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Monday, January 18, 2021

How To Paint a Christmas Picture of an Advent Candle Worksheet and Art Lesson.

Here is an art lesson for a watercolor project of a picture of an advent candle.

I wanted to do this nice little picture as an art lesson for some time. It is a lovely project and simple in design. It is a picture that you can use as a Christmas card or invitation. There are very few things that you need to pay attention to. My designs are only suggestions, I encourage you to experiment and try new things. 

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How to paint a watercolor picture of an advent candle worksheet

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PRINTABLE NOTES


Start by tracing the project outline onto heavy watercolor paper. If you have problems tracing it then try to hold the paper against a window with some light shining through that way you might be able to trace it. 

Mix your paint so it is watery and paint in the dark blue for the background and the red for the tabletop. Keep your colors pale or light at first. You can always go over the color and make it darker later. 

Use watery yellow color for the candle holder and the flame. Be very careful not to get any yellow into the area for the leaves or the berries.  Use some orange that is not very watery for the edge. Use the very tip of your brush and add the edge where the candle holder and the dish connect.  (Try dabbing extra water off of your brush by touching it to a tissue). 

Use some watery light green and with the tip of your brush paint in the leaves. Let the first light green dry and then mix some dark green and add shadows and details to the leaves. To mix the darker green try adding JUST A TOUCH of red, or lavender, or brown to the green.

Use a bright red for the berries. Use the tip of your brush to make the berries round.

When the red is dry mix some lavender with red and use the tip of your brush and draw the edges of the shadows on the berries so they look round and not flat. 

Use the dark red and put some shadow under the leaves. 

After everything has had a chance to dry, wet the white candle.  Use the tip of your brush and draw a line of light blue along the edge of the candle. The water on the paper should pull the blue toward the center so it fades gradually.  When it has had a chance to almost dry use the tip of your brush and draw a dark edge on the candle with dark blue. 

Use black for the wick.

If the candle is lost in the background because both are blue make the background darker. Use a little black and dark blue and give it another wash of color. 

Sign and date your work about an inch from the bottom so there is room for a frame. 

(c) Adron Dozat 1/18/21

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Friday, December 18, 2020

How to Paint a Picture of a Christmas Wreath in WaterColor

How to Paint a Picture of a Christmas Wreath in WaterColor.


This is a nice project and it is perfect for a Christmas card or art lesson for the young student.  The picture has only two colors and uses three values. The project does require patience and the use of a steady hand for the tight areas. 

If you have problems making the image below to print then see the HOW TO PRINT tab for some suggestions that might help.  There is a link below to a file in PDF format that may work better on some devices.

This worksheet, even though it is simple and springs out of another lesson on drawing, still took about a week for me to design and create. I hope you have fun with it.

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How to Paint a Watercolor Picture of a Christmas Wreath


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Here is a larger copy of the pattern for those who like to have room to work. 

Wreath pattern for how to paint a picture lesson

PRINTABLE LESSON NOTES 


Trace the pattern on to watercolor paper. Use the 140 lb paper, it is heavy and will not buckle when it is wet.  If you have problems seeing the pattern through the paper try holding it against the window with the daylight shining through then you can see it better to trace. 

FIRST WASH GREEN
Use a watery light green and give all the leaves a simple flat wash of paint. It will be pale and not bright. Let the light green dry before adding other colors. LET IT DRY.

FIRST WASH RED BERRIES
Use a watery bright red and paint the berries a pale flat red. Do not try to add white it will make the red an artificial pink. Paint the ribbon a flat even pale red also. LET IT DRY.

Take your time mixing your colors. Test the color on a separate piece of paper to make sure you are happy with it before you put it on the picture. 

SECOND WASH GREEN
Mix a darker green by adding blue or lavender to the green.  Use the tip of a small brush and like a pencil DRAW the first shadows on the leaves. Keep the paint not so watery as before, you may need to tap the brush on the edge of the pallet to draw out the extra water. Go over each leaf and draw around the leaf to give it definition and shape. Think about the light coming from above and so there will be more dark green on the lower edge of each leaf. leave about half of the first green showing.

