Watercolor Hummingbird

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I’ve got a couple women coming over to try watercolor, and I was having trouble coming up with something to paint.

I finally found a hummingbird, which is NOT something that I normally do.  It was a slow, meticulous process, and I had to walk away and wait for things to dry.  I used Patience!!!  Man, that is so not natural for me.

But it’s a great image, and shows a couple different ways to manipulate watercolor such as wet-in-wet, shadowing, salt for texture.  I added a teeny bit of pen on the flower stalk and the eye, and a bit of white Jelly Pen for detail, because I couldn’t find my frisket.  The size is 8″ x 10″.

All in all, I’m happy with the outcome, although it’s not content that interests me.

I also think that it really needs a background, but I’ll work on that when the other two are here, since I don’t really care if I wreck this piece.

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Name Monster..

I did a project with my 9 year old Granddaughter – she called it a Name Monster.  She actually made a video that she eMailed to me, so that she could instruct me – how cool is that?

Take a piece of computer paper, fold it in half, and write your name along the fold.

Cut out a rough silhouette of your name, flip the paper over, and draw your monster.

Here’s Mine – for some reason I have three arms.

Here’s Maddie’s

That kid is TALENTED, eh?

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Clay again today…

Boy, I’d forgotten how FUN clay is!

As mentioned previously, I needed to make a few pieces so that when I fired the kiln, it was full.

Well, I started playing around again this morning, and couldn’t stop.

I made 2 wind chimes for the grandkids to paint – no pic of them, because they look too plain at this point.

Then I made these goofy bird chimes, again for the kids.  They have clay balls dangling in the belly, and they’ll tinkle when the wind blows.

and a couple of these hearts that I just love

and I’m experimenting with clay flowers that would be hung on a wall – VERY labour intensive, but in a relaxing Zen-y kind of way. The flower is about 10 inches across.


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Well, I haven’t worked in clay for over 2 years!  I need to make a few things so that I can fire up the kiln and get some old small pieces fired, but I don’t want to have a half-filled kiln……….

Soooooooooo, I made this rooster head to hang in the yard

and Paul asked for a vase to put his “Triple Blooms” in

What else should I make – got any ideas?

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Watercolor In My Journal

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I did this one while out “camping”, and by camping I mean being in our gorgeous 19 foot Travel Trailer.

I copied it from an image I found on the ‘net, and I forgot to make of note of the original artist’s name, so if you know who it is, tell me and I’ll tag ’em.

The original artist had done the background, inside the circle, an opaque bright yellow, and it looked gorgeous.  I was so happy with this little painting that I didn’t want to take a chance on wrecking it by adding the yellow background – what a chicken, eh?

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #80

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

31 Books Down, 80 to go….

Book:  Watercolor For The First Time, Kory Fluckiger

Review:  This book seems pretty advanced for someone painting “for the first time”.  Good art examples in it, tho’.

I copied a Frog hanging from a piece of bamboo.  I don’t love it, don’t hate it…………  It DID feel good to be painting again………..

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Vietnam…… My Watercolor Journal…..

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Well, I’m finally getting around to posting the pages from my watercolor journal…..  Jen, one of my travelmates, was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more productive in hers, as usual….  But still, I did a few and they’ll be great reminders of our trip….

It was Tet, a national holiday, while we were there, and Carnations were everywhere!

Dragon Fruit – it looks prettier than it tastes – it’s rather bland.

This doesn’t even come CLOSE to showing how ridiculous the telephones wires are

We actually took an Ox Cart Ride – super dusty and bumpy, and cheesy and touristy, but I still loved it

Sadly, they still have Cock Fights here…. so horrible…..

I Loved being pulled around in the rickshaw, but the Air Pollution in the big cities was sooo bad….

This isn’t a picture of someone “flicking” her head, it’s to remind me of how beautiful and intricate their hand movements are

My travel mates went to the Killing Fields, but I couldn’t do it.

Soooooooooo many monks, just wandering around peacefully in their orange robes…

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