3 Cheers!

There are several reasons to celebrate today!  So I created a painting in anticipation of the weekend.

Here is my beginning or what I’m calling the “appetizer stage” of my painting:

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I started with a simple sketch using a black micron pen and added watercolor pencils.

For the “main course,” I softened the watercolor pencils with water:

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And for “dessert,” I added some pan pastels to the background with a stencil:

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I found an all natural and odor free fixative at Dick Blick called Spectra Fix that worked well to set the pan pastels.  I’d highly recommend it!

Here are some of the reasons I am celebrating today:

It’s FRIDAY!  Wahoo!!!  And the beginning of a 3-day weekend

World Watercolor Month starts today!  3 Cheers to Charlie at Doodlewash.com for organizing this event!!

The weather is cooling down!  It has been in the 90’s and it will be in the 70’s at the lake!

More time to paint in watercolor – like these Friday Flowers

We will be celebrating our freedom with friends, good food and fireworks !!

How will you be celebrating today?!  I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy your day!  🙂

35 responses to “3 Cheers!

  1. Thanks for the process behind this, it is amazing. Will try some watercolour for this occasion!

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  2. Love how your mind works and the step by step process you shared. A lovely painting and a delightful way to start the month. I still have some time before we slide in to July here in the Pacific…more time to ponder and perhaps enjoy a bit of wine. Cheers to you, have a great weekend!

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  3. Happy weekend, Jill! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. Enjoy! (looks like you’ve already started…) (K)

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  5. Woo hoo. Love the celebration Jill! We are off to celebrate this weekend too. Cheers!!

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  6. Lovely drawn appetizers! Hope you did not drink too much 🙂

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  7. OOh, that stencil really sets it off! And thanks for the fixative suggestion too! Beautiful start, Jill, and have fun this weekend! 😀

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  8. Love the stencil! We’re about to go to a festival right now, and we’re relly looking forward. And some good news at work are another reason to celebrate today 🙂

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  9. What a fun process and celebration Jill. I love all of your mix of mediums and imagination. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

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  10. That background really completes the painting beautifully! Clinking glasses with you! ❤

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  11. Wow the background really gives it wings Jill, such fun. Enjoy the long weekend.

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  12. I loved seeing the painting progress! Thanks for sharing this!

    Cheers! Here’s to a great holiday week-end!

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  13. Glenmar Fullmer

    Hi Jill. Wish I could be at the lake with you. Have fun❤️❤️❤️

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  14. This is so awesome Jill!! Love it!! (One day we’ll actually toast in person!! Hehe) Cheers my friend! 💕😃

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  15. Sounds good, Charlie! 💖🍷 Hope you are getting a chance to relax this weekend! 😄 Cheers!

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