Watercolor Wednesday


Suspicious birds.

Published by elenacaravela

My world is a wonder of visual candy and foreboding shadow shapes vying every waking moment for my full attention.

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  1. yes definitely suspicious .
    I don’t think I would want to go too close .
    Love the touch of orange wake up splash of colour ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Elena, I love the vibrancy that is coming through your watercolour work – your instinct was ‘spot on’ to follow this course. Jane xx

  3. Elena, I learn so much about color from you. Your creativity knows no bounds. Through your eyes the world is twice as pretty!

    Do you ever sketch/paint outside? Are there any materials you recommend to make this easier?

    1. Hi Marian, you as so kind. I rarely to tell you the truth, work outside. But we have a large bird feeder right outside our kitchen window. It allows me to sketch and take photos of the birds, so I’m becoming very familiar with their forms and color. Their grace and contrasting behavior keeps me forever on the watch and I remain fascinated. Materials for watercolor are tubes of all sorts of lower priced brand names, but in pretty large variety of color. I’m partial to two brushes and they are synthetic. I do prefer cold press rough paper. Whatever is on sale. For me, using less expensive material allows me to experiment and rip apart for collage at least one third of my efforts, so I’m experimenting all the time. No pressure makes for lots of fun and quicker progress, I think. I’m not a watercolorist at all. I’ve been wary of the medium for most of my life, but decided a little over a year ago to make it my own. Now I just do it my own way. I found that drawing first in pencil makes me nutty, so I just go for it in color. There is a great Utube video of Charles Reid. Sorry, don’t have the link, but search for it, it will inspire. Also I enjoy the loose watercolors of Snoring Dog studio. There is a comment just below to take you there. Anyhow, that’s how I got inspired to paint watercolor on my terms-sloppy, drippy, throwing all expectation to the wind! It will become what it wants to be. BTW I love your watercolors!

      1. Thank you so much, Elena, for your quick response. Your kitchen window sounds amazing with ever-changing art scenes. How lucky to sketch the outdoors from the warmth of your home. I appreciate your tips on papers & materials. I will follow up by finding the video. I love your “sloppy, drippy, throwing expectation to the wind” approach. But, I must confess that I feel more confident if I draw first, then paint. But, that being said, in my dreams I paint like you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Marian

  4. Such talent, m’lady. Stunning, as always.

    Ever had anyone so intrigued by your watercolors, in hopes of tattooing the “most perfect” watercolor figure on their skin? That’s me!
    These birds are cool! The one “suspicious” bird is my favorite, of course. His deep yellow eye is key, here. I love it, Elena.

  5. This is so pretty, the colors are great, bright and happy especially with the dreary day yesterday. See you soon. xo Terry

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