. The first few that I painted we rather fussy and boring. Then I decided to watch a few videos online for inspiration and tips. I found this Jennifer Branch tutorial online, Poinsettia Christmas Card Painting. It was very easy and a lot of fun. I liked her loose style and all of the great tips that she shared. Below are a few of my paintings after watching the watercolor tutorial.
I didn’t have the Perylene Maroon that Jennifer used for the rich dark color, so I mixed up some Daniel Smith Deep Scarlet with a little Quinacridone Rose and a very small amount of Ultramarine Blue. I think that mix worked well for my dark Maroon color.
Below is another attempt with the same loose style.
This second painting I don’t like as much as the first one. I think the green leaves are brighter and more fun in the first painting and the flower has more depth and contrast. I suspect I didn’t use enough Ultramarine Blue to punch up the center of the second flower.
I’m still having fun with ink sketching so I worked on a Poinsettia sketch as well. I used my Platinum desk pen with fine nib and a .01 Micron pen. I had to reload the ink cartridge in the desk pen about two thirds of the way through this sketch. I was a little nervous thinking I was going to make a big mess but it was pretty easy to change (and no mess, yay!). I’m not sure why, but it took a little while before the ink started to flow nicely in the pen again. I suppose the ink in the cartridge just needed to loosen up a bit.
Do you keep little notes of inspiration or reminders on your desk or work area? If so, I would love to know what works for you.
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