• Annie Mason


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Let's start with basic supplies:

Sakura Koi 30 color sketch set

Strathmore Watercolor Paper

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours

Sable Watercolor Brushes

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Additional art supplies:

Small and large circle templates

Micron Pens

Watercolor Pencils

Lastly, not necessarily needed, it's nice to have this equipment or furniture items:

Table Easel

Adjustable 4' folding table

If you like to video your work in progress

or you like to do tutorials:

Gooseneck iPhone Holder

Versital tripod with remote

Good lighting:

I am fortunate to have skylights in the third-floor studio that I work in. [For a tour please see My Happy Haven] I have had both of these lamps for more years than I would like to admit. You want as much natural light as possible because you are picking out colors when you paint and you want to have those colors true to the eye. These two lamps are indispensable. I do not believe that I have ever had to replace the LED bulbs on either lamp...and am talking decades.

Verilux floor lamp Verilux table lamp

Keep your artwork safe:

Art Portfolio Presentation Book

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To thank you for reading this blog, here is a slideshow sweep of my artwork using the products listed. Painting gives me great pleasure. Enjoy (2 min. 49 sec)

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In 1557, a man by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called "A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry." In the April husbandry section, he wrote:

Sweet April showers

Do spring May flowers

(credit: Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Milton Johnson army.mil/article )

This memorable poem has underlying meanings that parents are apt to use when things go awry or things going off track with their kids, "April showers bring May flowers" is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case, the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed -- even an abundance of flowers in May. "April showers bring May flowers" is also a lesson in patience and one that remains valid to this day.

The early weeks of April still offer chilly days, but mostly warmer so that there is more likely rain, rather than snow. And yes, up come the flowers. Where am I going with this?

Why flowers, of course. You know how I love painting flowers. (See the blog post Coneflowers Galore.

Let's start with these delightful seed packs: Mayflowers, Marigolds, and Mountain Meadows kit.

Are you ready for a watercolor tutorial? Let's paint a few quick marigolds: [2 min. 41 sec]

Marigold watercolor

I love seed pack art, especially vintage packs. It gives me pleasure to do reproductions (that are long past copyrighted). My only problem is that I do not have calligraphy skills (practice as I may), so I have to put in the lettering using editing software like Photoshop.

Here are some samples from Society6 collection "Vintage Seed Packets"

Flowers are such tokens of affection this time of year. Valentine's Day was the most recent occasion but coming up is Mather's Day, where roses are a possible choice for a gift.

April to May the flowers begin to shine their colors for us to behold: crocus, daffodils, tulips, and iris begin to soak up the rainy days, then sunshine which then give us joy:

I dabble in a bit of genealogy and my ancestors came from Poland in the early 1900s. My grandmother was 22 years old when she came into Ellis Island with two stepchildren in tow. I can't imagine how frightening that was. A strange, but promising new world. I have to wonder what prompted her to leave the country of her birth.

Going back farther: what was it that about 100 people were seeking when they boarded a ship named the Mayflower heading for a place unknown where they could find religious freedom from The Church of England. Destined to settle in Plymouth, the pilgrims had to deal with cramped quarters and rough seas making the trip dreadful.

Intending to land in Virginia, the ship was thrown off course by storms. As a result, the ship landed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

For more on the Voyage of the Mayflower

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That is your history lesson for today. Back to flowers. Can you tell I love flowers? And birds. Check my home page -----> flowers, birds, insects !!!

Welcome, spring!

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So you want to paint some easy flowers? Let's get started. First, I use a hard pencil (2-HB) which will let you erase your pencil lines. Don't make your lines too dark. (You will want to erase them before you add any watercolor). I use a kneaded eraser, letting my lines be just enough to know where my flower shapes are placed.

Next, I add the oval or circle shapes to where the tops of the flowers are going to be. I frequently use odd numbers of flower shapes, including the ones that might be small and hidden behind other flowers.

Now that I have my placement of where the flowers are on my page, and my paints, my water, and my paper towel (watch my videos. I sometimes don't even know it's in my left hand)

It's time for the fun.

For you, flower lover/gardeners catch this article: How to Grow and Care for Purple Coneflower. from my friends at happydiyhome.com

Recommended materials:

Watch this short video. Lightly sketch out the areas with pencil.

It's now a question of building layers and details. This is where the artist (you) needs to determine what to add or how dark to make the details. Yep. I still have a hard time with this. Is it DONE? As many years as I have been painting, I still regret the "I wish I had stopped earlier" syndrome.

An artist friend of mine said: "When you think you are done, you are past done".

Or "A work is finished when an artist says it is finished." ~ Rembrandt

So there. That's specific enough for me.

For the full finish watch the YouTube video below. I use a lot of pens and colored watercolor pencils for detail. It's just a trait of mine.

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Watercolor video of coneflowers from drawing, laying colors, and detail to end.

(1 min 32sec).

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