Sunday, April 03, 2016

Flamingo #2

Still having fun with flamigos...

Spent the afternoon sitting along the water at a local restaurant listening to my friends' band play.
I always take my watercolors as it is so fun and relaxing to sit and listen and paint while enjoying the music.  Tried a bit of different palette for this one.
Holbein and Daniel Smith Watercolors. 

Saturday, April 02, 2016


Watercolor Play

    Just a bit of watercolor play tonight. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Every Day in February - Days 1 and 2

I joined the Facebook Group called Every Day in February and we are visiting a different country every day. 
 As always I am running behind, but I'm enjoying seeing all the wonderful drawings and learning so many facts about each of the countries we are visiting.
Time to plan my sketches for Days 3 and 4!

Days 1 and 2

EDiF Group C - Day 1 Antartica

I got waylaid at the beginning of my tour when I was invited to join a scientific team in the deep ocean off Antartica to watch a brinicle form. It took a while for the conditions to be right but it was well worth the wait to see it being formed right before our eyes. "A brinicle (brine icicle, also known as ice stalactite) forms beneath sea ice when a flow of extremely cold, saline water is introduced to an area of ocean water, being the undersea equivalent of a hollow stalactite or icicle. When it touches the sea bottom, it spreads across the bottom freezing everything in its path."

EDiF Group C - Day 2 - Armenia

After so many days underwater in the Antarctic I decided I need some green and open space so I went to visit the waterfalls of Armenia.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Whooping Crane in Watercolor

I'm on vacation in Panama City Beach with my friend Sandee and we have been spending the week relaxing and painting.  I've been wanting to paint a Whooping Crane for quite a while and I decided that this would be the perfect time.

Whooping Cranes are endangered and many people 
are working tirelessly to bring these beautiful birds back from the brink of extinction.

If you would like to learn more about Whooping Cranes, check out Operation Migration, which is just one of the organizations working to save these wonderful birds.
You can also learn how you can help save these beautiful birds that are 5 feet tall once fully grown.

I volunteer and act as a moderator in the Operation Migration chat room and also to drive the camera at White River Marsh during training and it is one of my favorite things to do.

The colts are being trained to migrate south, by following ultralights and you can follow along with them and watch them live on the Crane Cam.

I didn't think to take step-out pictures of my sketch, masking or laying down the washes for the sky, distant trees and the marsh.  I used Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors for the initial washes and Bruynzeel colored pencils and watercolor pencils for the grasses in the marsh.

Clouds were added and initial shading on the crane's wings and tail were next.

Then I started laying in the coloring on it's head and legs, building details a little at a time.

...more shading on the wings and laying in the color of the primaries.

...finishing of the details and adding the eye, and I'm calling it finished!
It was so nice to have uninterrupted time to work and it took me about a day and a half with drying time, etc. to complete this 9 x 12 watercolor on Canson Montval 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Watercolor Whimsy

Saturday, August 15, 2015

EDiIA #9 Insect

Every Day in August -Insect

This little bug is an Air Potato Beetle and was introduced into Florida to eat the invasive Air Potato plant. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

ICAD #13

Blueberry and Plum

I am so far behind on my ICAD prompts but I keep plugging along.  
I had to think about this one a bit to decide if I wanted to to go with realistic blueberries, or just use the color reference.
Since I had just recently picked blueberries and have three nice big containers in my freezer, I decided to go with realistic style blueberries with a hint of a plum.
LOVE blueberries! YUM!

I am new to watercolor and I'm just finding my way as I go.
This was my first time using my Holbein Watercolors.
I have the tube paints and I put a bit of each of them in a travel palette and let them dry...and worked from there.

They are SO rich in color.  It only took a tiny bit of color and it went a long way!
They definitely have a bit of a learning curve.

Blueberries and Plum
Here are a few step-out photos of the process...

I drew my sketch lightly and then masked off the stems
I used Compose Blue, Colbalt Blue, Prussian Blue and Mineral Violet for the  blueberries.

The leaves were painted with a Yellow Green and Yellow Ochre and Terre Verte.

Close-up of Blueberries and Leaves
I used a piece of a credit card to scrape the veins into the leaves and let the watercolor pool in the scratches.

Once I removed the masking fluid I painted in the stems and gave the background some additional color and a  bit more detail to the blueberries....

and the finished card!
Blueberries and Plum