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. 🙂
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. 🙂