Category Archives: Watercolor Paintings

Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

This is a small watercolor I did for this week’s lesson, Week #24 with Pauline Agnew, for Let’sFaceIt2020.

This one didn’t take long, but this is my second attempt which turned out much better than my first!

It is on a 5×7″ sheet of watercolor paper. The three colors I used are: L’Aquarelle Paynes Gray and Daniel Smith’s “Moonglow” and “Quinacridone Coral.”

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

 

Archie Carr in Watercolor

 

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Last night I decided to do a painting of Archie Carr who was known as the “father of sea turtles.” He worked in conservation for most of his life. I did this in honor of him spending his life on working to save sea turtles and other wildlife.

I just had my bad tooth pulled a couple of hours ago, but I am not groggy anymore, but I am tired. I just wanted to share this before I fall asleep.

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

 

Nude Woman in Watercolor

 

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This is the portrait for Week #23 with Toni Burt in my Let’sFaceIt2020 class. She paints very loosely in watercolor which I like.

The picture she provided is of a very thin model, and Toni didn’t worry about focusing on her facial features much as it is a lesson for full body portraiture. It took me a couple of tries to draw, but it was fun.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We are still okay here.

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

 

Mermaids Swimming with a Whale

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This past weekend I participated in a group weekend challenge called “Katrina Koltes and Friends Magick and Art.” Katrina is the one who led the watercolor workshop called “Between the Realms” where we did the fairy paintings. I still have a few lessons left in it, but am taking my time. Most of the members are done with their fairy journals, though.

This painting was a lot of fun to do. I painted it on 300 lb. watercolor paper with watercolor paints.

I think my next project will be doing more elves. But they will be more ethereal and coming from a portal of light. Stay tuned!

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

 

 

Frontal Portrait in Watercolor

 

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This is a portrait that the instructor painted in oils. It was for Week 21 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I am not sure why it wasn’t a 3/4 turn portrait since that is the section we are on. I suppose it could be because she did it in oils instead of acrylics.

I don’t have oil paints, and I have never tried using them. Since I have been painting in watercolors for the last few weeks, I decided to stick with those, because it is my favorite medium!

The photo she gave us of this African American woman was challenging to work from. She had blonde highlights and her skin tone had hues of yellow and orange in it. I may try to do this one again on better paper at some point. In fact I will probably do a lot of these lessons over for the practice.

The paper I used is from a pad of Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed, 140 lb. paper. I thought I would try it figuring since I love this brand of paints I might like this paper. Well, it is a little thicker than other brands of 140 lb. paper that I have, but I don’t care for it much. It is not good for layering which I have been learning more about in Katrina Koltes’s classes. It also can’t take as much water or dabbing as my 300 lb. paper from Fabriano can.

Now I only have this week’s portrait to do to be caught up again in this class. But I have the new workshops of Katrina’s that I haven’t done yet either. And she’s such a great teacher; I am enjoying learning from her!

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

 

 

House Elves in Watercolor

 

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For the last few days I have been working on these two pages in my fairy journal. I put gold and silver paint on the collar of the girl’s cape, but in the picture it looks a little bit coppery in color.

This was a lot of fun. I also loved painting all the bugs and the little fairy at the top showing off her skirt. I love this workshop, because I am learning more about technique and not feeling like I have to draw and paint the exact thing as the instructor is doing. I have a few more paintings to do of fairies and elves from this workshop. And I want to take my time.

I am really enjoying this project even more than the portraiture class. I tend to get bored when I don’t have enough variety in what I am doing. So when I begin feeling this way, I have to change gears for awhile.

I am glad I know this about myself and can accept it. I spent too many years of my life getting down on myself for feeling bored and not finishing things that didn’t hold my interest over long periods of time. I figured it would happen with the portraiture class at about the halfway point. But that’s okay. As long as I get all the videos downloaded on my laptop, I can take as long as I need to complete it. That is the main thing that attracts me to this type of online class. I never let myself feel rushed or like I have to keep up with everyone else. It is very freeing!

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

 

Dryad Pencil Drawing

 

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Last night I decided to get the feel of drawing a Dryad which in the fairy world is a tree spirit.

I plan on drawing her again very lightly on watercolor paper so I can paint her. I don’t think she is going to be in my current fairy journal, but who knows? She may show up in a future one!

I hope everyone is well and has had a nice week.

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

 

Flower Fairy in my Fairy Journal

 

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Today I finished my flower fairy. He even gave me this poem and said I could sign my name to it. (I think that was supposed to be a secret! Shhh…) But he hasn’t told me his name yet! I think he is a little fickle!

Here is the poem in case you can’t read it in the picture.

Mischief maker,
I am he.
Not a faker,
No, not me!

I am tricky,
So be on guard.
My hands are sticky,
So watch your yard!

By, Patsy Parker

All of my fairies seem to be mischevious!

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

 

Fairy Journal Forest Watercolor

 

 

Hello Friends!

This week I worked on these two pages in my fairy journal. Our lesson was to draw forest fairies. So I had a lot of fun with these.

The first one I wanted to draw was the one on the rope swing. Our daughter had one for years in a tree in our front yard. And one day when she was swinging, I took a picture of her up in the air like this. She always looked so happy while she was playing on that swing! When I was showing her all the fairies in this painting, I realized that the other one highest in the tree, whose body you can only see the lower half of, reminded me of our son when he used to climb trees.

It was fun taking time to think of different fairies to draw and to make the forest itself come to life. There really are no limits to the amazing gift of the imagination! Next I will be drawing and painting flowers and a portrait of a flower fairy from my imagination.

I am still taking a break from my portrait class, though. I am just really hooked on Katrina Koltes’s classes. I signed up for two more of hers which are both very short watercolor classes. I think I am just having so much fun learning from her that I want to eventually take everything she offers!

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

 

Fairy and Flowers Watercolor

 

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For the last few evenings I drew and painted this fairy on 140 lb. Winsor & Newton brand watercolor paper. I like it much better than any other paper of the same weight that I’ve tried.

In a new book I have called “The Fairy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible” by Linda Ravenscroft, she calls this fairy a Butterfly Fairy, because her wings resemble a peacock butterfly. The only thing I painted the same colors were the wings, but my pattern turned out differently. Also, I made my fairy’s skin pink and her clothes yellow.Β  I made the daisy she is sitting on a lavender instead of white, too. I also didn’t paint the scenery around her the same as the author’s example.

This book was created to teach others how to draw fairies, their clothes, and environments. It is filled with small templates of the different poses for them. She also shares what colors she used to paint hers. What is fun, though, is that there are several other fantasy creatures in the book. A few are: Spriggan, Dryad, Gnome, Sylph, Goblin, and several other types of fairies.

So I am planning on having lots of fun drawing and painting fantasy creatures as well as doing portraits for my class this year. It is something I was doing many years ago and wish I had stuck with.

This week I tried drawing my portrait assignment in charcoal and ink as instructed, but it came out looking all wrong. So at some point I may try it again. I am finding I don’t like charcoal and ink much. In fact, I am considering painting the rest of the portraits in watercolor. I forgot just how much I love this medium more than all the others I have done! And I think I may be getting to the point of wanting to stick to just one painting medium now to hopefully become much better at it.

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

 

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