29 January 2018

Watercolors (life series)

I know it is later than my usual 8 AM post, but I've not forgotten you, my fellow lovers of the haiku and arts; so today I've included both a haiku and couple of my watercolors...

28 January 2018

Inspired Watercolors (watercolor series)

This is a special post for my husband on our anniversary (today); this was painted for him.

A week ago, my husband requested a painting that reflected a song he liked. So this is my watercolor rendition of the song, "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" by Donovan.

Paper by Canson 300 lb paper

Paints by Crafts4All: black, white, grey, cobalt blue, perm blue-violet, cerulean blue, raw umber, green pale, crimson red, carmine, rose, peach red, lemon yellow, yellow ochre

This is way more paint (variety) than you really need for this type of image but I used paints that were already mixed together from a previous painting, so I listed all the colors on the palette.

26 January 2018

Doughnuts (watercolors series)

Watercolors: Two Doughnuts

(above) halfway completed

Two doughnuts with sprinkles in watercolors. 
If you'd like one or both prints, check out www.candyh2o.imagekind.com


Paper: Canson 140 lb.

Brushes: Germany, sizes 8, 4, 5/0

Paints: Crafts 4 All

  • raw umber
  • raw sienna
  • perm blue violet
  • viridian
  • naples yellow
  • titanium white
  • black
  • yellow ochre
  • burnt sienna
  • cerulean blue
  • phthalo blue
  • crimson red
  • rose
  • carmine
  • fluorescent peach red

19 January 2018

Flowers - transparency and a wash (watercolors)

I've mentioned before that creating art (in many different mediums) had been part of my life since college but always in phases because "life" got in the way. Anyway, I'm excited to have this creative side of myself back and am really enjoying this process of learning how to work with watercolors. So here we go, below are my experiences with the next few watercolors.

Below are paintings 3 through 6; each one testing my water-control.

Painting on the rough side of 140 lb paper proved to be very challenging and frustrating because the water did not easily move around the paper; in fact, the paint quickly dried, leaving hard edges. And the more I worked it (the paint), the darker the image became. This process quickly exhausted the paper as well. Mehh. 

Below is the finished picture and as you can see, the paint is thick and with rough paint-lines, as opposed to smooth with that typical water-color appearance. The image also shows an amateur at work. Ha!  ;-p 

This image below was just to practice transparency and color control (on the smooth side of 140 lb watercolor paper).

This is a continuation of practicing water-control and transparency with petals. If you zoom in, you'll also see the veins on the petals. 

The purpose of this painting (below) was to practice a 'wash' (the blue background). As you can see, I need more practice but it was a good first run; and with practice, I assume, it will get easier. The flower petals were to practice transparency and shading.  All in all, it was a fun exercise. 

This concludes my exercises for this week and I'll revisit these techniques next week because practice makes you better than before, right?! Anyway, if you are new to watercolors too, I hope you'll share your work with me. 


12 January 2018

Winter Fox (watercolors series)

So I had numerous problems with this watercolor and ended up exhausting the (140 lb) paper because I could not fix all the shading errors and shapes. Honestly, I was in over my head for the third attempt with watercolors. In the end, I cropped the image down to just the face and ears (as shown below).

Even with just the face, I can see the problem areas just as I'm certain you can too. Regardless, I wanted to share the painting so others out there, like me, who are new to painting with watercolors or painting in general, can see that we all struggle with learning new crafts. I hope you'll share your pictures/paintings with me as well.

05 January 2018

Winter Bird (watercolors)

It's a bird, it's a plane...no, it's just a bird in winter. Ha! Anyway, let me know if you like it. 

Artist's Notes

     Maestro Series XV: sizes 3, 6, 8, 3/0
     CRAFTS 4 ALL: Carmine, Titanium White, Perm Blue Violet, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue, Grey, Black, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber