Today I have another recent landscape to share with you.
Hope you are enjoying your day. 💙
9 x 12 inch watercolor – Look Beyond
Materials used: Fluid Watercolor paper – hot pressed Daniel Smith watercolors Brushes: Flat 1 inch, Squirrel Mop #4, Liner #1 Cut up plastic credit card Spray bottle
I’m loving this limited color palette. The pretty blue really stands out and just makes my heart sing. The raw sienna seems to glow and gently guides your eye around the painting. I love the little bits of unpainted white paper, it creates a little sparkle on the page.
I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
I’ve been painting more landscapes lately and am having a lot of fun.I feel like I am making progress. I’m finding that decision making is getting easier and feels more natural. I’m trusting myself more when things don’t go as expected and am able to work with it instead of against it.
Today I’m sharing the first in a series of recent landscapes.
On and On – 9 x 12 inch watercolor
This painting was a simple practice in my sketchbook using a limited palette. There’s something very peaceful about this painting. I love how the distant land goes on and on.
Lately I’ve been very inspired by Steve Swinson and have been enjoying his watercolor tutorials on youtube. I love his work and teaching style. I painted the trees in this painting using a fan brush, just one of the many tips I learned watching Steve.
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 some pretty Cosmos flowers to share with you.
This is an in progress view of my watercolor painting. At this point I had stopped painting thinking that it was finished. After looking at my photo I could see that it needed a little more work. It’s always good to step back and take another look.
I decided to strengthen the color of the flowers and add more detail in the center.
I think those changes made quite a difference without overworking the painting. It seemed to really wake up these happy flowers. yay!
One interesting note that I wanted to share about this painting is that I used only a small flat brush (1/2 inch) and small liner brush (#1). I’m always amazed what is possible with a flat brush the more I use it.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Jump in and let the magic happen. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
I recently bought a pad of Arches watercolor paper and decided to limit it to only floral paintings. Today I have one of those paintings to share with you.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💗
My favorite coral pink watercolor combination: Quinacridone Rose + Yellow Ochre + Pyrrol Scarlet (just a tiny bit)
I started by painting the flower petals first. That way I have lots of room and freedom to position them anywhere on the page. Then I can fill in with leaves and stems all around and balance things out.
I’m very happy with the soft petals. While the paint was still wet, I used a clean brush and a little water to soften the edges.
For the flower centers, I used a very small brush and a dark color mix. It took a couple layers of paint to get the deep color that I wanted. The dark color in the center of the flowers really wakes up this painting.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.
Happy Independence day! ❤️ 🇺🇸
I painted this watercolor landscape using a large flat brush and a limited color palette.
I was pretty happy with the results. When I decided I was finished painting I flipped it around to let it dry a bit upside down.
I was a bit shocked by how much I loved this painting upside down. It made me smile and think, how did this even happen?? It looks like a water view now. There’s always something to learn from each painting.
I waited a while before removing the tape around the border and deciding where to place my signature.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
Today I have a watercolor landscape to share with you.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
12 x 16 inch Rocky Beach
This painting was a good practice with some mixed results. I think it’s a good time to do a little self critique. There’s always something to learn from each painting. Hopefully I will be able to carry a few of these lessons forward to improve my next landscape.
The sky: It is a bit too moody. Maybe a larger brush and brighter color in the sky would have been a better choice.
The distant mountains: I really like how the mountains turned out with interesting color and depth. Using the credit cards here helped me stay rather loose and create some nice texture.
The water: Nice gentle waves that were not overworked. The large flat brush to the rescue here.
Beach foreground: The sandy area fades nicely into the water. The rocky area in front should have probably had more detail and maybe been broken up into smaller random shapes.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!