No Wine Before Its Time

I’ve been working on this larger (Hahnemuhle Cezanne watercolor block of cold pressed paper, 9″ x 12″) watercolor all summer in my weekly art class, and, finally, the grapes are ready to be matted, framed, and hung in the dining room.

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The reference photo was taken by my husband a number of years ago in Napa Valley, California.  Cheers!

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World Watercolor Month 2018 – Last Days’ Recap

Here we are at the tail end of World Watercolor Month 2018.  This is the first time I’ve painted each and every day for 31 days and followed most of the prompts (I made up a few of my own).  Thanks to Charlie of Doodlewash, who started this month-long celebration three years ago – it’s been a lot of fun!

Day 29-Childhood memory, chasing fireflies

Day 29-Childhood memory, chasing fireflies

 

Day 30-Exotic Location, YT demo by Maria Raczynska

Day 30-Exotic Location, followed a YT demo by Maria Raczynska

Day 31-Celebration of Color, Goldfinch

Day 31-Celebration of Color, Goldfinch – Thanks to my brother Todd for the terrific reference photo!

Lastly, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.  If you’ve been considering a charitable donation, click on the link and do it today!

Thanks so much for following this blog and my humble paintings on this journey.  I am eager to see what August has in store for us!

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Week 4 Recap

Here are the prompts from the last week.  There are still a few days  left to paint along for World Watercolor Month if you’d like to join us!

Day 22-Under The Sea, Octopus

Day 22-Under The Sea, Octopus – Tutorial from a Walter Foster book

 

Day 23-Furry Creature, Yellowstone Bison

Day 23-Furry Creature, Yellowstone Bison

Day 24-Monochromatic Mood, from a YT demo by Small & Simple

Day 24-Monochromatic Mood, from a YT demo by Small & Simple

Day 25-Christmas in July

Day 25-Christmas in July, Poinsettia

Day 26-Splashing Around, Chain Catshark

Day 26-Splashing Around, Chain Catshark, another painting inspired by a photo taken by my friend Libby, who enjoys Shark Week with my dear daughter-in-law, Maura

Day 27-Clouds in the Sky

Day 27-Clouds in the Sky – created with a paper towel rolled lengthwise

Day 28-Nature Hike, Bee

Day 28-Nature Hike, Bee

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

Have a great weekend! See you soon to recap the last few prompts!

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Week 3 Recap

This week’s prompts were a lot of fun.  Hope you enjoy this recap.

Day 15 - On The Beach, Mermaid's Purse

Day 15 – On The Beach, Mermaid’s Purse – This painting is about twice the size of the real thing, which is a dried skate egg case!  Read more about it here

Day 16-Casting Shadows

Day 16-Casting Shadows, Blueberries

Day 17-City Life, Pigeon

Day 17-City Life, Pigeon I know most folks don’t care for these birds, but I think their colors are dazzling, especially in the sunshine!

Day 18-In the Jungle, Poisonous Frog

Day 18-In the Jungle, Poisonous Frog – This one was seen at an aquarium we visited in North Carolina. It was no bigger than my thumb!

 

Day 19 - Rainy Days, Raindrops

Day 19-Rainy Days, Raindrops

Day 20-Wet and Dry, Umbrella

 

Day 21-Glorious Golds

Day 21-Glorious Golds – From a tutorial taught by Birgit O’Connor

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

 

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Day 15

I felt like this subject needed its own blog post because it is so unusual.  The prompt is On The Beach, so I painted this leathery, tendrilled curiosity.  We find them washed up on the beach almost every year while on vacation.

It is called a mermaid’s purse, which sounds much better than saying it is an empty egg case of a skate (a kind of ray/fish).  Some sharks also have similar-looking egg cases.  Eggs are laid in this small pouch made of collagen proteins that protect the developing embryo for up to 12 weeks. At that point, the skate will have grown into a fully developed and independent juvenile, ready to take on the ocean. The long tendrils at the corners anchor the cases onto vegetation on the ocean floor to keep it hidden and safe from predators.

Day 15 - On The Beach, Mermaid's Purse

Day 15 – On The Beach, Mermaid’s Purse 

To show more detail, this was painted about twice the size of the dried cases we find in North Carolina.  I hope you enjoyed this little synopsis of a fascinating beach novelty.

 

 

 

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Week 2 Recap

Another week of painting has gone by.  I’ve had a lot of fun trying new techniques and following tutorials that I’ve been meaning to paint for a long time.  The point was not to make frameable masterpieces but to try new brushstrokes, learn, and have fun with the painting process.

Day 8-Flying Things, Atlantic Puffin

Day 8-Flying Things, Atlantic Puffin. I hope to see one someday!

Day 9-Climbing Mountains, Pronghorn from Yellowstone

Day 9-Climbing Mountains, Pronghorn from Yellowstone

Day 10-Light and Luminous, Swan - Followed a tutorial by Lindsay Weirich in her online class "Feathers and Fowl"

Day 10-Light and Luminous, Swan – Followed a tutorial by Lindsay Weirich in her online class “Feathers and Fowl”

Day 11-Beautiful Blooms, Clover

Day 11-Beautiful Blooms, Clover

Day 12-Forest Animal, Bear

Day 12-Forest Animal, Bear

 

Day 13-Fast & Loose, Florals

Day 13-Fast & Loose, Florals

Day 14-Sweet Treat, Chocolate

Day 14-Sweet Treat, Sea Salt Caramel

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

I’m off to start the prompts for week 3.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!