Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday Watercolors #5

It has been a long time since my last watercolor post.  I was so busy that I didn't have much time to watercolor for a month or so.  I've finally made some time to paint so it's time to share! 

My Mom and I are Texans by birth and we both love Blue Bonnets.  I thought I would paint some for Mom for Mother's day back in May.
This is one of several attempts and I never felt like any of them came out well enough to frame for Mom.  
I'll keep trying.  It was my first time trying to paint 'for someone' and it was hard.  Higher expectations I guess.
This painting had me feeling better and so I've been painting more in June.
This was inspired by an online tutorial
As was this.  I must admit I'm starting to see some progress in my painting.
One of the teachers I follow had a online coupon for free shipping from an art supply store.  I decided to buy three brushes that were on sale.  
These are Silver Black Velvet brushes.  A combination of synthetic and sable.
WOW!  I really love these brushes.  So when you start out and they tell you to buy the best brushes you can, they really do make a difference.
Pink Poppy from a tutorial and tried using a scraper for texture. 

I'm also trying to expand my color palette and try other things besides my pinks!  This is my latest painting done yesterday.

I find that painting is relaxing to me.  I also find that I like to 'doodle' while on the phone.  I can sit down at my table and use up the paints on my palette randomly.  
Just playing with color! 

I think I'm going to try a challenge in July to paint once a day using prompts. It should be fun! 

Wishing you JOY,

Linda


21 comments:

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

The grass/green under the yellow flower (last picture in your post) is just RIGHT. You did it Linda! The poppy painting has the same flare. The roses in the wreath worked well too. Brushes do make a difference, you are more relaxed with your painting and it shows in the layers too. Hugs.

Makes me want to dig out the watercolours and paper and try again too.

Joy

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

WOW! I am loving your paintings! The blue bells are so pretty! Keep up the great work!
warmly,
deb

Cheri said...

You really have a gift for painting flowers, they are all so pretty and I think the blue blue bells would be pretty framed for your mama. Keep up the good work.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love seeing your paintings, Linda! Very pretty!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I think your bluebonnets are definitely good enough to frame! You can improve by doing something every day. I've played the piano 2 days in a row...maybe I should set that as a goal for this coming month. I'll ask my husband first! hahahaha!!! Hugs!

Junkchiccottage said...

LOOKS AWESOME! Great job.
Hugs,
Kris

My thrift store addiction said...

Linda, these are beautiful! As a Texas girl, the bluebonnets are my favorite!

Audrey said...

Love your paintings Linda. Watercolor is hard to work with, but I think you are doing really well. Just keep practicing. I enjoy seeing your progress.
Hugs,
Audrey Z.

Susan said...

Oh, better and better each time I see your creations, Linda. Just LOVELY! Susan

Rose L said...

You seem to be enjoying the painting! You are coming along quite nicely.

Jeanie said...

You've probably already thought of this but if you make your playing-with-color palettes on decent watercolor paper, turn over and do both sides, then cut into book marks, you have lovely enclosures. I'm planning on doing some with holiday colors to include in Christmas cards next year and share with my book club.

I love your bluebonnets and especially the blue/green one. You show improvement all the time and you really seem to be working on it. I agree -- it is relaxing! Keep it up! And keep sharing!

Diann said...

It looks like it would be fun and relaxing. And I can see your progress! I'm glad you found this hobby and are having fun with it!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Relaxing, having fun, and doing well? It doesn't get better than that Linda! I hope my paints haven't dried up, I have done very little painting since my hubby surgery. But I am cleaning out my craft room, getting rid of tons of craft supplies, so my table will become my painting area.

Your paintings are lovely Linda! Just choose one for your Mom, get a mat and frame, and you will be surprised how good it looks! :)

Chatty Crone said...

I think you are getting good Linda - love the colors and flowers - my favorite things. sandie

Mereknits said...

I Think many of those paintings are frame worthy my friend. You are getting very good.

Claudia said...

I think your watercolors are beautiful! I can see your skills increasing over the past few months! Any one of them would be a beautiful gift for your mom.

xo
Claudia

Melanie said...

I can definitely see the improvement and more involved details as time has gone on. I bet your mom would love one of your paintings!

Susan said...

I love those BlueBonnets and have been lucky to see them when they bloom in Texas! This watercolors are treasures your family will enjoy, XOXO

Ellen Ross | Ask Away said...

Oh my gosh how pretty!! <3
XO Ellen from Ask Away
www.askawayblog.com

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your watercolor paintings are wonderful
So pretty
I think you have the talent for sure

Susan Freeman said...

Love all your great finds and your watercolors are very charming. Keep up the good work!

Love,
Susan and Bentley