World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 4 Recap

Here we are at week four of World Watercolor Month. It is flying by!

Day 22 – Rainforest

Rainforest
Rainforest

Day 23 – Beach Fun

Beach Fun
Beach Fun

Day 24 – Treats (Macarons)

Treats
Treats

Day 25 – Shades of Pink

Shades of Pink
Shades of Pink

Day 26 – Natural Wonders (Beach, Ocean, Sunset)

Natural Wonder
Natural Wonder

Day 27 – Fruit

Day 28 Metallic

Metallic
Metallic

Only a few more to go!

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! 

Draw a Bird, September 2018, Seagull in Flight

This month’s bird painting was inspired by my friend Libby, who is an awesome photographer.  She took a terrific photo of this seagull in flight, and, being a bird lover, I knew I had to paint it.

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Hope she likes my watercolor rendition.  Thanks for sharing, Libby!

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 – 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.

 

 

 

Lightning

Last year on our beach vacation we saw many fantastic displays of lightning over the ocean at night.  My son was able to capture quite a few amazing photos, and this painting is based on one of those.

Lightning

Lightning

I chose this scene because of the pink and yellow colors observed around the lightning and how they reflected on ocean – what a spectacular show we watched!

Playful Dolphins

We recently returned from a beach vacation where we enjoyed watching the dolphins swimming not too far from the water’s edge.  This painting is based on a lesson from a Walter Foster book called The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor, which has many enchanting sea life tutorials.

Dolphins

Dolphins

I took advantage of a rainy beach day to get to work and am happy with the results.  I hope these playful dolphins and their facial expressions make you smile.

Draw A Bird, April 2018

Although I tend to share a bird painting the 8th of every month, April 8 is the official Draw A Bird Day. I don’t know why I am fascinated by seagulls, but when I was fortunate to go to Hilton Head, NC in February, I spent some time observing these noisy birds. This fellow was not afraid of me getting to close and even seemed to pose.

Hilton Head Seagull

I hope April is bringing springtime magic your way. We are still trudging through mud, literally, and buds are slow to open. However, the hummingbirds are almost here so warmer days are surely right around the corner!