Archive for the 'Watercolor' Category

Watercolor Gargoyles and Ivy

I’ve been keeping a secret for months now.

In my watercolor class, I painted two gargoyles. I’d chosen two of my husband’s favorites, and I was thrilled with the results. (How many gargoyles do we have here? I thought I’d counted all of them when I was doing this project, but then I found another one the other day that I’d missed! It’s a good thing I’m not the one responsible for feeding them.)

I was able to sneak away and get my artwork framed for him for the holidays unbeknownst to him. I’ve had them secreted away in my office closet ever since.

He was thrilled, and they look great!

Gargoyles and Ivy Watercolor

For now, they’re on the mantle, to keep them out of harm’s way, and I’m really happy with how they turned out.

Gargoyle Left

Close-up of the left one.

Gargoyl Right

Close-up of the right one.

Click each photo for more detail.

Watercolor Rocks & Water

This one was fun!

Remember, watercolor paintings are best viewed from 10 feet back. Zooming in on the photo, though cool, may not give the desired effect. :)

Remember, watercolor paintings are best viewed from 10 feet back. Zooming in on the photo, though cool, may not give the desired effect. 🙂

Negative Space Leaves

I spent the majority of the day NOT painting leaves. That said, my "Negative Space Leaves" watercolor project today turned out rather positive, if I do say so myself. This one was a lot of fun!

I spent the majority of the day NOT painting leaves. That said, my “Negative Space Leaves” watercolor project today turned out rather positive, if I do say so myself. This one was a lot of fun!

It feels so good to be back!

Tape and Spatter

Tape and Spatter

Work in Progress 10.20.14

Work-in-progress! I love this type of homework.

Watercolor 10.20.14

Watercolor Trees

Apple Blossoms Watercolor

Even though watercolors are best viewed from a distance, I have to remind myself not to get caught up in the up-close details. Also? Sometimes the hardest part about painting is stopping. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, if I do say so myself!

To see the steps up to this point, check out this post.

Watercolor: Apple Blossoms – A Work-in-Progress!

My latest Watercolor: Apple Blossoms, a work-in-progress!
Drawing, Masking, Background.

Drawing

Masking (A latex solution is painted on over the parts I want to keep protected, until it’s time to paint them!)

Background

Stay tuned for the final product!

Claire and Our Baby Hedgehog in Watercolor

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Here is my latest project! I love how it turned out. How were we instructed to do it?

Find a photo you love.

Wave a wand* to make it Black & White.

Say a spell* to get it into line form.

Draw what you see.

I don’t have a picture of the masked stage, but imagine all the parts you want left “white” covered up with latex mask.

Then, in class today, we wet the paper and poured on the different colors I wanted to use.

I love it!

*Technology is magic.

Sunset. Tree. Pond.

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The Old Gas Station

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Beach Rooster

My latest watercolor: Beach Rooster. Yes, they’re all over Kauai. It’s like the perfect place for an Iowa Farm Girl to retire; don’t you think?