Monday, December 21, 2020

Holiday Buck

Here's a fun holiday subject, the deer that got tangled in the holiday lights! This is the Holiday Buck from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for "Let's Make Art."

I transferred the image onto my watercolor paper using my light box. I used Winsor Newton Cotman tubes on Arches paper. I used a Micron Pen for the thin black line of lights.

I'm enjoying some holiday fun painting!

Challenges:

https://crafterscastle.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-challenge-36-november-winner.html

http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-challenge-christmas-theme.html 

https://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/12/anything-goes-challenge_15.html
 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Xmas Gnome Acrylic Painting


 Aside from making gelli prints with acrylic paints, I haven't used acrylics since college, ages ago!

I've been wanting to get back into acrylic painting and wanted to paint another gnome. I went online and looked for some ideas. I found the perfect gnome by Cinnamon Cooney, The Art Sherpa. I changed it up a bit from a Valentine Gnome to a Christmas Gnome. Thank you Cinnamon Cooney!

I painted this holiday painting on an Artist's Loft acrylic sheet. I used a number of different kind of craft paints.

I'm really happy with this painting and look forward to more adventures in acrylic painting.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-challenge-christmas-theme.html

https://crafterscastle.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-challenge-36-november-winner.html 

Friday, December 18, 2020

Painted Bunting Watercolor


 Here's another painting at the request of my husband Sandy. although I found this image difficult, I was really happy with its outcome. The image of the Painted Bunting was on Pinterest, as a coloring page.

I traced the page onto watercolor paper using my light box and leaving out the parts of the page I didn't need.

I used Winsor and newton Cotman watercolor tubes on 140 lb. Canson watercolor paper.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

https://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/12/anything-goes-challenge_15.html

https://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/2020/12/paint-party-friday-week-41-year-10.html?showComment=1607888406169#c1251334526293317375 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Vintage Santa Painted in Gouache

 

Unfortunately the "Let's Make Art," kit that contained the gouache paint, that I ordered to use in several projects was damaged in transit.The kit was originally going to be replace, but the company was out of the refills. I was credited for the payment and points were added to my account. I appreciate the way "Let's Make Art" handled this issue and look forward to work with their kits in the future.

I wanted to paint the "Vintage Santa," so I cleaned up the kit and made do with what I have.

I completed Santa following Sarah Cray's tutorial for "Let's Make Art."

I used five colors of Holbein Gouache which are included in a kit titled "Forever Field." I used a white Gelly Roll 08 pen for the background dots and a black Micron 03 pen for a few details.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

https://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/12/anything-goes-challenge_15.html

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-130.html 

https://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/2020/12/paint-party-friday-week-41-year-10.html?showComment=1607888406169#c1251334526293317375

Monday, December 14, 2020

A Red VW Bug

After painting a couple of holiday vehicles, my son asked if I could paint a side version of the VW Bug with the holiday tree. I picked up the "Watercolor the Easy Way, 30 Minute Projects," by Sara Berrenson and found the Festive Car outline and details. It was so fun to work on and show my son what I could do in a short time. I loved working on the shine using the wet method I learned from tutorial by Sarah Cray for "Lets Make Art!"

I'm so happy I got back into watercolor painting. I have really improved with all the lessons I have taken. Watercolor painting is such a joy!

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-129.html 

https://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/12/anything-goes-challenge_8.html
 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Watercolor Goldfinch


 I mentioned awhile back that my husband Sandy has an interest in birds. Since I was fairly successful painting two, now he wants three more. Without tutorials or traceable outlines it's kind of hard, but I persevered and found an outline on Pinterest for the Goldfinch.

I traced the coloring page with my light box adjusting it for what I needed. I looked at several of my husband's photos. It took all day to paint, but I'm happy to report it came out just fine! 

