9 x 12 Reasons in Blue – Canson Watercolor sketchbook
I have a few of Jean’s books and have learned so much from them. Her books are full of gorgeous paintings, inspiration, and fun exercises. I painted these loose roses following along with her simply blue exercise.
Blue is my favorite color so I was pulled in. This exercise was a good chance to practice her technique of putting down color in a circular pattern and then using a clean damp brush to push and pull color to indicate rose petals.
It fills my heart with joy to be able to create art and share it with all of you. I encourage you to have fun and do what you love. Art is for everyone, we can all create, we are all artists!
A few more Bluebird paintings and photos to share with you today.
Happy Sunday! 🙂
Bluebird watercolor 7×10 inch
Playing around with a splashy background and bright colors. I added some white highlights with a gel pen once the painting was dry. I like how that worked out.
Well, hello there! I love that sweet little face.
I was lucky to get a few more Bluebird photos in the backyard.
I noticed a few Bluebirds out back and I quickly grabbed my camera. I quietly stepped outside and snapped a few shots. There were a few males perched on the fence trying to impress a nearby female. I’m not sure how that worked out for the guys, but they certainly won me over with those bright blue feathers. ❤
This Bluebird was inspired by my photo above. I’m very happy with the bright blue I was able to achieve for the feathers. It’s not the same as in the photo, but that’s ok by me.
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 me on this creative journey.
A blue feather watercolor and a few photos at the lake.
Ahhhh, my happy place and my favorite shades of blue for you today.
A wet on wet watercolor painting…
Just a simple feather out of my imagination with lots of yummy blues. 🙂
At one point I really thought this painting was not going to work out but I kept on going. On the last wash I threw caution to the wind and really punched up the blue color. After it dried I was so happy that I did not fuss with it, that is usually where things go wrong for me.
This pair of Mallard ducks out for an evening swim just stole my heart.
The blue reflection from the paddle boat on shore was stunning.
Sunset views like this just take my breath away.
I couldn’t stay for long enjoying this view. The mosquitoes were out in force and tried to take my phone away and push me in the lake. 😉
The clouds reflecting on the lake were pretty amazing too. ❤
I am so blessed to be able to get away and enjoy this view at the lake from time to time.
Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you find time to create art and do something you love. Until next time, have a great week.
A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch. This cute little bird is always fun to watch balancing on the feeder or creeping around on a tree trunk in search of food.
This guy was pretty vocal. I just love this pic. ❤
This fella was on a mission bouncing around on a tree trunk. 🙂
I decided to combine both of my photos for this painting and tried to capture the cute expression of the sweet Nuthatch in the first photo.
I started off with a light pencil sketch and then added a little detail with a black Micron pen. I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch. At this point, I was quite happy and thought I was finished.
Later I took a few photos of my painting and it became quite clear that it really needed more color. I decided to go for it and really punch up the blues.
Ahh.. that’s better. 🙂 That color boost really made a difference.
Viewing a photo of your work can help you see where you need to add additional detail or more color.
I hope you enjoy seeing my art and my backyard friends. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and do something you love!