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.
Mourning doves have a reputation for having, well, bird brains. However, they add a lot of personality to my bird feeder. Their mournful sound is one I remember from long ago.
This painting is an homage to this beautiful creature.
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 Carolina Wren
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.
Thanks for stopping by!
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 in Honor of Shark Week
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.
The colors used in the roses give feeling of nostalgia, like an old-time valentine. Have a great weekend!
I still owe a wrap up of week 4 of World Watercolor Month and will do that later this week. Today's Doodlewash watercolor challenge is favorite song.
Because I couldn't decide on just one song, I decided to paint the group whose songs always make me smile. Hey, hey!
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.
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
Now to put them all together, the mission was to make a wreath of all the flowers we had learned.
Then I became sidetracked and felt like painting a bird, so I did.
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!
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.
First, I used the cherry blossom brush strokes from the last class to create the above forsythia branch.
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.
I decided to add a few more petals to each flower for a more realistic, less graphic look.
Last for the week were snapdragons, which were my favorites to paint so far because of their bright colors.
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!