This is a special chipmunk card I painted as a birthday greeting for my sister-in-law, Julie.
She enjoys watching the chipmunks in her yard as much as I enjoy watching our squirrels, and I’ve painted a chipmunk for her each January for many years now (I’ve lost count). Julie, I hope your birthday is extra special this year!
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)
Day 2 – Sunny Sky (a dip in the pool)
Day 3 – Picnic Food
Day 4 – Family Fun
Day 5 – This button is “Loose and Free”
Day 6 – Window View – I enjoy watching these little fellows in the back yard.
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!
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!
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!
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 and his reflection
Chipmunk – turned into a birthday card
Chickadee on a snowy branch
Classmates – Carol, Mark Willenbrink – Watercolor Artist, Me, Cindy, and Hao