This week I worked on painting a Great Blue Heron. I decided to work in my Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook that I recently received as a gift. It was a great choice, the quality of the paper in this sketchbook is excellent. I can see more of these sketchbooks in my future. 🙂
My initial sketch is below. Nice big shapes first, and then more detail with ink. Early on, it is important to get the position and shape of the eye correct. Then it is just a matter of working out from there with more detail.
Below is the second phase after adding watercolor. This is when it really starts to come alive.
Daniel Smith watercolors:
Payne’s Gray, Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Rose, Yellow Ochre, and Hansa Yellow
I debated whether to add a background color or not. After looking at a photo of my painting, I realized that I needed to punch up some of the colors. I also thought that a background would give this painting more interest.
It was a good choice to add more color, it made a big difference!
Background colors: Permanent Green, Green Gold, and Phthalo Blue
For the background I used a mix of Permanent Green and Green Gold. I splashed some Phthalo Blue and Permanent Green on the wet background by tapping on the handle of a brush loaded with paint. I like how the little drops of paint vary in size and spread out and in different shapes depending on how wet the paint is where they land.
I hope I have inspired you to create some art and do something fun. Thanks for stopping by and following along. Have a great week.
I’ve been working on sketching and painting a fox. It has been on my list for a while and I had a little time over the holidays to give it a try. I really love wildlife art and enjoy combining watercolor and ink in my artwork.
I started off with a few pencil sketches before diving in with watercolor and ink.
painted on 9×12 inch Canson Mix Media paper
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolor paints
Black Micron pen .03
After lightly sketching the fox with a pencil, I added more definition with a Micron pen. I like using the pen to make fun squiggles and random loose lines for the fur. When making the the ink squiggles and lines, I had to keep in mind that the length of the hair is shorter on the face and longer on the neck and body of the fox. I used a pen with a small tip so that the ink markings would not be too harsh and take over the painting. The final step was adding watercolor. That is the most exciting part, when things start to come to life. 🙂
Make sure the eyes are well defined and that the colors are dark enough. The eyes really need to pop to give life to your painting.
Set goals for your art and keep working at it.
I started painting 3 years ago and fell in love with watercolor. I have been taking classes, reading books, and following many talented artists online. The key has really been to paint a lot. About 2.5 years ago I started trying to paint a little every day or every few days (as it goes with a busy life and work schedule). The more that you paint, the more you will learn.
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love for you to follow me on this creative journey.
Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something fun! 🙂