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Blue and White Geraniums in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here are the blue and white Geraniums I painted in watercolor today.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. It has been a nice breezy day today.

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

 

Fairies & Fauna Doodles

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Last week I bought some fun little stencils so I tried them out on some rice paper last night.

First I penciled the stencils on the rice paper the way I wanted them arranged. Then I used some Chinese ink to outline them. Lastly I colored them in with watercolors.

It didn’t take long and was relaxing and fun. I got these stencils to draw things on the backgrounds of my mixed media pieces. So I used rice paper for these, because I am going to try using my matte medium to adhere them to a canvas as part of the collage stage.

I took a couple of days off from drawing and painting to do other things, and now I am sitting outside on a cool Friday morning listening to the mourning doves and all of the other various birds that live here at the fish hatchery. And I think I will do some Yoga in the fresh air!

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

 

Sunflowers in Mixed Media

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Here are the sunflowers I painted on my mixed media canvas today. I had a lot of trouble getting the background done. I wasn’t sure what colors I wanted to do. But I am happy with how it turned out.

However, I decided to brighten the flowers more with a brighter yellow and not have the background so blue like it was.

I have one mixed media canvas left for painting the Peonies. But I still haven’t practiced drawing any yet. So for now Iย mayย be done with this project. We’ll see!

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

 

Tulips in Mixed Media

 

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Here are my tulips on another of my mixed media canvases that I made last week.

I started out painting the tulips in watercolor like the other flowers I have done, however, I think the background was darker than I realized, so I ended up painting them in acrylics.

Then yesterday I went to Michael’s to get more canvases and found a package of what I thought were butterfly stckers. When I opened them, though, there were lots of other plants, etc. in the package which was fun! But when I peeled the backing off, it was just the paper of the butterfly, so I had to use my matte medium to glue them down.

I will probably try doing my daffodils next, then the sunflowers. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to try painting the Peonies yet. I am thinking about moving on from flowers after the next two paintings to something different.

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

 

California Poppies Mixed Media

 

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I did this painting yesterday afternoon. I decided I wanted to paint California Poppies right now instead of the big red ones that Miriam Schulman demonstrates in the class. I just love yellows, oranges, blues, and greens together.

I drew some poppies on lightly with a pen. I painted the stems with some acrylics, but mostly used my watercolor brush pens and watercolor paint to paint the rest. Then I outlined the flowers with a thicker marker. I still need to spray a protective acrylic coating over it, though.

Anyway, another fun day of painting!!

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

 

Painting Your Intuition

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On Thursday I did a short watercolor painting session in the Sketchbook Revival Facebook group I am in. So many awesome artists are sharing their ideas and giving things away! It’s amazing! I haven’t done every session, because we have limited wi-fi, but it is fun!

This lesson was presented byย Angela Fehr.ย She is from British Columbia. She said, “The most important thing you bring to your art is YOU.” I like that and it is so true.

The colors she used were ones I do not have, but I used Winsor & Newton’s colors of: Thalo Yellow Green, Thalo Green (Blue Shade,) Thalo Blue, and Turquoise Blue. These particular colors remind me of the ocean, so don’t be surprised if this painting gets some other media added to it!

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

 

Play! It’s So Fun!

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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!

 

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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˜€

 

Art Journal Watercolors

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I completely forgot about these crazy critters I doodled earlier in the week! These are in my small homemade art journal. I believe I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils for these. So the mouse’s eyes are a little smudged.

This mouse is called a Fat Dormouse. It is called “fat” because it goes on a feeding frenzy before it hibernates for the winter. It is “found from northern Spain east through Central Europe and into Russia. It is also found on the islands of Sardina, Corsica, Sicily, Crete, and Corfu, and in Turkey and Iran.”

The crazy feathered critter is called a Hoatzin.ย It is a “unique bird found in northeastern South America, particularly in the rainforests formed by the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.” These birds live in colonies. They can also SWIM! They use their feet and wings to swim so they can escape vipers!

In case you’re wondering, I have these and MANY other wild creatures like them in a set of books we used years ago while homeschooling the kids. They are called “Wildlife Explorer.” I never finished getting all the cards to complete the set, but we got two binders full, so it was enough! I can’t find a date of publication either! I only know they were published by International Masters Publishers AB. So I am not sure if they are still available. The kids and I loved looking through them for hours, though! We all love animals. So eventually, there will be more to come. But I probably won’t use the pencils every time.

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

 

American Robin Watercolor

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I spent yesterday afternoon painting this Robin. I saw one hopping around in the backyard the other day and remembered I had told someone recently that I had never painted one and was going to try it soon.

So here is Robby the American Robin. We had a funny little bird come and camp out in our backyard porch every night for a few winters years ago. We used to watch him sleep from the back door window. This was when the kids were little. However, we never figured out what kind of bird it was because it was always puffed up when it slept. Then it was gone in the mornings before we got up.

Tomorrow you’ll see a couple of small paintings I did last week. But I did them with watercolor pencils so they didn’t come out as clear as I wanted. One of them is a goofy looking bird! The other is a type of Dormouse.

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

 

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