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on 140 lb. Canson watercolor paper.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

https://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/12/anything-goes-challenge_8.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-129.html

https://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/2020/12/paint-party-friday-week-41-year-10.html?showComment=1607888406169#c1251334526293317375 


Friday, December 11, 2020

Holiday VW Bug

 

Here's a vintage VW Bug all dressed for the holidays. The image was from Sarah Cray's tutorial for "Lets Make Art."

I transferred the image onto my watercolor paper using my light box and painted the card with Winsor Newton Cotman tubes on Arches paper.

I add the gifts to the roof of the car with pencil and the decorated the gifts with Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. I blended the designs with a brush of water. Three small bows using gold Ranger Liquid Pearls Dimensional Paint added to the festive look of my painting.

I'm looking forward to some more holiday painting using Sarah Cray's tutorials.

Challenges:

http://pammiesinkypinkieschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/pip-challenge-2049.html 

http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-12-2020-anything-goes-winners.html

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2020/12/creative-moments-challenge-204-anything.html 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Perfect Holiday Truck

 

Here's everyone's favorite vintage red Pick Up Truck with the Christmas Tree. This is an image from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for "Lets Make Art."

I transferred the image onto my watercolor paper using my light box and painted the card with Winsor Newton Cotman tubes on Arches paper.

I'm looking forward to some more holiday painting using Sarah Cray's tutorials.

Challenges:

http://pammiesinkypinkieschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/pip-challenge-2049.html 

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2020/12/creative-moments-challenge-204-anything.html 

http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-12-2020-anything-goes-winners.html 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/12/morgans-artworld-challenge-12.html 

Friday, December 4, 2020

Bluebird in Watercolor

 




For Christmas, I decided to use my hobby, watercolor painting for gifts. My husband Sandy has always had an interest in birds. For him I painted the Bluebird following Sarah Cray's tutorial from "Let's Make Art."

I was so proud of my painting that I gave it to him early. Well, what he knew of the Bluebird, had no yellow in it. So I took the painting back and checked the colors out on Pinterest. I found the bird came also with a bit of red where I painted the yellow. I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, sponge and took out the yellow. I painted a red in its place. It worked and my husband Sandy was happy.

I used Winsor and Newton, Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Challenges:

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-45.html

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2020/11/creative-moments-challenge-203-anything.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/12/morgans-artworld-challenge-12.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/classic-design-challenge-december-12.html 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

Monday, November 30, 2020

Four Hibiscus


 I wanted to do a hibiscus flower for sometime and when I opened my new Dana Fox, "Watercolor With Me in the Jungle," there it was!

After I traced the flower from the book, I transferred it to watercolor paper using my light box.

I used two tracings of the flower and drew two more by hand and added a variety of leaves.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on 140 lb. Canson paper.

Challenges:

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/challenge-60-anything-goes.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/11/anything-goes-challenge_24.html 

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2020/11/creative-moments-challenge-203-anything.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/classic-design-challenge-december-12.html 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

Monday, November 23, 2020

The Snowmen and Aurora Borealis


 There are some fun paintings at "The Art Sherpa," site. The artist Cinnamon Cooney, gives detailed instruction whether it's in watercolor or acrylics .

I was attracted to her work for the bright colors and varied techniques she uses in her work. She has numerous lessons and provides the traceable line drawings free to copy and coordinate with the videos. Information for the paintings are available for each.

The painting I chose is the watercolor "Snuggle Snowman." Go to:https://theartsherpa.com/videos/808/snuggle-snowman-watercolor-class-and-artbin-giveway.  I enjoyed the patterns and colorful elements of this fun painting.

I used Winsor and Newton Watercolor Tubes on Cold Press 140 lb. Canson paper. For the small patterns on the hats and scarves, I used a white Gelly Roll 08 pen and a Micron 01 pen.

I'll be visiting The Art Sherpa site often.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html 

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-challenge.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-128-challenge.html 

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/challenge-57-christmaswinter-critters.html 

Lighthouse Painting Using Line and Wash

 

I've been looking forward to using a line and wash technique to paint a lighthouse. I found an image perfect for this in the book, "Watercolor With Me in the Ocean," by Dana Fox. This is one of the three books she wrote on watercolor painting.