SECOND WASH RED
Mix a little dark red by adding some blue or a tiny bit of brown to it. With the tip of your brush draw the darker red on the lower edges of the berries and a little on the top and sides. Use the darker red to do the bottom edges of the ribbon and to separate the different parts. Leave about half of the lighter red showing.  

THIRD STE-, DETAILS SHADOWS
Add a little violet or VERY LITTLE BLACK to the green. Use the tip of your brush and draw the dark shadows under and behind the leaves. It is only on the bottom edges and leaves behind others. 

Add a little violet to the red or VERY LITTLE BLACK and use the tip of your brush draw the darkest areas in the ribbon and the berries. 

LET IT DRY

Use pure green on your small brush and draw the line that goes up each leaf. With the same green go around the edges of the leaves as needed. 

Sign your work an inch up from the bottom so there is room for a frame.  

(c)Adron Dozat

Sunday, December 6, 2020

How to Paint a Picture of a Sidewalk Cafe

How to paint a picture of a sidewalk cafe is a fun project for the beginner. 


I wanted to create this project for some time. There is something romantic and charming in the scene of a sidewalk cafe. It makes you think of leisurely afternoons in some exotic location. 

I spent about a week designing and creating this picture. And another week to put it all together. It is helpful to use the internet as a research resource for image ideas and designs for your drawings. You can create a scene of some distant place and put in all the details as if you were actually there. 

If you have any problems making the image below to print then see the HOW TO PRINT tab for some suggestions. There is a PDF below the worksheet below image that you can try if the one displayed is not cooperative. 
 

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Free How to Paint a Picture of a Sidewalk Cafe, Lesson, and Worksheet


Below is a bonus image so you can trace it and paint a larger picture, this will enable you to add more detail and experiment on your own. 
Free Design Sheet For How to Paint a Picture of a Sidewalk Cafe Lesson


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PRINTABLE NOTES


Start by tracing the design onto watercolor paper. The best is a 140 lb watercolor paper, it is heavy and will not buckle when wet. If you have problems try holding it up to a window with the light behind it and then trace it. 
 
Do the light colors first. Use a large brush and a watery mixture of paint so it is light.  Use orange for the bricks, light blue for the windows, light brown for the wood, and light grey for the left side bricks. You can use the same grey for the street.  Let it dry before going on, EXCEPT FOR THE STREET. While the street is still wet, drag some other random colors like brown, blue, or light blue across it. Use a wet blue on the edges of the sidewalk then add a little water to pull it down a little toward the gutter. 

Use a smaller brush and keep the colors light and watery as you do the first paint of the green door and plants. Use the tip of your brush and paint around the word CAFE, leave the letters white. After it dries add a little dark green to the top edge like a shadow.  Do the same around the door. 

Red is hard to work with don't try to lighten it with white, you just end up with pink.  Use a small brush and a pale red for the window boxes, planters awning, and umbrella. Use a light lavender for the shadowy underside of the umbrella. After it dries come back with darker blue-violet and add an edge of shadow near the red edge.

With a small brush paint some random dark blue in the windows. If you want to use black be very careful and use only a VERY LITTLE amount of black. 

Make a dark green with a TINY bit of brown and blue, use the tip of a small brush to paint the darker green areas in the planter boxes by dabbing technique. 

Use the tip of your small brush and paint the light pole in light blue first and let it dry. After the light blue dries add a dark blue on one side so it is in shadow. After the dark blue has dried add a VERRY LITTLE BLACK line on the shadow side. It should look round with a light side and a dark side. 

Mix a darker orange, red, or brownish-orange and add texture to the bricks. Keep your brush drier by tapping the extra water off onto a tissue first. Use the brush flat like it is lying down and drag it across short areas of the orange wall. Be sure to leave spaces of light orange around the bricks.  Do the same with darker grey-brown-black for the stone on the left. 

Do the shadows last. Use lavender-purple under the awning and under the umbrella, and under the chairs. 

For the chairs, use the tip of your small brush and keep your brush dry by tapping the extra water out onto a kleenex.  Use a very light grey-blue and draw the lines of the chairs. The legs near the view do not need much but the legs at the back are darkest. Make the shadow on the ground more purple or violet so the grey of the chair does not get lost to the viewer. 

Sign and date your work about an inch up from the bottom so you have room for a frame.

