Whidbey Sunset

When we traveled to the Pacific Northwest a few years ago, we stayed at a darling B&B in Coupeville, which is on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Coupeville is a quaint seaside town, and we enjoyed walking to the wharf to see vibrant starfish in the clear water beneath us. The wharf was peaceful except for the sound of gently lapping water and an occasional sea bird, and it was a fabulous spot to experience amazing sunsets.

Coupeville Wharf sunset, Whidbey Island, WA
Coupeville Wharf sunset, Whidbey Island, WA

This painting represents the moodiness of the sunsets we experienced there. (Sorry that the picture borders look so wonky, but I photographed it at an odd angle.) Hope you are doing well, and thanks for stopping by!

World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 4 Recap

Here we are at week four of World Watercolor Month. It is flying by!

Day 22 – Rainforest

Rainforest
Rainforest

Day 23 – Beach Fun

Beach Fun
Beach Fun

Day 24 – Treats (Macarons)

Treats
Treats

Day 25 – Shades of Pink

Shades of Pink
Shades of Pink

Day 26 – Natural Wonders (Beach, Ocean, Sunset)

Natural Wonder
Natural Wonder

Day 27 – Fruit

Day 28 Metallic

Metallic
Metallic

Only a few more to go!

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! 

Lessons in Pastels

In yet another attempt to loosen up my watercolors, I gave pastels a try. It is more difficult to get fine details with pastels, at least for me, so I signed up for a couple of excellent online classes.

Wave in Pastel
Wave in Soft Pastels
Flowers in Soft Pastels
Flowers in Soft and Hard Pastels
Sunset in Soft Pastels
Sunset in Soft Pastels

These three paintings (yes, they are still called paintings even though paint was not used!) were lessons taught by Lindsay Weirich, aka The Frugal Crafter. I love her easy teaching approach, and even though I did not have all the colors she used in her demonstrations, they turned out pretty well for a newbie. I like that I could upload my projects into her teaching platform and ask questions, and in her critique she had kind words to say about my efforts (and I now have a list of colors I want to buy). Actually, her videos have helped tremendously with my watercolor skills in the past, too, and she’s the reason I wanted to learn more!

Blue Pitcher in Soft Pastels
Blue Pitcher in Soft Pastels

This last one was a tutorial taught by Art Tutor. They also have a platform to upload student work, but I have neglected to do so just yet. I enjoy getting critiques from the instructors because it is an important tool in learning!

I’m almost finished with a watercolor I have been working on for the past month. Watch for it next week! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!