As usual I traced the iconic image and transferred it to my watercolor paper with the help of my light box.

When doing the line and wash, the process begins with sketching the subject in ink before applying quick, light washes of color to it. I used a Micron ink pen to trace over my pencil lines before I applied the watercolors. I used Winsor and Newton Cotman tubes on 140 lb cold press Canson watercolor paper for this painting.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-128-challenge.html

Friday, November 20, 2020

Christmas Gnomes

 

I found some fun paintings at "The Art Sherpa," site. The artist Cinnamon Cooney is a very interesting woman, who gives detailed instruction whether it's in watercolor or acrylics .

I was attracted to her work for the bright colors and varied techniques she uses in her work. She has numerous lessons and provides the traceable line drawings free to copy and coordinate with the videos. Information for the paintings are available for each.

The painting I chose is the watercolor "Christmas Gnomes." For outlines go to:https://theartsherpa.com/theartsherpacommunity/traceables/959/christmas-gnome  I enjoyed the colorful whimsical elements of this fun painting.

I used Winsor and Newton Watercolor Tubes on Arches paper.

I'm planning more visits to that site.

Challenges:

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-challenge.html 

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/challenge-60-anything-goes.html 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-127_16.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/classic-design-challenge-november-11.html 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Dogwood Rose in Watercolor


 I remember a lovely dogwood tree in the front yard of the house I grew up in. While flipping thru Dana Fox's book "Watercolor With Me in the Forest," I found just the flower from that memory to paint.

I traced the flower and used my light box to transfer it to Arches paper.

The techniques in this lesson include learning to add points to the leaves, by using a detail brush with pointed strokes around the edges.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor tubes to paint this pretty flower.

Challenges:

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-128-challenge.html

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/challenge-60-anything-goes.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/classic-design-challenge-november-11.html

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In Honor of Veteran's Day!

I would like to share with you the two men I know and the experiences they had during WWII. This story was written sometime ago and some of it was printed in a national magazine.Here it is, the whole story!
Two Views of World War II
 by Carla Brooke

For just about as far back as I can remember the camera has always been an important element in any events occurring in my family.  Whether it be my first steps or simply a beautiful panoramic view, my father recorded it for all the world to see and admire.
Before I came along dad had plenty of resources for his camera work, for he was stationed in New Delhi, India, as an Army radioman during World War II.  He was considered quite a shutterbug around his base, always on the look out for that great photograph.  While looking dad acquired a good deal of knowledge of the area and was assigned to drive high-ranking officials throughout the provinces.  Many shots taken on these trips later became award-winning photographs in the years following the war.


I recently discovered that my father was not only a wonderfully talented photographer, but a skilled writer as well.  The evidence of this is in the original copy of a story he wrote while on board a ship returning from World war II and illustrated with his own black and white pictures of the soldiers returning home after 33 days at sea.
Here is the original story by my father, Jack Gutstein.




THE PICTURE THAT GOT AWAY
I and about 700 other G.I.’s, were passing our thirty-third day at sea.  Our ship, The General Bliss, was now steaming serenely through peaceful waters, heading for San Francisco.  The Far East was now but an unpleasant memory.  The dangerous passage through the mine-infested Makassar Straits had become a mere passing incident, as was our stop-over in Guam.  Perhaps, there still lingered some impressions of the havoc wrought by war on Manila and Manila Bay; Corregidor, and Bataan, where the marauding Huks hunted, and were hunted, in those far-off green hills.  Gone were those frustrating hours spent in seeking calmer waters so that an appendectomy might be performed upon one of us.  Fragments of the resentment we felt for the poor chow and the bilge in the water lockers were fast melting in the warmth of the sun.

