Here we are at week four of World Watercolor Month. It is flying by!
Day 22 – Rainforest
Day 23 – Beach Fun
Day 24 – Treats (Macarons)
Day 25 – Shades of Pink
Day 26 – Natural Wonders (Beach, Ocean, Sunset)
Day 27 – Fruit
Day 28 Metallic
Only a few more to go!
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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 30-Exotic Location, followed a YT demo by Maria Raczynska
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!