Need Copyright Free Reference Photos for Painting?

Reblog Post from: Millionaire’s Digest Magazine 1. Unsplash Did you know Unsplash adds 10 new royalty-free photos every 10 days and they’re almost always of breathtakingly attractive beautiful landscapes. Just scroll to the bottom of its home page! 2. Picjumbo Picjumbo is a personal favorite of mine due to its easy navigation and extremely high-resolution … Continue reading Need Copyright Free Reference Photos for Painting?

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Difference Between Oil Pastels and Soft Pastels

When creating with pastels, what's the difference between oil pastels and soft pastels? Let me show you! First off, simple and to the point: oil pastels are like oil/wax sticks, soft pastels are more like chalk sticks. I am using a white Ampersand Pastelbord for both paintings. The pastel boards feel like sand paper. I … Continue reading Difference Between Oil Pastels and Soft Pastels

Let’s Paint an Easy Christmas Card! Yes you can do this!!

Did you ever receive an original painting or drawing as a Christmas card? If you did, how did it make you feel? I bet it made you feel extremely special. Just knowing that the person who sent it to you didn't grab a generic one from a box, but actually sat down and took the … Continue reading Let’s Paint an Easy Christmas Card! Yes you can do this!!

Elegant Pines of a Setting Sun Watercolor

Setting Sun Mild 59°F As the sun sets it casts an amber glow to everything it touches. The dried grasses blaze and pine boughs glisten. A radiant moment indeed. Friday I caught this moment and simplified it. Instead of painting every single thing in my view/picture, I painted what was necessary to capture the mood … Continue reading Elegant Pines of a Setting Sun Watercolor

Magnolia Buds Lie in Wait Watercolor

To have patience. To lie in wait. This autumn magnolia tree already has it's buds ready for next spring. Why does this happen? The tree's buds are encased in a heavy fur scale, Soft on the outside with little silver hairs and extremely hard underneath protecting the tender bud. But why are we seeing buds … Continue reading Magnolia Buds Lie in Wait Watercolor

Autumn Fog Watercolor

50°F Fog Sitting before the clearing open land distant autumn trees array like wallpaper. Fog descends along with my thoughts. Something about the clearing allows the thoughts to linger. A heavy idle. As darkness falls regret whispers taunting me with should have dones. Agony makes warfare. I ask the Light for help. I whisper back … Continue reading Autumn Fog Watercolor

Autumn Rain Watercolor

51°F Overcast, windy, rain. A hawk cry rings out under the heavy damp air. A red squirrel sits to peel the outer layer of a nut, unaffected by the rain. An intruder approaches... another red squirrel. This invasion results in a quick chase around the tree and an angry fast flicker of the tail. The … Continue reading Autumn Rain Watercolor

Let’s Paint an Orange Kitty – Watercolor

Today, we are going to paint an orange kitty using watercolors. Pretty simple, but the end might scare you. Don't let it! You can do this. I am using Hahnemühle's Leonardo 280 lbs matt watercolor paper, a heavy weight thick wonderful watercolor paper with much texture. In each frame I wanted to have a picture of … Continue reading Let’s Paint an Orange Kitty – Watercolor

Autumn Begins Watercolor

And so it begins... Time cannot be undone. And the leaves cannot go back on the trees. But we can still move forward hand in hand with our Everlasting Father as He carries our hurts. Amen.

Mighty Oaks Watercolor Sketch

On the advice of a Dove Candy wrapper (sea salt caramel & dark chocolate), I got lost on purpose.... Swallows dance above Crabapple Lake. Even though it is an overcast day, I can still see their shadow on the surface of the lake as they swoop within an inch of the water. The wind pushes … Continue reading Mighty Oaks Watercolor Sketch