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.
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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Beach Blues painted on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.
A little poem that I wrote to go along with my beach painting.
My toes in the sand.
The sun on my face.
All troubles fade away.
Blue, calm, and peaceful.
Right where I want to be…
I hope you have a great weekend and do something fun.
This week I worked on painting a Great Blue Heron. I decided to work in my Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook that I recently received as a gift. It was a great choice, the quality of the paper in this sketchbook is excellent. I can see more of these sketchbooks in my future. 🙂
My initial sketch is below. Nice big shapes first, and then more detail with ink. Early on, it is important to get the position and shape of the eye correct. Then it is just a matter of working out from there with more detail.
Below is the second phase after adding watercolor. This is when it really starts to come alive.
Daniel Smith watercolors:
Payne’s Gray, Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Rose, Yellow Ochre, and Hansa Yellow
I debated whether to add a background color or not. After looking at a photo of my painting, I realized that I needed to punch up some of the colors. I also thought that a background would give this painting more interest.
It was a good choice to add more color, it made a big difference!
Background colors: Permanent Green, Green Gold, and Phthalo Blue
For the background I used a mix of Permanent Green and Green Gold. I splashed some Phthalo Blue and Permanent Green on the wet background by tapping on the handle of a brush loaded with paint. I like how the little drops of paint vary in size and spread out and in different shapes depending on how wet the paint is where they land.
I hope I have inspired you to create some art and do something fun. Thanks for stopping by and following along. Have a great week.