Ground Squirrel

I’ve been blessed to be away for the last two weeks on an adventure to Glacier National Park in Montana and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The parks were so different from one another but each was unique and breathtakingly beautiful.

Unfortunately, GNP was a bit smoky because of wild fires on one side of the park, but we were thankful to have had a couple of clear days. The smoke added a layer of mystique to much of the landscape, and I send well wishes and thanks to all those involved in containing the fire.

Yellowstone was a place of wonder, enchantment, and awe. I saw things I never knew existed, and I was mesmerized by bubbling, gloriously colored pools of hot springs and spurting geysers. It was like being on another planet!

I left with art supplies in hand and with high hopes of creating on location, but we were so busy that I just now finished my first painting. I gathered tons of inspiration on the trip and hope to do justice, through my paintings, to the animals, landscapes, and natural beauty experienced in these wonderlands.

This little ground squirrel is the first of many drawings and paintings to come.

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Draw-A-Bird Day, August 2017

Most of these birds were painted during World Watercolor Month in July, but since I have not yet showcased them on my blog, today seemed like the perfect day.

I took an online class teaching how to paint birds in a loose manner with lots of water.  It was great fun!

Loose and splashy bird

Loose and Splashy Carolina Wren

Blue Titmouse

Blue Titmouse

Mockingbird

It is quite satisfying to work with lots of water and paint to create the splashy effects, which seem to add a layer of excitement to the painting.

Here is a not-so-splashy, calm seagull.

Seagull

Seagull

Thanks for stopping by!

World Watercolor Month 2017 – Wrap Up, Week 4

World Watercolor Month is officially over but it was great fun to paint along with such inspiring people.  In trying to make sense of how to group the final paintings from the end of July, I decided to showcase sharks and flowers here, which makes absolutely no sense at all! I have a section of birds, too, but I am going to share those on Draw-A-Bird day on the 8th.  So, here are the sharks and flowers.

Shark

Shark in Honor of Shark Week

Whale Shark

Whale Shark

I painted these in honor of Shark Week and knew my daughter-in-law and her friend would enjoy them as they are Shark Week Junkies!

Then I practiced more flowers, one loose and the other more realistic.

Sunflower

Sunflower

Roses

Roses

The colors used in the roses give feeling of nostalgia, like an old-time valentine.   Have a great weekend!

World Watercolor Month 2017 – Wrap Up, Week 3

I am a little late with my week three wrap up of World Watercolor Month, but here goes:

Continuing to practice flowers from the Fresh Floral class at art-classes.com, I painted some sunflowers in bloom as well as buds.

Dandelion

Dandelion

This one had too many petals, so I made it become a dandelion 😁

Next were lessons on roses – a whole bouquet of them!

Bouquet of Roses

Bouquet of Roses

Now to put them all together, the mission was to make a wreath of all the flowers we had learned.

Heart Wreath

Heart Wreath

Then I became sidetracked and felt like painting a bird, so I did.

Hummingbird and Flower

Hummingbird and Flower

The plan for week 4 is to finish up the Fresh Floral class and then paint whatever else comes to mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

World Watercolor Month 2017 – Wrap Up, Week 2

This week of World Watercolor Month has been all about flowers for me.  I’ve been practicing lessons from Sandy Allnock’s art-classes.com Fresh Florals, and although some lessons were a little challenging, I stuck with them until I got the desired results.

Forsythia

Forsythia

First, I used the cherry blossom brush strokes from the last class to create the above forsythia branch.

Petal Practice

Petal Practice

After practicing a few new brush stroke petals, I created some daisies.  The white daisy petals are created by painting the background around the petals, otherwise known as negative painting.

I was less than excited with my first attempt.

Practice Daisies

Practice Daisies

I decided to add a few more petals to each flower for a more realistic, less graphic look.

More Daisies

More Daisies

Last for the week were snapdragons, which were my favorites to paint so far because of their bright colors.

Practice Snapdragons

Practice Snapdragons

 

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

As I am writing this post, it dawned on me that this technique could be modified to create hyacinth flowers as well.  Hmm…..

World Watercolor Month, founded by our friend Charlie over at Doodlewash.com, has a few purposes, one of which is to raise money and awareness for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.  The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a nonprofit organization encouraging children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams.  They provide art and music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world.

World Watercolor Month is also an opportunity for watercolorists around the world to connect and play along by painting a little something each day – 31 watercolors in 31 days.  So far I have been able to keep up and have been posting daily on Instagram but will make weekly updates here on my blog.  I’m off to make my donation to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and then to start today’s painting.  Hope you have a happy weekend!