Stop, don’t ruin it! There is always the next painting.

Last week I was finishing up a painting and kept noticing what I’ll call weaknesses – areas I wanted to better capture. In an effort to improve the painting I kept tweaking it. In the end I overworked it and should have left it the way it was. I’m learning that as you paint, especiallyContinue reading “Stop, don’t ruin it! There is always the next painting.”

Surfer Dad and Son

I really got into my InkTober sketch today. First I drew in pencil the father and son – from a photo I took last month. Then I went over the pencil in ink and erased the pencil. I added watercolor in the background. Then I added the foam in the water using white gouache. IContinue reading “Surfer Dad and Son”

Christmas Ornament

Day 4 in my creative countdown to Christmas. Last month when I was painting in watercolor everyday, following the World Watercolor Group’s November prompts, I focused on adding shadows. I tried to not always use black. Instead I mixed the compliment of the color with the color of the object. As the month went along the “darks” wereContinue reading “Christmas Ornament”

30 Days of Food In Watercolor

Pomegranates – Day 30. Thank you to Charlie of World Watercolor Group for the food November prompts. I didn’t think about it when I started, but painting food everyday is out of my comfort zone. I would never have painted a turkey or a plate of mushrooms or leeks! But I was often happy with my results.Continue reading “30 Days of Food In Watercolor”

Creative prompts Advent Calendar

I’ve been on a roll the last 2 months creating everyday. In October I participated in InkTober, drawing in ink in my sketchbook. By the end of October I was adding watercolor to my sketches. This month I followed the World Watercolor Group’s November prompts which were all food. I was so happy to beContinue reading “Creative prompts Advent Calendar”

Happy Thanksgiving!

I don’t think I’ve ever painting so much food, as this month. Following along with the World Watercolor Group’s prompts, I’ve painting a 3 course meal, plus dessert! Except for fruit and some sweets, food is not something I normally draw and paint. It wouldn’t occur to me to paint a turkey! I’m only paintingContinue reading “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Success and failure

You win some you lose some. I guess that’s just how it goes. When you are painting everyday, you’ll love some of the results and some not so much. And when you are painting and posting everyday, you end up sharing both the successes and the failures. If I was the Ref I’d call myContinue reading “Success and failure”

To add ink or not to add ink? That is the question.

I have to admit, I sometimes don’t know the right answer to this question. Most often my style is to work in watercolor and add details in ink. But sometimes I hesitate to add the ink details. When I think about, the occasions where I question adding ink, are when I’ve added a lot ofContinue reading “To add ink or not to add ink? That is the question.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Today’s painting prompt: chocolate bars. Instead of painting a chocolate bar, I painted the scene in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” when Charlie gets the chocolate bar with the golden ticket. When I was a kid I thought the chocolate bars in that movie looked delicious!