February 18th will mark the one-year anniversary of my blog. Since I began this blog to share my efforts on learning how to paint with watercolors, my daughter, Greta, thought it would be a good idea to repaint our first painting and share the results here. We’ve developed a lot of new skills in the past year–and I’ll share some lessons learned in an upcoming post–but we still have a lot to learn. Our plan is to repaint this little lion–which we intentionally kept simple since it was our first effort–each year on our anniversary to show our progression.
My blog has grown into much more than an art blog over the past year. I’ve also branched out and included posts about the things I love most–art, cooking, interior design, gardening, and spending time with my family and animal friends. Life is good, and I’m pleased to share the goodness with you. I’d like to thank my loyal followers and readers for all their encouragement and lovely comments over the past year and I hope to continue to share all the goodness life has to offer.
This was such a simple drawing, yet I found these morning glories quite challenging to paint. Challenging = difficult, which usually means it was a learning experience, and that’s a good thing. This painting was based on a drawing lesson from Janet Whittle’s book, “How to Draw Exotic Flowers in Simple Steps.”
I spent the evening painting with my daughter, listening to Christmas and classical music, and sipping peach iced tea. I love spending time with my daughter. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening.
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.
My mother, daughter, and I enjoyed a three-generation watercolor fest this Mother’s Day weekend. We sat at the kitchen table and painted the day away. We had a great time. I hope my daughter will look back on the time we spent painting together with fond memories. This is my mom’s first watercolor painting. I think it’s totally awesome. Wait until you see her second painting–yep I convinced her to paint another one. The improvement between the two paintings is amazing. Watercolors on hot pressed Acquarello Artistico paper by Fabriano.
Watercolors on cold pressed Canson Aquarelle/Acuarela paper–a painting lesson from the oil painting course, “Painting Garden Birds” with Sherry C. Nelson.
Watercolors on Acquarello Artistico 100% cotton paper by Fabriano. This is my variation of a painting by Wendy Tait.
My daughter, Greta, joined in on the painting session and produced this lovely version of the same painting using watercolors and Pigma micron pens:
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