An air of expectancy, an electrical tension seemed to have charged the atmosphere around us.  The hubbub of voices dwindled slowly into silence.  It was a profound silence, but it spoke volumes as faces turned to look upward toward the crow’s nest.  Feet shuffled, someone coughed, a bell sounded somewhere.  Then the silence closed in again.  Only the gentle lapping of the swells along the sides of the ship punctuated the silence.

Then, land ahead!  The cry crackled and whipped throughout the ship.  It was picked up, relayed and relayed again.  Land ahead!  It traveled from prow to stern and amidship faster than here I can possibly tell about it.
Seven hundred G.I.’s then tore away all restraint.  As if ordered by some prearranged command, we started to climb.  Up and over the forbidden top decks we went.  Over the bridge and into the rigging climbed an eager brown horde.  In minutes every high point of vantage held its’ quota of men.  Again faces turned in unison, this time to peer intently toward the eastern horizon toward land, toward home.

Callously, I brought my camera to bear upon some of the faces around me.  The first face I focused upon disturbed me.  With the second, I found myself lowering the camera gently to my side.  Guiltily I looked about me!  I felt as though I were a trespasser.  As though I were violating the innermost privacy of each of the men I chanced to scrutinize.  On these faces were painted pictures of joy such as I have never before witnessed.  All about me moistened eyes told the story.  Here, campaign-hardened veterans, from the fetid, stinking jungles of Burma, the desert of India and other black holes of the orient, were standing unmasked for all to see.
Gingerly I changed position.  Eagerly, I let my eyes strain forward, my being filled with an explosive mixture of emotions.  Spontaneously, I joined in the wild cheering when we sighted the Golden Gate Bridge.  We were home.

Photography isn’t just limited to my side of the family.  My father-in-law, Anthony Brooke Sr., who caught the camera bug from his father, Arthur Brooke (a photographer in World War I), was born in Los Angeles, but grew to his mid-teens on a farm owned by his grandparents in England.  His parents, British subjects, were separated.  The farm is where young Tony became “fascinated by motion pictures and always wanted to be a cameraman,” he told me.

In 1938 my father-in-law rejoined his mother in New York and in 1943 married Marjorie Sugerman.  By the time my husband Anthony Brooke Jr. was born the following year, Tony was in a foxhole in Normandy.  He had been drafted in 1943, just when film director George Stevens began assembling the Special Coverage Unit of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.  As part of  “the Stevens Unit” or “the Hollywood Irregulars,” Tony became part of the small camera teams who moved from army to army covering the major events of the war.   Tony’s unit was based in London and “assigned like any news team.”  On D-Day he recalled, “the roar of thousands of planes overhead, bound for French targets.”



He started shooting the Canadian units at Gold Beach in Normandy, who met with little resistance, compared with the fierce fighting on Omaha Beach.  From there he was on his way to Paris with Gen. George Patton.  Once there he had incurred Patton’s wrath, when Tony replaced a carbine he carried with a pearl-handled pistol.  Patton, a stickler for rules, spotted the pistol and glared at Tony.

On the way to Germany, Tony shot a documentary on the second battle of Dunkirk, where German troops had breached the sea wall, surrounding themselves with water.  Czech troops fighting in the Allied cause surrounded the Germans and Tony filmed the siege until the Germans surrendered.  For this Tony won the Czechoslovakian Medal of Merit.  He went on to film the horror of the Nazi concentration camps and his final assignment was covering the Potsdam Conference, where President Truman, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin were deciding the shape of the post war world.


My father-in-law Tony Brooke won a Bronze Star for having “moved forward with advanced elements of United States troops in order to obtain more spectacular photographic coverage.”  He also got a commendation from Gen. Eisenhower as a member of the Special Motion Picture Coverage Unit.



