Reptile, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Because I am not fond of viewing reference photos of most reptiles, for today’s prompt I offer this little turtle.

Turtle

Turtle

He has a look of determination on his face and I wonder where he is off to, but rest assured he will not be arriving very quickly.  However, we have learned firsthand over the last couple of years that slow and steady wins the race.  That said, TGIF and I wish you a slow-paced weekend full of relaxation!

 

Apples, #exploringwc

These apples rounded out the last lesson in the #exploringwc class I took a while ago.

Apple and Slice

Apple and Slice

This online class was fun practice, and I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of community of the other class members as well as hearing the thought processes of the instructor as she painted.  There was even a bonus lesson!

Apples on Branch

Apples on Branch – Bonus Class

Here is a link in case you are interested in checking it out.  http://sandyallnock.com/exploring-watercolor-class/

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Shells, #WorldWatercolorGroup

This month I decided to work on a larger painting that would also correspond with a WWG prompt, and I was guided by my love of the beach.  Since my beach tutorial book was still out from painting the hermit crab, I zeroed in on these shells.

Shells

Shells

This painting has several layers for the background in order to build up the variations in color.  I didn’t follow the instructions totally because I never have the exact colors as specified, and actually I thought it suggested too many colors anyhow.  That does nothing but confuse me, so I ended up using only five colors in the painting and mixing my own variations as necessary.  Hopefully this painting helps transport your thoughts to a warm, tropical place on this cold February day.

 

Pine Cone

Pine Cones are defined as the “cone-shaped or rounded woody fruit of a pine tree, with scales that open to release seeds.”

Pinecone Sketch

Pine Cone Sketch

This is colored with Derwent Inktense Pencils, which give a bit more control than watercolor. Have you ever tried to sketch one of these?  I found it a bit dizzying because of the spiral patterns and layers but finally got it close to being right on the third try.

 

Mammal, #WorldWatercolorGroup

A while ago a friend took a terrific photo of a majestic white-tailed deer, and with her permission I finally got around to painting it.

Deer

Deer

This quick sketch is painted looser than my work in general, although it is a goal to work this way more often.  The whites took a lot of self-control on my part, but this might be my best attempt at leaving the whites of the paper ever.  Thanks, Joan, for sharing such a lovely photo of this graceful creature!

Silver, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Last month I enjoyed my first experiment with painting a silver surface, so for today’s #WorldWatercolorGroup prompt of silver I am trying once again.

 

Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon

I mixed some lively blue grays and purple grays, but they didn’t translate very well in the transfer of photo to computer to website. I don’t have my notes in front of me, but if I remember correctly the colors were mixed with only phthalo blue and pyrrole red and a touch of burnt sienna when needed.

Draw A Bird Day, February 2017

Last month on the 8th I found myself sorely underprepared for Draw A Bird Day, so this month I drew two birds.  These penguins cracked me up when I first saw their photo because the one on the left looked quite chatty while the one on the right seemed rather stoic.  Makes me wonder what they truly were communicating to one another.

Penguins

Penguins

Thanks to a very dear young lady, Lisa S., for granting me permission to use her photos from the Toledo Zoo as reference.  She has a keen eye for taking charming animal photos as well as delightful close ups. Thanks, Lisa!