It was a very difficult start to Spring this year with the unexpected loss of my beloved brother. Although I try to keep my personal life and struggles out of my art blog, this is where I am and what I’ve been going through. I just thought I should let you all know.
Today I have some pretty pictures of the daffodils in my garden and a few other paintings to share.
The daffodils this year did not disappoint. They’ve since faded but I did manage to get some nice photos when they were at their peak.
I really love this close up view.
Once again no luck with tulips this year. The critters outside have enjoyed snacking on them. I think I will just plant something else in the fall.
I painted some pretty pink and red tulips in my sketchbook. These playful loose watercolor flowers are so cheerful.
I also filled a page in my sketchbook with butterflies. I used watercolor brush pens for this and really like how it turned out.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Creating art has always been very therapeutic for me. I shall continue to lean into my art and give myself time and space to heal.
Until next time share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.
It’s been a while since I opened up my sketchbook for you. Today I have a variety of sketches made using pens and markers.
It’s been challenging getting nice photos of different pages in my sketchbook. It always seems to be either too bright or too dark when I’m taking photos of my artwork in winter… 🙂
I layered tiny flowers and vines in this sketch using both Tombow markers and Micron pens. The little unexpected blue leaves and flowers make me happy.
A practice page of flowers and leaves. I love how this little sampler turned out. It was a good way to try different colors together and see what works. Most importantly, it was fun and very relaxing.
A simple little bird sketch found its way into my sketchbook. I think I’m going to start adding more birds in my sketchbook.
Tulips with marker pens. I love how the stripes of different green markers look on the leaves. I played around using the large and small tip of the markers. Parts of this sketch I really like and other parts not so much but this is a sketch and it’s important to explore and try different things.
This was an in progress piece. While prepping the photo for this post, I accidentally rotated it to the left and now it feels complete. In my sketchbook the top of the page has the three magenta vines on top. I really like it better with them on the left as you see here.
I’m going to have to remember to try this with my paintings as well. Sometimes simply changing the orientation can make all the difference.
I hope you enjoyed this walk through my sketchbook. I encourage you to play and have fun sketching. I really need to remember to do more of this myself.
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’m in love with paintings of potted plants and flowers. This week I decided to paint a few.
Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 💚
9 x 12 inch – Three in a row (a sunny hello)
I imagine these pretty pots sitting on a patio or deck somewhere. I think they would be a cheerful addition to an outdoor space.
A few notes: – I used mixed media paper here. I might have been better off with my watercolor sketchbook that can handle more water. The paper started giving me trouble at the end and buckled a bit.
– Keeping the color and size of the pots slightly different helps create interest.
– Positioning of the pots is also important. It’s more interesting if the spacing between them is different. I think I was partially successful with this one.
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I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, sprinkle kindness everywhere.
I bought some pretty paper at the craft store a while back. There’s something about playing with paper and cutting out shapes that always gets me inspired.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
These pretty patterns and warm colors inspired today’s art selection. 😊 I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with these shapes yet but I’m sure they will find their way into an upcoming project soon.
I was playing in my sketchbook with a large flat brush and painted this landscape with just two colors: Prussian Blue and Quinacridone Burnt Orange
I’m amazed at how many different colors and tones you can get when painting with just two colors.
These roses were painted about a year ago with espresso powder and water. Painting with coffee is a lot of fun and this is one of my favorites.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!