Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Rabbit in Watercolor


This rabbit is getting ready for a sweet season! It's from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. I used Jane Davenport watercolors and enhanced the painting with Dr. Ph. Martin Bleed Proof White. The painting is on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.


Sunday, March 27, 2022

Expressive Watercolor Portrait


This young lady is an Expressive Watercolor Portrait from a tutorial by Tamara Laporte. It was in a special event on line, "The Sketchbook Revival."

I began this portrait using Jane Davenport's "Matchmaker Set, Matte Finish acrylic Paint." I followed that up using Jane's watercolor sets, Posca and Microne Pens and some Prismacolor pencils. I painted on Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.

I love the way this portrait looks, I'm so happy that I took a lot of liberties with the supplies and my drawing. I've been learning a lot from Tamara Laporte!


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Poppy Field Watercolor


There were several steps to painting this Poppy Field from a Paul Clark tutorial. I enjoyed the bright red color. It's another piece to add to my poppy collection.

I drew this painting on Canson cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper and painted this bright flowers piece using Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors.


Sunday, March 20, 2022

Rapunzel in Mixed Media


My mixed media work seems to be evolving. Rapunzel is a bonus on Tamara Leporte's website, mentioned in her book "Ever After."

Of course I used the usual stash of Jane Davenport watercolors as well as Winsor Newton Cotman tubes, but I ordered and tried something different for Rapunzel's skin tone. Rapunzel's skin tone was done with Jane Davenport's Matchmaker Set of matte finish acrylic paint. It was easy to blend the small amount needed for the painting. I added a tiny dab of pink watercolor for her cheek over the top and it was just right!

I used the Posca Pens, Microns and Tombow Markers making use of lots of my stash of supplies!

I'm really happy with this latest painting, it looks so magical!


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Belle in Mixed Media


After working on Tamara Laporte's book "Ever After." I noticed she had an offer to download several other free tutorials from her site online. This painting of "Belle" is one of those.

I usually have a hard time with skin tone. This is my second try painting "Belle". I really like light tones, but they do not photograph well. So I would enhance the work and go darker, I truly hated the dark outcome. Then I destroyed the painting by trying to fix it. I tossed it and decided to try again.

This time I tried to follow Tamara's technique more closely. I layered the skin tones and  took a light pink from a flower, I had already painted with Tombow Markers, for the cheeks. It was just enough to blend with my skin tone. The enhanced tones of the layers helped it to blend in. It's harder to cover the area with watercolor and Carandache water-soluble crayon, but it is a more natural look.

Of course I used my stash of supplies to paint this lady on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I really enjoyed working and learning as I painted this little lady!


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Steps in Line (Pencil) and Wash

 This piece is from a tutorial by Paul Clark, who provided the outline drawing. Unlike regular line and wash paintings done in ink and watercolor, this one is pencil and watercolor. I used graphite paper to place the outline onto an Arches 8x10 140 lb. cold press watercolor block. Instead of going over my lines with ink or black marker, I used a number 2 pencil!

I painted this piece with Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors and added some brightness with Holbein artist white gouache.


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Goldie and the Three Compssionate Bears Mixed Media

 I love working on the fairy tale images in mixed media using the tutorials by Tamara Laporte. This is the second Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but this was a tutorial I bought from this artist's website ( It was so worth it and besides there was a special going on at the time!

I used a wide variety of mediums from watercolors and water-soluble crayons to markers and pens. This lovely girl and her friends were painted on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I'll be looking for my tutorials by Tamara Laporte, they are such great fun to work on! 


Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Cats Meow

Before our granddaughter was born I made her several dresses. Being the fashionesta that she is, they just weren't her style. To get her to even try them on has been an ordeal. I wanted her to at least let me have a picture of her in the pink dress. Of course it wasn't the right pink for this four year old, but she said if I promised to make something with kitties, she would and did pose, if grudgingly!



So with that I made a trip to Hobby Lobby, found kitty fabric and a pattern for 4 cute skirts (New Look #6258) . Later, online I found a scrunchie and a headband to make from the fabric scraps, to match the skirt.





Sunday, March 6, 2022

Abstract Watercolors

I really enjoyed working on these two Abstract Watercolors. It was great watching the lovely and bright Jane Davenport watercolors blend moving on the wet Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper! The black details were done with a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen and I enhanced the beauty of these works with a small sea sponge.

These pieces were from a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney.



Friday, March 4, 2022

Sunflower Watercolor


Today, I painted the Sunflower from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. It's the Ukraine flower for hope as it lifts its head up to catch the sun.
I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper.
 I'm joining with the world wishing this unnecessary war would stop!