Black-footed Ferret in Watercolor

Black-footed Ferret - Endangered
This is the second post in my newest painting series. Our subject for today is the Black-footed Ferret. There are approximately 295 of these animals living in 4 locations of the US and they are considered endangered. Loss of habitat and disease have contributed to their decline. Learn more about these animals by visiting the IUCN Red List. Until next time, I hope this cute little guy brightens your day.

Cheers!

Kelli

Painting Birds in Watercolor

European Roller - painting birdsThis week’s watercolor class will focus on painting birds. Our subject will be the European roller which is a bright blue bird with orange-brown wings. My style of painting is to paint some of the details while suggesting the rest. I like to use the wet-in-wet technique of adding paint to already wet paper so that the paint moves around. This helps me create the initial color patterns. I may give the paint a nudge in the direction I want it to go in but for the most part I let the water do the work for me. Once the paint is dry I use a smaller brush to refine the painting. I like to soften some of the lines so that I don’t have too many hard edges. This helps create the illusion of the bird having lots of feathers.

I perched this chubby guy on a post and used a drier brush to paint the wood texture. Additional dark gray lines were added to make the wood look like it has split in places. Next week we will be painting different types of trees so check back again soon.

Cheers!

Kelli

P.S. You can purchase this painting from my art shop.

American Pika Watercolor

American Pika - Threatened/Endangered Animal Series
The American pika is a smaller relative of the rabbit and hare. They live in the mountains of western North America and feed on grasses, sedges, thistles, and fireweed. They are very sensitive to high temperatures and are considered to be an early warning system for global warming [ref.]. This cute American pika is the first in a new series of paintings I will be doing on threatened and endangered species. He can be purchased from my art shop.

Cheers!

Kelli

Sailboats, Skies, and Water: Intro to Watercolor

SailboatsThis weeks watercolor project will feature sailboats. Along the way we will be painting skies, distance mountains, and water. It may seem like an ambitious project but it is quite manageable and I’ll be demonstrating each piece. We will be using the wet-into-wet technique from last class to paint our skies. We’ll be making clouds and I’ll be showing a simple way to make the water look like it is sparkling. I’ll give you a hint – it’s all in how you hold the brush.

This is going to be a fun class, hope to see you there!

Kelli

This painting and many others are available from my art shop.

Starry Night Sky: Intro to Watercolor

Starry Night Sky

Next week begins Intro to Watercolor Painting. Our first class will focus on making washes, blending colors using the wet-into-wet technique, and splattering. We will be painting a starry night sky scene like the one above and I will demonstrate a fun and easy way to paint evergreen trees. This is going to be a great class and there are a few spots left so I hope you can join us. I’ll be posting more projects from this class in the coming weeks.

Don’t have time to paint your own starry night sky scene? The painting above is available for purchase from my art shop.

Happy Painting!

Kelli