Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Watercolor Wednesday #2

Where did this week go? 
I have been busy but still this week really flew by!  Monday I met 5 of my wonderful Atlanta blogging friends (although I think I'm the only one still blogging at this point).  We had a great lunch at Joyce's and caught up as it had been about a year since we had seen each other.  Lots of talk, good food, fun gifts and more talk. It was wonderful to see Joyce, Sue, Denise, Sandie and Cheri! What I didn't get was a photo...
nope not a one! 

So back to the Watercolor
I wanted to use some orange/yellow colors and had a good time painting.  I love the daffodils and the carrots aren't bad for a first time.  The other 'item' started out as an Easter egg, then looked like a bunny so I added ears and now it looks like an Easter egg with ears. 
Oh well...they aren't all winners! 
This page was more successful I think!
I'm working right now in my sketchbook and trying to paint a little each day.
I love the butterfly and will try to make a larger one soon.  I think I like little paintings as I seem to have more brush control.  

To expand my learning curve I am doing a class called 'Easy Watercolor Sweets & Treats'  I'm not done with all the lessons but this is what I've painted so far.
I like the bigger slice but tried to make two others to practice the technique.  Not so good.  I'm learning about layers and blending.
Next up was a donut and cookie
(I labeled them in case I couldn't tell what they were...keeping it real here)
Next up will be ice cream cones, maybe by next week I'll have that page done. I am enjoying this and pushing myself outside my flower comfort zone.

Back before Christmas I won a $100 Visa card giveaway.  It took forever for it to finally get to me but I've been saving it for something special.  I started using it to buy some good brushes and paints for my hobby.  I am mostly using student grade watercolors and they are great but I wanted a tube set of professional grade watercolors.  I looked at many of them, read reviews, priced them (yikes $$$) but decided on this set I found on Amazon.
These paints got very good reviews and were pretty highly recommended especially since you can get them right now on Amazon at such a great price.
This set of 36-7ml tubes if bought individually would cost over $300 and I was able to buy it for $60 with free Prime shipping.
All these lovely tubes of paint will last me a very long time.  I thought about a primary color set but since I'm not very good at mixing colors yet decided on this set instead.
AND it came with a palette!  
I made a color chart (which I need to redo since I made a mess of it).  I have played with them a little but this week will try to work exclusively from this set and see how I like them.  The colors are vibrant and rich and should be fun!

These last few days of March are full of pollen and my allergies have flared up.  Still I'm hanging in there!
April starts the 'month of birthdays' so hopefully lots of photos of the Grands as they celebrate. 

Wishing you JOY,

Linda

20 comments:

Miranda @ My Restless Soul said...

I LOVE the watermelon and the donut!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, you must feel so rich with new paints and everything all set to use. And the sweet paintings you've done so far would be cute printed out as notecards for Spring! Enjoy your week! Hope some of your creativity rubs off on me soon Sis! Hugs, Diane

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

So amazing how talented someone is and not me I have no talent, just so you know

Cheri said...

Linda, you really are doing a great job with your new hobby. Can't wait to see what you do next.
Hugs friend....

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

You got me a donut - and watermellon too. Hi Linda, it is so great to have a professional set of watercolours. Hugs.
Joy

Sarah said...

Linda, I think your watercolor talents are coming right along. So proud of you for jumping in and learning to do this. I've take a class or two. It is not easy and takes lots and lots of practice. Kudos to you, Linda!
Thanks for the sweet comment on Ron's blog today. It makes me happy you stopped by and left a comment. '-)

Rose L said...

You seem to be enjoying using your creative side!! Allergies are so bad this time of year.

Vicky Hunt said...

They are all beautiful! I especially love the carrots and the watermelon. The egg with ears is too funny! :) Great deal on the paints too! Have fun...and have a great rest of the week! Hugs, Vicky

Chatty Crone said...

You are doing fabulously! I am truly impressed. It was GREAT seeing you. I miss us not being closer in distance. sandie

Lynn said...

Your springy daffodils turned out great Linda! Have fun:@)

We are: Clamco said...

I love the donut! I actually have two small donut paintings in my office that I bought on Etsy. I'm not brave enough to try watercolors, but I've been thinking a lot lately about painting with acrylics on a big canvas. I have a big empty wall in my living room that needs something. I was at a rummage sale and saw some really big paintings for sale at just $15. I didn't like any of them, but then it occurred to me two days later that I could have bought one, gessoed over it and made my own painting for a fraction of the cost of buying a new large canvas. Oh well, maybe next time.

Jeanie said...

Oh Linda, your palette and paint purchases are fabulous! Great deal. And I love what you've done. (Especially the carrots. Yours are the second carrots I've seen recently and now I think I need to paint carrots!) Very nice -- and I love your commitment!

Art and Sand said...

I am enjoying your watercolor journey. I would love to try it, but don't have the confidence. I don't think I could paint a cookie that even came close to looking like a cookie.

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

I love your bunny egg, Linda. You are doing so well with your painting, and what a great but in your paints. xo Laura

20 North Ora said...

Love your watercolor journey! I taught watercolors for a few years and definitely thought it was harder than oils or acrylics. You almost have to think backwards - which I shouldn't have had too much trouble doing. LOL

Enjoy your painting. You're doing great!

Judy

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Dare I say that I love the donut the best? Geez, I do love my food. Your work is lovely. I have long wanted to watercolor, but never had the nerve. Keep it coming!

bj said...

how fun this must be...never tried art of any kind as I can barely draw a straight line. :)

Jill said...

Hi Linda, I wanted to stop by to tell you how much I appreciate your prayers for my surgery last Monday. Diana posted a prayer request on her blog and I am full of gratitude! I am slowly recovering but wanted you to know how very much I appreciate you thinking of me. :-) Your paintings are just lovely! Looking forward to following along and getting to know you better! Have a great week!

Blessings,
Jill

Susan said...

Hi Linda. I am SO GLAD you are doing watercolors. Your flowers are really great. And I loved the butterfly. Oh, perfect! Great job! Susan

Susan said...

I'm happy you're loving watercoloring. I got my mom started when she was in her 50s and I'm glad I did; my home is filled with her paintings! I can't wait to see where you go with this art, XOXO