Back in the States Tony became a union member which won him work as a skilled cameraman.  He worked for many years shooting television commercials and also helped to shoot several major motion pictures, before retiring to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

My husband Anthony Brooke Jr., who was stationed in Alaska during the Vietnam War, is a retired motion picture cameraman, who also shot many, many commercials and movies, now takes pleasure in digital still photography.  Sandy’s photographs have found their way into many newspapers, magazines and several art shows.  Photography continues to be a major focus in my family.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Jumbo the Elephant

 

I wanted to paint another picture using the elephant in my new Dana Fox book, "Watercolor With Me in the Jungle." I had already done two other elephant paintings. Then I got an idea from the movie hubby and I were watching, "Billy Rose's Jumbo," from 1962. It was a cute romantic musical comedy staring Doris Day. Jumbo was the main attraction in that circus.

So after I traced the elephant from the book, I drew the circus tent freehand, behind him. I also added a head piece and blanket for his back and the elephant in the book became Jumbo!

I transferred the tracing along with the added elements to my watercolor paper using my light box.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on arches paper. The additional details were done using a Gelly Roll white pen and a Micron Pen black pen.

Challenges:

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/11/morgans-artworld-challenge-11.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2020/11/challenge-44.html# 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/classic-design-challenge-november-11.html

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Pandas Love Bamboo

 

When I got the book "Watercolor With Me in the Jungle," by Dana Fox, I knew one day I would have to paint a Panda picture. I also knew, I'd need a stencil for the bamboo. Pandas love bamboo! I ordered The Crafters Workshop plastic 6x6" stencil.

I traced the panda from the book and used my light box to transfer the tracing to my watercolor paper. I cut away some of the excess paper from the original tracing and used it to keep the panda clean of spatter. I taped the stencil down twice and brushed watercolor paint over it.

I painted the panda using one color, Lamp Black, but varied the amount of water to change the color from black to shades of grey. I added details with a black Micron Pen and a white Gelly Roll Pen.

I gave the panda a mountain to sit on with two shades of brown watercolor paint.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman Watercolor tubes on Arches paper for this painting.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2020/11/challenge-44.html# 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/11/morgans-artworld-challenge-11.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Elephant and Three Palm Trees


 I just had to paint a second elephant! This time, I didn't use a  black outline around the image. I shaded the elephant with water using two different watercolors colors and a third color for the details: wrinkles and eye.

The elephant and palm tree are from traceables found in the "Watercolor the Easy Way," by Sara Berreson. I tried to freehand draw the foliage in the front of the elephant.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Arches paper.

Challenges:

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2020/11/challenge-44.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/11/morgans-artworld-challenge-11.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/classic-design-challenge-november-11.html

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/11/november-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A Mermaid Painting

 

I have been wanting to work on this mermaid in the "Watercolor With Me, in the Ocean," by Dana Fox, ever since I got my hands on this book! I traced the line drawing and transferred it to my watercolor paper using a light box. I freehand drew the foliage in front of the mermaid.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Arches paper.

Challenges:

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-challenge.html

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/10/a-bit-more-to-craft-challenge-126.html

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/challenge-56-use-black-andor-purple.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

Thursday, October 15, 2020

An Elephant and Two Trees!


 Wow if someone had said years ago that I would be painting an elephant, I would have said, "yeah right!" But that's just what I did today! I used a couple of lessons and traceables from "Watercolor the Easy Way," by Sara Berreson. The elephant and palm Trees are from the book and I drew the other tree freehand.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Arches paper.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2020/10/challenge-43.html

https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2020/10/challenge-119-anything-goes.html

Monday, October 12, 2020

Haunted House

It's time to take out those creepy themes and celebrate them! Here's my one offering a creepy Haunted House in watercolor. This was a painting designed and taught by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on 140 lb cold press Canson paper. I also used Daniel Smith Artist Masking Fluid keep the circle round and watercolor in its place.

This tutorial was such fun!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-challenge.html 

https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2020/10/challenge-119-anything-goes.html
 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Prickly Love Watercolor Painting

While looking around online,to see what other watercolor lessons, I could find, I came across, "The Art Sherpa," site. The artist Cinnamon Cooney is a very interesting woman, who gives detailed instruction while talking with her live audience.

