Yesterday, I watched our local college basketball team from Spokane, Washington; Gonzaga win their first game at the NCAA championships in Phoenix, Arizona.
Gonzaga beat South Carolina in a close game, 77 to 73. This is the first time that Gonzaga Bulldogs have made it into the Final 4 tournament so it was great fun cheering them on!
On Monday, they play against North Carolina for the championship! Go Zags!!
I haven’t painted a subject in watercolor in awhile so I decided to participate in the World Watercolor Group challenge and paint a butterfly – no fooling! 😉
I’m not totally happy with my results. I added a little Irridescent Fine acrylics to add shine to the gossamer wings…
Next, I tried to fix it a bit with color pencils and I’m not sure I like it much better!
Some days you win and some you lose…
Are you a basketball fan? Who is your favorite team?
Posted in Sports, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolorgroup, basketball, butterfly, drawing, Gongaga Bulldogs, gossamer-winged butterfly, mixed media art, painting, Sports, Spring, watercolor
I have been noticing several yellow butterflies in my yard lately. So when one landed in my oak tree the other day, I decided to take a photo of it so I could identify it:
I couldn’t get real close to it before it flew away. Yet, I was able to identify it as a Western Tiger Swallowtail.
It is considered an active butterfly, rarely seen at rest. I was thrilled that I was able to see this one land!
I needed to look at a better photo in order to draw it in my sketchbook. I was so excited to see that Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd recently posted several AMAZING photos of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies on her blog! Be sure to check them out here: https://backyardbirdnerd.com/2016/06/21/ten-tiger-pictures/
Kathy generously gives me permission to use her photos in my artwork – Thank you Kathy! 🙂 I used her first photo to paint this butterfly in my art journal using gouache and color pencils:
I added a little collage to the bottom of the page with matte medium and watercolor on top.
Whenever I see a butterfly, I am reminded of the song, “I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack:
I hope you will dance like a butterfly this weekend!
Posted in Art Journal, Nature Journal, Uncategorized
Tagged #naturedoodlewash, Art, art journal, butterfly, color pencils, dance, drawing, gouache, mixed media collage, nature, tiger swallowtail, watercolor
Remember The Beatles song, “Strawberry Fields Forever” from the 60’s? Well, this is my Poppy Fields Forever painting:
I have been taking an online acrylic class from Fred Lisaius – you can find out more about it, here.
This was the first time I have taken an acrylic painting class where I painted a picture.
Our assignment was to paint a floral on 2 panels that connect together – called a Diptych. I started with a quick sketch:
Next, I painted the background on 2 gessoed wood panels:
Then I masked out the background with beige masking tape and drew my floral design with a pencil. Using a sharp Exacto knife, I cut out my flower and leaf shapes:
I painted over my panels with acrylic paints and when dry, removed the tape:
I wasn’t really liking my bright green background so I decided to darken it a bit with other colors. I also added a little more paint to my flowers and my butterfly:
I finished by outlining my shapes and butterfly with a black marker to give it definition. I also added a little gold gel pen to the center of the poppy flowers and butterfly.
I’m not sure I like it but I enjoyed the class and learning some new techniques.
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Flowers, Painting
Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, art classes, black micron pen, butterfly, creative, experiment, flowers, fun, masking, play, Poppies