Lush Green Valleys and Evergreen Trees Watercolor Paintings

watercolor grass watercolor tree
Here is the watercolor artwork closer up. I painted the blades of grass first, then washed in more variegated green out to the white of the paper.
Watercolor Evergreen Tree on a lush green ground. Blades of grass against a purple clouded sky.
Watercolor Evergreen Tree on a lush green ground. Blades of grass against a purple clouded sky.
Watercolor painting. Big skies over a lush green valley.
Watercolor Painting. Big clouds in the sky over a lush green valley.
watercolor paintings trio purple blue green
Here are three new watercolor paintings I’ve done sitting over the fireplace.Latest 

Gallery of Recent Paintings

I stocked my shelves with some of my many paintings and other artwork, and I will have some of them for sale on my Etsy. I’m inclined to keep some of them for myself, but if there’s anything you like let me know and I’ll list it. All of the mini paintings are watercolors. The two goddesses Hecate and Diana are prints.  The Magic Red Roses are an acrylic painting.

 

Watercolor paintings of Monarch butterfly black and whit  cat mini paintings tulips clouds trees grass
i think these mini paintings of trees and grass and clouds and tulips are adorable. The small butterfly and cat watercolors are simple and sweet.

 

Hecate diptych print and mini watercolor paintings cat butterfly autumn tree snowflakes evergreens
The diptych depicts the goddess Hecate at the Crossroads with a fluffy white dog at day and at her night. Her torch looks like it’s really glowing. Mini paintings in watercolor of a cat a Monarch Butterfly and Snowflakes and an Autumn Tree.
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Gold framed snowflakes and an autumn tree mini watercolors.
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A sweet grey cat and a darling little butterfly in gold mini frames.
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Goddess Diana and lotus and reindeer are the smaller framed work. Vibrant red roses on a lush green ground in acrylic paint behind.

Forests Mountains and Roses Red and White Mural

The color of red in our kitchen is terrible. It clashes with every color in the house, it matches none of our furniture, and it colors everything in the kitchen in an unflattering light. In a different house, with white cupboards and black countertops, with stainless steel or gold accents, it would absolutely be amazing. In the process of painting over the red, I started looking at red mural ideas and discovering most of them were cherry trees or roses. So I decided to riff off those ideas in my own distinct style instead of the clip art/ off the rack choices I’d seen online.

The roses are heavily stylized- think of Beauty and the Beast, tattoos by Dave Quiggle, and the deciduous tree and evergreen tree are pure observation committed to memory. The mountain is inspired by Mount Rainier, but it can’t be accurate as I’ve only glimpsed the mountain from the freeway and never sat down plein air to learn how it looks.

If I was going to really finish this mural, I’d take out my gold Tiger’s Eye Martha Stewart Metallic paint and start filling in some of those negative shapes, and I’d do the sky in a baby blue with atmospheric perspective, to tone done the red. But since I’m planning on painting over the whole wall because of the total clashing red, I won’t be using any of the $25 gallon paint here!

Next to the Guitar Room

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I showed these photos to my art class at school. I knew they’d give me a good critique. They told me, “It’s like being in a forest!”

Why am I painting over this gorgeous mural? This red background was painted without permission by a previous tenant. It matches nothing, so we’ve received permission to paint over it. I’m using white primer to create the mural because I wanted to do a portfolio piece, but I will be painting over the whole wall eventually. The red just clashes with the slate gray countertops and the white sage walls in the adjoining room, as you can see here. I’ll do the whole room in white primer and then color match to the living room (that light sage color next to the red below). I would match to the countertops, but they are laminate and that gray blue is too cold for this climate.

  Just because you can use painters tape doesn’t mean you should. Going to have to lose the red on our kitchen.   A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on

What? #cat   A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on

What are you doing this weekend? #mural #art A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on

Red and white mural art love light   A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on

I chose mountains, trees, and roses, because they are so much fun to paint and they make me happy to look at. I liked the drips because they created a nice striping effect to bridge the middle ground of the deciduous tree with the foreground heavily stylized swirls and roses. You can see my appreciation for graffiti art in this, as well as my more classical art-school subject matter. And the blending of the two is so post-post-modern. I love it. It’s making this red so much easier to live with.

Fairy Coloring Page Printables

Fairy Queen sends love to the world, a fairy child is surrounded by a circle of protection, and a fairy queen rules the world.

These 3 Fairy coloring pages are printable! Just save image than print as usual. Or use the Procreate app to color these pages directly on your iPad.

Listen to a Playing With Fairies guided meditation while you color! Mary Malinski’s boys love this as they fall asleep at night:

“A few nights later, all three boys were arguing about what music (or no music) to listen to before bed. The eldest asked if they could listen to Playing With Fairies. They all agreed (finally!) and listened quietly to the whole meditation.” – WalksWithin

Fairy goddess sending love coloring page
This fairy goddess holds her hands up to send love to the world as she sits in a tutus and her favorite heels.
Fairy child coloring page
The circle is a magical shape of protection. The fairy child stands in the circle of protection in the forest. Right click to save image then print.
fairy queen coloring printable page
Fairy Queen coloring page: the queen holds a staff and sits on a rose blossom and behind her the world glows.

This colouring fairy picture is based upon a painting of my stepdaughter which I gave to her mom for her birthday. I do portraits by request!

Original painting by artist Katana Lee Fairy, butterfly wings, red rose full moon
Full moon and a red rose, a fairy butterfly wings contemplates her magic. Original painting.

