World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 3 Recap

Here is the recap for week three!

Day 15 – Monochromatic

Monochromatic
Monochromatic

Day 16 – Relaxing

Relaxing
Relaxing

Day 17 – Music (Cut-out cereal box record from the 1960s)

Music
Music

Day 18 – Clouds

Clouds
Clouds

Day 19 – Splashes of Color

Splashes of Color
Splashes of Color

Day 20 – Building

Building
Building

Day 21 – Pattern

Pattern
Pattern

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Thanks for stopping by! 

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World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 2 Recap

We’ve made it through the second week. I tried to limit myself to 15 minutes or fewer to get these onto paper and had some hits and misses, but they were fun to try.

Day 8 – Flying High

Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Day 9 – Shadow Play

Shadow Play
Shadow Play

Day 10 – Ocean Creatures (Negative Painting)

Ocean Creatures
Ocean Creatures

Day 11 – Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasure
Simple Pleasures

Day 12 – Blossoming

Blossoming
Blossoming

Day 13 – Glassy (Glass Pebbles)

Glassy
Glassy

Day 14 – Furry Things

Furry Things
Furry Things

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Thanks for stopping by! 

Draw A Bird, July 2019

Day 8 of World Watercolor Month (Flying High) and also Draw a Bird Day for July

This cute little songbird is a blue gray gnatcatcher. It eats insects (apparently gnats are a favorite) and spiders, and it uses silk from spider webs to construct its nest.

Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

It can also catch insects while in flight, which is kinda cool. We need a dozen or so of these birds in our yard this time of year when lots of icky things are buzzing about. Hope your summer is going well!

World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 1 Recap

Happy World Watercolor Month 2019!  This event, created by Charlie over at Doodlewash, has participants from all around the world, and we connect our art and blogs with the hashtag of #worldwatercolormonth. WWM is also a charitable event to support arts education with a challenge to make 31 watercolors in 31 days.

Day 1 – Primary Palette (an eyeshadow palette)

Primary Palette
Primary Palette

Day 2 – Sunny Sky (a dip in the pool)

Sunny Sky
Sunny Sky

Day 3 – Picnic Food

Picnic Food
Picnic Food

Day 4 – Family Fun

Family Fun
Family Fun

Day 5 – This button is “Loose and Free”

Loose and Free
Loose and Free

Day 6 – Window View – I enjoy watching these little fellows in the back yard.

Window View
Window View

Day 7 – Shiny Things

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Thanks for stopping by! 

Draw A Bird, June 2019

This pretty bird is one I’ve never seen before, but apparently they migrate through our area in the spring. A few years ago at a local park, I talked to a photographer who said a scarlet tanager was spotted there earlier, and he was trying to get a good photo.

Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Not sure if he ever saw it, but I hope he did. It would be hard to miss with its brilliant coloring.

Lessons in Pastels

In yet another attempt to loosen up my watercolors, I gave pastels a try. It is more difficult to get fine details with pastels, at least for me, so I signed up for a couple of excellent online classes.

Wave in Pastel
Wave in Soft Pastels
Flowers in Soft Pastels
Flowers in Soft and Hard Pastels
Sunset in Soft Pastels
Sunset in Soft Pastels

These three paintings (yes, they are still called paintings even though paint was not used!) were lessons taught by Lindsay Weirich, aka The Frugal Crafter. I love her easy teaching approach, and even though I did not have all the colors she used in her demonstrations, they turned out pretty well for a newbie. I like that I could upload my projects into her teaching platform and ask questions, and in her critique she had kind words to say about my efforts (and I now have a list of colors I want to buy). Actually, her videos have helped tremendously with my watercolor skills in the past, too, and she’s the reason I wanted to learn more!

Blue Pitcher in Soft Pastels
Blue Pitcher in Soft Pastels

This last one was a tutorial taught by Art Tutor. They also have a platform to upload student work, but I have neglected to do so just yet. I enjoy getting critiques from the instructors because it is an important tool in learning!

I’m almost finished with a watercolor I have been working on for the past month. Watch for it next week! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!