Another day, another watercolour tutorial… do you get the impression I am obsessed? They require very little resources or space to play with, which is an issue whilst I am WFH at the moment… hence they keep getting played with.
Anyway this time it was the highland cow one from Elle Smith Art tutorial.
Not sure I got the fluffy hair on his forehead right but still love how it turned out!
I decided to invite one of my daughter’s friends to join Maya and I on a painting day by joining us virtually on FaceTime and watching the same you tube video at the same time. It took some technical shenanigans but we got there and a couple of weeks ago painted flamingos using this YouTube tutorial.
Here is my finished piece…
This was fun to paint and more importantly good to chat with the girls and then hearing them continue chatting after the painting session!
This week we tried it again… this time the theme is butterflies and this was the tutorial.
The tutorial doesnt include splatters for this but I couldn’t help myself!
Our set up for painting is a little squished… L on FaceTime on the phone, iPad showing the you tube video to me and M, L has the you tube on a phone too. We have to pause at the same time to keep in sync and we listen to the audio from L’s end!
Not sure what the plan is for next week …. Will have to find another suitable painting for us to try!
My friend Darcy let me know about another artist offering watercolour tutorials, this time as Facebook videos, so I thought I would have a go.
The artist is Elle Smith (Facebook name is Elle Smith Art). She does a loose watercolour paintings with animals mainly so very different in style to Matthew Palmer who we are doing the landscape paintings with.
I started with a pheasant in flight…
There is a lot more drawing for these ones but it was still an enjoyable couple of hours. I would say its about half drawing and half painting.
The next I tried was a giraffe, this time I did the drawing in one session and the painting in another.
Super happy with this … think the head should have been a little longer but happy with how it turned out.
So far I’ve also managed to do the drawing for a highland cow but not got around to the painting part yet. Will share when I have!
Am enjoying playing with watercolours and learning new skills. Would recommend Elle’s tutorials for people just starting out as they aren’t too difficult. Matthew’s are more complex but he talks through each stage really well so again anyone can have a go and learn.
Once again the family gathered last Sunday to do a Matthew Palmer watercolour.tv online live workshop. This time he was teaching a moonlit night city scene… Think Venice.
This is what I created…
Not exactly Venice in style but happy with my made up scene!
And here are the families efforts…
Each has its good parts and bad parts and once again fun was had… although the stress of adding those lampposts at the end was big style tense!!!
Didn’t take many in progress shots but here are the couple I took!
As you can see it goes through the “hot mess” stage before it starts to pull together into a picture.
Once again pleased with what I created. This weekend not doing a live one but instead one that we’ve purchased from a few weeks ago as we didn’t fancy the theme this week. So will of course share the results once we have them!