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    Botanical

    Wedding Blossoms

    Watercolor Cherry Blossoms
    by Katrina Pete

    Langton Prestige Cold press watercolor paper
    10×13 inches

    I painted these blossoms as a gift for a dear friend on her wedding day. I’ll post a step by step tutorial soon of my process. The main colors I used were Holbein Quinacridone Violet and Holbein Opera Pink. I also used Burnt Umber, and hints of green using a mixture of indigo and aureolin yellow.The first wash was made with a wet-in wet technique. Once the paper dried, I started painting the flowers and forming shapes using a ‘negative space’ technique. I’ll explain more in my tutorial coming up soon!

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    Ocean Animals, Wild & Free

    Penguin Chicks

    Penguin Chicks
    Watercolor by Katrina Pete

    I painted these adorable penguin chicks using Holbein watercolor paint and Arches paper. I used Payne’s Gray, Sepia, davy’s Gray and hints of Yellow Ochre. Prints will be available in my Etsy shop. More ocean themed watercolor animals will be added to this collection soon.

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    Ocean Animals, Wild & Free

    Polar Bears

    I am adding more watercolor paintings to my series of Ocean Animals and Nautical collections. This polar bear watercolor was painted in blues, greens and shades of cream. The background sky reflects the colors of the Arctic Sea.

    This print of my original watercolor painting will be available in my Etsy shop among my many other watercolor animals.

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    Landscape, Travel

    Winter Thaw, Lebanon Hills

    It’s been a mild winter with many freeze-thaw cycles. The lakes nearby are always changing with the mood of the sky.

    This small painting is a study for a larger one I’m working on. I used a limited palette of Payne’s Grey with some green and blue.

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    Landscape, Travel

    Winter Landscape

    It was -21 degrees in Red Wing.  The afternoon sun hung low behind the trees. The icy Mississippi River was warmer than the winter air, and mist hovered between patches of frozen water.  Impressed with the surreal blue and purple landscape, I snapped a few photos and then ran back to the car before my fingers turned the same color.  I used to hate winter, but I am finding new ways to enjoy it through watercolor painting.

    Red Wing, MN

    Watercolor on cold pressed cotton rag paper

    by Katrina Pete

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