Maple Lear in Watercolor

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A couple of weeks ago I spotted what might be a Maple Tree while driving home from the hardware store.

After dropping off my packages I walked back to the tree and plucked a single leaf off a low branch with the intention of using it as a model for a watercolor painting.  I sketched it out that same afternoon then worked on a Kumquat leaf, and a landscape instead.  Today I was able to spend quite a bit of time working on the Maple Leaf painting, but it was super dried out, and crumbly and the color had changed from a vibrant red to a brownish red which I tried to capture, but perhaps I missed the mark and this is closer to an Ash in the fall or winter.

Here’s the final painting.

Maple Leaf in Watercolor

I bought a new set of Turner watercolor paints not long ago so, I used those to paint this on Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolor paper. I also purchased a new brush that I’ve been using almost exclusively since it arrived.

It’s Creative Mark’s Mimic Kolinsky No.12 Round.   It’s faux mink but, feels and acts like a real fur brush. I’m loving it, and the new paints. The brush comes to a lovely fine point and hasn’t shed at all. It holds a lot of water, and cleans up in a cinch.  The paints have a nice pigment, there are 18 colors in the set so, I’m getting to try some new colors, and I’m using less paint than I was using with my Cotman paints. Or it feels that way to me.

Is this a Maple Leaf? I hope I can find another one that’s still red soon!

Lumix FZ200| Lexar Professional Digital Film| Hand-held

More to come…

Ginko Leaf Watercolor

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Inspired by Laura at createarteveryday I have tried painting a couple of leaves. This Ginko leaf from my front yard I like well enough to share.

Cotman travel palette on Strathmore watercolor paper


More to come…

Impatiens – watercolor

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Inspired by a watercolor by Jodi Jensen that I own, and fellow blogger  I pulled out my Watercolor paints yesterday evening to paint some Impatiens.

Here’s V1

Impatiens I Watercolor

Not happy with the top of the pots, and the floor, anchoring ground I flipped the card over and began anew-


Impatiens II Watercolor

I am happy that I was able to get the tile floor to look like a floor, and the pots came out better, but one pot is still a bit wonky. Perspective in drawing and painting isn’t coming easily to me.

I didn’t like the big green bush on the right so, I wet my wash brush and went over the entire painting muting the flowers, bush, and pots, and after it dried I started again.


Impatiens III Watercolor

The pot on the right is still wonky in shape, but I like the softer, more muted edges, and the greenery in the background I find more pleasing.  There will be a V4 on another day.

I found the an image online (Yahoo Images) of the Watercolor by Jodi Jensen that I own and have hanging in my family room which was my image source of inspiration.  My watercolor is quite different.  🙂 I hope to be this good one day!

Jodi Jensen Watercolor ImpatiensThank you Laura for putting your art out in the world for me and others to be inspired by your challenges, successes, and words of encouragement!

iPhone 5| CS6| Winsor & Newton Watercolor Paints| Strathmore Watercolor Cards|Colors I used: Cadmium Red, Alizarin Red, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green Burnt Sienna, and Burnt Umber| Brushes-Simply Simmons 1″ Flat, Artist Loft Vienna #10, American Painters Round #8, and Robert Simmons fine line 10/0-

More to come…

Watercolor Aspen at Rock Crk Eastern Sierras

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My Grandmother who died when I was just 13 weeks old could paint, and my Mother can sew. I have aspired and wanted to do both my whole life, and have failed miserably. Perhaps I should just stick to photography.

Iphone 5/ handheld/ winsor & newton watercolor paint/ strathmore watercolor cards