Cozy Cottage

I was inspired by this YouTube video featuring Joanne Boon Thomas to paint a cottage loosely in watercolor.    If you’ve never watched one of Joanne’s tutorials, I encourage you to give her a try.   Her adventurous, loose painting style and beautiful smile are infectious.   I could watch her paint forever.   She will inspire you to shake your board, if you’ve never done that before!  😀

5 x 7″ WC, Arches 140lb. CP

I have a lot to learn, but I’m making the journey. Slowly, but surely (I hope). One thing’s for sure, I am learning a TON from painting every day. I never thought it would make such a difference, but it definitely helps to reinforce what I’m learning by making a daily practice of watercolor.   I’m learning to build a background, and gradually working on composing my own paintings from photographs.   Colors  (all M. Graham unless noted):  raw umber, burnt umber, raw sienna, burnt sienna, sap green, viridian green, cerulean and ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, wn rose madder, cotman dioxazine violet and cotman mauve.

Happy Wednesday. I hope you make something beautiful today!

47 thoughts on “Cozy Cottage

      1. Well – I think it is lovely – and I have such a hard time doing “realistic” things. Shows I really have no talent!!! I’m better off just slapping paint down. Like you say – journey – it’s a journey – enjoy the journey… and repeat 🙂

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        1. Oh, stop. You’d never sit down at a piano and expect to perform a symphony. I’m preaching to myself too. I’ve become hooked on drawing too, but mainly because I’m hoping it’ll help me produce better paintings. Didn’t work too well in this case of the cottage about to collapse to one side lol! But anyway. You have bags of talent, you just have to give it time to develop. I think you’re doing amazingly well for someone who’s never been into art, really. You’re all about enjoying the journey, so I don’t have to tell you. I went to the beach last year about two weeks after buying some very inexpensive supplies for watercolor at walmart. I thought I could produce (real) art! What was I thinking?! It was not to be, but I have some WC sketchbooks from my time there and those paintings have the sea in them. I was mostly just doing abstract backgrounds for art journaling (once I gave up painting waves and the sky lol), but they are beautiful in their way. What comes will come and in its time. You taught me this! It’s all good. 💜 And honestly, anything at the beach is more than good!!

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            1. Jodi, I love you back! 💜

              Oh, Vic could tell you some stories of my absolute shock and despair at not being able to exactly duplicate the ocean and skies while staring at them both for two weeks! I thought surely this was enough time?! LOL I’m still trying to get there. I wish I’d have known you back then, you’d have pulled me back on track, but quick!! You have amazing talent, and I’m glad to be watching you go, because you’re a force to be reckoned with, lady. Fly with the seagulls and shine on, crazy diamond! 💎

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  1. Good morning Laura, Charming painting today! I just watched the video with Joanne Boon Thomas. It was very instructive. She has a great teaching style. Thanks for the link.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed her, Sharon! She really does have a wonderful style! She’s one of my favorite instructors. I love how she kept saying she definitely doesn’t want to stay inside the lines lol. I never have the courage to let something like my roof bleed into my sky, but I did let my flowers bleed into the side of the building, and I do think the building is better for it! Thanks for your comment, and I’m so glad you watched the video. 💜

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  2. Easy chair, cup of tea, good book…very inviting. BTW, I’m quite enjoying “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating”. My daughter reminded me we had pet (water) snails long ago as I was telling her some of the things I had learned from the book about snails!

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  3. Laura, your lovely cottage is one of my favorites. There’s something about them that stirs up cozy feelings. When I posted a picture of our cottage style house, that’d I’d painted, it got the most attention out of all my watercolors. I’m only a beginner. You’ve inspired me to get going on another one.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  4. Happy Wednesday to you too Laura. Charming and wonderful to see your cottage watercolor. Nice work with managing your values, as the house and foreground stay up front – lovely work on the flowers and sky too!

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      1. you’re welcome! very good 🙂 step by step, hey, have you ever read the quote by Calvin Coolidge about persistence? google it. I have loved it ever since I first started watercolours!!

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        1. Thank you; I did google it. I have read it before, but maybe I should print it on bright yellow paper and hang it up everywhere! It’s wonderful, and I’m glad you pointed it out! Thanks again. If that is all I need, I am all set! No art school, no inborn talent, or I’d have been doing this for years……but determination? Yes. In spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs! Press on! 💜💛💜


  5. Your cottage is sweet! I’ve been watching the FrugalCrafter everyday, and have saved a couple of her latest tutorials to try.
    I probably need to be more like you and paint everyday in order to improve. Your work is lovely.

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    1. Aww you’re very sweet!! The Frugal Crafter taught me so much! I used to watch her tutorials every day! I’ve found too that drawing helps my painting. I think anything you create helps you create other things, in any medium. But if WC calls, I agree, good to have a daily practice. Like anything else. 😊🎨👍

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