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.
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.
Five Whales, painted in watercolor and stacked neatly on top of one another. They were painted in the lovely watery colors of the sea; ultramarine, yellow ochre, pthalo blue, and indigo. Little speckles and blooming blotches on their marine bodies illustrate the ever-changing washes of light filtering through the waves above.
My watercolor whales look adorable in a nautical themed room, and harmonize well with my other beach/nautical paintings. I’ve included a narwhal, beluga whale, sperm whale, humpback, and a right whale in this painting.
This nautical print is available in various sizes in my etsy shop
Two harbor seals, watercolor painting by Katrina Pete
by Katrina Pete
11×14 inch watercolor on cotton rag paper.
This is the first of a series of paintings showcasing the friendships between animals.
View my watercolor process
Here’s a snapshot of my progress and techniques used in my harbor seal watercolor painting. My goal in this painting was to achieve a balance of expressive brush strokes with precise detail, and transparent layers of color and reflection. I forgot to take photos of the early stages, as I was having such a good time painting! Hopefully, my descriptions will help illustrate my process.
- Blick Studio Natural round #12 brush, Windsor & Newton Round sable #3 & 4, and sable synthetic round #5
- Van Gogh 12 color traveling artists palette using Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre
- HWC Holbein Artist’s watercolors in Davy’s Grey and Lavender, Sennelier Cerulean Blue, and Greenish Umber.
- Arches 100% cotton cold pressed watercolor paper
How to Paint Fur with Watercolor
I used the ‘wet in wet’ watercolor technique to paint the soft and subtle spots of the seal’s fur. The seals are grayish brown and white, but their fur reflects the colors of the sea and ice around them. Since Harbor Seals live in northern Arctic waters, I used hints of lavender and cerulean blue to showcase the beautiful colors of their habitat.
I used masking fluid to paint the whiskers of the two seals. While the paper was dry, I applied thin lines with a toothpick. After the final layer is dry, I peeled them off with an eraser and realized they were too stark white. I applied a transparent layer of yellow ochre over some of the white whiskers and a bit of cerulean blue in the shadows to make them blend in harmony with the rest of the painting.
Painting Eyes in Watercolor
Painting eyes is the most difficult part of the painting for me, so I often save it for last. I start with layers of color. I believe the best watercolor eyes include a combination of many watercolor techniques including hard and soft lines, layers of color and contrast to show reflections, and transparency. While the paint is still wet, I gently blot some of the pigment out of the center of the eye to create a transparent effect.
Sea Glass watercolor painting by Katrina Pete
My Grandma was a rock collector. She had the largest agate collection I have ever seen. Her enthusiasm for rock collecting was inherited by my Dad. He used to take me ‘agate hunting’ after rain storms. We would go to construction sites where the earth was moved around revealing untouched treasures below. But only if the sun emerged from behind the clouds- so that tiny glints of red agate would glimmer in the light against the dusty ground.
We went agate hunting on family vacations, at the beach, and especially along the North Shore on Lake Superior. And I wouldn’t stop at only picking up agates. Among my treasured finds, I had cold water agates, thomsonite, driftwood, small fossils, shark teeth, amethyst, sand dollars in Florida, shells, coral, and sea glass. Each piece has a story to tell, and each story ends and a new one begins once in the hands of a new collector.
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Watercolor on cotton rag, 8×10 inches
My beach glass watercolor painting was inspired by trips to Lake Superior. Nestled among the polished smooth blue, gray and maroon stones along the North Shore are tiny gleaming bits of polished beach glass. I’ve collected glass from Duluth to Lutsen and Grand Marais. Little bits of history reflecting light from the shore, the sharp edges softened over time with each gentle wave.