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Daffodils in Mixed Media

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Yesterday I decided to paint my Daffodils. I painted the flowers in watercolor and the stems, leaves, butterfly and background in acrylics. I painted the background darker to make the flowers stand out better. Plus, I needed to cover some drippies that I tried to put at the top with alcohol ink. They were too wide and distracted from the daffodils.

I am still planning to paint the sunflowers soon, but I haven’t decided yet whether or not I want to paint Peonies.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I am going to take time to exercise today.

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

 

Crocuses in Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I began my series of mixed media paintings. However, instead of posting the pencil drawing of my Crocuses, I decided to post the finished painting.

I drew it differently than my original pencil drawing and decided to paint a couple of yellow crocuses since I love the complimentary colors of purple and yellow so much! Plus, I decided to use a different collaged canvas for this one than the one I was going to use.

The background design is done in acrylics. But after putting a layer of absorbent ground on top of that, which is the whitewash layer, I was able to paint the leaves and flowers in watercolors.

This is definitely a much longer process to go through for just one painting, but it is also fun to learn new things and work with new materials.

One of these days I want to invest in some Faber Castell Watercolor Markers which is what Miriam Schulman was using to paint her flowers in the class. Their colors are more vibrant, but they are pretty pricey. (And yesterday George had to get new brakes put on our car, so…no markers this month! Ha ha!)

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

 

Mixed Media Preparatios #5 & #6

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Yesterday morning I finished the last two canvas preparations for my mixed media flower paintings I am going to do. So here they are!

 

I think I am going to take a break today. So Saturday I will be using some new stencils to draw designs on them before I whitewash them and paint the flowers.

This has been really fun so far. I need to rest my back for a day, though. In the meantime I will be posting the pencil drawings of the flowers I have done. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

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

Mixed Media Preparations #3 & 4

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Yesterday I collaged two more canvases in preparation for the flower mixed media paintings I will be doing.

I think I may do the daffodils on this first one.

Then on this one I may do the California Poppies.

This is such a meditative medium. I used to do puzzles a lot. So I think collage is even more fun for me since I get to choose where each piece goes!

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

Flower Mixed Media Preparations

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Yesterday I spent a few very peaceful hours in my studio working on preparing two of six square canvases for what will eventually become flower paintings. This first canvas is going to be my sunflowers.

The first layer is the collage. Then I will use other various materials for more layers before “whitewashing” it. That is done so I can paint the flowers on in watercolor last. It allows the background to shine through but not be the focal point.

Here is the second piece. I think this one will be my Crocuses since they are lavender and white.

I used my liquid chalk markers to write the words. (I really like those markers!) Miriam Schulman uses something else for writing on hers. She also shows how to do the drips. But you would have to take her class to learn how since I can’t give away her secrets.

I am learning all of this in her class “GARDEN PARTY.”Β  You can find out more about her and all the classes she teaches at http://theinspirationplace.net

I still have many other projects in mind to do! So to get myself more relaxed and limber, I started doing Yoga at home last week. I can’t believe how much it is helping my arthritis! I light a scented candle and put on soft instrumental music, and I’m good to go.

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

 

Great Horned Owlet and Mama

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The other day my husband took this picture down by the office of the fish hatchery where we live. So he printed it out for me and I decided to paint it in watercolors.

He liked the way the owlet looked like it was scowling!

I have a series of flower paintings I am planning to do in mixed media. I have some of them drawn in pencil which I will post soon. I’m really looking forward to doing this spring flower series!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

Sea Turtle Watercolor

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I painted this new Australian Flatback sea turtle quite a while back but completely forgot about it! I just found it and realized I hadn’t shared it yet! Silly me. 😊

I don’t have a name for this one so if you feel so inclined, have at it!

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

 

Tulips in Watercolor

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Yesterday I did some fun art exercises from an online class I am in. Then I decided to paint some tulips which is one of the types of flowers we are doing. It was a stormy afternoon while I was painting which was exhilarating! I was also listening to opera!

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

 

Poetry-Inspired Journal Art

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On Saturday after some very quiet time, I found this poem as I looked through a book of poems we have. Then I wrote it in my art journal.

I thought the imagery was intriguing. So today I did a watercolor lightly on top of it.

Leisure

by W. H. Davies.

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs, andΒ  stare as long as sheep and cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass, where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can, enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.

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

 

Van Gogh Mixed Media – First 4 Stages

 

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You may or may not recognize him, but this is a drawing I did from an old photo that has always been attributed to Vincent van Gogh as a 13-year-old boy. However, when I was looking up a larger version of the picture to work from, since the one in my book is so small, I ran across a couple of articles that say experts now attribute this picture to being Theo, Vincent’s brother. I was surprised, but I had already drawn this and did not want to do it again. So!!

After I drew it, I cut it out. I placed it on a large piece of watercolor paper at an angle and went over the whole piece with Liquitex Matte Medium. I let that dry. Next, I painted the watercolor in the background.

Then I made copies of a couple of Vincent’s letters to his brother from a book I have called “Vincent van Gogh,Β Ever Yours,Β The Essential Letters,” edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker.

After I copied parts of two or three letters, I stained them with black tea. They were pretty wet so I hung them on the clothes line outside. When they were dry, I tore out the pieces I wanted. I wish I had stained them darker, but when I glued them down, they got a little wrinkled, so I left them. I like that affect. The staining is to give the paper an antique look. The piece on the far left is of his actual handwriting of one of his letters included in the book.

In the next step, I dropped some yellow and orange alcohol inks on the background. I have done much more since stage four, but I will go on with the next stages in my next post. It has gotten more interesting for sure!

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

 

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