I was attracted to her work for the bright colors and varied techniques she uses in her work. The numerous lessons include watercolors and acrylic paintings. Traceable line drawing are free to copy and coordinate with the videos. Information for the paintings are available for each.

The painting I chose is the watercolor "Prickly Love,!" I enjoyed the contrast between the detailed flower and the loose and muted colors of the cactus.

I used Winsor and Newton Watercolor Tubes on Arches paper.

I'm planning more visits to that site.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/classic-design-challenge-october.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/10/morgans-artworld-challenge-10.html
 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Treasure Chest Painting

 

I am truly enjoying my journey back into watercolor painting. My latest painting "Treasure Chest," is from the book "Watercolor with Me, in the Ocean," by Dana Fox. This book contains wonderful line drawings which are meant to be traced and transferred to watercolor paper and painted.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor Tubes on Arches watercolor paper.

I'm looking forward to doing another painting from this great book!

Challenges:

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-challenge.html#

https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2020/10/challenge-119-anything-goes.html# 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/classic-design-challenge-october.html

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Oh My it's a Dragon!


 Here's a new watercolor painting. The design for this painting is by Sarah Cray of  Let's Make Art. I traced the outline of this dragon onto my Arches watercolor paper using my lightbox and painted it with Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor paint tubes.

I really had fun blending the colors, especially the green and blues!

Challenges: 

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-challenge.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/classic-design-challenge-october.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/10/morgans-artworld-challenge-10.html

https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2020/10/challenge-119-anything-goes.html 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Llama and Cacti Painting

 I used the following two books to design this llama and cacti watercolor: Watercolor the Easy Way and15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces. I also followed a Michaels tutorial as well as one by Sarah Cray of "Let's Make Art."

I traced the llama outline onto Arches watercolor paper and painted it with winsor and Newton Cotman tube colors. I traced the cacti around the painted llama and painted using my tube colors.

I used a Micron 03 pen to add the stickers on all the cacti.

I never thought I would enjoy painting cactus plants or for that matter a llama, but I did!

I enjoyed this painting so much, I did another!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/09/september-2020-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/10/classic-design-challenge-october.html 

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/09/anything-goes-challenge_29.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/09/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/10/morgans-artworld-challenge-10.html

https://creativecraftcottage.blogspot.com/2020/09/challenge-133-include-animal.html 




Monday, September 28, 2020

Classic 20s MD Cards





 I recently  took delivery of my stamp order from C.C. Designs and I loved working with these vintage 20s images. The three girls are from the 20s Gals and the boys are from the 20s Fellas, each have 3 images and several sentiments.

All the lovely images were colored using Copic Markers and the background were either embossed and painted with watercolors or are from the Graphic 45 paper collection. It was so fun deciding on the elements for each MD.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/09/september-2020-anything-goes-woptional.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/09/anything-goes-challenge_22.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/09/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

Friday, September 18, 2020

Two Wonderful Books and One Painting!


 I recently took delivery of two wonderful watercolor books, "Watercolor the Easy Way," by Sara Berrenson and "15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces," by Anna Koliadych. I could not wait to get started and decided to use both for my next composition. I decided to design a cactus painting.

The book by Sara Berrenson has outlines to trace along with instructions and illustrations. The book by Anna Koliadych has illustrations and instruction. Both books are detailed.

I traced the large cactus in the Berrensen book onto watercolor paper and drew the two small succulents by hand from the illustrations in the Koliadych book. I followed the instructions from both books and added some knowledge I picked up from painting cactus previously.

I'm really very proud of the resulting painting!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/09/september-2020-anything-goes-woptional.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/09/anything-goes-challenge_15.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/09/morgans-artworld-challenge-9.html

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Classic Images from C.C. Designs

My order from C.C. Designs came yesterday. It was a large order, because I enjoy working with vintage era images and there was a really good sale. Here are my first two MD cards made with these delightful images. The first card uses one of the Rockabilly Girls (4 in the set) and the second are the two Rocker Boys.

