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 2017 – Wrap Up, Week 2

This week of World Watercolor Month has been all about flowers for me.  I’ve been practicing lessons from Sandy Allnock’s art-classes.com Fresh Florals, and although some lessons were a little challenging, I stuck with them until I got the desired results.

Forsythia

Forsythia

First, I used the cherry blossom brush strokes from the last class to create the above forsythia branch.

Petal Practice

Petal Practice

After practicing a few new brush stroke petals, I created some daisies.  The white daisy petals are created by painting the background around the petals, otherwise known as negative painting.

I was less than excited with my first attempt.

Practice Daisies

Practice Daisies

I decided to add a few more petals to each flower for a more realistic, less graphic look.

More Daisies

More Daisies

Last for the week were snapdragons, which were my favorites to paint so far because of their bright colors.

Practice Snapdragons

Practice Snapdragons

 

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

As I am writing this post, it dawned on me that this technique could be modified to create hyacinth flowers as well.  Hmm…..

World Watercolor Month, founded by our friend Charlie over at Doodlewash.com, has a few purposes, one of which is to raise money and awareness for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.  The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a nonprofit organization encouraging children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams.  They provide art and music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world.

World Watercolor Month is also an opportunity for watercolorists around the world to connect and play along by painting a little something each day – 31 watercolors in 31 days.  So far I have been able to keep up and have been posting daily on Instagram but will make weekly updates here on my blog.  I’m off to make my donation to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and then to start today’s painting.  Hope you have a happy weekend!