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  • Sugar Creek at Lake Oconee Painting


    This is a painting my mother-in-law asked me to do for her new home on Lake Oconee. The picture was taken by a friend while a fishing tournament was coming to a close in the Sugar Creek area. It’s looking from the lawn of the Sugar Creek Marina across the lake toward my in-laws’ home right before sunrise.

    watercolor sugar creek at lake oconee, acrylic, mixed media painting, natalie bradley artist

    This picture was taken while it was still drying on the easel. It looks even better now….

    And here it is complete with the distressed frame my husband made for it at James and Audrey’s new lake house!

    watercolor acrylic sugar creek at lake oconee, acrylic, mixed media painting, natalie bradley artist

    watercolor acrylic sugar creek at lake oconee, acrylic, mixed media painting, natalie bradley artist

    It still needs to be hung on the wall, but it will look fabulous in the kitchen. 🙂

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    Watercolor Hummingbird


    A friend at church recently asked me to paint a hummingbird as a gift for her mother. So, I started in my art journal to sketch it out and get use to the bird and study it’s features first…

    art journal line and wash watercolor hummingbird

    This one is a broad-tailed hummingbird, one that is commonly seen around Georgia.

    Then I did the watercolor version…and I’m so very happy with the results!

    broad-tailed hummingbird, line and wash watercolor hummingbird, art journal, natalie bradley artist


    Happy Birthday Cupcake


    I decided to add a festive birthday cupcake to my art journal for a little fun and also to have a happy little image to accompany Facebook birthday wishes! It’s sweet and simple – and I love it!

    watercolor birthday cupcake, line and wash, art journal, natalie bradley artist

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    Watercolor Cardinal Lovebirds


    The first time I sketched and painted birds, I didn’t enjoy the process very much. But, then that’s the point of having an art journal. I can work out the kinks, the frustrations, and get used to the subject all at the same time.

    My friend and fellow teacher asked me to paint a pair of cardinals for her in memory of her grandparents. Her grandmother loved cardinals, and recently passed away. Every since, Mary Helen has been visited by the same cardinal lovebirds every day. Don’t you love that?

    watercolor cardinals, lovebirds, natalie bradley

    Thank you Mary Helen for asking me to paint these for you. I hope they help you preserve your memory of your loving grandparents!

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