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    Botanical, Bursts of Fun!

    Lavender Cherry Blossoms

     

    Lavender Blossoms

    by Katrina Pete

    12×16 inch watercolor on Arches 300lb cold pressed paper

     

    My technique for my floral paintings involves a ‘wet-into-wet’ wash of color over damp paper. This is how I achieved the soft background effects. Heavier paper like 300lb Arches works very well with this method. It doesn’t buckle or warp under the wet paint, and remains much flatter than my 140lb paper. I still used tape along the edges and it stayed flat even after the paper dried. I painted a few branches into the wet wash, allowing them to fade a bit into the background. After the first wash dried, I added more layers of detail in the flowers and branches.

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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

    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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    watercolor print sets, Woodland Nursery

    Watercolor Fox Collection

     

    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.

     

     

     

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    Ocean Animals

    Whales Stacked

     

    Stacked Whales

    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

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    Bursts of Fun!

    ‘Rain Girl’

    “Rain Girl”
    by Katrina Pete
    9×12 inch watercolor on cotton rag paper

    I painted this in early April, when every other day seemed to be filled with rain. It’s that in-between season where the promise of spring grows heavy like an overfilled water balloon about to burst. Against a gray sky and a brittle brown earth, little emerald-green nubs of hostas and tulips emerge, as a prelude to the waterfall of color that will soon flood the sleeping landscape.

    So, I painted a colorful girl walking in the rain, wearing red boots and holding an umbrella. She is super excited for spring!

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