Sunday, May 22, 2016

5-22-16 ~ Sunday Sketches

"Don't let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. 
Believe in yourself. Do what you love. 
And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you do not like them."
~Stacy London

Taking Alexandra's course in watercolors ~ Watercolor 101 ~ has really been a treat and way more inspiring than I ever could have imagined. Yesterday I was finally able to complete the leaf exercise and also my first attempt at the peacock. It definitely needs lots of improvement with the blending of color in the feathers. That is what I plan to work on today. Thank you again and again Alexandra for helping me with the lessons. Everything is working just fine :-) If you are a beginner or even someone who has some experience painting using watercolors, I highly recommend Alexandra's courses. They are reasonably priced, her instructions are so nicely and clearly presented, and they end up being wonderful and inspiring classes for anyone taking them.

Love Life and Yourself
This was such fun to do even though you can see I am still having difficulty with the flow and blending of colors. I did finally realize I was dragging the water brush from the side instead of head on which helped a lot. After I completed the leaves I just played getting ideas from Alexandra's lesson and then adding my own little touches. I'm going to take her suggestion and will do this little exercise each day before I start to paint. This was the Watercolor 101 Leaf Lesson.

 This is my first attempt at the Watercolor 101 Peacock assignment. My green and yellow blends went askew, but I am so happy with what I was actually able to do. Now, we will see if I can improve upon this later on today. Peacocks are so pretty. Back years ago when I lived in Asheville, NC, and my husband was the landscape architect for the Vanderbilt Estate, we used to take the children over to the staff quarters to see the peacock up close and personal. When they spread those feathers, it is an unbelievable vision of beauty.

The following are a few of the pieces I have just completed.

 Always Focus on the Future
(I was not sure whether to show the eye at the scope or not.)

Weezie and Genie in the Creek at the House
Whenever you see two little girls together in any of my pictures, they represent my closest friend of over 50 years, Weezie, and me. We only met when our daughters were in preschool, but I LOVE to imagine us as children together. She is now in a nursing home after serious strokes, complications of RA, and heart problems. Buddy takes me to see her in Asheville as often as he can. We love each other so much, and it is so sad we cannot be together. She has been a sister to me all of these years.

I did not have an idea how to paint water flowing over the rocks and splashing over our Wellies. Finally, I decided to use my white gel pen to make the splashes at our feet.

Let Your Inner Child Live

Friendships Grow with LOVE
(I'm in the blue hat and Weezie is in the yellow and green checkered dress. I wanted the stems to be at different heights so was unable to put us exactly side by side.)

Smile and Be Happy ~ It Is So Easy
(Note the two girls at the bottom left...they represent Weezie and me.)


  1. Phantastic, you should live forever to complete your BAGA-Museum!

    ...I am sorry, but all my linkies are closed. I decided only to visit my friends, that is more than enough to hold contacts!
    Have a nice day, herzlich Pippa

  2. Beautiful art! I love the colored-leaves, so intricately adorned, gorgeous and inspiring. Love all of your creations , very uplifting and heart-warming.
    Happy SS
    Lovely to visit your world, thanks for visiting me too

  3. Wow! Look at all your fun and beautiful creations!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  4. Can you send me the information to take this cause. I just love what you have made. This art is so "you". Hugs

  5. A triumph!
    Love the figures and especially the final one, but also the two little girls in their yellow raincoats. You have developed your own style here.

  6. What lovely art! I especially love the leaves.

  7. All your exercises look beautiful! The course must be phantastically inspiring! The pictures are great!

  8. Awwww, thanks, Genie! I'm so glad you're enjoying the course. Your leaves and peacock look FABulous! Well done. And I adore your other illustrations. :) Keep up the good work.