art, painting

Anna Mason Art

fullsizeoutput_f00I joined an online school a couple of month ago in order to learn how to better paint botanical subjects. One thing I’ve discovered I love painting and drawing and colouring is birds. I’ve always loved birds and since I also love bright colours, they are the perfect subject. Anna Mason is brilliant at painting, with watercolour yet, botanical subjects. I’ve learned so much through doing the tutorials that my paintings, not only with birds, but even my landscapes, have become so much better.

This month Anna Mason chose my painting of a little field mouse as the painting of the month at the school. What an honour. I’ve been working so hard this last year to learn how to draw and paint. It’s thrilling to have this kind of validation.

img_0703I’m working on another painting at the moment of a little robin. It is so much fun to work on not only making it look realistic, but to get the character of the bird to show through the painting. I think it’s working out pretty well with this one as he looks pretty cheeky to me.

If you’d like to learn how to paint realistic botanicals yourself, then check out Anna Mason’s school. The cost in minimal but the skills learned are priceless. If you’d like to see more of my art, check out my Instagram Feed.

 

art, creativity, painting, writing

New Art

I’ve been hard at work on my new novel so I haven’t had as much time for art. I try to fit it in around the writing as much as I can as it helps keep me balanced. I’ve done a few new pieces.

The individual pepper was done in watercolour and the three peppers in coloured pencil. It was fun to explore a similar subject in two different mediums. I can’t say which one was more enjoyable or easier, both were challenging in different ways and both took some time to complete in order to capture the realism of the peppers. I look forward to working on more projects in this vein, especially in coloured pencil.

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The project I’m working on at the moment is a lot of fun. It’s also a watercolour and it’s of a little field mouse. I’m doing a tutorial by Anna Mason. I love her tutorials and really enjoy the subjects she picks. I’m working on learning this style well, which includes the single pepper above, as I have a lot of images I’d like to paint on my own.

The little mouse was a challenge as all the character of the piece is in the eye, a very small portion of the painting. This is my second attempt and I feel like I’ve captured the character of the mouse in this attempt. Now I just need to paint the grasses and do a few finishing touches on the mouse to complete it.

I’ve been enjoying writing my new book. It’s challenging as I’m moving in a new direction with this story. It’s very different from what I’ve written before. I feel that I’ve found my voice with this one. I’ve been doing NanoWriMo this year in order to get a big jump into the novel. I’m over 35,000 words for the month so I’d say it’s going well. Just one week to go!

art, creativity, painting

New Paintings

img_0640I’ve been having a blast in my studio lately. I’ve been working on a fan-art piece for my granddaughter’s bedroom. She loves Winnie the Pooh. I loved him as a little girl and her mommy loved him, and now she does. So, it’s kind of a family thing. Of course, I had to draw one for her. I’ve done a few Pooh drawings (among other 100 Acre Wood characters), but this is the first time I’ve done one in color. I used watercolor pencils for the first stage, then went over it in colored pencil (prismacolor for all the pencils). I’m new to colored pencils, and have only used watercolor pencils for textured paintings. This was a challenge and a lot of fun. I think I’ll use a blending medium if I do another one like this. I found the blending pencil didn’t get the colors as nicely blended as I’m used to with watercolor. Overall, I’m very happy with this one.

img_0647I did another painting in my realism series that I’ve been learning with Anna Mason’s school. I love her work and have been enjoying learning to paint realistic botanical subjects in watercolor. I’ve done a few and look forward to painting many more. There are so many subjects available in the botanical world that I know I could never run out of things to paint.

Next on the easel will be another Greek series painting. I’m thinking of working on another church, but haven’t decided yet. I just love those blues and whites against the sea. So gorgeous. There are so many different scenes to paint, how do I choose?

Time to go relax and read after hours of painting. I sometimes have to cut myself off or I’ll pay for it with a sore neck and backside. I started art at such a late age–I have a lot of time to make up for. 😉