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Eagle Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Today I stumbled across a 10 part class online at ArtTutor.com! The instructor I picked is Glynis Barnes-Mellish.ย She is also from the U.K. and has a very nice accent and soft voice which makes listening to her relaxing!

The class is focused on five different wild animals so it is calledย “Painting Wild Animals in Watercolor.”

Each of the five animals has two parts of video instruction. The eagle is the first one which I did this afternoon. The other animals are: Rhino, Panda, Chimpanzee, and Tiger. I couldn’t believe I found this when I wasn’t really looking for anything specific. And these are five animals I have been wanting to paint for a long time!

Her techniques and color blends are incredible! I really love my eagle, and it is not often I feel quite this ecstatic after finishing an animal I have just painted for the first time! So I am very happy!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Owl Acrylic/Collage Finished!

Hello Friends!

I decided to finish my owl painting yesterday so I could just rest or do a few little doodles today. So here it is! The owl has a few other feathered friends hanging around her, too!

I also threw in a little green but no shamrocks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Art Journal Cover

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to make a cover for this little homemade journal. Miriam Schulman calls it a “No Sew” journal. She shows how to take a piece of watercolor paper and make a bunch of folds a certain way. Then you make three long cuts after you fold out the paper to its full size again. After that, you begin folding it on the lines the way she shoes you in the short video. I am really enjoying being in her “Inspired Insiders” Club!

To make her journal she used a 140 lb. sheet of watercolor paper but I used a 300 lb. piece since I love working on heavier paper.

She also suggests putting a thicker piece of paper on the front to make a cover. I wanted to put a cardboard cover on mine. So when I went to my cardboard pieces stash, I found this round one with the four indentions. It reminded me of a flower, so I glued it to the front of the journal and put a coat of “Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish” on it. I dried it with low heat, then began painting it with acrylics. I went over it with Liquitex Brilliant Purple a couple of times, speeding up drying time with a little hair dryer set on low.

Then I used Liquitex Cadmium Yellow Light Hue to paint the center. After drying that, I added a little detail to the center and Liquitex Hooker’s Green and Sap Green to create the leaves in the background. It is supposed to be a type of Clematis flower. So lastly, I added some Liquitex Deep Violet to the flower petals.

I will most likely be doing watercolor sketches in this because each page is only 5″x5.5″. It folds out like an accordion so I will be able to paint on both sides of each page.

You may be wondering why I made another art journal. My only answer is first, just for fun, and second, because it is small enough to stick in my purse or a little bag if I want to take it to town. I can draw in it and paint over it later, or draw in it with watercolor pencils, or markers, etc. And the paper is heavy enough to handle acrylics and even collage! So eventually I may be sharing some of what I do in it.

I am still working on the owl collage/painting, and other ideas are constantly going through my head!ย  Today it is at least 70 degrees and sunny out. I need to get some sunshine!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Cardinal Watercolor

Hello Friends!

This is a cardinal I did in watercolor last night. I don’t think I will be working on my owl project today, though. Hopefully I can finish it sometime this weekend.

This cardinal painting is one of the projects we did in the online art group I am in. I hope everyone has had a great week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Owl Mixed Media – Stage 2

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So here is stage two of my latest project. My mixed media includes: acrylics, collage and a white Uni-ball pen.

I am done working on this for today. On to doing something smaller now.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

Owl Mixed Media Work-in-Progress

Hello Friends!

I took a break from doing any art all weekend to rest my arm which always helps. So yesterday I got out an old painting and decided to try to add some collage and make a whole different creation.

So I cut these little birds out of a magazine but am going to paint over them with different colors. There are also other magazine pieces under the paint. They are the “collage” added for texture but I’m not sure it shows up well. I haven’t done much collage. Also I haven’t decided what to do in the bottom right corner yet.

The original painting is an acrylic on canvas I did years ago of just a setting sun on the dark ocean. But now it is going to be a moon in a dark forest, thus the owl. I decided to do an outline of my owl with a white Uni-ball pen before painting it. The great thing about acrylics is being able to do things over on them!

I took another break today because it’s our daughter’s birthday so we are taking veggie pizzas to her house tonight.

I plan on getting back to this tomorrow and then on to other projects as well.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

 

Green Sea Turtle

Hello Friends…again!

I decided to paint my Green Sea Turtle today! It looks yellow, though, right? “Green” sea turtles actually have lots of shell colors, such as brown, yellowish brown, and orangey colors. The reason they are called green sea turtles is because of the color of the fat underneath their shells. And the green color comes from all of the algae they eat. I have always thought that is pretty cool!

Well, I need to rest my arm now. I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

Little Lambs Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to draw a couple of little lambs. I thoughtย  in addition to working on my sea turtles, I would also begin working on drawing some other animals that I have never done before. And I have several on my list!

Well, our heating and air conditioning all works now 1000 times better! So we are very thankful for that!

I hope everyone has had a great week. We are still getting much needed rain here. All of the grass is green which is always refreshing after the long, hot, dry summer.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

Owl Watercolor #2

Hello Friends!

Here is my second owl in watercolor. I wanted to do it simpler, but I find that when I begin putting the least little bit of detail in, I tend to keep going! Ha ha!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

Baby Chicks Watercolor

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Happy Sunday to you all. Here are some baby chicks I painted in watercolor. This was a challenging painting to do. I don’t often work with yellow being the color of theย  focus subject(s), so this was a learning experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. I plan to apply what I am learning to my upcoming new sea turtle paintings.

I do love the complementary colors of yellow and purple, though. My other favorites are blue and orange. Honestly, red and green remind me too much of Christmas.

Just in case you don’t know what complementary colors are, they are “pairs of colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.” This quote is from the first book about color that I bought years ago. It is called COLOR by Betty Edwards.ย I refer back to it often which has made it a valuable book in my small collection of art books.

I am enjoying the new Facebook art groups that I joined recently. One is through Miriam Schulman’s classes. Her website isย http://www.theinspirationplace.net.

I have met some incredibly talented and lovely people there. And it is amazing to watch Miriam’s demonstration videos. I am having fun. Learning more about something I love is truly rewarding.

If you are learning a new skill, share it here! I would love to hear about your experience.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. ๐Ÿ˜€

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