A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch. This cute little bird is always fun to watch balancing on the feeder or creeping around on a tree trunk in search of food.
This guy was pretty vocal. I just love this pic. ❤
This fella was on a mission bouncing around on a tree trunk. 🙂
I decided to combine both of my photos for this painting and tried to capture the cute expression of the sweet Nuthatch in the first photo.
I started off with a light pencil sketch and then added a little detail with a black Micron pen. I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch. At this point, I was quite happy and thought I was finished.
Later I took a few photos of my painting and it became quite clear that it really needed more color. I decided to go for it and really punch up the blues.
Ahh.. that’s better. 🙂 That color boost really made a difference.
Viewing a photo of your work can help you see where you need to add additional detail or more color.
I hope you enjoy seeing my art and my backyard friends. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and do something you love!
A few simple flowers and leaves with my favorite Dagger brush. ❤
For this practice, I limited the colors used and tried to limit the number of brush strokes on each flower. At first I was a little disappointed that I could not master the rose shape but what I realized after playing around a while is that I actually like the irregular shapes best.
I started at the base of the flower putting pressure on the brush and pulling up toward the top, then the same thing on the other side to complete the bud shape.
While the bud was still wet, I tried to cradle it with green leaves. Starting at the base with smaller strokes, I pulled upward to create little leaves on both sides.
The last step was simply painting the stem by starting at the base of the bud/leaves and pulling down to create a fine line.
I loosened up after a while and then tried some other playful shapes. I really like how they turned out.
For this practice piece, I added a blue sky and played a little more.
Nothing complicated, just a few joyful flowers. 🙂
I think it is important to allow yourself time to play…it helps keep things interesting and fun.
For this final painting, I kept things soft and loose. I really love this painting and plan on giving it to a very special couple.
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and 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!
This little bluebird stopped by for a visit recently. Luckily I had my new camera in hand when this little guy arrived. I did my best to contain my excitement long enough to snap a few pics of him. 🙂
I thought it would be fun to try painting my bluebird. I started with a light pencil sketch first, and then moved on to the eye and beak making sure to get the placement and details correct.
While working on the feathers, I like to dampen a small area of the paper with a little clean water. Then I drop in a little paint and let the colors move and mingle. A gentle touch with a small brush seems to work well for painting the feathers on a small bird like this one.
I decided to try something a little different for the background and create a frame of color around my bird. It has taken a lot of painting for me to get comfortable trying different backgrounds. There are still times when I have to push worry out of the way and just go for it.
Tip – how to flatten your watercolor painting if the paper curls up or has buckled
After you have finished your painting and it is completely dry, you can flatten it by lightly wetting the back side of the paper with clean water and then setting a heavy book or two on top of it until it dries completely.
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and 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! 🙂 ❤
Today I have 3 paintings inspired by watercolor artist, Jean Haines.
No sketching, just paint on paper.
Big shapes and lots of juicy color.
Trying to simply enjoy the painting process and play with color. ❤
The petals were painted with different shades of red. I dropped in more color here and there, big strokes and no fussing. While the petals were still wet, I painted the center of each flower blue. I encouraged the paint in the center of each flower to mingle with the petals by tilting the paper and also touching the center edge of the wet red petals with the blue paint.
A little clean water helped soften and ruffle the outer edges. I like how that turned out.
I connected the flowers in each painting by simply pulling a little red paint from flower to flower.
Each 6 x 9 inch painting came together quickly. It was fun to paint the same thing a few times in a row. I found that I learned a little something new with each painting.
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. The Erin Hanson quote below inspires me, I hope it inspires you as well…
What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?
Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week. 🙂