I have a beach painting to share with you today. I would love to be at the beach and am looking forward to traveling again very soon.
This painting was inspired by watercolor artist, Lois Davidson. I’ve enjoyed many of her YouTube watercolor tutorials online.
Lately I’ve been taping off the edges of my watercolor paper before I start painting. I really like the nice border it creates around the painting. Although in my photo here it appears that part of the right edge got cut off. 😉
Above is the first layer of watercolor after it dried. I was quite happy with the base. Watercolor always dries lighter than you might expect. The soft soothing colors worked well here.
Adding some nice dark grasses and detail in the foreground created some depth and warmth. I love how the little birds in the sky add some life to the painting.
One thing I’ve learned it that you should keep on playing and practicing. Although I don’t like how the water turned out in this one. The sky is just dreamy and I am in love with it.
While every painting might not be a success, that’s ok. I’m having fun and learning from each one. Paint on my friends!
Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!
I have been doing more experimenting with watercolor landscapes. I believe it’s important to allow yourself to just play and see what happens. Even if the results are not what you wish for there is so much to learn from each painting.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💙
I used Daniel Smith watercolors: Prussian Blue and Payne’s Gray.
These colors really move around nicely on the paper, especially when playing with the wet on wet technique as I was doing here. An important thing to remember is to have fun and let go… no judgement, no overthinking 😊
The light blue tree in the middle and a few of the darker trees up front I am quite happy with. This was a good practice and a nice warm up…
More play with blues and wet on wet here.
I like the small tree on the left, it’s different and adds interest. The overlapping trees on the right are very interesting too, they seem to pull me in.
Watercolor tip: Some of the branch marks in the larger trees were made with a dry brush moving over damp paint. It pulls up some of the paint and creates a lighter area.
And finally a beach scene with some calm soothing colors. I really like this one… It takes me back to the beach.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.
A quick post today with a few watercolor birds. I’m guessing you are probably not surprised to see a few more bird paintings. 🙂
I painted this little bird last month. I really like the green background and the contrast of the soft bird next to the rough branch.
Bird on a branch painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper
This week I worked on painting a Tern, or beach bird as I like to call them. I just love that the Tern has a crazy cool hairstyle. My hair would probably look like that too if I played at the beach all day. 🙂
I was a bit worried about painting sand. I tried to vary the direction of the brush strokes when putting down the color. I hoped that making the sand look uneven would give it a more realistic look. I think it was a good exercise. I like that the sand softly fades off into the distance behind my beach bird.
Beach bird painted on 9×12 inch Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook
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Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something fun! 🙂