I hope you paint a beautiful masterpiece!

(c)Adron Dozat 12/6/20

Sometimes it takes me hours but I create these how to draw worksheets but I do it so that I can give back because I believe that when you have been given a gift it is so you can be a gift to others, and I hope these worksheets are a means of blessing to you.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Free How to Paint a Picture of a Seagull Standing on the Beach

Here is a free how to paint a picture worksheet of a seagull on the beach. 


It is a simple picture and almost like a portrait. It is fun and not at all difficult. 

I have wanted to create this worksheet for a long time. A few years ago I was at the beach with my wife and there was a seagull on the sand for a moment. For some reason, that image stayed with me.  I finally found the time to make this worksheet. I hope it is a rewarding project for you. 

If you have problems making the image below print then see the HOW TO PRINT tab for some suggestions. There is a PDF file below that may work better for some people. 

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Free How To Paint A Picture of A Seagul On the Beach Worksheet, and Lesson

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PRINTABLE PROJECT NOTES. 


Trace the design on 140 LB watercolor paper. This is a heavy paper and won't buckle as easily.  If you can't see through it then try holding it against the window with the light shining through. 

THE SKY
Wet the area and use a mix of pale blue for the lower sky and use dark blue for the sky near the top, let the two hues blend.

TO START THE SEA
Use light blue for the far sea, near the horizon, and dark blue for the sea nearest the view, go back and forth with your brush and leave some areas white.

CLOUDS
Wet the areas for the clouds with clear water, Make a watery mix of yellow and a watery mix of orange and use the tip of your brush to drop color into the clouds. But keep it pale so it is just a hint of color. If you get too much color use a tissue to blot it out. DO NOT add the stormy dark color now- let it dry first. 

SAND
Use a yellow-brown and a wet watery brush. Apply the paint with a back and forth stroke. Mix darker brown yellow and add a few streaks the add some red-brown and add a few more streaks, this gives the sand interest. After it drys use the tip of your brush and add more colors to give texture. 

After the clouds, dry add depth and drama with some dark areas. Mix a pale blue and a VERY LITTLE black. Use the tip of your brush to "DRAW" Some stormy areas.  If it is too dark use tissue to blot it out. 

Mix some dark blue and with the tip of your brush draw lines going back and forth for the sea nearest the viewer. Do not add much darkness to the areas near the horizon since the distance looks hazy. Draw dark areas under the curve of the wave and the splash of the wave. Draw a dark wiggly line under the foam of the retreating waves. 

There are many kinds of seagulls and they look alike but different, so do not worry if yours is not perfect there is one somewhere that looks just like it. 

The wing is gray and the tail is black. There are shadows on its underside that give it the look of roundness, but be careful not to overdo the shadows. Use a very light blue for the shadows. 
You can always use a kleenex to lift the color out if it is too much. 

The beak is yellow and the legs are orange. But other seagulls have a black beak and black, brown, or red legs. 

Sign and date your work an inch from the bottom so there is room for a frame.

(c) A. E. Dozat 11/12/20

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Free How to Paint a Picture Worksheet for Flowers in the Rural Fence

Here is a Free How to Paint a Picture Worksheet of Flowers in the Rural Fence

 
This picture is inspired by a photo I took of some flowers growing beside the path where I walk my dog. They were bright yellow and were growing through the two cross pieces of the fence. 

This is a great little project for the beginner. This picture is somewhat simple. It is and not intended to be overly realistic. I always felt if you wanted something as real as a photograph then you should buy a camera. You can use this worksheet as a beginning point and add your own ideas and interpretations, so it is ok if your finished picture does not look like mine. (It might look better).

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My worksheets are free and you may print as many as you like for your personal or class use. If you are able to make a small contribution it will help me to keep my art going.  Click HERE and enter an amount you feel reflects your appreciation. Thank you so much. 

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How to Paint a Picture of Flowers on a Fence, Lesson and Worksheet

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PRINTABLE NOTES

Start by tracing the outline of the picture onto 140 lb watercolor paper. If you have trouble seeing it through the paper try holding it to the window and tracing with the sunlight shining through. Do not be too worried to get it right, feel free to make changes. 

