Monday, 8 February 2016

WATERCOLOUR BIRDIES

I'm not very good with workshops or art courses, not because I don't like them, but because I think that's the teacher's idea not mine, so I can't use it.

However last week I found a blog written by Caterina with an occasional blogpost on a series "30 days of watercolor" which enchanted me, because Caterina shows each small watercolour she makes with a full description of how she made it, but then you can easily take the idea and make it completely your own. 

I made a little minimalist watercolour from the first lesson and it was pure fun.

My tree and the star are cut-outs from previous artworks and the text is font "Pea Sheila" computer-generated afterwards. 
It measures 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cms).





As I already had my watercolours and brushes out, I started another piece right away which eventually turned into 



HAPPY VALENTINE BIRDIES





After it was finished, I wasn't 100% happy with it, so I gave it some photo-editing which is the version you see here.  
I didn't use any sophisticated filters, only gave it one tweak of the "Shake" effect which blurs the outlines, and altered some of the colours.
The painting measures 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cms).



Linking to 
"Art Journal Journey" where the theme is "If Music be the Food of Love" 
and to
"Try it on Tuesday" where the theme is "A Fine Romance"
and to
"Paint Party Friday".

45 comments:

  1. Beautiful work Sheila, and sooooo big again! I'm glad you explained that the shaky effect comes from a filter and not from shaky hands like mine, I need a filter to counteract the effects of shaky fingers! Thanks a lot for joining us at Art Journal Journey and TIOT, and have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Your sweet little birds love to sing and the flowers dance to the lovly music. Some of the flowers have faces. The two on the left side seem to be in love. I'm not sure if the beings underneath the flowers are dancing as well but it could be possible!!
    The picture is beautiful and heart warming
    Best Beate

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  3. Both pieces are lovely... I love your blue tree ( enchanting colours ) and the happy bird- couple - they are so cute and happy ♥ to find those fat caterpillars - valentine dinner ♥♥♥
    Thanks a lot for supporting us at Art Journal Journey as well as playing with us at TioT's dear Sheila!
    Don't be shy to copy the workshop teachers -- I really think that they don't mind... and we have to learn the new techniques first by copying.... that's normal!
    I do this most of my time when I join a workshop ...
    often do it even a second time to remember the techniques and then eventually I have checked the new techique and am able to bring it together with my own ideas...
    but not always...lol.

    oxo
    Susi
    Wishing you a happy new week!

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  4. Sweet tree and birdies. Glad you found a class you like! It is hard not to see someone's process and then turn around and make
    it you own. xox

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  5. sheila, you will always find YOUR artistic style in everything you do, because you will adopt everything changing it into your direction. and that´s what art is. mixing something you are inspired of - maybe even copying it first, but then your Fantasy will get it mixed up and turn it "yours".
    i like your valentine birds, and seeing the tree with the stars i immediately thought this would be such a nice playing Card. you could make a set of this style. totally yours.
    have a great week, sheila. weather here is stormy and rainy and nasty all in all...

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  6. Thank you Sheila for the mention !! I find your work bright and sooooo cute. Have a great day ;-)

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  7. Both creations are beautiful, but I love your valentine birdies, what a great colors!
    Groetjes Karin

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  8. I love the simplicity of that minimalist watercolour! So adorable .... I think when you do a workshop you will always put something of yourself in it, and the more you do it, the more it becomes your own technique, with your own touches and additions, and not so much a copy of the teacher. At least, that's what it should be .... ;-)

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  9. Lets hear it for the creepy crawlies, the're magnificent, as well as the birdies of course. Super mix of watercolour and photoshop as always. Love it, Awesome !!

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  10. The colors of the birds and the hearts in this picture are beautiful, but I'd like to see the original image, with which you were not satisfied. I am sure, it is also very well done without shake effec! Grüße von Ulrike

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  11. Oooh gorgeous... I see next years Christmas card!! I love it and the valentine birdies are adorable too!!I agree about the course..the more we are able to make our own the better!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Two great pieces, your page looks fantastic and its a super shake effect.
    Yvonne xx
    p.s. Thank you for coming over to TioT's and sharing this with us.

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  13. A great page, like the shake effect thank you for joining us on the TioT challenge hugs Bee.

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  14. I am always inspired by your art, because it is SO much different than mine. I love your watercolor paintings and the hearts. Of course, the birds were simply adorable. Minimalist is NOT what I think of when I think of you, but your blue tree certainly qualifies. I adore it. The shake effect was quite effective, I might add!!!!

