Winter Mice in Watercolor

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I thought it was time to expand my horizons and paint subjects other than flowers and fairies so I gave these cute little winter mice a try. This painting is based on tutorials in Linda Ravenscroft’s book, “How to Draw and Paint Fairyland–A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the World of Fairies. This comprehensive book not only shows readers how to paint fairies but also their environment and a host of other creatures–like these adorable mice. You don’t have to be a fan of fairies to benefit from the instructions in this book; there’s something for everyone wanting to improve their painting skills.

20 Comments on Winter Mice in Watercolor

    • afternoonartist
      January 15, 2013 at 3:19 am (4 years ago)

      I agree, I love her work. I’m glad I came across her books. I’ve learned so much from them.

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  1. shreejacob
    January 14, 2013 at 9:16 am (4 years ago)

    Awww they are *so* cute!!!! Every time I look at your watercolours I feel like I want to experiment with it too!! Right now I’m learning to refine my soft pastels and oil pastels..hehe

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    • afternoonartist
      January 15, 2013 at 3:24 am (4 years ago)

      I haven’t used pastels in years. In fact, when I recently pulled my boxes of pastels out of my closet my daughter said, “these look ancient.” And they are. I bought them when I was in high school! One thing at a time…I’m still learning how to use watercolors, and having great fun doing so. Thanks for your comments.

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  2. elenacaravela
    January 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Just adore these little guys!

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    • afternoonartist
      January 15, 2013 at 3:25 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Elena. You are so supportive of my work.

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  3. Beth Parker
    January 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm (4 years ago)

    Awwww, these are the sweetest little meeces!!! You do color graduation so skillfully! Have a great day, Jill!

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    • afternoonartist
      January 15, 2013 at 3:27 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Beth. Now I need to work on adding texture to my paintings. I was too chicken to suggest fur on the mice beyond the little hint at the base of the male mouse’s tail. Do you have any pointers you could share?

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  4. Jenny
    January 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm (4 years ago)

    So cute!

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  5. Francesca
    January 15, 2013 at 6:23 am (4 years ago)

    They are such a cutie! Lovely done!

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  6. Cynthia
    January 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely little creatures. They appear to be in the midst of an adventure. ;)

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    • afternoonartist
      January 31, 2013 at 1:36 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, the do, Cynthia. Thanks for the visit.

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  7. Gjk
    January 18, 2013 at 6:35 am (4 years ago)

    As someone used to say ” such adorable “. Really cute and really well done!! Great colors. Great little mice.

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  8. gabrielgarbowota
    January 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Your execution of this painting seems flawless. I love the velvety quality of your watercolor handling. And the ‘branching out’ suits you…!

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    • afternoonartist
      January 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Gabriel. I’ve been working on using a lighter touch with my brushwork and thinner washes of paint. Some of the velvety quality you’re seeing is the paper I’ve been using. I’ve tried several types of watercolor paper and have settled comfortably with using Aquarelle Arches cold pressed watercolor block.

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      • gabrielgarbowota
        January 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm (4 years ago)

        Ooooh… nice. I might actually have some of that myself. I’ll have to check.

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  9. Winter Owls
    April 10, 2013 at 4:31 am (4 years ago)

    Perhaps the very sweet Winter Mice could be friends with Winter Owls?

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