FIRST WASH
To start use a medium brush and keep the paint watery on the brush. Wash in an even blue for the sky. Wash a light green for the far background on the left, behind the flowers, and the lower area below the post rail.  

Save the fun stuff for last, so do not do the flowers until the end. Think of it as a reward for doing a good job on everything else. 

SECOND WASH
After the first step has dried. 
Mix your color carefully. Make a watery brown-grey by adding a TINY touch of black to brown and a SMALL DAB of red to make a grey color and paint in the brown-grey wood of the fence.  You will be adding texture after this wash dries.  

Add leafy texture to the foreground, MIx a dark gree using a TINY touch of black and some blue to some green. DONT MAKE IT TOO DARK. Later on, you can mix the darkest green for the deepest shadows. Use a small brush and short strokes to give the texture of a leafy shrub.
Don't add dark treen to the top areas so they look like distant trees. 

FOREGROUND PATH
For the dirt path use the watery brown-grey mix and with a lot of water stroke the paint onto the paper using long back and forth strokes. While it is still wet stroke a LITTLE watery blue across the foreground two or three times, then stroke a LITTLE watery grey. Let the colors blend softly. 

DEVELOPING DETAILS
After the first layer on the fence has dried, mix a darker brown, with red, and grey. Add dark areas on the shadow side of the fence post and the bottoms of the crosspieces. Don't overdo it.

After the dark areas have dried make another darker black-brown and use the TIP of your brush and DRAW lines for the texture. 

FLOWERS- The most important part so take your time!
Yellow is very pale and does not show up much so do not get frustrated. Use the tip of your brush and stork yellow into the flowers.  Do not use a very wet brush, try tapping your brush against a tissue to suck the excess water out of it.  If the flowers do not show up much try putting a TINY dot of orange at the tip of each petal while the petal is wet, the moisture will draw the orange up and give some distinction between the flower and the background. 

AFTER THE YELLOW HAS DRIED mix a little dark brown and use the tip of your brush to dot in the centers of the flowers. After you have done the brown use some black and put a dot or two on the shadowy side of the brown. 

Mix a darker green than before and use short downward strokes to add a little darker leafy texture to the shrub. 

Sign and date you work but be sure to leave room for a frame.  

I hope you create a masterpiece!

(c)Adron Dozat

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Free How to Paint a Picture Worksheet of Apples in the Harvest Bushel

Here is a Free How To Paint Apples in the Harvest Bushel Worksheet.

 
This picture is inspired by a visit to a fruit stand in autumn. It is a celebration of the blessings of the harvest and of the Lord who gives us much to be thankful for. 

This is a great little project for the beginner. This picture is somewhat simple. It is and not intended to be overly realistic. I always felt if you wanted something as real as a photograph then you should buy a camera. You can use this worksheet as a beginning point and add your own ideas and interpretations, so it is ok if your finished picture does not look like mine. (It might look better).

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How to Paint a Picture Of the Apple Harvest Bushel Worksheet 

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PRINTABLE NOTES

Start by tracing the outline of the picture onto 140 lb watercolor paper. If you have trouble seeing it through the paper try holding it to the window and tracing with the sunlight shining through. Do not be too worried to get it right, feel free to make changes. 

Use a small flat brush, if you have one, and give the grey wall the first wash. For the color mix VERY LITTLE black with brown and blue to make a cold grey. The amount of water on the brush should be light. Take your time and use strokes going up from the crate and up from the floor beside the crate. 

Use the small flat brush to stroke back and forth with a red-brown color for the floor.
 
Use the small flat brush and stroke the color on the crate. The crate is old and weathered looking so mix a VERY LITTLE BLACK and yellow so it looks dull. 
You may need to switch to a round brush for the shadow inside the crate. Mix blue and black and with a medium-wet brush carefully go around the apples and the outside edges of the crate. fille in the areas inside the crate. 
Take a break and let it dry a little.

Mix VERY LITTLE red into some brown for the bushels. Use the flat brush to stroke the color in the bushels. Do not let your brush become very wet for this stage. A dryer brush will add texture to the baskets.  

For the apples use your smallest brush or the VERY TIP-TOP of your regular brush. Do the apples in three steps; First, light areas, with yellow or orange,   second the medium areas with red-orange, and last, the dark areas, the shadows with VERY LITTLE blue and red mixed together. Do some greenish apples the same way. 

