A floral doodle and my inkspiration photo for you today.
This post is rather quiet. The doodle, well… not so much.
Happy Thursday! 🙂
While looking for something fun to sketch, this lovely red flower caught my eye. I snapped the photo below with my phone while visiting Leu Gardens this spring. A nice flower to sketch with some interesting shapes.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.
A blue feather watercolor and a few photos at the lake.
Ahhhh, my happy place and my favorite shades of blue for you today.
A wet on wet watercolor painting…
Just a simple feather out of my imagination with lots of yummy blues. 🙂
At one point I really thought this painting was not going to work out but I kept on going. On the last wash I threw caution to the wind and really punched up the blue color. After it dried I was so happy that I did not fuss with it, that is usually where things go wrong for me.
This pair of Mallard ducks out for an evening swim just stole my heart.
The blue reflection from the paddle boat on shore was stunning.
Sunset views like this just take my breath away.
I couldn’t stay for long enjoying this view. The mosquitoes were out in force and tried to take my phone away and push me in the lake. 😉
The clouds reflecting on the lake were pretty amazing too. ❤
I am so blessed to be able to get away and enjoy this view at the lake from time to time.
Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you find time to create art and do something you love. Until next time, have a great week.
This little beauty visits the feeder often. I was pretty excited when he dropped by and I was able to snap a few photos of him.
I love those big eyes! It looks like he is checking out what’s for dinner.
I was inspired to paint my little backyard friend. I decided to keep things simple and just paint him perched on a branch. I added a fun splashy background to finish up the painting. I may have had a little too much fun with that background but oh well… 😉
Paper: 7×10 inch Arches watercolor block
Daniel Smith watercolor paint:
Cobalt blue, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Yellow Ochre
Additional details added with a .005 black micron pen and a white gel pen.
In this photo, it looks like he approves and will take his food to go. 🙂
Another happy fella at the backyard feeder.
Over time the tip of your brushes and pens can wear down. Be sure to replace those that have become worn.
I still get a little uptight when a few paintings in a row don’t work out as planned. I’ve found the best thing for me is to hang in there, loosen up, and keep on going. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the process and have fun.
Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, have a great week.
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!
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! 🙂 ❤
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.
Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.