The Mother Ranch Blog

Playing in Watercolor, "Queen of the Mountain"

Apr 29, 2020


Watercolor, 9x12, available

This painting is from a photo I recently took of Denali's daughters, sisters Sprinkles and Marbles playing on stumps in the goat yard. I always thought the King of the...

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Playing in Watercolor, "Ike"

Apr 25, 2020


Watercolor, 9x12, sold

Ike the Border Collie came to me as a retired working dog. We had been dogsitting for a friend and my son fell in love with him, easy to do with Ike. We asked our friend if...

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Playing in Watercolor, "Nettle"

Apr 24, 2020


Watercolor, 8x10 (sold)

I'm not sure I will ever get enough of these baby goat portraits! The brightness fits their colorful personalities. This is Nettle. She was a 2019 baby at the Mother Ranch....

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Watercolor Sketch—Jacaranda Seed Pods

Apr 21, 2020

Today's watercolor sketch prompt is, "keepsake." "It's a sketch! Say it out loud and stop beating yourself up about it!" This is my internal monologue. These plain brown disks bring back bright...

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Watercolor Sketch—Oat Grass at the NC Coast

Apr 20, 2020


Watercolor, 6x9

I've joined a facebook group called World Watercolor Group and they have a daily prompt for a watercolor sketch. It's a great way to get out of the grip of perfectionism. A sketch...

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"Madonna" Watercolor Portrait

Apr 16, 2020


Watercolor, 9x12, available

After all the animals, I decided to dive in. As a first portrait in watercolor, I'm pretty happy with the results. As always, I see the places I would do things...

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Playing in Watercolor, "Windy" the Piglet

Apr 14, 2020


Watercolor, 7x12 (sold)

I was debating on what to paint next when Brad said, "Paint a piglet." Huh. Well that was weird, he doesn't usually have requests! We wandered Pinterest for a bit and he saw...

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Playing in Watercolor, "Dreamy"

Apr 09, 2020


Watercolor, 8x10, available

If you're interested in taking a free online class based on this baby goat, click here! You will get a free pdf line drawing (in the YouTube Description) for you to...

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Playing in Watercolor, Fuzzy Foal

Mar 31, 2020


Watercolor, 6x9 (sold)

I'm enjoying painting all these bright and happy baby animals! I hope someday I get to have a foal here at the ranch. If you'd like to see this piece being painted, click...

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Playing in Watercolor, "Mary" the Baby Goat

Mar 30, 2020


Watercolor, 6x9, available

'Tis the season. Baby goats everywhere!

Love to all from the Mother Ranch,

Julia

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