Dog-A-Day Watercolor: Mexican Wolf (Lobo)

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This was a very quick sketch from a Google photo of the Mexican Wolf (Lobo).  Painting took about 40 minutes, mostly waiting for darks to dry.

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Dog-A-Day Watercolor: Hound Dog

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This is the first time I’ve used ink.  No matter how hard I tried, I could not get the black value I was looking for.

NOTE!  Please let me know if these scans are coming in too dark (or too light).  I have noticed that some pictures of art I’ve pulled up from other’s posts are too dark, and now I’m wondering if it’s my monitor.  Thanks.

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A Dog A Day Watercolor

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Instead-of-throwing-it-away sketch…

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I’m trying to learn to watercolor dogs, and while I’m having some success, animals are not fruits and veggies.  This watercolor crashed early, so I pulled out my acrylic brushes, a Kleenex, and my little black pen and experimented to see what would happen.  Messing about with this has given me some ideas.

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Everywhere Pears Sketch

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Oyster Sketches

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There is nothing better on earth than a oyster roast on the beach in the fall.

Grab a shovel and get digging.

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Pucker Up Sketch

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This is part of the Big Salad (actually the Big Salad’s dressing) series.  Still in my seminar, but tomorrow is the last day and I hope to be uploading my progress next week.  Miss you all.

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Plein Air Apple Farm Watercolor

Apple Hill Orchard

Apple Hill Orchard

It was another stellar day in Western North Carolina and the leaves are spectacular in the mountains, with many more days to come.  We took the opportunity to tour Apple Hill Orchard, and of course I brought my kit.

This is the first time I’ve tried an expansive view of something, and I learned so much with this one painting:

* It’s fairly impossible to capture the beauty unless you are a very, very good artist.  I should have tried more impressions instead of putting in every little vignette.

* Trees are not necessarily anatomically interesting.  On the contrary, I might have adjusted the limbs to make them less symmetrical.  They look too stiff, when in fact they were soft and flowing in the gentle breeze.

* I found that people who walk by, and there were plenty enjoying the day with their children and dogs, will be interested in what you’re painting.  I’m such a novice, I don’t mind the interruption, but considering the wine I was drinking, it was hard to concentrate. My best work seems to be the ones I sketch the quickest.

* Always bring along a husband.  He’ll carry all your stuff, buy you a nice lunch, do all the driving, and sit quietly while you paint.  Combined with everything else, except for, in this case, the final painting, it makes for a perfect day.

I’m off to my seminar and will be back in a week.  Wish me luck!!!!!

http://applehillorchard.com

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Two Fall Watercolors

Heirloom Pumpkin, Gourd, and Corn

Heirloom Pumpkin, Gourd, and Corn

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Cucumber Sketch

 

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Cucumbers have an incredible flavor and are always in my salads.  And who doesn’t like cold cucumber soup?!

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