Category Archives: Watercolor Paintings

Play! It’s So Fun!

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I had the great privilege of watching Charlie O’Shields talk about his playful way of doing watercolor sketches every day. Not only that, but he also demonstrated his way of sketching with pen, watercolors, and crayons! It was quite fun. So we did these flowers using just three colors each time.

Charlie is a great encouragement to anyone who thinks they “can’t” draw which is what he has learned that many of us tell ourselves after we hit about age 9 and begin believing there are then “wrong” ways to draw and/or paint. When really? It is much more fun to do it without “rules.” Just be a kid again!

I know from my own childhood experience that I began to believe I couldn’t draw when my Jr. High art ‘teacher,’ I use that term loosely, made fun of how I always blushed whenever he called on me. He proceeded to make fun of me in front of the whole class and tease me about it. You can bet that class, which I had been looking forward to, ended up becoming the one I hated most besides Algebra that year!! I couldn’t feel anything except self-conscious every day in that class.

When the school year ended, I barely ever attemptedย  any art again until I HAD TOย in an art history class in college when I was 30! I hated doing the project we were assigned. All it entailed was drawing a tree in three mediums: pencil, pen, and watercolors (which I had never used before.) But…

The wondrous thing about that assignment, was I began to desire to doodle like I did when I was a kid. We only did a couple of hands-on projects. The rest, as they say, was art history! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eventually, on my own, I began dabbling in the watercolors more, too, but I didn’t get really interested in art until I was married with two kids and home schooling them about 15 years later! I wanted our kids to experience their senses in every way they desired including pencil, pen, crayon, markers, paint, sand, glue, scissors,ย  etc. And I have boxes full of their lovely childhood art to this day. Their expressions of themselves in art are some of my greatest treasures.

So before you listen to your inner critic tell you that you “can’t” draw or whatever else you WISH you could do, just tell that voice to can it! Then get the stuff to start learning and doing what YOU want to learn and do! And then? Just try it! And KEEP trying. Most likely you will surprise yourself…and enjoy yourself! But most of all, hav fun!

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

 

 

Bald Eagle Finished!

 

Hello Friends!

I did not have time to finish my Golden Eagle watercolor until today. It was another enjoyable painting to do!

Yesterday I worked on scanning my leafy sea dragons to email them to the editor of the magazine that my article is going to be published in called Stepping Stones. It took me a long time to figure out how to do it with our copying machine. So I didn’t do any art yesterday. But sometimes it’s good to take a break.

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

 

Bunnies in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here are some bunnies to hopefully brighten your Friday!

I had a great day yesterday! I went to town for some routine blood work, then browsed at the library and checked out a few books, then visited with our kids for a few hours and came home.

Then an exciting and unexpected email came and brightened my day even more!

Last July I finished a correspondence writing course. My instructor encouraged me to submit my article about Leafy Sea Dragons that I wrote for my last assignment. It’s called DRAGONS DOWN UNDER, because they are native ti Australia. I sent it to a couple of magazines this past August.

Yesterday, Skipping Stones magazine for children sent me a reply and asked if my article was still available for publishing!!! They are giving me a free subscription for a friend and six complimentary copies of the issue! (They are an international magazine, too!)

I also told them I could illustrate a leafy sea dragon as well if they were interested. The editor said she was, so I am going to be starting on that today since she needs it in a couple of weeks!

They are publishing it this JUNE! When I wrote back to her, I asked the editor if she would be interested in an article about the perils sea turtles face to survive. She said she will look at it and consider it for another issue!

Finding this out at the end of a great day made it even better! I just wish my parents and brother were still alive so I could call them!

I am still working on getting another sea turtle painting going. But I am almost done with a Golden Eagle I began last week!

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

 

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˜€

 

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˜€

 

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˜

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

Hello Friends!

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˜€

Owl Pencil Drawing & Watercolor

Hello Friends!ย 

These days I have been working on drawing animals without tracing photos I find but drawing them just by looking at one.

I have been wanting to do an owl for awhile ever since my daughter said her friend was going to decorate her new baby’s room with owls.

Here is the pencil drawing.

Then I decided to paint from this drawing also without tracing it. As you can see, the watercolor came out different in size and structure, but I love the way the colors came out! I have been working on using more water and less paint in my watercolors. One of the colors of this Eagle Owl are dark brown, but I still didn’t paint the darker feathers as dark as I could have.

Owls happen to be one of the woodland creatures that are featured in the class I have been doing online, too. So this was fun.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I am off to have some lunch and do laundry.

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

Spring Squirrel

 

Hello Friends!

Today I painted a squirrel for the first time. I named her Sarah. This was really fun. It is one of the woodland creatures featured in the online class I am doing with Miriam Schulman. I didn’t paint what she did. I found my own photo reference from an animal encylopedia I have. Then I gave her a dandelion to hold.

I did this after doing another project from a new book I got in the mail today. I will be posting that one tomorrow to share with my friends for our Friday art.

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

 

Kick: Creative Action

Creatively inspiring self action

love-fi

Visuals from the heart.

INFJ PHD

Valuing quiet and solitude in academe.

sketchuniverse

Arts resource, sketches and drawings classified by subject

Priyas art diary

Colors make me feel happy and I enjoy making art out of it

witlessdatingafterfifty

Relationships reveal our hearts.

%d bloggers like this: