Painting Pumpkins

This video and Practice Pattern, Cat in the Pumpkin Patch is the first creation for you.

With all the hurricanes around it was very cool in Texas when I woke this morning. I couldn't help but think about fall. When I think about fall I think about barn cats and pumpkins and fall leaves. So I painted a black cat sitting in a pumpkin patch. 

This video will show you how I painted a 5x7 painting of a cat sitting in the pumpkin patch into my watercolor journal. I painted using my Keep The White Space Color Palette sitting on my lap. 

Before I start painting I always moisten my colors with a small mister bottle. Next, I begin to load the colors I know I want to use onto my palette tray. then I loaded each color I planned to use onto the palette tray.

All of the colors I am using are Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors.

I started with Rhodonite Genuine, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Lunar Black.

Later I added and Permanent Orange, Phthalo Yellow Green, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber.

I am painting on Global Arts Fluid 100 100% cotton watercolor paper inside of a Global Arts Watercolor Journal and I am painting with a Pentel brand water brush. Watch as I purposely lay down the colors. Each brush stroke as spontaneous as it looks is also planned. 

I make sure I have the right amount of water and just enough pigment to make the kind of stroke I want to make. 

This is the first layer, so at times I can use a wash of color as I did in the cats face. On the cats back, it is more intentional dark lines to show direction and variation that also creates the shape of the cat. I use the tip of the brush and at times and lay down the full brush to fill in a larger area. 

I am careful to not paint back and forth as I would if I was using a crayon. When you paint with a brush, like you would with a crayon most likely you are making a mess. The back and forth motion will cause the brush to act like a sponge. Lay the color down, go back over it and pick it up and lay down too much water. This can make a big mess. Learn to be intentional with your brush strokes.

I say get in and get out. Pick up the brush and then get in and get out again. 

Painting the pumpkins it is very important which direction the brush goes as I lay down the color. The plump orange pumpkin takes on the shape with each stroke. Some of the strokes are wider than others and some hold more color. Move slowly and deliberate as you lay down a brush stroke. Practicing the brush strokes in this manner will serve you as an artist regardless of what medium you are using. You will be better at oil painting, acrylic painting, pastel painting, even drawing mediums prove to be improved when you practice painting with watercolor. 

As I paint it is important to me to go slow enough to enjoy the water and the colors as they create the shape I make with my brush...if anything has made me a better painter it is slowing down and showing up for what I am doing. 

My ink lines are a sketch made on top of the painting. This enhances the art for the viewer. The definition and contrast with the lines give a whimsical look to the painting. A look that customers of my art have come to expect from me. The pen I use to sketch the lines is a .03 or ultra fine permanent marker. I have used many different brands over time and as long as it is a permanent marker it will work. I provide an ultra fine sharpie for my students to use. When you are ready to add the black lines I suggest you practice on a scrap sheet of watercolor paper so you can adjust to the feel of the marker on the paper. Many students outline until they become comfortable sketching on the painting. I have attached the practice pattern to this video for you to download and print and use if you want to paint this painting. Let me know if you would like me to send you a water brush and a dot card of my palette of colors. My email address is [email protected]

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