Penguin Dance watercolor painted on 7×10 inch Canson watercolor paper.
Another blue post for you…Blue is my favorite color. 🙂
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!
Buck Silhouette watercolor painted on 6 x 9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.
Kosher salt was sprinkled on damp paint to create some interesting texture. After the paint completely dried, the salt was dusted off the paper.
I love painting birds which is probably not a surprise to many of you following me on this journey. I sketched a little Chickadee during Inktober and just recently got around to painting one.
It is often hard to know when to stop working on a painting, when to walk away and put down the brush. That happened with this painting. I thought my painting was finished, so I signed it and walked away. I took a few pictures and the following day I realized that it really needed more work.
I had a few decisions to make. I needed to take a little time to think about what this painting needed. I had just stopped too soon, but really that was ok. This was an opportunity to learn and share with you some of the decisions that I made while painting this Chickadee.
Chickadee part 1.
Looking at this Chickadee from a distance, I realized that all of the colors were muted.
The color bleed around his head looked like a thought bubble. 🙂 Ahhh no no, not what I intended…
It really needed some bright color and some darker darks.
The eye needed more definition, and that thought bubble just had to go.
After adding more color and punching up the dark values, I was much happier. I was able to address all of the issues that bothered me. I think the result looks much better and feels more alive.
Chickadee – painted on 7×10 inch Canson Watercolor paper.
Watercolor tips and lessons learned:
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I haven’t played in the snow or made a snowman in a very long time, but I thought it would be fun to paint one. We haven’t had much snow yet this season where I live. I sure hope we have a little on the ground by Christmas morning.
Now for painting snow… I started to wonder what color would be best to use. My first thought was that a light purple or gray would be nice. After watching this tutorial on how to paint a holiday snowman card, Watercolor Snowman Card Tutorial, I decided to try using different shades of blue for the snow as Michael did in the video.
Below are a few of the happy snowmen that I painted, just simple and fun!
After sketching the snowman, I painted a few very light washes of Cobalt Teal on the snowball sections. I made sure to leave some white areas and did not worry about uneven brush strokes or getting it perfect. It is important to let each wash dry before adding the next wash. I like seeing the brush strokes since it gives the snow a bit of nice texture.
Then I continued with a few additional washes of Phthalo Blue and Ultramarine Blue for the darker areas around and below him.
I had a some fun dressing this guy up adding a hat, scarf, and some cute buttons. Snowman 2 is my favorite of this group. I think I’m going to print some cards with one. 🙂
With this third painting, I added a baby snowman. He looks like he is sitting down so I gave him some cute little boots.
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Hi everyone! I’ve been having fun sketching and painting Poinsettias. The first few that I painted we rather fussy and boring. Then I decided to watch a few videos online for inspiration and tips. I found this Jennifer Branch tutorial online, Poinsettia Christmas Card Painting. It was very easy and a lot of fun. I liked her loose style and all of the great tips that she shared. Below are a few of my paintings after watching the watercolor tutorial.
I didn’t have the Perylene Maroon that Jennifer used for the rich dark color, so I mixed up some Daniel Smith Deep Scarlet with a little Quinacridone Rose and a very small amount of Ultramarine Blue. I think that mix worked well for my dark Maroon color.
Below is another attempt with the same loose style.
This second painting I don’t like as much as the first one. I think the green leaves are brighter and more fun in the first painting and the flower has more depth and contrast. I suspect I didn’t use enough Ultramarine Blue to punch up the center of the second flower.
I’m still having fun with ink sketching so I worked on a Poinsettia sketch as well. I used my Platinum desk pen with fine nib and a .01 Micron pen. I had to reload the ink cartridge in the desk pen about two thirds of the way through this sketch. I was a little nervous thinking I was going to make a big mess but it was pretty easy to change (and no mess, yay!). I’m not sure why, but it took a little while before the ink started to flow nicely in the pen again. I suppose the ink in the cartridge just needed to loosen up a bit.
Do you keep little notes of inspiration or reminders on your desk or work area? If so, I would love to know what works for you.
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I’m back to working on animals and decided to try sketching and painting a little Hedgehog. I started off with a few pencil sketches to warm up and then moved on to ink.
This little hedgehog was sketched in my Canson 7×10 inch Mix Media sketchbook. I used Micron pens sizes .01, 03, and .04. I tried to use some expressive squiggles on his back. After this ink sketch I moved on to the colorful watercolor below.
My Hedgehog was painted on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper. Instead of going with a brown and black palette for this little guy, I decided to use a variety of different colors. For the hair on his back, I lightly dampened a small area and then splashed on different colors. I dragged my small round brush (#2) sideways and then pulled upward to create most of the bushy hair on his back. I think that these playful brush strokes gave the hair some nice movement.
This last Hedgehog was painted in my Canson 7×10 inch watercolor sketchbook. A little different view for this painting. He looks like he is on the move!
What is your favorite watercolor brush? Which brush do you use most often?
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