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Quickie Watercolor Flowers

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Quickie Watercolor Flowers

Aloha,

Personally, I don’t like taking forever to paint one picture. In fact, 15 minutes tops is fine with me. However, that makes for some strange paintings – after all, it takes awhile to make a really beautiful painting, right? Well, I don’t think so. But it probably helps to know how to make each element of a quick painting. So, without further ado, may I present a Quickie Flower (with watercolor). Hopefully this helps you on your painting journey!

1. Ok, first find what flower you want to paint. When looking for inspiration, I like to go on… you guessed it… Pinterest! So I scrolled through flower photos (aren’t you glad I took a picture of me scrolling?) and found one that I liked. It’s basically your standard pink flower, with five petals and the longish shoots in the center (they have a scientific name, but how am I supposed to remember it?)

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2. Next, I sketched out the basic outline of the flower, somewhat lightly but not so lightly that it couldn’t be seen. Unfortunately, the camera couldn’t see it very well :/

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I added a second flower as well.

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Yeah, you can’t see those, can you? Sorry ’bout that. Then again, maybe I don’t want you to see them. My sketching skills are not extraordinary.

3. Then, I loosely (by loosely I mean “not staying in the lines”) colored in the flowers with a watery paintbrush and paint. If you don’t use enough water, you’ll be able to see the brush strokes and that’s not really what we’re going for here. I also added pink to the background. Notice how the flowers just sort of fade away at the end of the stem.

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And you’re done! Have fun and don’t forget to post your feedback or post ideas in the comments 🙂

~Heather

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Outdoor Photography

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Outdoor Photography

Hi! Time for another photography post 🙂

Here are some outdoor photos I took. The main difficulty I usually have with outdoor photography is light. There’s almost always way too much of it! However, I try to compensate by adjusting shutter speed, etc.

Greenery

Leaf

Greenish Flower Cocoa (my cat) Dandelion Dandy Pink

I hope you use my pictures as inspiration for your own! If you have any post ideas, let me know in that wonderful section known as The Comments.

~Heather

I’m a Focus Fanatic

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I’m a Focus Fanatic

Hello!

Time for more pictures! These were taken yesterday in the outdoors.

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Focus is one of my favorite toys! You can do so much with it, even on auto.

Here’s one example of focus:

This pictures looks ok…

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But now:

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With the focus only in front, the picture just looks more purposeful.

Again, this looks so-so:

Focus in back

But this looks pretty cool:

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By the way, in this pictures I use a Canon PowerShot SX120 IS.

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Sorry the above pic is a little blurry – I had to crop it because the bird was actually kind of small in the original.

That’s it for this post, folks. Adios! I hope you take my pictures and use them as inspiration for your own. Experiment with focus!

~Heather