I might be biased, but I don’t think so. Washington State is one of the most gorgeous places on the planet and I feel very fortunate to live here. Growing up, I lived in a little town called Enumclaw which is also known as the “Gateway to Mt. Rainier.” Every day I could see this majestic volcano rising up above over that fair town. Okay, every day it wasn’t raining, but it was still a lot. Here is Washington, we use the phrase, “The mountain is out” which means it’s a clear day and you can actually see things!
When I was looking up tutorials on watercoloring, I stumbled on some youtube videos from Jodi Bergsma where she demonstrates her style. I watched several of her videos and poured over her website. She has so much beautiful art and when I saw her watercolor piece of Mt. Rainier, I was just inspired to do my own. I had also spotted a raccoon foraging on my way to work earlier that week, and suddenly, my mind was filled with visions of different animals and the landscape they live in merged together. And so, my ongoing series of “Landscape Menagerie” was born.
I raced to my art room and sketched out my raccoon with Mt. Rainier. I transferred my drawing to watercolor paper and went to town with reckless abandon. Okay, it was more like controlled abandon, but wow, was it fun. To showcase the stripes of the raccoon tail, I decided to use day and night of the same scene. I went a little crazy with the sky, but I really like it. I’m considering going back and adding some white stars to the night portion of the raccoon.
This was painted on Arches Cold Press Watercolor paper, Daniel Smith watercolors with Neptune Brushes, and outlined with Copic Multiliner SPs.