One afternoon, I was shopping at Blick’s (my favorite art store) and I discovered an awesome set of watercolor paint. It’s called QOR, and they make incredibly vivid and bright watercolors with surprising transparency. I made a few free form paintings with layers of orange, pink, and yellow. The colors truly shine on a good quality watercolor paper such as Canson or Arches cold pressed. After making a few ombre sunsets, I thought it would be fun to make animal shapes out of them. Out came my pens and pencils and a few sketches later I joined my watercolor background images with my hand drawn animal shapes in photoshop!
So there you have it, the origin of my sunset moose painting. I like the way his antlers turned out! He is available in printed form on high quality archival paper in my etsy shop. He also has a matching bear friend available in the same sunset watercolors.
Back to my obsession with Blick’s… The reason I love this store so much? All of the people who work there are artists too, and some of them are just as awkward as I am 🙂 They have workshops on weekends where you can learn new painting techniques and try out supplies. And, AND they don’t make you feel weird for spending 47 minutes in the paint aisle. Blick’s is a porthole into a dimension where time ceases to exist. I’ve never seen a clock in the store. This is my happy place. When I finally check out with bags of creativity supplies, the sun is a few notches lower in the sky, and I’ve forgotten to eat lunch again.
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Watercolor Fox Paintings
by Katrina Pete
These furry little guys are so much fun to paint! I love their mannerisms and inquisitive ways, and they remind me of our dog, Fletcher! View more of my watercolor woodland animals paintings and prints in my etsy shop.
After our dog, Brandee, died I thought I’d paint her portrait someday. It’s difficult to paint her happy furry face without tears. So instead I’ll paint the deep blues and blacks of the night sky speckled with stars of unknown distances.
On that day we meet again,
We will look to the stars with wonder
Oh, how our light shines on
Long after we’re gone
Soft, delicate pink petals and coral blossoms were inspired by my Aunt’s beautiful garden. I painted this coral and light green botanical watercolor on Arches 100% cotton watercolor paper. Various print sizes are available in my etsy shop here!
It brings me so much joy to create paintings and prints for my customers, and I LOVE hearing feedback about why a painting or print is special for you.
Some of my customers send me photos of their nurseries or homes with my artwork. I’ve created a page of nurseries and homes featuring my art (with customer permission). If you would like to be featured, let me know!
My watercolor print, “Birds on a Wire’, is featured in this beautiful coral and mint nursery.
Here is a link to the print in my etsy shop, also available in peach and mint!
Here are a few more customer testimonials from my etsy shop
“Big thanks to Katrina !
Painting is amazing, arrived in great condition. It was fast and effective.
Dealing with her was super and we are absolutely in love with the final result in our little girl nursery !
Don’t hesistate one more second!” -Laurence
“This print is beautiful! Words cannot express how much I love it!” -Sherry
“The painting is adorable and arrived in pristine condition. Can’t wait to give it to my mom for Mother’s Day!” -Cassidy
“This is a perfect piece for our gender neutral nursery! It’s truly heart melting whenever somebody looks at it!” -Nicole