Rose Gardens

After practicing loose, freestyle watercolor roses for a couple of days, I had quite a “garden” of them to be made into greeting cards.

Hand-painted Roses Bridal Card

Hand-painted Roses Bridal Shower Card

They are quite fun to paint, take shape quickly, and make an elegant presentation.

Hand-painted Watercolor Roses Birthday Card

Hand-painted Roses Birthday Card

Hand-painted Watercolor Roses Birthday Card

Hand-painted Roses Birthday Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s hoping we call can take time to smell the real roses today.  Happy Wednesday!

Orchid and Magnolia Cards

I had the pleasure of spending last weekend at a crafty retreat with some talented ladies, which is always so relaxing, renewing, and productive.  However, we missed our friend Traci and hope she can join us on our next trip – hope you are feeling better, Traci!

Sometimes when I get home from these weekends I have a difficult time transitioning back into things because half of my supplies are still packed up, and I don’t know which direction to go – should I set up my work space for papercrafting or watercolor painting?  Before unpacking I decided to clean up my entire craft corner and in the process came across quite a few things I haven’t shared here yet, including these two cards.

Orchid card

The watercolor flower paintings on the fronts are totally CASEd from Pinterest (I believe one is a tutorial from The Frugal Crafter), and I remember being so excited when I finished them because they turned out so well. If I remember correctly they are the mixture of some Daniel Smith watercolors and Derwent Inktense pencils. Leave it to me to stick them in a dark corner of the craft desk and lose track of them.🙂

Magnolia card

I’ve also been keeping a nature/travel sketchbook the last couple of months and am deciding whether or not to share some of those drawings and paintings here.  I have to say that I really like working in my little sketchbook and get lost in the process of really “seeing” things I’d never noticed before.

Hope you all have a great weekend and take time to “see” the little things, some of which are quite remarkable.  Hugs!

Rico’s Fascinating Eyes

When deciding what to paint, sometimes I have too many ideas at once and get overwhelmed, so I try to keep an ongoing list of the ideas.  However, sometimes the list just doesn’t inspire me, so instead I peruse the internet, read artsy blogs, or go through some of my books.  On one such uninspired day, while looking at Facebook, I saw a picture of my friend’s cat, Rico, whose eyes are captivating and really caught my attention.  She had posted a variety of pictures of him so I studied each one to gather details.

 

Rico

Rico

This is one of those rare paintings that came together quickly, and I was quite happy with the results.  That almost never happens, and sometimes I struggle for days at a time and still not get it right.  Rico’s mom, Joan, liked the painting and she said Rico did too because he sniffed at it.  How about that – a sniff of approval 😺

Just curious – How do you get inspired and how do you keep your ideas straight?  TGIF, and have a great weekend!

Draw A Bird Day, August 2016

Happy Draw A Bird Day, August 2016 Edition!  While on a crafty weekend at Hickory Road Inn we spotted a pileated woodpecker in the woods, and after observing this fascinating bird I knew I had to paint him.

The Pileated Woodpecker is native to North America and is one of the largest forest birds on the continent, growing on average to 18 inches long. They feed at dead trees and fallen logs looking for their favorite insect, big carpenter ants, and leave unique rectangular holes in the wood, which then become shelter to swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker watercolor with Derwent Inktense underpainting

Pileated Woodpeckers make an unmistakable percussive sound while rat-a-tat-tatting on the dead trees at speeds reaching 13 to 15 miles per hour. In an average day he does this around 12,000 times and doesn’t seem to be the least bit bothered by it. This is because, after millions of years of this type of behavior, they’ve evolved some specialized headgear to prevent injuries to their heads, brains, and eyes.  The most famous Pileated Woodpecker was named Woody – you might have seen his cartoon!🙂

 

More Wedding Cakes

Continued from my last post, here are a few other wedding cake cards inspired by the DIY post on Beth Brigg’s blog.

Wedding Cake 3

Wedding Cake Card 3

Wedding Cake 4

Wedding Cake Card 4

Wedding Cake 5

Wedding Cake Card 5

While painting these I got lost in the designs and details and found it almost calming.  Hopefully, I now have enough wedding cards to finish out the year.  Many thanks to Beth Briggs for sharing her easy-to-follow DIYs and the encouragement she gives to everyone to find their inner artist!

Wedding Cake Illustrations #WorldWatercolorMonth

During World Watercolor Month I have discovered so many great artists and their blogs, and I came across this blog post by Beth Briggs, who is a very talented artist and illustrator of everything fashion, floral, and feminine.  Her watercolor designs and creations are so classy and sophisticated yet girly and playful.  Her blog includes many DIY features, and she states that her mission is to encourage and inspire the artist in everyone.  Well, she certainly inspired me, especially with a tutorial on illustrating wedding cakes.  It was very timely as we have been to a few weddings already this year and have a few more to go, necessitating me to whip up a new batch of wedding cards.

Wedding Cake from DIY tutorial

Wedding Cake Card 1

 

Wedding Cake 2 from DIY tutorial

Wedding Cake Card 2

I decided to use my Koh-I-Noor watercolor pencils rather than paint because of the fine details on many of the flowers, and oh what fun these were to create!  Of course I had to finish the tiniest details with a little shimmer and sparkle with Wink of Stella pens, and I was quite happy with how they turned out. I am working a couple others styles and will post those in a few days.  In the meantime, be sure to stop by Beth Brigg’s blog and check it out!

I’m sad to see the inaugural World Watercolor Month come to an end and would like to thank Charlie at Doodlewash for dreaming up this spectacular event. Charlie, you were so kind to comment on and like what I am guessing were hundreds of blog and Facebook posts daily, so hopefully now you can rest for a few days.  I am also hopeful that WWM was a success in getting donations and raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick.  It’s still not too late to donate and you can do so by clicking on the links directly above.

I KNOW World Watercolor Month was a success in bringing together watercolor enthusiasts of all skill levels from around the globe!  I have met many talented blogger friends who will undoubtedly continue to inspire through their watercolor sketches.

World Watercolor Month 2016

World Watercolor Month 2016

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Cherry Tomatoes, #WorldWatercolorMonth

 

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Summer is the time of year when tomatoes are quite delicious, juicy, and abundant, and I painted this vine that I picked up from the grocery store.  The painting turned out just okay but the real tomatoes were the best!  My favorite part was painting the quirky little blossom leaves because each one was different, and they give the tomatoes a little life.  Have a great day!

 

World Watercolor Month is almost over! Remember, we are raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick with hopes of bringing art supplies and teaching to children who otherwise would not have exposure to the enriching world of art. Please consider a donation today!

World Watercolor Month 2016

World Watercolor Month 2016