Hummingbirds in Flight
When painting watercolors I always begin with the lightest shades.
I start with a pallet of light aqua, blue and lavender for the snow, moon, lion and lamb.
After the light blues I will paint the golds of the angels’ wings and Halo.
Each shape is painted separately and allowed to dry.
Darker blues and teals are mixed to create the colors of dusk. Salt is added to the sky for more texture.
Now I can begin to paint the darkest colors.
I use a fine #1 liner brush and white titanium paint for the hair detail.
Red is the last color I add. Painting from light to dark keeps edges crisp.
If you paint the red first and then try and do a light color next to the red it will bleed into the damp paper creating a pink fuzzy edge.
A brocade pattern is patiently painted on the dark blue with my liner brush and white titanium watercolor.
I will use brighter versions of the tones in the fur and sea anemone to make the
Native Otter symbol.
This otter loves his Anemone!;)
Once all the base colors are in place it is time to add the stains and shadows.
The splattered paint on the rocks creates texture.
I cut out a piece of paper in the otter shape and laid that down first in order to not
get the splatters on him.
Finally all the details are complete and we have a new Native Otter.
I thing we will call him Otter Happiness or Spirit Brother…
I hope all of you are enjoying our early summer and that some of the sights will inspire you to take out your paints!
My friends at Alaska Wildlife Center (Link) Sent me many photos of young wildlife in Alaskan flowers as a request.
Paint your lightest flowers first so your painted edges stay crisp and your washes will not run.
When painting red…use yellows and oranges for the hight-lights…and a dark burgundy for the shadows.
Welcome to another ART CLASS.
First let’s talk about Unicorns and some things you may not know…
The Unicorns is the most recognized mythical creature.
Did you know that Unicorns exists in Legends in many cultures.
In the Orient the Unicorn was called Kiren. It was a peaceful creature attributed with bringing good luck.
In the Bible the Re’em was often translated as “Unicorn”.
It was described by the Greek Historian Ctesais as horse like
with intense blue eyes and a long horn in the middle of its forehead.
In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horse-like or goat-like animal
with a long horn and cloven hooves. In the Middle Ages, it was commonly
described as an “extremely wild woodland creature”; A supreme symbol of purity and grace.
Today they have a proud place on the Coat of Arms
of many European Royal Families as well as a firm foothold in the hearts of believers everywhere!
So to bring these creatures to life it is good to start by drawing!
There are allot of great images and descriptions online to give you inspiration.
You need pre-mixed pale colors to complete the Unicorns. Mix the colors ahead of time for consistency.
In my technique I paint separate shapes to create the illusion of the subject. Each area is colored with the same shades of paint which makes them appear to blend.
I was once told by a master…” The eyes are the place where the observer enters the painting”.
There is nothing more important than how you paint the eyes! Notice the shadow under the eye lid.
I use salt to create crystals of interest in the back ground.
Let your watercolor wash dry slightly and then sprinkle salt…Magic, Try it!
Details are added with a fine liner brush…
Note how a simple area is painted with different colors that blend while wet to create flow.
Finally I add fine lines with White Titanium Watercolor with a long liner brush to give the feeling of the mane.
The Finished Painting is just as I hoped…a window into the world of beauty and belief.
May your imagination run free!
Wishing you a magical and meaningful Holiday Season,
Dear Friends and Associates,
The ultimate artistic challenge was thrown down this last year by several of my clients and friends.
“Can Jody Bergsma paint a Big-Foot?
(If you have an idea for a title…please leave it in the comments box below… Winner gets a print!)
This was quite a dilemma for me as like all mysteries there are no models really, just ideas, legends and stories.
Two request were truly unique. One coming from some prestigious members of the BFRO
(Big Foot Research Organization) and our local Native Americans.
I had to think about it and finally after talking to Tina Schwindt of “Bay to Baker” Gift Store , in Fairhaven, whose Native Grandmother had stories to tell …I saw this image.
Everything of value comes from the spark of inspiration and I had been waiting for one to happen.
Did you know that the Northwest has more Big Foot sightings than anywhere else in the world?
