World Watercolor Month, July 2nd. Prompt: Texture


So my texture is the tree and the tread on the tire. Not anything to jump up and down about, but I gave it my best shot!

The first one I did was a stone wall with flowers and another stump. I seem to have a thing for stumps. Probably because in every other medium I have been lousy at trees, especially the bark. So I am a little excited I can do it in watercolor.

My First Ever Watercolor


Sparrows by K. Stewart

With the exception of the little watercolor activities in children’s coloring books, you know the ones they have color dots that you brush water over to get the color in that area, I have never finished a watercolor and I have only tried once or twice. So this was a surprise to be sure!

I wanted to do my Sparrows sketch, but that was on computer paper so it would never have taken the water. And truth be told, I didn’t want to do it because I might have messed up the sketch! So I snuck out of quarantine and hit up Hobby Lobby for some supplies. I wore my mask and kept my 6 feet distance. So I will try not to feel bad about it, even though I really do feel they opened too soon. News is reporting an uptick in numbers too so I had no business.

Anyway, next there is a conure I want to do, small parrot. Ah, a whole new world of art just opened up to me. I am just grinnin’ ear to ear!

“Sparrows” In Pencil

I have been taking an online art course for what seems like forever. I’ve just been moving slowly. And actually to be more specific it’s a drawing course. I have had some success in the past with acrylics and pastels, but I thought learning to draw would help me improve and I have wanted to try watercolor so drawing really would benefit that. (My English teachers would have a fit over that run-on sentence!) Anyway I was out for a walk with my dog when I saw some bluebirds on a fence. It wasn’t this kind of fence or these birds it just kind of egged me on. And to top it off it is nothing of what I am working on in the class, it was just what I felt like doing! I thought it turned out pretty well. Comments? Don’t beat me up too badly! Ha!

Art: Looking for Something to Do?

The Dance Lesson, Edgar Degas (Public Domain)

I had a previous post that talked about being an artist. I said anyone can do it, and I stand by that. You just have to create. Sometimes it is good sometimes not. It takes practice. But no matter how good you do or don’t get it doesn’t mean you are going to be a van Gogh or a Rembrandt. So if you aren’t looking to create but you still love art I have a site for you!

As it turns out Google has a massive online art collection, and I do mean massive! I stumbled across it when I was trying to visit some museums that have opened online and at first didn’t even realize that I was on Google. They are organized in different ways. I am looking at it artist by artist. And with over 100,000 pieces it is going to probably take a lifetime to see it all. Oh but the fun I will have trying. You can also mark pieces as your favorites so you can go back and look at them later. Kind of your own museum! Here’s the link: Google Arts & Culture In the second row you will see different ways to go through the art. I hope you all enjoy!