Saturday, July 29, 2017

Then a Mouse or Two


When I painted the mouse and florals I realized that one of the floral motifs resembled balloons, so when I added their stems, I positioned them so it would appear that the mouse were holding three blue balloons.


With this mouse, I tried adding a border, but I'm not sure I like it.  I think I'd prefer a graded wash all around the edge with the color to the edge and fading to white.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Now With a Rabbit


I decided it would be a good idea to add a little rabbit to the florals, so here it is!  I painted the two large fern fronds first - the ones that form the "U" shape - then painted the rabbit, fading her into the ferns.  Then it was on to add the florals and, for the final touch, I glued on the heart.  I cut the heart from mixed media paper that I had painted, wet-in-wet, withe the colors in this palette.

The rabbit was easier to paint with watercolor than I anticipated.  So I'll do more little animals.

Monday, July 17, 2017

And Yet More


For this one I went back to the original palette and decided that I wanted more variation in the size of the motifs.  This is 8" x 8".  When I was all done painting I decided to try one of the hearts I had cut from palette studies and I liked it and glued it on.

By the way, I've discovered that it's easier for me to paint a spiral by starting from the outside rather than the inside.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

And More


Here's a slightly different palette, and two more pieces.  I've created a few new flower types.  I know I'm being repetitive, but this is so much fun!

I have two small closable plastic palettes and keep a different color palette in each.  I just keep working with that color palette until I've used up most of the paint, or until I'm tired of it, then on to another one.

I enjoy the free and easy process of creating these little pieces.  And, by the way, this secondary triad (except for the purple leaning more to blue) is one of my favorites.


Friday, June 30, 2017

More Watercolor Florals


I'm still working with the original palette, but am now adding red clover to my catalog of flower and leaf types.  I was inspired by some actual red clover blooming alongside the road.  I had never seen it before, and stopped to get some samples.  The red color was spectacular, leaning slightly to the blue side of red and becoming more vibrant toward the top of the blossom.

This is a slightly larger piece than before, being 8" x 8".

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Green Wolf


This post is out of sequence, but oh, well!

Today I finally found the time to try painting a few little animals inspired by watching Tracy Verdugo's on-line class "Animal Antics."  By the way, I highly recommend this class and anything from Tracy.  She's a wonderful teacher with a delightful personality. And her art is fabulous, so look her up!

Her technique for these little creatures is to work on watercolor paper with Daler Rowney acrylic inks.  First, she paints the animal shape with clear water, then drops in bits of ink which spread and swirl on the wet paper, but don't cross the line into the dry paper unless you draw them there with a brush or - her favorite - a wooden skewer.

I did eight little animals, but this is the only one I liked.  I finished it with the gold edge, the little white dots, and the gold spiral in the sun and gold and white dots for the collar.

I enjoyed this process and, clearly, there is a lot to learn.  Instead of working with a lot of different animals, I think I'll proceed by doing lots of wolves and then moving on to another kind of animal.  Looking forward to it!



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Then Off on My Own


Next, I decided to do quite a few more small paintings in an attempt to move away from Danielle's style and develop one of my own.  This is the first such piece and is quite small - 3 1/2" by 5 1/2".  I'll use it as the center of a 5" x 7" card.

One of the elements of Danielle's technique is to use a 3mm pencil to add tiny details and lines once the painting part is complete.  I've done a little of that here, but prefer to make my lines with a small liner brush.  So, in the future, I'll probably drop the pencil.

I like this little piece.  I like the looks of it, and it's so fun to do!