365 Days of Art: Day 22 – A Feather

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year. This week, including tonight. has been full of late nights, so I have been doing small exercises rather than parts of bigger projects.

We had friends over for dinner, so I got a bit of a late start. I decided to do a quick exercise from Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. Tonight I did a feather. It got a little confusing when we were told to use Azure Blue, Indigo, and Burnt Sienna as the only colors but the instructions called for Ultramarine Blue. The places that said “ultramarine” looked an awful lot like Indigo, so I went with that.

It’s not the best feather. I didn’t realize until the end that in step 2 that we were supposed to make the feather’s edges more uneven and feathery. I also loaded too much water when I dropped indigo into the indigo and burnt sienna wet on wet parts, so I got blooms instead of dots. However, it was pretty fun, and I might try it again with different colors.

Mine is the one on the left this time.

Ugh, sorry the blog post is so boring. But the exhaustion from this week is setting in, and my brain is totally fried. I’m off to bed. Have a great night everyone!

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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