These are two of my recent watercolor paintings. One is of a storm at sea, the other of one over land. The cool thing about the storm over the sea is that it was painted using only one big brush (except for the birds) called a hake; this particular one is two inches wide and made from goat hair. It amazed me that I could paint the entire picture with only this one, humongous brush. It was one of my quicker paintings but one of my favorites.
I did these three watercolor paintings a while back for an online course I was taking. They are about how by using bright or dull colors, one can focus attention on the foreground, background, or both–as in the last picture, which I am not fond of at all. I debated posting that particular one but decided to go ahead and put it out there. In any endeavor, we learn by our failures as well as our successes. I can look at it now and see what I would have done differently, but in my defense, I will say it looks very similar to my instructor’s finished painting. I’m finding out as I go along that at first one learns by imitating others (as in writing) before developing one’s own style. We are all unique, so it makes sense that our paintings will eventually be entirely our own, and not a carbon copy of someone else’s. I’m still on the path to learning my own.
On reviewing before publishing, I see that on the first two paintings, I signed them differently. KTW is my online persona, and KL is my real initials. Looks like I must be trying to figure out who “Kathy the Painter” is along the way too. 😊
Less than a month ago—November 17th to be precise—just after sunset, Husband and I were coming out of a restaurant and was greeted with this lovely sky. The moon was spectacular, boasting a halo of light. I took these shots with my iPhone, so they aren’t profession quality, but I think they’re nice just the same. I’m a selenophile, and will often go outside at night to look upon the moon’s beauty, which I love in all her forms, from just a crescent sliver to full and pregnant. Even in the winter, I’ll wrap up in a blanket and visit her every few nights. Husband thinks I’m crazy. He’s probably right but, hey, we all gotta be something.
Well, I’ve rested my mind (and body) and have returned to WordPress. I decided to let go of a few things that have eaten into my time—like my Facebook page and housework—so I can devote more of myself to writing and painting. One has to pick one’s priorities, you know. 😉 I’m anxious to read and see what everyone I follow is up to. Lord knows, I’d like to go back and read what I’ve missed, but I don’t have that much time.
Back in the summer, I took an online course to brush up on my drawing skills—comes in handy when painting since a lot of the time one has to do a sketch before the painting begins. Below are some I did of an eagle.
These are some paintings I did for my online watercolor painting course that I think turned out fairly well. As I have said before, some are so bad they will never see the light of day–or be used as a WordPress post. 😊 But the bad ones do serve a purpose: a learning experience on whatnot to do.
As I stated in an earlier post, I am just beginning my watercolor painting journey, so don’t expect professional quality. That being said…
These two watercolor paintings were done for a class, its purpose to illustrate that a clear sky doesn’t have to be blue, especially when its the focal point. I must say, the yellow sky makes the entire picture more dramatic.
Though I do like the simplicity of the small boat bobbing on a blue sea under a blue sky. To me, it has an allover calming effect.
I can’t say why, but this watercolor I did a while back for a class is one of my favorites of all the good, passable, bad, and downright ugly paintings I have done over the last several months. It’s a keeper. To me, it has a certain mystery about it. Does the road take us to a pleasant place, perhaps a farmhouse where we can sit on the porch and drink sweet iced tea while watching the sun go down; or instead (how my mind tends to wander), leads to a run-down shed that has a meat hook hanging from the ceiling, saws and knives laid out on an old wooden bench, and puddles of dark stains on the dirt floor? I suppose, like most things in life, perception is all in the mind of the beholder.
On a trip to Long Beach, Mississippi a couple of years ago with two of my traveling buddies, we spied this humongous tree on the side of a large building (which turned out to be the Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus), and decided to have a closer look.
After returning home, I learned that as of 2011, this tree stood 59 feet high, and had a circumference of 19.8 feet. Throughout its long life, it has survived hurricane winds that have stripped it of its leaves, and has had its roots saturated with seawater from storm surges from the Gulf of Mexico. At least twice since the 1950s, acorns have been gathered for seedlings for replanting along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to replace the live oaks that were destroyed by Hurricanes Camille and Katrina.
This is a simple monochromatic watercolor painting of a winter scene I did for my class a couple months ago. Only one color was used, raw umber muddied down a little using neutral tint. The point of this lesson was to let the watercolor paper serve as the color white. And on this early-August day here in the South, I have to say all that snow looks pretty darn good.
At the urging of a recent (as of today) WordPress friend and excellent photographer, Timmothy Price at http://offcenternoteven.com, I decided to start sharing some pictures I have taken with my iPhone, along with watercolor paintings I have done. Please don’t judge either too harshly because I am strictly an amateur concerning both. I place no copyright on the photos I share; anyone is free to copy and use.
I have several oak leaf hydrangeas around my home. They are very hardy, but do best in partial shade.