April 2022 | Moths, Bettas, Logos, & More

Topics: Watercolor Exploration, Luna Moth, Betta Fish, Matboard Plus, Logo Changes, Tyson the Redbone Coonhound, and Upcoming Projects.

Watercolor Exploration

If you follow my social media pages, you’ll know that on occasion, I will post photos of watercolor that I’m attempting. It’s a very finicky medium and I’m determined to get the hang of it one way or other. I have bought all the good supplies, but the forking paints don’t like to cooperate with me. I’ve been dubbing around with a Goat tutorial by Louise DeMasi, but argh it look horrible. So today I have sketched out a hummingbird and will attempt that tutorial instead.

Edit: I started this post a few weeks ago, and have since completed the Hummingbird and another bird, though I will admit the Hummingbird came out far, far better than the Wren!

Shoutout to Matboard Plus

I’ve been buying mats for years and sometimes the quality is hit or miss. You can get bulk packs of black or white for cheap on Amazon, but what about when you want customization or color but don’t want to go into bankruptcy? Well, the best company I have found for this is Matboard Plus. They have fantastic prices and customization is incredibly easy. I have ordered dozens and dozens of mats in weird sizes and they are perfect every time. The prices and color selection are also notable. As some of you know, I recently completed a sunflower piece and I’m having a hard time deciding what color mat to frame it with. The white just seems too stark. I really didn’t want to take my chances on ordering colors sight unseen, so was thrilled to discover that this company offers a binder of swatches – and for a mere $10!!!! Wow! Here is the link:

Luna Moth

Now that I’m feeling a little more myself after the most awful two months post-COVID, I am trying to get to work on some tutorials. The first test piece I created was Luna Moth. I plan to use it as the basis of my first video tutorial. The biggest hurdle I have to overcome at this point is figuring out how to simplify it, and make sure my fake nails don’t keep popping off my fingers while I’m filming!

Here are photos of the test piece. I think it came out beautifully. Check out the original Luna Moth I made way back in 2015!

Quilled Luna Moth
Quilled Luna Moth

Luna Moth Detail Gallery

Betta Fish

While I was working on a dog portrait, I happened to come across a watercolor tutorial by Louise De Masi of a Betta Fish. Well, let’s just say that I’m beginning to question whether or not I am capable of watercolor and immediately saw the potential for the Betta to be created with paper instead. And let’s face it, I think it’s clear where my talent lies! The seed grew fast and furious and before I knew it I was cutting paper and ordering in colors and here it is:

Quilled Betta Fish
Quilled Betta Fish

Betta Detail Gallery

New Logo and Watermark

For those of you following me over the years, you’ll probably recall several iterations of my logo and watermark. It’s been a long journey, but I believe art is about evolution and growth. So, as I grow and change as an artist, I feel it’s important to alter my logo to reflect my current “phase.” I think this is the first series of photos I’ve used my new watermark on. Do you like it? It feels feminine and airy to me and I really like it. For now, LOL. Give me a year and I’m sure I’ll be revamping it again.

Tyson

If you follow me, you get the bonus added content of my Coonhound. He doesn’t get a lot of likes (thank you Carla for being pretty much his only fan!), but because he is such a huge part of my life, I can’t stop sharing photos of him. So, if you hate dogs, keep scrolling. But, if you want to see the embodiment of perfection and beauty and loyalty and love and all the warmest of all the fuzzies, gaze at this handsome beast. He is a marvel and the reason my heart continues to beat. I love my boo-boop so much it hurts.

Upcoming Projects

It’s hard to believe it’s already the first week of April. I’m taking a few days to clean up from the Betta project and then I have to excise a kidney and filter out all my plasma to give to the IRS. We got totally boned again this year, san lubricant. It’s hard to believe, really. But, it is what it is. Depressing that every spring turns into a heartburn factory for us because we just never know how bad it’s going to be. Anyways, if they haven’t sucked the life-force from us like the Skeksis did to the Gelflings, I will be starting a few more projects later this month.

Dog Portraits: Ongoing project. It’s a secret so I can’t show pics until it’s done! Suffice it to say the little bugger is wicked cute, black and white, and will be my second ever dog portrait. I’ve also decided to do one of Tyson, but in very large format. I haven’t worked out the details, but I’m pretty excited about it.

Architectural Pieces: I have one that is currently in process, and another that I was asked to do. But the one in process is a secret, too. Ugh! All these gifts and here I am, nearly incapable of keeping secrets. I’m the type who will give out gifts a week early because I can’t take the suspense! LOL

Logo: I have a logo to make. And, as you might have guessed, it’s a secret. Ugh. I will say that it’s an insect. That is all for now.

Tutorials: I know I’m getting a lot of messages about tutorial progress. So here is how that’s going… Slowly. LOL The Luna Moth is hitting some technical resistance as far as keeping it simplified enough to make a single video and not a weeks’ worth! I’ve made the template files for the following:

  • Chickadee
  • Oriole
  • Blue Jay
  • Nuthatch
  • Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Hummingbird
  • Luna Moth
  • Goldfinch

It’s really just a matter of getting them filmed which seems to be more complex for me than is sensible. I’d LOVE to know how creators on Youtube and TikTok do it!!! I need advice.

For more details on the birds… Each bird will be a relatively simply beginner tutorial that will use a combination of an SVG file and video tutorial. I might eventually turn them into “kits” both e-kits and complete kits. I’d love to get some feedback on this. Anyways, the birds will be sized to fit an 8″ x 8″ frame or mat. This will make them easy to get framing for and I will provide links of where you can buy them.

That is it for the time being. I will see you all again in May – and as always, with a whole new batch of project photos! Thanks for supporting me and my art!


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