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

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. 😉