A look back at a painting from last summer.
Lavender field painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.
I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts.
Have a great weekend and do something fun. 🙂
A few years ago I painted a Coneflower after watching this Deb Watson youtube video, How to Paint a Coneflower in Watercolor for Beginners. I decided to watch the video again but this time decided to paint a larger flower.
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.
As we close out 2017, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few of my favorite birdies from this year.
A few paintings and photos from 2017…
A couple of joyful penguins,
an afternoon swim,
a happy goose,
a sweet little birdie,
and a lovely day at the beach with these beauties.
Painting and sharing with you this year has been such a joy. I will continue on this watercolor journey and will probably paint a few more birds next year as well. 🙂
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I hope my art continues to improve in 2018 and that I can inspire you in some way to be creative and do what you love.
Wishing you a very happy and creative new year!