Nuts #WorldWatercolorGroup

Acorns are nuts of the oak tree, and although still eaten by some cultures around the world, most acorns in America are eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, birds, deer, and other wildlife.

Acorns

Acorns

For this painting, I again used the Daniel Smith Primatek paints because the granulation properties add terrific texture to the hats of these acorns.

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends here in the U.S.!

Cranberries #WorldWatercolorGroup

Do you like your cranberry sauce in the form of a smooth gelatin (sometimes shaped like the can) or hearty and chunky?  I like to make my own cranberry relish with either oranges or pineapple, chopped celery, and some chopped walnuts.

 

Cranberries

Cranberries

If you think Thanksgiving leftovers are boring, you should try The Gobbler, which is basically a turkey sandwich with lettuce, maybe a layer of leftover stuffing, and a generous spread of cranberry relish.  Some folks add mayo, cream cheese, or gravy as well. Delish!

Beets, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Both the beet greens and roots are edible, and one of my favorite side dishes is red and orange beetroot roasted with other root vegetables like parsnips and carrots.  I’ve never tried beet greens, but because I enjoy most other greens, I feel like they are probably quite delicious.  As a matter of fact, I’ve even seen a video in which someone used beet juice for watercolor painting!

 

Beets

Beets

I really enjoyed painting this looser watercolor and like how the granulating Daniel Smith Primatek colors of Hematite and Piemontite Genuine added terrific texture to the beetroots.  I bought a sample pack of 6 Primatek colors in 5 ml tubes, which is a great way to try them out.  The Primatek paints contain natural minerals and semi-precious gemstones, giving them amazing granulating and reflective properties.  So pretty!

Winji in Watercolor

I’ve been busy this last week painting a watercolor of my dog, Winji.  She has been a part of our family for many years, and because I work from home she is my shadow all day long.  I really wanted to try to get her sweetness to show in this picture and hope I did her justice; she seemed to approve.  😉

Winji

Winji

Using only the three primaries in this painting I was very pleased with the colors I mixed, especially the blacks.  Daniel Smith watercolors are really spoiling me and I am glad I invested in a small set of primaries and a small set of Primatek colors.  I am trying to challenge myself to mix from the primaries whatever colors I need, but boy oh boy the Primatek colors are rich and luxurious.

Here is a question for my artist friends – do you usually paint backgrounds for your subjects or do you leave the backgrounds white?  I struggled a little with the carpet that the dog is sitting on but didn’t want to leave her floating around on a white page.  I seem to have a difficult time deciding what colors to use in a background or how intense to make it because I don’t want it to be distracting.  I would truly appreciate your thoughts on how to do backgrounds that are complimentary to the subject (and hopefully easy) and am eager to hear your suggestions!  Thanks for stopping by!