Sunday, January 29, 2012

Birdhouse Homes

Not a bird in sight to inhabit one of these nice homes. I would guess they have all flown to warmer 'climes' for the snow season. These homes were done in watercolor pencil and watercolor crayon at our last Wednesday class.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wintry Skies...

provide the background for this watercolor pencil project. The pencils are so easy to work with, just pencil in the color and wet with brush and 'viola' a watercolor painting. Everyone did a great job on this.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Reds in Winter

There is not a lot of color in the winter landscape here except for bright red berries. The red heads of woodpeckers and the bright red of the male Northern Cardinal are seen at our feeder stations. The female cardinal is rather drab with red accents and we have brightened her just a bit for our paintings. And it seems I am now getting a photo and sometimes two a bit fuzzy, my apologies.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Less Colorful

The female Northern Cardinal is much less colorful than the male even though we have used artistic license to add more red in this rendition. A good painting exercise in doing berries and dry brushing techniques.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cold Play

Temperatures in the teens and twenties offer more time for inside creative fun. With all the technology now available to us we could live indoors for very long periods of time without boredom. A few minutes with a Micron Pen and a small 5x5 notebook gave me this Zentangle. I then played with a few of the photo apps on my phone to render these looks.






Artista Oil

These apps are all available for iPhone.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Barnyard Dandy's

Greeter's of the morning and strutting colors brighten than the rainbow.
These guys all have new homes now, perhaps in a kitchen, maybe on 
the refrigerator.


A quick side trip away from our birds to paint a vegetable or two. Radishes have not been painted in class previously and I think any of these would do for the salad or maybe a radish rose.





Thursday, January 12, 2012


The blackbird or crow beloved of folk artists, painted up with a branch of holly and framed out as a postage stamp. A different bird for winter.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Flock growing and the bird feeders will need to be refilled! Returning and new students have done really nice work on this winter piece. I think the most distracted person in class was the teacher. Ha!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Winter Birds

A flock of Chickadees arrived for today's class and this little bird is a heart stealer for sure. Painting birds is always a challenge and always a reward.