I am so very over winter and eagerly waiting for Spring. I painted this little guy yesterday before the Super Bowl, hoping to give Mother Nature a nudge.
He was supposed to be fluffier, but fluffy is kind of hard to pull off with watercolor. Still he is a cute little guy. And maybe, just maybe he will bring Spring sooner.
Or at least a smile.
I watched a great tutorial today from Jane Davenport’s free mixed media workshop where she was draw/painting a lovely Mermaid.
I didn’t have time to do the tutorial, which bummed me out, but sometimes you have to do the adult things.
Then while hubby was making dinner I realized I had a bit of time so I thought I would just do a bit of Mermaid doodling.
LOL, one thing led to another… a bit of watercolor here, markers there and I ended up with a lovely little Mermaid of my own. 🙂
I have more than a few different sets of watercolors. At current count, I have set of Sennelier, White Knights, Jane Davenport neutral palette and her Mermaid Markers (watercolor markers) and a few Windsor and Newton Colman half pans (not a full set just about a half dozen colors).
Generally I use one set at a time when I am doing a project… until yesterday. I sat down to do Lindsay Weirich’s owl tutorial. Before I started I read the list of colors she was using and realized, not one of my sets had all the colors. Hmm okay not a problem. So I pulled out several from my Sennelier set, a couple from my White Knights and one of the WN Cotmans.
Problem solved, owl painted. It turned out pretty good. Then this morning I was looking at it again (paintings always look better the next morning after the magic painting fairy stops by and waves her magic paintbrush over it) and wondered how it would look if I used my Jane Davenport’s supplies.
Hmm… It took a little tweaking, because my JD sets didn’t exactly have the rights colors, but they are highly pigmented and nice and bright. Which I decided would go well with the style of this tutorial.
And that is how I ended up with two owl paintings and managed to use everyone of my sets of paint. 🙂 I will be giving these to my mom who loves owls…
Hey mom, I have some new owls for you! 🙂
First one I painted, only 5 colors used.
Second one painted with Jane’s paints.
Obviously posting regularly is not my strong suit, but I do occasionally remember to post things…. Sometimes 🙂 okay maybe not, I am generally playing with my paints and whatnot and then wander off to read a book.
Most of this was done with my new Mermaid markers (they are filled with water reactive ink, they behave some what like watercolors and are tons of fun.)
I also used some of Jane Davenport’s face stamps and some watercolor and maybe a few other things I can’t recall at the moment.
Anyhow, this is what I spent the last few days doing.
My poor butterfly journal cover got painted twice today. In fact there is so much paint and gesso on it that it is probably indestructible at this point. Which is quite possibly a good thing all said and done. 🙂
So this morning, I was all excited to try the whole mixed media thing. It started out looking good… went to the “hot mess” stage… I kept repeating trust the mess… trust the mess… Took it way too far.
Nope… Ain’t happening, time to start over. Gesso-ed over the whole thing to give it another go and left it to dry.
Now I had always intended to do 2 butterfly journals, one for icky adult things like to dos, budget, appointments etc and one for my inner artist who has no appreciation for adult things that eat into her artsy time. So I figured no problem, this one is obviously my bill journal.
Deciding that must have knocked something loose in my mind or took the imagined pressure off, because I sat down with my Mermaid markers and just went with it. I trusted the mess this time and was just having fun.
Funny part… about half way through my inner artist perked up and took notice of what was going on and decided she might want this version after all. Lol 🙂
Guess I will make final decisions after I finish the other one.