Each year we look forward to the return of our hummingbirds sometime this month, hopefully within the next week or two. I started putting out nectar already in case we have any early arrivals, but so far we’ve not seen any.
Even though some artists draw a bird on the 8th of each month, today is the official yearly Draw A Bird Day! Do you feed your yard birds? Have you had any hummers yet?
PS: I was really happy with the loose effect achieved in this painting. Why is it that sometimes it is a struggle but other times it rolls right off the brush? I’ll take the win when I can 🙂
WordPress alerted me that this week marks the sixth year since my first blog post, aka a blogiversary. The first few years were dedicated mostly to my beloved card making papercraft, and while I still enjoy making cards, I now spend more time working on my watercolor skills and techniques.
Because this blog began with card making, it seems fitting to share what I made last week at a craft retreat.
These cards were made with stamps that are pieced together to create little vignettes suitable for card fronts. They are “inked” with waterbased markers and then “watercolored” around the edges of the images with a damp brush to give them a painterly look.
Really, these stamps were probably a gateway into my wanting to paint on a bigger scale, and it’s fun to go back and use them every so often.
Thanks to everyone who follows my blog and especially those who have taken time to leave a like or a comment.
I’ve found that followers/bloggers are some of the sweetest, most encouraging and passionate folks and am glad to have gotten to know so many of you over the years. Here’s to a seventh year of blogging and creativity!
Are the tulips blooming where you live, or at least well on their way? Green tulip tips have emerged from the earth, as well as the daffodils and hyacinths, so hopefully blooms will be here soon.
It seems the last few years of winter have been a bit milder than usual, so this past “normal” winter was a bit more difficult and long. Hope things are bright and blooming in your neck of the woods! Happy Spring!!
I’ve never seen one of these beauties but upon investigation found that it is because I’ve not been looking in the right places. Cedar Waxwings can be seen in flocks year-round, usually in tall cedar or other fruit-bearing trees. They are quite social and it is rare to see one by itself. Cedar waxwings flock together in trees and swallow berries whole, but they also fly over water for insects in warmer weather. These birds are named for their red wax-like wing tips and their preferred trees.
Maybe if I offer fruit at the bird feeders early this spring, one might wander by. It’s worth a try!
Fetta di Pizza (translates from Italian to English to Slice of Pizza) is my newest watercolor and is a companion piece to the previous Cibo di Comodita painting from last month. I don’t really considered myself a food artist, but these were such fun to paint with the wide variety of colors needed and challenges of food textures.
I don’t eat much pizza nowadays but certainly enjoy it. Most toppings are fair game, but I generally prefer to go the veggie route. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
I’ve been taking an online class, the topic of which is how to loosen up watercolor painting. I so enjoy paintings that are expertly loose and balanced and wish I could paint that way, so maybe this class will help me achieve that. I tend to put in many details that make my paintings appear more lifelike, and I think that is my natural style. That doesn’t mean I can’t learn a few new techniques that might enhance or build upon my style.
This is my first practice of a chickadee painted a little looser than I usually would. I had to hold back on the details and it was not easy! The online class runs for the next few weeks, so hopefully I can get a better handle on this. Time will tell 🙂