I recently visited Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida while on vacation. It was really nice to spend a quiet afternoon in the garden enjoying nature and taking a few photos along the way. I have a few favorites to share with you today. 🙂
So many flowers on the property to enjoy and lots of inspiration for future paintings.
The lavender caught my eye in the herb garden. ❤
I love how the afternoon sun is shining through the cute little picket fence.
Ahh, and another lavender photo but this one is a soft and romantic.
I didn’t note the name of these gorgeous plants but I was lost in the beauty of the day strolling around and having fun with my best friend.
The extraordinary colors, shapes, and textures blew me away…
I am thrilled with how these photos turned out.
It is always nice to be able to get outside and enjoy nature. I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos and have a chance to slow down and enjoy the beauty all around you.
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A Spring inspired post for you today with a few watercolor tulips.
Tulips make me a happy girl. ❤ I hope you enjoy them as well . 🙂
Soft Pink Tulip painted on 6 x 9 inch Bee paper.
I love the ruffled petals. When working on the background, I decided to also ruffle the edge of the background colors a bit. I really like how that worked out.
Bright Pink Tulips painted on 6 x 9 inch Bee paper.
The greens and bright pinks work well together. I love that combination.
To create the soft distant tulips, I used the wet on wet technique. I simply wet the paper first with clean water and then while the paper was still wet, painted the general shape of tulips with a wet brush loaded with color. Then I continued dropping in more color to build up different areas.
– Build up color from light to dark
– Always have a tissue handy for those times when you drop too much color or too much water on your paper
– Mix it up and try something different
maybe a bold color, different brush, different paper, or an unusual color choice
I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week. 🙂
Ink and watercolor, I love that combination. I have an Owl painting to share with you today. My painting was inspired by a beautiful photo of a Great Horned Owl on pexels.com.
I was attracted to the big bright eyes of this Owl and tried make sure they really popped in this painting. I started off with a light pencil sketch of the eyes and beak making sure to get the proper placement and distance between them. As I’ve noted before, this is a key step for me before diving in.
Watercolor Tip: Always make sure that the eyes are dark enough, don’t be shy with color here. It is also important to leave a few white spots for where the light hits the eyes.
Owl ink and watercolor painted on 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook
As I was painting, I remembered to use a light touch and tried to make all of my ink and paint markings in the same direction as the feathers on the Owl. I love the prominent feathered tufts on his head, a cute and wild hairdo. ❤
I plan to work on another Owl sometime in the future, there is so much to learn and improve upon. It was a lot of fun, quite a Hoot!
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I have a fun ink and watercolor Tulip to share with you today.
Fellow blogger and talented artist, Jill Kuhn, recently posted a beautiful ink Tulip. I was inspired by Jill’s lovely art and decided to sketch a Tulip and give Zentangle a try. It was fun creating different designs and patterns all over the flower and leaves. I added a splash of watercolor at the end to brighten things up. I’m really happy with the end result. 🙂
I’ve been working on a few simple landscape paintings. I used similar color combinations for my distant trees in each painting and have 3 very different results to share with you today. Oh, and lots of blue. 🙂
My first step on any landscape painting is thinking about where I want the horizon to be. Once I decide how much space I want to reserve for the sky, I lightly draw a line for the horizon using a pencil and ruler. With the horizon line in place, it is easier for me to visualize the big shapes in the painting.
Using the wet on wet technique, I tried to indicate some distant trees. When the wet paint hits the damp paper, it creates color blooms on the paper. It is so much fun to watch this happen!
I tried to keep things simple and not overwork my landscape paintings. I had to remind myself before starting each one, no fussing allowed. Hopefully that will get easier with more practice.
Indigo worked well in this painting. I am very pleased with the addition of the foreground here, it seemed to balance things out. Although I like the other paintings below, this one is probably my favorite because I’m pulled in and feel something.
I really like the varied tree shapes in this one. The bits of white paper beneath the trees in the center area worked well. I need to remember that for future landscape paintings.
This abstract landscape is very different from my usual style of painting. I love the blooms of color in this painting. ❤ The granulating effect of the French Ultramarine Blue is quite interesting.
I hope you enjoyed this simple landscape series.
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