World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 1 Recap

Happy World Watercolor Month 2019!  This event, created by Charlie over at Doodlewash, has participants from all around the world, and we connect our art and blogs with the hashtag of #worldwatercolormonth. WWM is also a charitable event to support arts education with a challenge to make 31 watercolors in 31 days.

Day 1 – Primary Palette (an eyeshadow palette)

Primary Palette
Primary Palette

Day 2 – Sunny Sky (a dip in the pool)

Sunny Sky
Sunny Sky

Day 3 – Picnic Food

Picnic Food
Picnic Food

Day 4 – Family Fun

Family Fun
Family Fun

Day 5 – This button is “Loose and Free”

Loose and Free
Loose and Free

Day 6 – Window View – I enjoy watching these little fellows in the back yard.

Window View
Window View

Day 7 – Shiny Things

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! 

Chipmunk

How is 2019 treating you? We’ve had an eventful few weeks of weather so far with snow, ice, snow, wind, too much rain, and more snow. Then again, it is January, after all.

Chipmunk
Chipmunk

Multitude of birds and squirrels have visited the feeders all winter, but the chipmunks are busy (or not!) hibernating. Therefore, this one will have to suffice until the spring. Stay warm!

Birthday Chipmunk

No, I didn’t get a chipmunk for my birthday, but I sort of gave one.  My sister-in-law, Julie, loves these little critters so I thought I’d try to paint one for her birthday.  I painted one last year but it was a little scrawny; however, it was the best I could do at that time as a new watercolorist.

Thanks to Lindsay Weirich, aka The Frugal Crafter, I’ve been introduced to a website called Paint My Photo.  Generous photographers upload their photos to the site, thereby giving permission to others to use their images as reference photos for artwork, royalty and copyright free.  Thank you, Joan, at PMP for allowing me to use your photo!

Birthday Chipmunk

Birthday Chipmunk

I hope the Joan feels this painting did justice to her chipmunk.  During the painting process I learned that there are a zillion shades of brown that can be mixed (or so it seems), so I must mix an adequate amount the first time so as to not run out (actually, that is watercolor 101 – it’s hard to remember everything!).  Hope you had a great birthday, Julie!

Happy New Year – Happy New Hobby

I have been making some cards this past month but mostly I have been practicing my watercolor skills.  I am getting a little better week by week, and I find that painting the same subject two or three times really teaches me a lot about mixing colors and how to get the best consistency of paint for the subject matter.  I have shared a few of these on Instagram and/or Facebook so I thought I would share them on my blog.  Keep in mind I am just a beginner and hope to be much better by this time next year!  Below are some projects that I did in November and December.  I seem to be drawn to animals (mostly birds), flowers, and landscapes.  Today I will feature some of the critters I’ve been working on as well as a picture of my instructor and classmates who helped me learn so much!

Mallard

Mallard and his reflection

Chipmunk

Chipmunk – turned into a birthday card

Cardinal

Cardinal

Chickadee 1

Chickadee on a snowy branch

Chickadee 2

Chickadee

Classmates

Classmates – Carol, Mark Willenbrink – Watercolor Artist, Me, Cindy, and Hao