It’s been a while since I posted a landscape painting so here we go.
Happy Thursday! 💙
I really like the distant hills in this landscape. The pine trees and the birds make me very happy.
I have a few in progress shots of the next landscape. I painted and let things dry overnight before continuing. That allowed me time to view my painting with fresh eyes and make some decisions.
Here I started out with some rocky hills in the distance.
The next step was to soften the sky a little and work on the foreground.
While I was happy with the rocks added in the front, I felt like the rocks in the center were too dark and needed to be lightened up. Also the distant hill on the left seemed too dark as well.
The white gouache that I added did provide some nice highlights but I knew that wasn’t enough.
It’s one of those things…. risk overworking the painting or just leave it as is. I decided that the risk was worth it since I still wasn’t satisfied.
9 x 12 inch – Rocky shore watercolor painting
I worked on lifting some of the color on the rocks in the center using a damp brush. I tried to be gentle and not damage the paper. I also used a damp tissue and blotted some areas. Both techniques worked pretty well.
I’m happy with the improvements and glad that I kept going. Whether successful or not, this painting did provide me with an opportunity to try various techniques and build my confidence. I will keep showing up, having fun, and enjoy the process.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!
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. 🙂
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.
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!
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. I would love to have you join me on this creative journey.
Until next time, enjoy yourself and love “hoo” you are! 🙂