They say ... don't forget where you've come from. Well, next month I'll be going back to my hometown to teach a Watercolor Made Easy class on Silver Falls in Autumn.
If you're a local to Junction City, Oregon, I'd love for you to join me for this class at Max Porter's Coffeehouse in downtown on Saturday, October 19 at 5:00 pm.
Earlier this summer, I created a commissioned watercolor painting of a beautiful Arabian/Pinto mare, Khat for her owner Sue. And just recently I did another painting of Chico, who is owned by Sue's daughter. This is the first commissioned watercolor painting I've created since the birth of my baby girl, and boy was it great to get back into painting!
Chico is a big mustang with a bold personality. I had a lot of fun painting this guy with his colors: red, white, and blue.
When I sent the approval of the finished painting to Chico's owner, I've never seen so many exclamations marks in an email before ... she just loved it so much and couldn't wait to have him in her home, but it was a small journey to get him just right.
I had my art/photography booth at the NW Horse Fair & Expo for the first time this year and met so many horse lovers. And one particular horse lover and owner contacted me to paint her beautiful Arabian/Pinot mare, Zips Baskin Gold, aka Khat.
I had so much fun paining this beautiful horse! Keep reading to see the steps I took to paint her in watercolors.
This August I created a watercolor from this photo I took last year of a new little Drum Horse filly. This little girl is Freyja Maria and her mamma, Derby, out at HyTyme Drum Horses Enterprises.
This photo may all be white and brown with a hint of pink, but when you're painting, you can always add more color.
I've been sitting on an image I took a couple years ago of some longhorns out in a meadow. I was waiting for the right time to create a painting from that photo and the time was just the other day.
I knew in my painting that I wanted to have a clear focal point. Sure I could depict more than one beautiful longhorn, but that would be a conflict of interests for the viewer. That's when I decided that the mama longhorn with the white draped over her back would be the most interesting one in the herd. The idea of the contrast of dark against her white back would help lead your eye along her horns to her face.
Have you ever thought about painting in watercolor, but don't know where to start? I teach Watercolors Made Easy in the Willamette Valley and would love to have you come to a class!
We will be painting "Wildflowers at the Ranch" as I lead everyone step-by-step. And if you're nervous about drawing out the barn, then have no fear because that will be pre-drawn for you! And the area for the flowers ... well, you can make the flowers however you want, because I will be leaving that space blank so that you can show off your creativity.
I hope you stay awhile. This is where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.
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