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The Making of Superb Wren and Camellias

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Most of the time you will only ever see the finished painting by an artist. The painting-process itself can take days or months to complete. But there is so much that goes behind the paintings that doesn’t actually involve picking up a paint brush. This post shows you the thought process and steps that I took to complete my Superb Wren and Camellias painting.

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Autumn Leaf

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I’m regularly taking online painting courses and classes; there is never a time when you don’t learn something new or can get some wonderful inspiration from someone. This leaf was the product of the first lesson taught by Heidi Willis in her Udemy class “Paint Realistic Watercolor and Botanicals – Chasing Autumn”.

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Queen Victoria Agave Succulent

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Another succulent. What can I say? They seem to capture my attention. When I first selected these images, I knew that they were going to be a bit more complex than my first succulent painting, but I clearly didn’t anticipate just how much more complex.

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Sketch of a Rose In Ink

In Journal, Sketches & Practice by Kat Skinner0 Comments

Not all my artwork is in watercolours; often the process of creating a piece involves not only the sketch, but studies of reference materials.
I used to be a big advocate for pen and ink drawings. It’s a great medium to create art in as it can involve a very low set-up cost, and it can easily be done at any time or place.

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Making of Aloe Polyphylla Succulent

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The third paintingĀ in my succulent series is of a Aloe Polyphylla. Similar to my first Succulent painting, this reference photo spoke to me; I adored the warm shadows and the geometric patterns. I would also like to give credit to where credit is due. I found this awesome photo uploaded …

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The Robin

In Journal, Work In Progress by Kat Skinner0 Comments

I’ve been in a bit of a rut, having no real inspiration for painting. Normally I would look at a reference image and feel inspired to recreate it’s beauty, but lately…. So my husband picked a photo from my reference stash for me to paint in the hopes I got out of this rut. His pick, a lovely Robin sitting on a tree stump.

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Preparing Your Ceramic Plate For Watercolor Paint

In Tutorials by Kat Skinner0 Comments

A lot of artists suggest using ceramic plates (or specially designed palettes) as your watercolor pallet. This is a great idea since ceramic: Doesn’t stain, which is common with the cheap butĀ popular plastic palettes. Doesn’t bead; it spreads evenly across the surface so you know exactly what your paint color …