Brownies & Magnolias


This is my painting from Melissa Gannon’s sixth class.

Did you know that Magnolia fossils have been found that are believed to be 20 million years old?

And today’s doodle…

Doodlewash Prompt: Brownies

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Double Ended Brush pen on Hahnemühle sketching paper.

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First Light


This is my painting from Melissa Gannon’s fifth class.

Gouache on Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Pressed

This was actually my second try. It was a fairly difficult painting with such a dramatic sunrise. I did my first try in the journal I’ve made using watercolor on WSH150 Cold Pressed. It’s a watercolor paper that’s over 60 years old and you can’t really find paper of this quality any more. That said, I’m not used to those qualities and things don’t always come out the way I expect.

There are some things about this version that I like better, but I think the second version is better overall. Better composition and a tidier feel.

It was fun seeing the difference the paint and paper made.

Bokeh Butterfly


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This is my painting from Melissa Gannon’s fourth class.

Did you know that if you really don’t like a watercolor painting (and your paper is of a decent grade), you can run it under the tap and wash most of it away so you can use the washed out background for another painting? I had done that with a painting, and when I saw the reference photo for Melissa Gannon’s first class, I thought I would it for my preliminary painting.

But I liked it, and decided to just keep it and make this the finished painting.

I tried to get a bokeh effect on the upper wing. You know, where the light is so bright that some areas are out of focus and others are bright and clear? You see it a lot in photographs, and I love it. Not sure it worked here though.

And, of course, I went a little crazy with lavender. I think you are going to have to start calling me the lavender lady, lol.

Rhododendron Blossom


This is my painting from Melissa Gannon’s third class.

I’m working on another review, and kind of snuck this in, so I didn’t do the preliminary painting. I just drew it with a pencil and then painted. I did watch Melissa’s videos, a little here and a little there, but didn’t paint until afterward.

I can’t decide if I like it. I’ll have to come back in a week or two, and decide then.

And I painted it upside down in the journal I’m using for the class. Ah well, it had to happen at some point, lol.

Sunflowers at Sunset


This is my painting from Melissa Gannon’s second class.

She used just a soupçon of lavender as a shadow accent. You know I like lavender, so of course I used too much. I had to adjust, which I did with permanent magenta. I like the result, but it isn’t anything like Melissa’s painting.

That’s okay, of course, except the reason for taking the class is to learn from her methods. I’ll try the painting again later, though I need to get started on another review for now.

My test painting to decide on colors – though I ended up pretty much ignoring it.