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I've been Doodlewashed!

I am really honored to have been invited by Charlie O'Shields to be a guest on his website, doodlewash.com . You can read my interview by clicking here .

He is also behind  World Watercolor Month  which begins tomorrow!! It's  an official, month long celebration of my favorite medium. Simply tag any art that uses watercolors (or gouache) with #WorldWatercolorMonth during the month of July! Try the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolors in 31 days, or simply post when you can (which is what I will be doing).

This first year of the celebration is also raising awareness for children in need of supplies and education about the Arts around the globe! Simply click here to read more...so lets get painting!!

Nightfall Blooms

Nightfall Blooms watercolor study on paper 26 x 18 cm.
The inspiration for this flower is drawn from a beautiful  John Livzey photograph (painted with permission). It is for the monthly challenge for my online art group.

The gorgeous photographic image was a delight to work from. I did many washes of blue to get the nocturnal feeling and to keep the middle area light I sprayed out the color with a spray bottle. To regain some of the whites I went over the petals with white watercolor pencil. 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope every one has a wonderful week!

White Hibiscus Blooms

White Hibiscus  Blooms watercolor on paper 30.5 X 23 cm.
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I love the delicate contrast between the pink and white of this hibiscus. As an added bonus a little bee flew into my frame right when I snapped the photo.



I did a preliminary sketch. White flowers are tricky in watercolors...I feel like I say it about every flower. It really helped me to get out my ideas about the colors in a rough sketch first.

I added many layers of color in the background before working on the flower itself. 
Thank you for stopping by!

Sketches

My collage of  sketches


I would like to share my sketches for the month of May. I followed the topics provided for sketching  by the "Every day in May" group. It is always a fun challenge to sketch things I would not normally think of, such as a suitcase or a bucket. It is especially inspiring to see other participants come up with inspiring sketches on the same theme.
Crazy springtime weather that felt more like winter got us all sick in my household, I missed a week as I was trying to catch up; I still managed to finish most of the sketches nonetheless.




My favorite sketch from the month





The sketch that was the most frustrating and took me hours! 





The sketch that took me the shortest time but still happy about it.




I didn't want to sketch a suitcase but in the end it was fun. Great lesson in keeping an open mind!
My personal goal was to be quicker about my sketching, abandoning the pencil for the pen and ink sketches.  I felt that by the end of the challenge I had manage…