Corinne maakt

My drawing and painting life

Little owl

Jan89_OWL IC9_crop

Little owl , appr. 12 x 16 cm.  Watercolor, pen, gesso, charcoal and paint pen on smooth watercolor paper


Finished on January 8, day 130.

This is on a watercolor paper that is new to me, really smooth. At first I didn’t like it much. It seems to allow the paint to shine more, as if the white of the paper comes through more easily. I don’t know for sure.


12 comments on “Little owl

  1. planetmetalhead
    January 10, 2016

    Nice style. I mainly draw in pencil and ink… I think I am going to try to start watercolor next week. Any advice for a beginner?

    • corinnebekker
      January 10, 2016

      Thank you, planetmetalhead. To be fair the technique Iuse here, I learned from Carla Sonheim – and I just work on applying it so often it gets more my own with every step (see blog tomorrow for a post on that). For advice about watercolors? Get a small set of reasonable watercolors, like Winsor and Newton 12 half pans (or anything available near you) and just play with it. How much water to add, how to mix colors. Don’t go for results straight away. Buy at least one brush that is meant for watercolor. If it doesn’t work – there’s reasonable watercolor lessons online (Craftsy). And there must be free videos on youtube. Look for terms like: watercolor washes, wet into wet, wet on dry. Watercolor has a mind of its own – which I think is a good thing. There used to be a free lesson in a series of six art lessons on the website of Derwent (an art supply maker in the UK). If you can get it from a library there are nice watercolor books too. Veronice Lawlor Water Paint Play for instance. Hope you don’t mind the rant/ I guess not considering your blogs tagline is “Rantings, Ravings and art from the heart”. 😉 Good luck.

      • planetmetalhead
        January 11, 2016

        Thanks for all the great advice Corrine! I could get used to epic responses like this one. Ill check out your page today.

      • corinnebekker
        January 11, 2016

        Thanks, I hope it works for you.
        I felt it could be seen as a bit ‘overpowering’ for a response – glad you don’t see it that way. I will not make it a habit though. 🙂

    • corinnebekker
      January 10, 2016

      By the way, I like your line work and shading on your blog!

      • planetmetalhead
        January 11, 2016

        Thank you it is all work in progress. Learning as I go as are we all. 🙂

  2. Adorably wonderful owl!! Love this!

    • corinnebekker
      January 10, 2016

      Thanks, Charlie for your continued support and enthusiasm. I wonder what you’ll think of tomorrow’s piece… I know you’ll think it adorable too. 😉

  3. Susan Feniak
    January 14, 2016


  4. Rose
    January 17, 2016

    Love your owl!

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