The background of the first is a Gelli Print simulating a roller coaster. The image is colored using Copic Markers. I added some gems from my stash to illustrate the sentiment from the set. I used glossy Accent and stickles on her bow.

The boys are colored with Copic Markers and I printed the sentiment and the brick wall from my computer.

I'll be playing with more images from my order really soon!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/09/september-2020-anything-goes-woptional.html

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/09/challenge-55-tracis-recipe-challenge.html 

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/09/anything-goes-challenge_15.html

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

It's a Cactus Ouch!


While on Michaels website, I came across this cactus tutorial and decided to give it a try. I've done several cacti from tutorials by Sarah Cray thru the Let's Make Art lessons. I know they were a great help to me, when I decided to try this piece. This watercolor is on 140 lb cold press Canson paper, using Winsor & Newton tube colors.
Challenges: 
https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/09/september-2020-anything-goes-woptional.html 
https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/09/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 
http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2020/09/anything-goes-challenge_15.html 
https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/09/morgans-artworld-challenge-9.html 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Two Country Memorydex Cards


 
I couldn't wait for the mail to arrive yesterday! I got the two rubber stamps, which I had ordered from La La Land Crafts! Aren't they cute, one is Cowboy Boots Luka and the other is Happy Camper Marcie. Each stamped image was colored using Copic Markers and the MD background is printed from my Gelli Plates. The stamps came with the sentiments and I filled in with some interesting stickers. I love how they came out.


Thursday, September 10, 2020

It's a Flamingo!

 

 



This weekend my adorable granddaughter Princess Sunshine will be 3 years old! Several days ago I gave her my unicorn painting and she loved it, so I decided to paint another one of her favorites, the flamingo!

I've been painting from lesson that I have found online at "Let's Make Art." The instructor is Sarah Cray. Not only is she delightful, but she is a very talented artist and terrific instructor. I'm very proud of the many watercolor painting I've completed following her lessons. The improvement is easy to see and I'm enjoying it so very much. The many painting I have done will make for some great gifts.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson cold press 140 lb watercolor paper. 

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/09/september-2020-anything-goes-woptional.html

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/09/challenge-58-for-child.html# 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/08/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/09/classic-design-challenge-september-9.html 

Monday, September 7, 2020

That Unicorn!

Princess Sunshine fishing with Pop


Soon our Princess Sunshine will be 3 years old. Since she loves unicorns (check her dress out), I tried my hand at painting one. Hope she likes it!
This was a watercolor lesson from "Lets Make Art." Sarah Cray the instructor draws outlines for her lesson, which I get online and then I follow her delightful videos. I use Winsor and Newton Cotman tube watercolor paints.
I began my lessons with these videos several months ago and I am so happy with how far I have come. I will show more painting on the blog in the future.

She loved the painting!


Monday, August 31, 2020

Those Boots...



I enjoyed working on this watercolor painting today. It brought back some happy memories spending time with friends at karaoke. No I can't sing, but it doesn't mean I didn't....the song that most people would associate with me, would be "These Boots are Made for Walking." When I had cancer taken off the bottom of my right foot and couldn't walk for awhile, I didn't go to karaoke, but a good friend, Sal was my stand in! It was so cool to get a video of his delightful rendition of "my song." He is no longer with us but the memory lives on! 

 Challenges: 
https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html 
https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/08/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 
https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/09/classic-design-challenge-september-9.html 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Steampunk Valentine MD



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This is my second Steampunk project this month. For today's My Besties card I used IMG 900 Steampunk Valentine to design a memorydex card.

The background of the card is a Gelli print, which I designed a while back.

I colored the digi stamp using Copic Markers and cut it out.

I adhered the colored image and a sticker clock in place and printed the sentiment, that I added to the card.

Challenges:
https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/08/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html
https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-2020-challenge-anything-goes.html
https://cuteasabuttonchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/08/welcome-to-challenge-59.html