Sunday, 10 April 2016

PLAYING WITH WATERCOLOURS

I've not had a lot of time to make art in the past weeks, but in the last few days I got out my watercolours and sketchbooks and just had a play.




Linda is hosting at the "Art Journal Journey" challenge this month with the theme "For the Record - Inspired by a Song", so, as I was on a watercolour journey, I made two watercolour pieces for this theme.



The first was inspired by the song "You've got a Friend" made famous by Carole King.
It was painted with watercolours and metallic pens in an 8 x 8 inch sketchbook.






The second was inspired by the song "I saw a light shine from a window" sung by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas.
It was painted with oil pastels and watercolours in 8 x 8 inch sketchbook.






If you would like to listen to these two songs, here are the two links to Youtube.

"You've got a friend"
"I saw a light"



I enjoy playing with watercolours.  Artists pens are good fun, especially when painting very small, but often I don't have the right colour of pen;  with watercolours it's possible to mix any shade you want, from light to dark (at least that's the theory!).

35 comments:

  1. Pretty pages Sheila, and nice colours, too. Billy Kramer is a trip back in time! Thanks for joining our challenge at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

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  2. That Carole King's song is truly a classic. I like the art it has inspired in you!

    Water color pens are a challenge to me, should be brave enough to use them!

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  3. Wow - both pages are wonderful Sheila! Now I am off to hear the songs as well!
    Happy Sunday dear Sheila! Thank you for making time to participate in Art Journal Journey again!
    Have a great Sunday!
    oxo
    Susi

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  4. Very sweet page "You've got a friend! Fine colors for "I saw a light", I think this is the certain on the right side - very cool!

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  5. love the 'You've got a friend ' page, such a sweet and cute expression on the bird !!

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  6. The light is shining on a strange friendship. Love the bird. Super watercolours. Good music. Love the combinations, Awesome !!

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  7. Gorgeous pages and great songs I was in love with Billy J Kramer such a long time ago now

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  8. I always love your pages. Your colors and whimsy are so much fun, and I love ow you added the songs to them. Happy weekend! :) Erika

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  9. Two great song to be inspired by, the pages are both fantastic, but I have to say I love the one with the fish and bird.
    Yvonne xx

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  10. A bird and fish are friends and flowers grow in the air. I must be at Orange Esmeralda's blog! Nothing is more delightful than your whimsical paintings. Did you only outline and highlight with the metallic pens or did you also put water to them? And the view through the window...I want to live there and gaze upon this fantastic sight every day! I love the colors you make. And I love the way you work with the pastels. I'm coming over for a lesson with those!

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  11. You've painted very sweet and beautiful pages, Sheila. Thanks for the videos. Love the songs.
    Happy Sunday to you 🐈

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  12. Your you've-got -a -friend-painting is so nice, but it's not easy to come together for both. The pretty green fish must jump out of the water to kiss the bird friend. What a wonderful idea, Sheila! The flowers give all a nice frame.
    This song I know well, the other I have to listen first, perhaps I know it, too .... Ulrike

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  13. The 2. song ist written by John Lennon and Paul, how great to hear this song ... oh that was long ago! Ulrike again

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  14. these are both delightful pages and songs! I love the resist effect of the oil pastels and the watercolors. Must give it a try. Thanks for joining in at AJJ!

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  15. That's so lovely, Sheila! I watched your beautiful friends and the light listening to the music. Thanks for the links! It's so nice to see that your little fish with it's red hair has very good friend who will be there for him - and the other way round as well. And framed with all this flowers who are watching this heartworming friendship scene.
    And your light shine from a window invites for dreaming. It's a wnderful atmosphere with the purple leaves!
    I just came back from our Sunday excursion so I haven't seen this earlier.

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    1. Do you make this book by ourself? The spirale goes through the cover of this books. Or do you paint on the cover of this books directly?

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  16. Hi Sheila! I love both of your wonderful works of art! And both songs - You've got a friend and I Saw! Totally and absolutely amazing, creative, and so beautiful!!!!

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  17. ah, both your pieces are quite charming. i love the idea of a bird and a fish being curious enough with one another to become friends. happy art, for me.

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  18. Gosh, Sheila. I LOVE your art. The friends were so cleverly done, and I agree that watercolors probably blend much easier than any colored pen. Your art always stands out and makes me smile. It has such fun themes, and fun characters. And those luscious colors!

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  19. Lovely pages Sheila, the first scene that you've created with these funny characters is adorable. Love your effective watercolour and oil pastels technique. Great choice of songs!

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  20. Wieder wunderschöne Bilder liebe Sheila! Am besten gefällt mir das mit dem Vogel und dem Fisch! So unterschiedlich sind die beiden und doch sind sie Freunde! Die Blumen verbinden diese Freundschaft! Herrlich!
    ♥lich Claudia

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  21. 2 blasts from the past songs and fabulous artwork that made me smile - love them!
    Gill x

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  22. Again so colourful paintings, I love specially the orange red cover and the last vibrant image. It looks a bit as batik effect. I think you would make wonderful creation with that batik technique!
    The little bird and his friend are so cute, I love the composition very much.
    Have a nice evening and a sunny day tomorrow,
    (By the way Yahoo had the last days great problems with the mail accounts, no person comes in. But now it works again ok!)
    Big hugs Anja

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  23. These are so soft and beautiful, you have such a special way with either pen or paint that makes your art so yours, always refreshing and uplifting to visit your way!

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  24. Great songs and great painting. The fish is doing its best to reach the bird. The little flowers are like the background singers for the songs. Super colours and patterns.

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  25. Wow, you make such lovely work with watercolours, so inspiring. Happy Friday!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  26. Lots of loveliness! Your pages are so bright and cheeful, Sheila.
    I love 'I've got a Friend'. It illustrates the song beautifully. I also really like how you mix mediums I wouldn't try using together i.e. watercolours and oil pastels.
    Thanks for all your comments. Jx

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  27. both are awesome... but the "friends" is my favorite page. they look so positive - so i think they will master the barrier. i love the Colors you achieve with watercolors very much.

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  28. Can't sleep, so having a grand catchup with all my internet activities - including, f course your blogs! The second painting is my firm favourite and I just love how the colours change from vivid on the left to soft and muted in the middle, then back again to more vivid on the right! The zigzags are almost like a curtain, or a frieze. It would make a lovely cover for a little notebook! Hugs, and have a good Thursday x

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  29. The clarity of the colours is amazing, happy and inviting

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  30. Gorgeous pages... how did I miss this? I had that Carole King album...but never heard the other song...thanks for the link... Great job!

    Hugs Giggles

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  31. Isn't 'playtime' just the best?! I like your watercolor paintings, especially 'you've got a friend' - great interpretation for the song.

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