Family Watercolor Fest–Works in Progress

Since she liked the Poppies my daughter painted a few weeks ago, I chose this scaled-down version of the same painting from Fiona Peart’s “Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor” tutorial for my sister. She really rocked it.

My niece, Karen, chose a Tulip tutorial from Michael Lakin’s book, “Botanical Flowers in Watercolor.” My mother chose to paint an Agapanthus from the same book.

My daughter painted these Daffodils using a tutorial from the book, “Watercolor Flowers” by Wendy Tait as a guide. The addition of blue on the white petals really made this painting come alive.

And I’m working on this lesson featuring Tulips, Posies, and Hellebores from the book, “Tulips in Watercolor” by Fiona Peart. I’ll be posting photos of the completed paintings next.

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Memorial Day Family Watercolor Fest

What a busy Memorial Day. I spent the weekend dealing with a broken air conditioner, painting two bedrooms and bathrooms with the help of my brother Steve, shopping for new kitchen appliances, working in my garden, and hosting an impromptu family watercolor fest. What a fun-filled weekend. Here are some pictures of the artists (my mom, sister, niece, and daughter) at work.

Just getting started. Listening to classical music and studying their instruction books.

More painting underway–and surprisingly little chatting.

Grandma’s watercolor set. It used to be mine, but she commandeered it. She’s a very tidy painter; look at that clean palette.

Grandma not participating. I warned her that I’d post this if she pooped out on us.

Everyone got into the act. My faithful German Shepherd, Mary, lying beside me.

My boy, Piggy was there, too.

So was my Yorkie, Steve. Yes, he’s named after my brother.

And Dexter, our Pomeranian/Dachshund mix was there, too.

Fledgling Bluebird

Hot off the press–a fledgling bluebird painted by my daughter. This was another lesson she adapted for watercolors from the book, “Painting Garden Birds” with Sherry C. Nelson. I love the texture she used to suggest feathers, and I particularly like the fluffy cheek and breast feathers. The budding rose is quite lovely, too. Watercolors and acrylic ink on cold pressed Acquarello Artistico paper by Fabriano.

Armed and Dangerous

The target: two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The weapon of choice: Benjamin Moore paint with primer.

The palette: #2147-50 Pale Sea Mist, #2143-50 Old Prairie, #2123-50 Ocean Air, #2150-50 Hampton Green.

My accomplice: My brother, Steve–the best darn brother and house-painting expert in town. There will be a lot of painting going on this weekend, a lot of talking, and plenty of snacking taking place. It’s how we roll–pun intended. I’ll be posting pictures of our progress and the finished rooms. I hope you do something equally fun and productive this weekend.

Mother’s Day Watercolor Fest–Calla Lily Version 2

For her second painting, my daughter chose to create another version of the same calla lily she painted last week. Her plan is to create a series featuring the same painting–using different colors, techniques, and mediums. It’s a great way to experiment with color, mediums, and painting techniques. I think it’s a fabulous idea. But then I think everything she does is awesome 🙂 Watercolors and acrylic ink on hot pressed Acquarello Artistico paper by Fabriano.

Mother’s Day Watercolor Fest–My Mom’s Second Painting

Here is another painting my mom completed during our Mother’s Day watercolor fest. The improvement between her first and second painting is remarkable. She really rocked this painting. She’s a regular grandma Moses. This painting tutorial was featured in Michael Lakin’s book, “Botanical Flowers in Watercolor.” Watercolors on hot pressed Acquarello Artistico paper by Fabriano.