All posts filed under: watercolor

Anne of Green Gables illustrations

I introduced my daughter to Anne Shirley this weekend and it inspired a few illustrations. I have to stop myself, or I would illustrate every scene. I adore Anne, but my daughter says “She talks too much. Not exactly a kindred spirit! Still, she’s enjoying […]

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The Texture Alphabet

I have been making a texture alphabet! I finished it up yesterday. Here are all the letters, done in watercolor: This project was inspired by my daughter’s love of big, fancy words.

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More watercolors

Here are a few recent watercolor sketches… These two are the result of one of my painted garbage experiments. Here, I primed some paperboard from food packaging with white latex gesso, then painted with watercolor once it had dried: I like the effect. I love […]

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Waterdoodles

Waterdoodles

  Two quickly painted watercolors where I allowed myself minimal drying time and painted with one oversized brush to get a very loose, painterly feel. The top one is a doodle of my daughter and her puppy-love, and the bottom one is a doodle of […]

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Crow sketch

Crow sketch

A quick morning sketch of a crow in watercolor. Every morning when I walk my daughter to school, I see a whole murder of crows playing. They look like they have so much fun. It’s my dear ambition to befriend one.  

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Narwhals

Narwhals

My daughter and I are really into narwhals right now. We read about them, we sculpted them, we painted them. Here’s my latest little watercolor sketch of baby narwhals: Did you know that female narwhals don’t have the horn? That is so unfair.

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Fraidy Cat Garbage

Fraidy Cat Garbage

Since I am running out of money in my art supply budget all about reusing trash to reduce my carbon footprint, I am experimenting with different materials for illustration. Today I tried Painting on a brown paper bag: I love painting on neutral toned surfaces, […]

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Return of the Thunderworm

Return of the Thunderworm

When my daughter was a toddler, she misheard “thunderstorm” as “thunderworm,” so whenever it thundered, she would whisper “The Thunderworm!” In honor of the approaching tropical storm, here is an illustration of that worm who drinks sunshine and excretes lightning:  

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Space

Space

I’m painting the solar system this week in watercolor.  I love watercolor! And outer space!   Also, my daughter is a new Calvin and Hobbes fan, I re-imagined them as smashbrush characters for her:

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New painting(s)

New painting(s)

I finished two watercolors today. The first is The Bird Stole Nora’s Hair, which is 12″x16″, watercolor mixed media on rag paper. And the second is The Ants Stole Nora’s Baby Teeth, 5″x8″, watercolor on rag paper Both are part of my new series of […]

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Watercolor Texture Experiments, Foam

Watercolor Texture Experiments, Foam

After reading a book by watercolorist Nita Engle, I decided to try an experiment using foam and watercolor to create a foam texture. I agitated a mixture of cheap shampoo and dish soap in the kitchen sink, then took a small piece of Arches 140 […]

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Painting Water

Painting Water

Here are a few small water studies I’ve done in watercolor lately using a variety of papers and techniques. Historically, I have a difficult time painting water, but with my experimental class, I gave myself permission to mess it up and just paint something “water-ish.” […]

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Experimental Watercolor

Experimental Watercolor

I recently joined an experimental watercolor and mixed media class, so you can look for much more watercolor mixed in with my usual cut paper illustrations. I’m starting a painting this week, the first in a new series on impermanence. It will be a mixed […]

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