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Watercolor Birthday Card #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorMonth #BirthdayCard

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I haven't been very creative the last few week or so because of a sinus infection, but I managed to do this quick watercolor card for someone who has a birthday coming up.   I need to do another one for my husband -- maybe I'll do him a tree kangaroo.


Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Apartment Gardens #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #PenAndInk

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Ohto Graphicliner in a 5.5 x 5.5 Grandluxe Earth Care Sketchbook.


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Daisies at Dusk #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorMonth #ArtJournal

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I started out painting this from a reference photo, and almost immediately started taking great liberties with it.

Sennelier's Cobalt Violet Light Hue is a new color on my palette.  I started out like a good little student of art, making study charts and then decided that was too boring, lol.  So, I decided to just play around with it.  I also used Winsor Newton Cobalt Blue, Sennelier Phthalo Green Light, Sennelier Sap Green, and Winsor Newton Lemon Yellow, chosen for no other reason than I wanted to see how the colors worked with the Cobalt Violet.

For some reason, the scan didn't pick up the Cobalt Blue, save where it is almost pure value, so some areas look more washed out than they are.  I'll have to see if that's a problem with this pigment.  While I've used Cobalt Blue in the past, this was my first go round with the Winsor Newton version, and it is more transparent than I'm used to.
Arches paper, using an Escoda Prado size 14 oval.  Size is approximately…

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Ball Lightning #Gellyroll #Sakura #GelPen

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Sakura Gellyroll in Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6.


Roseate Spoonbill #52WeeksofWatercolourBirds #watercolor #‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

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I need to spend more time working with reds and pinks!  Reds are such powerful colors, and I'm not drawn to them, so I neglect using them.  Then when I want to, I really struggle to get the values I want.

The water in this photo had a subtle gleam rather than sparks of light.  I didn't capture that as well I wished, so that is another thing to practice.  That's one of the nice things about painting -- there is always a new challenge so it never grows boring!


Painted with Winsor & Newton & Sennelier pan colors in a Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch.

Resource photograph came from the Morguefile.

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Shrouded in the Morning Mist #WorldWatercolorMonth #Watercolor #Morguefile

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I'd forgotten how much fun it is to do these quick simple landscapes.  Of course, when I say quick, that is 20 minutes of painting with hours of waiting for the paint to dry in between layers.

I could use a hair dryer, but my setup doesn't have a convenient plug-in.  I paint  for 5 minutes or so, and then get up and do something that needs doing.  With something more complicated that can be distracting, but for something like this, it works.

Winsor Newton Professional Pan paints on Arches paper, using Legend Sable Rounds 6 and 1/2 inch flat.  Size is approximately 8 x 8.  Colors used were Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and Sap Green.  Fog was created by dabbing still-wet colors with a kleenex.


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Silhouetted on Purple and Pink #WorldWatercolorMonth #Watercolor #DeliberatelyCreative

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Another quick wash.  I didn't stay that close with details, but this was inspired by a photo shared by Mona Lundeburg in the Facebook group, Deliberately Creative.

Done with Winsor Newton Professional pan paints on Arches Watercolor.  I wish I'd had Permanent Rose (it's in the mail), but I used a mixes of Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Winsor Violet  for the sky, and mixes of Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet of the trees.  Brushes were 1 inch flat and size 8 round.


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Practice Wash for WorldWatercolorMonth #WorldWatercolorMonth #Watercolor #outdoors

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July is World Watercolor Month, and the challenge is to paint a watercolor every day.  I'm already woefully behind, but I did manage to do a 5-minute wash yesterday, even though I was on the road for most of it.

If you are interested in seeing what others are doing you can join the World Watercolor Month Facebook group.  There are some truly awesome works being posted there.


Cottage in Clovelly #Watercolor #‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬ #Clovelly

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A few days ago I gave someone some advice when we were talking about finding our style (hi Betsy!).  I told her that if there was something she did consistently, that she wished she wouldn't, she should embrace it because that was her style trying to come out.

Well.  I still stand by the advice, but you do have to learn how to get the best out of what you consistently do.   I don't often do buildings, and I wasn't sure how to go about doing this one so I just kind of went at it.  I ended up doing all those things that I kind of wish I didn't do.  I don't think I did them very well.

But it's okay.  Now I have a better idea of what might actually work next time.  I had expected the painting to be a challenge in perspective, but I didn't expect it to be a challenge in values and it was.  My original photo is faded (I took it in Clovelly, Devon in 1977), and I wasn't sure how I wanted to handle the color.


And I did get some interesting textures that I like…

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Speedway #PenAndInk #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt

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Pigma Micron on Strathmore Artist Tile.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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Rufous & the Bleeding Heart #52WeeksofWatercolourBirds #watercolor #‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

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I'm a little bit ahead of myself with the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds', but I had the time, and probably will have a week or two ahead where I don't.

Love watching these little guys!



Painted with Winsor & Newton & Sennelier pan colors in a Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch.

Resource photograph came from the Morguefile.