December 30, 2017

Fox Ballet Dancer - Watercolor Illustration

Whimsical Cat

Today I painted the red fox with Winsor and Newton Cotman cadmium red deep hue. With the black tea as an under-painting, the vibrancy of the cad red was subdued. It matched the Finetec mica watercolor "red" perfectly!
 


December 29, 2017

December 28, 2017

Deer Ballet Dancer - Whimsical Watercolor

Whimsical Deer

Today I worked on the deer for the Cute Critter Ballet Dancer series. I used the color Viridian from my Holbein watercolor set on Blick's 100% cotton. 
  


December 27, 2017

Cute Critter Ballet Dancers - Whimsical Watercolor Series


A Whimsical Watercolor Series of 7

Happy Greetings!

The holidays aren't quite behind us, but I started sketching the new series before Christmas and started feeling the nudge to get into my watercolors! I intend to frame and hang this series on my studio wall. This series will be monochromatic concerning the color scheme. I want the series to have a vintage feel, so I'm experimenting with tea-staining the watercolor cotton before I lay the pigment.     


December 16, 2017

Christmas Break for Bunny & Bird - Watercolor Illustration


Christmas Break


The kiddos will soon have their Christmas break from school, if they're not already on break. When I thought of school getting out for them, this vision popped into my head. These two characters are also enjoying their break as the holiday approaches!

December 12, 2017

Ridiculously Fancy Rooster

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 12: Ridiculously Fancy Rooster

The final day of the Birdmas Art Challenge has come. My last entry is this stud-of-a-bird and he's full of creative zentangle-esque lines. I wanted to explore a more vivid color palette than I have been working recently. I tend to lean towards pale/pastel/soft color. This bird bursts with intense hues.  #birdmas


December 11, 2017

Chickadee's Christmas Dinner - Whimsical Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 11: Chickadee's Christmas Dinner Whimsical Illustration
Ever wonder what a Chickadee's favorite Christmas meal is? Green spiders! I use pigment "PG50" any time I can. This time it was for the spider. It may not come across as magical in digital form, but in person, it's just a dream to look at. 

Also, I used "Wink of Stella, Zig Brush Pen" for the spider web. It's a silver color with sparkles. Again, I don't know if it the digital scan does it justice. It's a fun tool! 

One more illustration of the 'Birdmas art challenge' to come! 

  
#birdmas



December 10, 2017

Cardinal Male Bird - Watercolor Illustration


Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 10: Cardinal Male Bird - Watercolor Illustration
Here's my rendition of the male Cardinal bird#birdmas


December 9, 2017

Cardinal Female Bird - Watercolor Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 9: Cardinal Female Bird - Watercolor Illustration
Here's my rendition of a female Cardinal bird. #birdmas



December 8, 2017

American Goldfinch Male - Watercolor Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 8: American Goldfinch Male - Watercolor Illustration
Here's my rendition of a male American Goldfinch. It's my favorite back yard bird. They love to pull Niger seeds through mesh feed socks. Several Niger flowers and seeds surround the bird. #birdmas


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December 7, 2017

December 6, 2017

Grimm's Golden Goose Egg - Whimsical Watercolor Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 6: Grimm's Golden Goose Egg  

This whimsical storybook painting is an inspiration from both Beatrix Potter and the Grimm's fairy-tale. I finally remembered to use my new Finetec metallic watercolors, so I painted the golden egg gold of course!  I outlined the stars on the chicken-coop wall with gold also. #Birdmas 

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December 5, 2017

Whimsical Blue Jay - Watercolor Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 5: Whimsical Blue Jay on Branch  

I took inspiration from Blue Jays and added my own whimsical take.  #Birdmas 

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December 4, 2017

Great Grey Owl in the Moon Light - Watercolor Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 4: Great Grey Owl on Birch Tree  

We recently had one of these giant owls in our back yard. It was really quite an experience to lay eyes on this magnificent beast! The owl stayed perched, even when we shone a flash-light on it.They are two feet tall and have a wingspan of 5 feet. Simply gorgeous! #Birdmas 

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December 3, 2017

Burrowing Owl Watercolor Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 3: Burrowing Owl 

I haven't done much research on Burrowing Owls, but I think they live far south of Minnesota, USA. When I ran a google search on "owls", I was happy to see they are full of silliness and character. I had to paint one.  #Birdmas 


December 2, 2017

Christmas Mouse Rides a Barn Owl - Watercolor & Ink Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 2017


Entry 2: Barn Owl and Mouse Illustration

This grey Christmas mouse rides a barn owl taxi! I imagine he's on his way to Santa's workshop about this time of year. (I'm loving the Waterford hot press cotton paper! - Thanks England!) #Birdmas 

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December 1, 2017

Redwing Black Bird Illustration

Birdmas Art Challenge 

Day 1: Redwing Black Bird

Happy December!  For this illustration I used pigment markers and colored pencils.
#Birdmas
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