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Day 12- Botanical Leaf Challenge

Day 12- Botanical Leaf Challenge

Let it Shine! I went out for a walk and came upon Mahonia. It is an evergreen shrub that has really cool leaves. They are pinnate which means they are multi-divided. I love the berries because they are purplely blue with a powdered frosting. They are native to North...
Day 10 – 30 Day Botanical Leaf Challenge

Day 10 – 30 Day Botanical Leaf Challenge

I am a gouachist! Long before I ever painted in watercolor I worked in gouache. What is gouache? It is an opaque watercolor. Yesterday I talked about the properties of watercolor and transparency. Today I will talk about gouache and why I like it so much. It is a very...
Day 10- 30 Day Botanical Leaf Challenge

Day 10- 30 Day Botanical Leaf Challenge

Transparent Watercolor Glazing   Today I found a beautiful oak leaf that was crying out to be painted with Quinacridone Watercolors. The leaf was at it's peak color and I knew exactly what it needed. Watercolor is loved mostly for its transparent qualities....
Day 9- Botanical Leaf Challenge

Day 9- Botanical Leaf Challenge

Leaf #9- Using Pan Pastels I am about to teach a class called" PanPastels: Everything but the Kitchen Sink" and to prepare for it I have been experimenting with them. As I have stated in various other blog posts about PanPastels…. I love them. They are...
Leaf 7 – 30 Day Botanical Leaf Challenge

Leaf 7 – 30 Day Botanical Leaf Challenge

Leaf 7- Sky Flower Vine   The sky flower is one of my favorite vines.  I have seen it many times on my Artistic Adventure Tours to Costa Rica and it has been about 18 years since I painted it. I was so thrilled to find it here in Florida.This year I am going...