The Mother Ranch Blog

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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Playing in Watercolor, "Leda" the Goat

Mar 29, 2020


Watercolor, 6x9 (sold)

I've realized that when I'm unsure about something I want to paint but don't yet know how, I paint animals. I've painted animals for so long that they feel like old friends....

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Brené Brown on FFTs & Free Online Art Classes!

Mar 25, 2020

Brené Brown has started a podcast and her very first session last week had me laughing out loud. In it, she talks about the FFT aka the Effing First Time. It's so worth a listen. Stick your...

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Echinacea Mouse

Mar 25, 2020


Watercolor, colored pencil, 6x9, available

Have you guys seen the teeny tiny mice that sit on top of or inside of flowers? Google it, lord have mercy, they are precious! I found a photo recently of...

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