Take a break and let things dry. 

The last step will take as much time as everything you did before. 
Now change your method from painting to using your brush to draw. Use the very tip of the brush and draw lines for the details wherever they are needed. Do not use a very wet brush, try giving your brush a little twist when you lift it out of the paint. Dab the brush to get the extra water off before you paint. 
Dark verticle lines for the boards on the wall. 
Brown lines for the floorboards and the bushel. 
Dark yellow lines for the boards on the crate. 
Dark lines for the areas inside the crate. 
Grey lines for the edges. 

Add shadows where they are needed. Mix a little blue and black and go over areas that need shadows.  

Sign and date your masterpiece an inch from the bottom so there is room for the frame.

10/25/20 Adron © 2020

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How to Paint Flowers Beside a Path, a Watercolor Worksheet

Here is a Free How To Paint Flowers Beside The Path Worksheet.

 
I love the world God gave us and it is a joy to paint a picture of a garden path on a sunny day.

I know this little lesson will be meaningful for you. This picture is simple in composition. It is like an impressionist painting and not intended to be overly realistic. I always felt if you wanted something as real as a photograph then you should buy a camera. With paint, you can interpret and give expression to a scene that a camera is not designed to do. But you can use these ideas and put them to your own use.

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My worksheets are free so you can print as many as you like. I only ask that if you are able that you make a small contribution to keep my art going.  Click HERE and enter the amount that best reflects your level of appreciation. Thank you.

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How to draw flowers beside the path, watercolor worksheet by Mr.Adron

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PRINTABLE LESSON NOTES.


BEGINNINGS
Trace the design onto 140-pound watercolor paper. It is a heavy paper that will not buckle. If you have trouble tracing through the paper, try holding it against a window with the light shining behind it, and then you should be able to trace it easily.

This design is not to be painted exactly as I did but it is a guideline, so you can change things and make it your own special picture. So feel free to experiment. 
 
FIRST WASH
Use a medium brush and wash in the pale blue sky, keep the paint watery, and do not worry about the trees you'll paint them on top of the blue later.
In the same way, use watery yellow-green and wash in the foreground flower area, 

BUT BE CAREFUL NOT TO PAINT OVER THE TULIPS, go around the tulips. 

In the same way, use watery sandy brown and wash it on the road.
LET IT DRY  

Do not feel you need to finish the painting all at once. Take breaks and come back after a while. Some artists work on a picture for several days to finish a painting. And some artists do a painting once to work out the mistakes, like a practice painting, and then paint a second one after they know what will work. 

BUILDING IT UP
After the first wash has dried mix a deeper green by adding a TINY dab of red or blue to your green. With a small brush dab green into the trees.

Carefully work the lower foreground by dabbing green to make it look like grasses and leaves. Leave yellow areas between the green. Work the dark dabs in rows that get smaller as they near the trees. 

BUT BE CAREFUL not to paint over the yellow-green flowers or the tulips. LET IT DRY
After the second step is dry, repeat if the colors need to be darker in the trees and grasses.

For the distant trees add a little brown to the green and work in the shadows of the trees. Let it dry before you add any tree trunks or branches.  Do the tree trunks in two steps a medium brown and after the medium brown has dried paint in the dark brown. Mix a little blue or black for the darks in the tree trunks.

TECHNIQUE
To get an impressionist feel do not try to be overly realistic. Try to use your brush with small dabs and short strokes. Just touch the brush to the paper over and over until it builds up. BE PATIENT! LET IT DRY INBETWEEN COLORS AND STEPS. 

TULIPS
Paint the tulips in steps. First, with a small brush wash the pink-red over the tulips and let it dry. 

Use a darker yellow to add some detail to the yellow flowers. If you have problems mixing a darker yellow try a TINY touch of black or orange. The trick is to keep it suggestive like an impressionist painting. 

After the pink wash has dried mix a little lavender or blue and red to make a darker color for the details. Use the tip of the small brush and DRAW the details of the tulips. Draw the shadows around the bottom and on one side and draw the shadow inside the bowl of the flower. 

Sign and date your work.

(c)Adron Dozat

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