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Tips & tricks: how to start and when to end

Just by looking at black and white ink drawing next to watercolors, we can imagine so many possibilities. This is a great starting point – just pick the illustration and start mixing the colors. I chose sparrows – I had clear plan how to overcome the confusing feeling of starting and having too much choices. I googled for “sparrow” in images. Then I observed them very carefully, paying special attention to different color tones. Before my “research” I thought that sparrows are brownish grey, but after looking at them, I started to notice that there are so many types of brown and grey. To make my coloring more interesting, I decided to exaggerate those little differences. I saw a little bit of blue and of red, and of course yellow. And who said that all sparrows should look like real ones? They are mine, so I can choose their look. I started with tails, Then continued with spots that could be in the same color tone. After some work I took break (you will notice that day turns into night). I like to take breaks, they help to refresh my eye. I have noticed that I always like the beginning of my drawing, then I have a feeling then I have spoiled everything, but I know that it takes just a little bit to get painting in good shape again. I try to take break before first spoiling or after I have colored some time, but still like the outcome. And I choose to finish my drawing before second spoiling or when I love my artwork again after rescuing first failure. Thank you, Kristine, for the lines, I enjoyed finishing those little creatures!

Here are some other versions of sparrows:

By Zane Karklina:

by Madara Lazdina:

by Agnese Zvirbule:

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Tips & tricks: a bit of gold

Just before Christmas season I quite spontaneously bought Winsor & Newton gold gouache. I would never think of myself painting something in gold, but it seemed so appropriate this season. It is an amazing medium to make anything festive and it is really hard to spoil something. The only case would be to use it too much.

I used watercolor brushes, a bit of water for splashes and just pure gold gouache. Enjoy!