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  15. I'm glad you found a class to take, and I know what you mean wanting to make things your own. You certainly did here. Your style comes through so clearly. Another fun piece!! :)

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  16. I find it wonderful that you found inspiration and made it your own. Each piece is charming as can be. We have some blue pines, that are more blue than green so lovely and your tree is lovely too. Oh yes, Valentine's is nearing, good to prepare and celebrate already.

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  17. Your little birds are perfect take on our theme A fine romance! Thanks for sharing your piece with us at TioT.

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  18. I absolutely love your 2 works of art and am so happy that you found a blog to inspire you! They are very beautiful! And 30 days of watercolor sounds amazing!!!!

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  19. Beautiful artwork and I also love the little birdies with hearts. I know what you mean about workshops, I like to learn techniques but if I've created something using another person's design, it doesn't feel like my own. Cheers, Shirleyxx

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  20. I love your first little tree with the purest of colours, the second one is sweet especially the two earth worms at the bottom of the picture

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  21. Your birds bring spring! They are fun!
    Thanks for the link, that's very interesting!

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  22. Your L♥vebirds are precious and look lovely in their Sheila surroundings.
    Your Blue Tree really speaks to me too with your fun "Pea Sheila" font.
    I know what you mean about the not wanting to copy dilemma when taking a new course.
    Your style is always unique and delightful.
    oxo

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  23. Wish me luck..... Your trees are always fantastic. I love how they always grow all decorated. Beautiful star color! I like that border. You know that I can only see that in black and white. LoL. Just kidding of course. Love the Pea Sheila font. The love birds are so delightful. Their colors are fabulous and their opposite color beating hearts...well, they are just made for each other. Your creatures with many legs are going to be in love soon too. I always love your flowers. I want a whole garden full of Sheila flowers! That squiggly editing is my favorite. Especially with writing. I hear ya on the classes. People take classes and then suddenly there are a million teacher-style artists running around.

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  24. Beautiful works of art, I love the birds.
    xxx Hazel.

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  25. Colourful, fun page with lovely little birds.
    Have a happy day, my friend xx

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  26. That sweet blue tree is so lovely, I love its simplicity, the bright star and the edge design, the other piece is full of sweet love and your beautiful creativity!

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  27. I agree with you regarding the art classes when they are the type where everyone paints exactly the same picture as it seems there is little room there for individuality. However, when the teacher shows his/her method or explains different techniques with room for you to then do it your own way it can be wonderful. It sounds like you found that with the watercolour class. These are quirky, lovely little pieces that still have your own style to them.

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  28. I love both your cards as usual, with their whimsical feel. The first one would work perfectly for Christmas too. Happy PPF, my friend!

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  29. I've never attended to any art class or art education, so I don't have an opinion about that.

    But I have an opinion about your watercolors! I enjoy that color world of the tree painting, beautiful, and I would have so much liked to see the original bird painting without those shakes.

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    1. I had to return here and show my amazement for your comment in my blog. Do you speak Finnish?? Or did google translator help you? I find it hard to believe that a translator could translate my poem, it has such kinky words in it :D

      Anyway, this was a surprise!

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  30. Love the blue tree one especially. I know what you mean about doing the teacher's image yourself. However, since I can't ever get a true likeness, I always feel like what I've drawn and painted is mine. The arrangement is the teacher's. Since I don't sell anything, I feel OK with this.

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  31. Such lovely work. Love the blue true and of course the birds--my favorite! xo

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  32. I really love the colors and graphic in your blue tree piece and I think it would make a wonderful Christmas card! Wonderful Valentine birdies too- enchanting!

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  33. Your little birds are absolutely enchanting. Your blue tree is beautiful too.
    Happy PPF

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  34. I love your blue tree and your love birds are beautiful! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

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  35. Loving your unique work, here and on Instagram. :)

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  36. Oh, very nice. Love your birds. Great job! Nice to see you.:))

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  37. Your minimalist watercolour is beautiful, Sheila. It just shows that so often simple can be so effective. I love your Valentine birdies, they look so happy and carefree. Jx

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  38. I love your card of the blue tree and when I read that you simply used cut outs for this I was immediately inspired again to try this as well. It looks so cute. I also love your colorful garden birds and the shake effect. It looks great! Like stained-glass windows in a famous building. I wish we could have your illustration in the windows our office building. It would make work so much easier and cheerfully!

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  39. I am so late getting to my comments...the kids have been here but am now back to normal. I love your birdies...and the blue tree one. I am assuming you took a picture of the birdie painting and then modified when you got in onto the computer...well, you did one precious job. genie

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  40. Both are beautiful and so different! Especially I like your lovely valentine birds. Wonderful colours!
    Hugs, Annette

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