Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mice Amongst the Poppies


What fun to try my hand at painting some tiny mice scurrying around in a poppy field. I started with putting masking tape around the edges of the paper. Then I put in a lot of the grasses with masking fluid and a fine brush. Next I started painting in the vivid poppies with watercolor. And the background, and the little mice.



Next I removed the masking fluid....what fun!


Ripping off the masking tape was tricky but fun too.  Then I really felt I needed to put in more detail in pastel and I really wanted more vivid color with the poppies...so I grabbed my pastels and went to work. Enjoy them! Squeak squeak


Mice Amongst the Poppies, mixed media, 9 x 13'

Linking up to Illustration Friday under the theme of SUMMER  ..... and to Paint Party Friday! Click the button and come join in the fun....you can buy this print at Redbubble HERE


23 comments:

  1. Very cute, have a nice weekend

    Much love...

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  2. This is lovely! Very pretty texture and such a cool subject. Thank you for visiting and happy PPF!

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  3. This is AWESEOME I really like the way you have the mice on the flowers. Well done
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. Thanks for linking to my Sunday meme

    much love...

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  5. Beautiful piece, I love the mice among the poppies, the ideal colors. Saludos

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  6. This is lovely. I love the colours you have chosen for the grasses.

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  7. Oh give sweet these little mice are. I adore fieldmice. They are so delicate. The composition with the poppies and the use of free watercolour washes is wonderful.

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  8. Sorry my smartphone is playing up. That comment didn't make sense! I'm sure you know what I meant though! :)

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  9. Emma - you are so talented! These are beautiful xxx

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  10. oh I like this idea with the little mouse...and the harvest below is lovely too. Happy PPF to you!

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  11. It's great to see the progress in this. Love the vibrant colours in the final piece!

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  12. Wonderful! I really like seeing the WIPs. Always interesting. The end result is adorable!

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  13. Wow!!! I love it!!!!
    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking up to the pet parade!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  14. Lovely paintings, you are invited to to link this up with Feline Art Friday, it does not need to be feline related:
    http://kittypartay.blogspot.com/2014/06/feline-art-friday-1.html

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  15. Love seeing your process and the end result is wonderful!

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  16. Wow, this turned out so pretty! Thanks for telling us how you got to the final version. It help us who are struggling with watercolors.

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  17. I just LOVE this - fantastic! Valerie

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  18. Very expressive. The pastel really brought the piece together. I love the juxtaposition of the mice and poppies.

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  19. great piece of work... except it reminds me we have a whily mouse that has been taunting us for weeks ... cheeky beggar... maybe I need to plant some poppies and it will go outside and play amongst them...xx

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  20. Adorable....love the whole scenario...very pretty work. Thanks for sharing your process!

    Hugs Giggles

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  21. Your piece is beautiful and such different subjects. It's amazing to see how you lifted the whole piece by adding that final blue layer. Lovely work.

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  22. this is so sweet and I love the added richness of color the pastels have given it.

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  23. What adorable little mice in that field of poppies! Linking up with Paint Party Friday waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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