Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lessons 4, 5, and 6

With all the big family events spanning the whole month of May (our Anniversary, 2 son's graduations, and our grand-darling's first birthday, as well as 6 people arriving to stay with us from out of state during the month) I was WAY behind in my water color class.  I finally finished the last lesson (though there is a bonus lesson, I've yet to do!) just today, so here they are...

Lesson 4 was 'Garden Tools', I photographed my grandparents old galvanized tin watering can, which I still use daily. 

Lesson 5 was 'Critters and Creatures in the Garden' and I photographed a juvenile black chinned hummingbird in our pine tree to use as a reference, here's my little painting of her...

Lesson 6 was a tutorial on creating realistic looking water/dew drops on leaves or flower petals.  I simply sat down in front of our instructors online video and tried my best to copy her instructions, and am pretty pleased with the results. 

This class has been really valuable in helping me to gain experience with watercolors in the format of nature journaling, which I love.  Also in helping me to over come my fear of not producing a 'perfect' result.  The results no longer 'need' to be perfect, the process is so fun, and enjoyable, and I'm capturing memories and creating, it's a bonus if the painting turns out to have 'good' aspects to it too.  Don't hesitate to take a course from Imaginarytrips.com if you think you'd enjoy something like this too.  I highly recommend it!



  1. What fun to wander over here to your blog today after I saw your comment about having things in common. I enjoyed looking at your images here together on your blog. I've had a hard time keeping up with all the image on the class blog because of time -- there are over 250 posts!! Anyway... I hope to visit your blog again and see you in another class. Keep sketching and painting!!

  2. Hi Katie !!!

    I was checking my blog and I found that you left a comment a few weeks ago. It was really interesting that we have lived in the same towns. I did live in Yucaipa from 1968 to 2001. Then I moved to Highland. There is an orange grove behind my house. It smells so good around here in April when the trees have blossoms.
    At the end of the IVTG series I got busy with end of school stuff and my granddaughter. So I didn't get to see and read the blog at the end. I wish the Blog could stay up for a couple months before it goes down. I did all the paintings except the last one with the waterdrops. I had already done some water drops in my first painting on the Sorrell.
    Are you taking another Trip class? I'm might wait for winter or when I have more time. It is nice hearing from you. Thank you. Carol

  3. Hi Carol, I'm glad you saw my comment, I had forgotten about it till I got yours, tee hee! I totally understand how very busy and sometimes overwhelming life can get. I wish the IVTG trip could remain up longer as well, maybe Laure will adjust that in the future, it's hard to keep up with all the comments and posts there once it gets going. I guess I should have copied and pasted instructions and information that I would want to review, but I was barely able to keep up with the class as it was. I do hope to take another one, winter will be good... we've got a son moving to NY this August and the wedding of another son in Oct. So I won't attempt to do one during all that. I don't remember if I mentioned that my dad grew up in Highland, his father was an Orange rancher, with huge groves in east Highland, I used to play there as a child. :) I hope the rest of your summer finds opportunities for you to paint.
    Blessings! Katie