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I am so ready to do more plein air painting but summer heat has other plans. Basically the sun doesn't like me that much. So in my opinion it is ok then to take a photo and paint it later.

The pro is, there is AC... comfortable chair, desk etc.

The con is you are much slower and more detailed.

I always try to do all kinds of styles and find what is working for me in different situations.

Practice give confidence. You do not need perfection in art. You need not to stop. To grow confidence. And to have fun creating.

I took a few photos in Main street, Old Town Tustin. Painted at home.

cute buildings
Main street, Old Town Tustin

Watercolor art by Erna van Dyk
Main street, Tustin watercolor art by Erna van Dyk

Use the template to trace the insect. Either use your own designs or use mine and paint it in white acrylic, not white craft paint. Let it dry and paint watercolor over. The darker the watercolor the more the white will stand out.


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Watch it on YouTube: Insect art

Whimsical art this past month, using pen and doodle techniques on some to add to our projects.

mixed media art class
thursday mixed media class

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