Kitten, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Painting this little white kitten was a great exercise in negative painting.  Having not done much negative painting I was pleased with it in the end, but I have no idea if I did it “right.”

White Kitten

White Kitten

Of course I knew the background colors would be reflected onto the white kitty and that there would be shadowing, but how does a painter know when to introduce another color and where?  I’d be glad to hear any pointers on this! Happy Sunday!

 

Hummingbird, #WorldWatercolorGroup

How lucky that hummingbird was the prompt today because it happens to be the official Draw-A-Bird Day 2017!   I tried to paint this hummingbird in flight but had some difficulty showing much movement.  Oh well, I think she is cute anyhow.

Hummingbird in Flight

Hummingbird in Flight

According to the hummingbird migration map website they have finally arrived in our area, but none has visited our feeders yet.  Hopefully we will see one within about a week or so.  Have they arrived near you?

Worm, #WorldWatercolorGroup

All of April’s World Watercolor Group prompts have to do with springtime, and after looking over the list I realized there are a lot of creepy crawlies in the challenge.  This is way out of my comfort zone because I am not fond of observing these things close up, let alone painting their details.  As a kid I had no issues picking up worms but was not fond of spearing them onto fishing hooks, and lady bugs and butterflies somehow did not offend my senses.

I started painting an inchworm but his little face was a bit too creepy for me, when suddenly I remembered my daughter’s old toy called a GloWorm.  The face of this plush battery-operated “worm” lit up with a gentle glow when squeezed or hugged, making it a good bedtime toy for a child to snuggle. 

GloWorm

GloWorm

I promise to tackle a few of the April challenge critters during the month, but I also promise there won’t be a lot of detail.  Guess it will be a good chance to practice some loose watercolor techniques!

Butterfly, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Happy April!  Life has been busy lately.  Two weeks ago I spent a long weekend at a crafty retreat and concentrated on replenishing my handmade cards.  I made quite a few and will post some of them soon.  Then, a few days ago I returned from a trip to Nashville, Tennessee with my sister.  Unfortunately it was a working trip for her, but in her free time I took her to all our favorite music spots.  I think she had fun and even came home with a new pair of boots!

I took some art supplies with me thinking that I would come home with pages and pages of things I had created, but there were just too many distractions.  We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which I swear should have its own zip code.  Even just walking from our room to the parking lot took almost ten minutes, and I had not accounted for how much time I spent walking and exploring the hotel.  I sketched a couple of pictures and took lots of photos that I want to paint into my sketchbook and hope to get to that this week.

Now I am happy to get back into my routine and have fun with a new month’s worth of watercolor prompts.  Thanks for the list, Charlie!

Tree Nymph Butterfly

Tree Nymph Butterfly

This butterfly is called a Tree Nymph, or a rice paper butterfly, and appears to have slightly iridescent shimmers in the white of its wings.  I did a wet-in-wet wash on the wings to get the pale colors and then some negative painting around the segments of the wings.  Such a delicate little creature!  Have a great weekend!

Love, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Here is a simple little hand heart silhouette for today’s prompt.

Heart Hands

Hand Hearts

Hand hearts are widely used everywhere in the world, but this love symbol is now widespread in today’s pop culture.  According to recent Internet polls (it must be true if it is on the Internet, right?), some trendsetters are “so over” the hand heart craze and no longer find it cool, but considering the frequency of many other unflattering hand gestures, I hope this one is here to stay for a long time!

Floating, #WorldWatercolorGroup

I chose this subject because I’ve never painted a waterline like this and thought it would be a good challenge for myself.  There is so much to “see” when painting a waterline and trying to get a little movement in it.

Float

Float

The most difficult part was trying to get a good photo/scan of this painting.  The camera lens and scanner would not pick up the yellow the way I had painted it no matter what settings I tried, so this little ducky looks a bit washed out.  Oh well.   Happy Tuesday!