Summer Life, Summer Friends…
Summer is filled with nature’s inspiration.
I hope you have spent some time in your garden,
favorite beach or forest hike…
to take in some of the sights and surprises she has to offer!
Garden flowers, birds, and scenes are a perfect place to find
subjects for your painting.
First you need to create a drawing.
You can work from your own photography or
go online to get the details you want for your work.
You are welcome to print out and transfer this sketch
to watercolor paper and follow along in todays class.
First I mix up some of the colors that I need.
For this forest scene I began by mixing the background greens.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with a variety of color.
In this background I use blues and browns to add interest
to the greens.
A new group of colors are then mixed for the animals.
I need a variety of browns and blacks.
I use blues and lavender for interest in the shadows.
Notice the many shapes that are in the fawns face.
Painting in sections allows you to control your colors and washes.
Th bear has a brown face and darker body.
Finally the tree needs some bark.
I prefer to use a wet on wet wash and make the illusion of bark
with my fine liner brush.
After the painting has its first layer of color I begin to build up
details with thin layers of more color to create shadows.
Details for the fur are added with white watercolor.
I use a 0 point liner brush.
Some of the fine lines are white mixed with the color of the animal.
Can you see the beige and gray in the fine lines?
All of the steps will eventually take you to the end of your project.
Patience is the greatest gift I have received from painting.
Remember…If you are having fun in the process you have
already reached your goal…which is enjoyment.
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Wishing you and Endless Summer of Happiness!