“The Tall Men of the Forest” have a long lineage of stories in all of the local Native tribes.
I have been told some myself, and they are chilling.
Art…Starts with the idea and sketch.
I begin with small quick sketches that then develop to a final.
It is then transferred to watercolor paper.
(The eraser is my friend…but only on the sketch…erasers ruin watercolor paper.)
The under-washes set of the feeling of fur and color balance.
The blue-greens of the forest are used in the shadows of the subjects.
I use fine #1 liner brushes for the details.
Each area is painted separately to create definition.
There is allot of detail in a piece like this…Patience is required!
The layering of color brings animals to life.
The Raven cries out…”“Listen to the howl of the wolves, the sigh of the stars, the whisper of the wind…
and the song in your heart.”~Jenetah Walker Taylor
May I present…Big Foot…A Northwest Legend.
And dreams come true!
What is our fascination with wolves?
Is it perhaps some primal memory of the first domesticated animal to help with our survival in the wild?
There are many legends of the cooperation and friendship between wolves and humans…
but in western literature there is also the wolf portrayed as villain and deceiver.
More recently, as the wolf was hunted nearly to extinction,
they have become a symbol of our sustainable ecology and our need to help preserve balance.
There has never been a preservation cry as loud as the one that rose to stop the eradication of this noble creature. And now with the reintroduction of them to Yellowstone National Park, there is documented proof about the role they play in saving our rivers and the wildlife that depends on them.
“How Wolves Change Rivers”…A short 4 minute documentary! Click HERE.
Secrets of Painting Wolves…
My goal is to share some simple steps to insure your success when you try and paint a wolf.
Step 1: Mixing the right colors.
Gray comes in many shades and you need several of them to make the fur.
Mix dark and light, warm gray, blue gray and some beige to get started.
Create paintable sections in your drawing to help define the high and low lights in the coat.
Use both shades of gray in each wash for variety, place in the colors only after you cover the area to be painted with clear water.
This keeps the white of the paper showing through as highlights.
Note how the warm and cool grays are dancing together to create the illusion of fur?
Once the pale colors of the fur are created you can paint the darker back ground.
This is just the basic layers of the fur…To complete your wolves it takes many transparent layers of watercolor in grays and browns, and finally a fine brush for fur tips and whiskers to complete the illusion…but it is all started with the under-wash. the spiky quality of the fur is born in the bottom layer. This makes the final product possible!
For more information please refer to my “How to Paint a Wolf” video on You Tube.
Is there anything more important than keeping our own dreams alive?
…our dreams of freedom, authenticity and integrity?
To do so…
“Listen to the howl of the wolves, the sigh of the stars, the whisper of the wind…
and the song in your heart.”~Jenetah Walker Taylor
Wishing you a strong spirit and a never ending well of inspiration,
Dear Friends and Painters,
Fall is upon us…These rainy days are the time to take out your paints
and ignite your inner summer!
In this lesson we will talk about Hummingbirds.
of mine or create your own from the many good photo’s online!
Next… spend some time preparing your palette and mix allot of beautiful colors.
This shade of Quinacridone Magenta (or Violet) is an important ingredient
to create vivid bright color.
Purples, violets and several shades of green are needed to create the bright throats
and the purple flowers that Hummingbirds love.
After the palette…the background needs to be prepared.
Tip: WET on WET WASHES work best if the background is really wet before you begin.
That is why I use a squirt bottle to soak the paper. I spread the abundant water …
carefully around the subject in the fore-ground with a flat brush.
Then add your premixed paint as you wish.
This technique let’s the paint run and blend freely and helps you create fresh fun washes.
Painting the wings and other details requires coloring each section separately till dry.
The intense shade of Quinacridone Magenta is the secret to creating
brilliant transparent purple washes.
Playing with bright color is great therapy on gray days.
Color effects our moods and our energy for the better.
For more art inspiration visit my short video on painting hummingbirds and wet washes!
Cut and paste for You Tube….
Wishing you and Eternal Summer!
‘In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me,
an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. “~Albert Camus