Summer Bloom 🌸


Its been a while since I painted a realistic flower so here it is! It took me a long time to finish this piece of art. Initially I started with very high energy but then I was running out of patience so I stopped working on this one. But then looking at a finished piece I feel like those patience paid off , what say?

What I did is I tried to follow the same process throughout the entire painting, meaning every petal has the same style of layers. First one is very light wash of colors, second is medium dark colors then darker values etc.

Below are the progress photos, I tried to capture photos gradually, also you can see a couple of work in process video clips on my Instagram.

Material used are Prima Watercolors, Mission Gold Watercolors and Arches Cold Press 140 lb Paper.

If you get inspired with my artwork and create any, then don’t forget to share on Instagram with #inspiredbyartbysnehal so that I can see it too.

Ohh yes two more things, first is You are welcome to suggest me a title for this painting and second is I will be participating in #worldwatercolormonth which started tomorrow. Stay in touch for tomorrow’s post 😀

Thank you for stopping by.

How to paint Cactus 🌵

watercolor cactus

Nowadays I’m feeling like painting in loose and wet on wet style. If you ask me – I would say I’m absolutelyenjoying it.
In this painting I wanted to focus only a particular part of cactus. So I tried to keep particular part in highlight and rest of the parts blended with background. This way it helps to differentiate foreground and background. Recently I have started recording a complete time-lapse videos of painting.
As I mentioned in earlier post, I’m not using any fancy tools or equipments to record the videos. But you can see the process easily. Here is a separate page on my blog, where you can get directed to particular video. I would love to hear your comments or suggestions on the same.

Bird on pine branch

After painting back to back flowers my #Instagram followers asked me a video for bird painting. Here the Instagram link of bird painting video in steps.

I first video you can see I applied a basic colors and few dark values to emphasize the shapes.

In second video I started with tail and beak along with more darker values.

In the third one I have worked on branch and leaves.

Material used : Fluid watercolor paper , cold press 140 lb, white nights colors and Ralphael brush

Thank you Wendy Sinclair for this beautiful click. You can follow her Facebook group for inspiration photos.

I hope this helps and encourage you to paint it as well. If you did try it out don’t forget to use #inspiredbyartbysnehal so that I can see it too !

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Mockingbird – 64/100


I wanted to paint this bird a long time ago, this is the very first time I painted Mockingbird. Found this smart guy in Kathy’s backyard. Her incredible photos always inspire me to paint. Thank you so much Kathy for all your precious photographs sharing with us. Hope you’ll like this birdie. 😀

I started with pencil drawing but somehow today I took little extra time than usual to draw this bird. Is this happens with you too? or I’m the one who sometimes struggle with pencil drawing! By the way here is the video clip of first light color application.

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Stylish Pheasant – 63/100


Don’t you think he posed in a stylish way 😀 I really enjoyed painting this handsome guy. You can see my painting process videos on my Instagram ART account here. I painted this guy in layers first added lighter colors then mid tones and dark values at the end. You can see first two layers video clips on IG. Here is my first ever painted Pheasant.

Oh by the way today we visited Denver Art Museum. It was beyond amazing. We could see only 2-3 floors out of 6, but we decided to visit one more time to cover remaining levels. I got so inspired by the art display over there and decided to make few artwork in a series. I’ll definitely plan for it after this  #100days project.

Hope you had a great Saturday too! Thank you for visiting.

Watercolor Color Painting!

Now days I am practicing Watercolor and I am in love with WATER COLORS. 🙂 I just thought of sharing the painting process

pencil drawing



Here are some steps…

This is a very first step of painting. You should be clear with the concept in mind or you can use a photograph for reference.

I generally draw the basic forms and add details later at painting stage.

Choosing Colors and Palette
After you done with your drawing you need to choose specific palette for your painting. Try to use basic colors meaning if you are doing flower stocks then try Yellow + Blue for Green; it adds freshness to your paining.

Color Mixing
Use always fresh colors, fresh is always best! Squeeze the enough amount of color for the painting you are working on. It’s easy to mix wet colors rather than adding water to dry left over paint then mix it with other paint for desired color. Till the time your paint on paper gets dry, so you wouldn’t be able to merge properly; so I prefer to use wet colors for better results.

Actually mixing colors is not that much difficult as you would imagine. For that you just need to have good understanding of the color-wheel. You should know the basics i.e. Primary colors, complementary colors etc…

Applying Color
I usually apply a lighter color patch at the bottom with wet brush and then add layers over it. While painting of animals or birds I use dry brush technique. It gives nice feather effect. Sometimes colors can directly mix on paper instead of mixing in palette.

Painting water
If you are doing watercolor then you must keep the water container clean. If the water is dirty then those colors from water container comes on your paper and it turns into dull pale colors. That’s why clean water is important.

I’ll be adding more paintings to this series soon. 🙂

Happy Painting!