The Seven Macaw Story and Constellation Painting

The Seven Macaw Constellation Goddess Painting by artist Katana Leigh.
The Seven Macaw Constellation Goddess Painting by artist Katana Leigh. 16 x 20 Acrylic and Silver Enamel on Canvas. 

The Seven Macaw Constellation Painting

This painting is about truth and beauty. The Macaw is beautiful, and here she is in the midst of transformation. She remembers the story of the Seven Macaw Constellation, and it warns her to avoid pride and arrogance, so that her beauty can become a beacon of light. There’s no need to pretend she is the sun or the moon.

It’s not a canon depiction of the story, because I don’t like to paint ‘demons’/unevolved entities. I would like to think she is the good aspect of Seven Macaw. As well, as a painter, I seem to either think I’m the most amazing painter of all time, or absolutely the worst painter ever so embarrassing I ever showed anyone my artwork ever. A good balance is just letting my work be what it is and not being prideful or self-deprecating about it. So a beautiful subject with this prideful fable made a good and fun combination to paint. I like shapeshifting transformative subjects, too.

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Detail of Seven Macaw Constellation by artist Katana Leigh. 16 x 20 Acrylic and Silver Enamel on Canvas. The stars literally sparkle in low light. 

The Seven Macaw Story

The constellation in the painting is the Big Dipper, and according to the Popol Vuh, it is the form of Vucub-Caquix (possibly meaning ‘SevenMacaw‘) . The handle of the Big Dipper constellation is the tail of the parrot. The Seven Macaw story is one of pride coming before a fall.

Seven Macaw, realizing how beautiful a parrot he was, began to declare that he was the Sun and Moon.

This is a progress photo - before I really got the volume of the wings and feathers defined.
This is a progress photo – before I really got the volume of the wings and feathers defined. I left this overnight and came back to it so I could see where I needed to make changes. I spent about three hours staring at it off and on so that I would be able to see what to do next. I also used my Procreate app to practice making changes before I did it in acrylic. 

How is Seven Macaw Destroyed By His Pride?

The hero twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, decided to put an end to the self-magnification of Seven Macaw, and watched his daily routine. When he was eating his favorite food, they shot him with a blowgun. Then they enlisted the help of the grandparents Great White Peccary and Great White Tapir to finish him off. Read the full story here. 

the big dipper is always circumpolar in the northern us canada or
The Big Dipper is always circumpolar in the northern US and Canada or similar latitudes. Earthsky. 

The fall of Seven Macaw happens annually  when the constellation appears to be the falling macaw. For those of us in northern latitudes, it is always circumpolar: Above the horizon. Use the Big Dipper to find the North Star. 

 

the seven macaw popol vuh story
The Seven Macaw / Popol Vuh Story. Here is the macaw goddess ready to fly away and join her constellation in the stars. 

Spirographing. How That Spirograph is working Out

I draw the spirograph patterns by pinning one wheel or shape to the board then spinning a circle gear with a pen.
I draw the spirograph patterns by pinning one wheel or shape to the board then spinning a circle gear with a pen.

I recently was gifted a spirograph, which I absolutely love. I like making the circles in each pattern, and watching the pattern appear. I have been using the circle wheels until my pen ran dry. I am going to experiment with pens. I want a nice dark line that applies smoothly and doesn’t puddle or spot (when the pen leaves white spots in its wake I have to fix it in Procreate). My pen did both but for what I had, its nib fit in the Spirograph discs so I used it anyways. Mine is vintage, and from the looks of the ugly bulky colored not clear plastic modern ones, I am very lucky to have it. I guess parents don’t want toys that come with dozens of tiny push pins. I don’t blame them; Jeremy has already punctured his thumb after picking up what he thought was a small green bead off the floor.

Here are the Rainbow spirograph shapes all together.
Here are the Rainbow spirograph shapes all together.

My Super Spirograph set comes with a little cardboard surface. I lay out my paper – I like more than one layer of paper so my pen doesn’t fall in a pin hole and puncture my paper. Then I pick the larger shape and pin it to the cardboard. This is the one the circle will spiral inside or around.

Now I can repeat these spirograph patterns i
Now I can repeat these spirograph patterns in any drawing I like.
Triangle Spirograph with an interesting darks on light transition. This is what happens if I don't clean up the contrast before making a brush.
Triangle Spirograph with an interesting darks on light transition. This is what happens if I don’t clean up the contrast before making a brush.

Then the circular wheel, with pen shaped holes spiraled around the disc. These are where the pen goes in and turn the gear. Its a little bit of a steampunk craft, with the little gears revolving around a shape and laying down a pattern.

The process reminds me of this drawing machine.

eske rex: drawing machine from designboom on Vimeo.

(edited to add: my friend Alan let me know my previous link was not working and adds, “Caveat: the device above is not recommended for small apartments or those with nervous cats…” Ha! 😀 )
Have you ever heard of the Spirograph nebula IC 418? It is so named because its patterns are complex and lovely, too.

The Spirograph nebula named after the toy phot from NASA.
The Spirograph nebula named after the toy phot from NASA.

Eske Rex: Drawing Machine from thisispaper on Vimeo.

Spirograph custom Procreate Brushes i created for my illustration work.
Spirograph custom Procreate Brushes i created for my illustration work.

I import the spirograph designs into my digital illustration app, ‘Procreate’ and edit away the texture of the paper. Then, I transform the drawing from pen and ink to black and white, suitable for creating custom brushes in Procreate.

Spirograph mandala creation.

Colorful mint salmon and lemon spirograph.
Colorful mint salmon and lemon spirograph design. Available on Light Love Art Etsy
Looped spirograph.
Looped spirograph design available on Light Love Art Etsy.