In honor of the Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog, I thought it was a good time to introduce my Black Lab, Huey Lewis.
Huey is a happy boy, always ready to play and have fun. He loves the usual games like catch, fetch, and keep away with Mom’s socks. It’s pretty cute when he wants to play and will try to get my attention by dropping his toy on my lap or my desk. If he still doesn’t get my attention, he will pick it up and toss it to me. 🙂
His other true love is swimming. When we are at the lake it is hard to keep him out of the water. The lake is his happy place (and mine too). 🙂
He is alway on patrol keeping an eye on the yard and everything going on in the neighborhood. Last year I painted this picture of him sitting on the couch looking outside. He takes this job very seriously.
I hope you enjoyed meeting my sweet boy, Huey Lewis. Thanks for stopping by and following along.
Until next time, have a great week and enjoy yourself.
I worked on sketching and painting a Blue Jay this week. My painting was inspired by a beautiful photo on pexels.com (a favorite online site that has free stock photos for artists to use).
After a light sketch in pencil, I used black Micron pens to complete the sketch. I love Micron pens, the ink is waterproof and fade proof, just perfect for using with watercolor.
Watercolor Tip: Gently erase any remaining pencil lines before painting. Leftover pencil markings will be impossible to remove once they’ve been painted over. If you forget to remove them, it is no big deal. I’ve done that many times. 🙂
Adding watercolor is the fun part and it brings the birdie to life. I added a little extra splash here and there to make the painting more lively and to hopefully create more interest.
Watercolor tip: To create a bit of splash, I loaded the brush with color and then tapped on the handle directly over my paper. I repeated the splash using a few different size brushes and colors. Splashing and spattering can be a bit messy, I like to cover my work area with paper towels to catch any overspray.
Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Burnt Sienna Light
Cobalt Teal Blue
Conversation with Birdie – a little poem that I wrote.
Now, if only Mr. Blue Jay would stick around long enough to chat. 🙂
Tell me your thoughts little birdie
Are you free from worry?
What is it like to fly above?
Is your heart filled with love?
How do you know your way?
Please share with me today.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.
I painted this first Coneflower in 2015 shortly after I started documenting my journey. This was painting number 35.
I’m really pleased with this early work, I think it was a nice exercise.
In the video, I love that Deb walks through painting the wet on wet background by dropping in lots of color and letting the colors mix and mingle. I remember when I was just a beginner, she made me feel like I could do this and gave me the confidence to give it a try. This video is packed full of great tips and advice that has stayed with me.
My recent Coneflower painting on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.
This is painting number 651. Wow, I am so amazed by that number! 🙂
The salt technique worked out much better in the new painting. I have more experience using salt now and have a better feel for when to sprinkle it on the wet paint.
Salt technique – things that can affect your results How wet is the paint. If too dry, the salt will not work very well.
How much salt is applied.
How you apply the salt. Sprinkle or Toss like”Bam” 🙂
Applying the salt from directly above or at an angle.
The type of salt used. Kosher salt or a finer table salt.
I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.