Monday, December 31, 2007
My artistic goals for 2008
Paint and draw daily
Work on my children's book stories and illustrations
Enter art competitions
Try to get into juried shows
Work on marketing my art work
Take a figure drawing class
Continue to build my pet portrait business
Explore different subject matters....trains,sailboats,butterflies,interiors
Join an art association and get involved
And finally do more plein air outings.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
The year has been a year of unexpected changes. After living in the Pacific Northwest for 2 years, we decided that we really had enough of the grey skies, power outages, and snow. So in March my husband decided to go back to consulting full time and he found a long term assignment in Mojave, California. In less than 3 weeks I had to pack up my house,put it on the market to sell,find a new house in Southern California,and move. After it was all said and done, I was in my new house by April 1st. It took me a few weeks to get settled and my new studio set up.
I started 2007 with buildings,then portraits,landscapes,lots of florals,a few cars, one cat,and even got involved in a monthly Chinese brush painting class. In between I worked on writing a few children's book stories and used a good part of December working on the illustrations. I even surprised myself at sketching daily and even painting daily into the wee hours of the night.
As for traveling, didn't do as much as I would of liked, but did go to Ohio for my nieces wedding;Chicago visiting my girlfriend;the SF bay area to visit my sister and watch her graduate from junior college, and a trip up to Canada for my husband's mother's memorial.
It's been a busy and productive year. So tomorrow I'll focus on my artistic goals for 2008.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Whenever I mention the book, people want to know where they can purchase a copy. Unfortunately the publisher stop printing the book. Recently while unpacking I came across a few copies of his book. With my husband's permission, I scanned his book and now you can read his story of the monarch butterfly's journey from state to state all the way down to Mexico.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
A couple of weeks ago I had ordered this empty artist palette with 18 slots for watercolor paint. So I decided to pick 18 colors that I use over and over again. Most are Winsor Newton and about 5 are Daniel Smith. I'm just trying to use up these tubes of the Winsor Newton, since I love all of Daniel Smith watercolors. When I run out of a color I'll replace with Daniel Smith.
Transparent Yellow,Cobalt Yellow,Naples Yellow, New Gamboge,Alizarin Crimson, and Indigo
FUB,Cobalt Blue,Cerulean Blue,Cobalt Turquoise Lt,Sap Green, Yellow Orche.
Raw Sienna,Perm Brown,Burnt Sienna,Burnt Umber,Raw Umber, Ivory Black
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sometime around 11 p.m. last night, I decided to work with what I had painted and just went for it. I just kept on layering it and mixing colors on the painting as I went along. If I was to paint this truck again I'd do a few things differently. Probably I would add more to the background, reposition the truck on the canvas, and probably use better reference photo's.
Arches 9 x 12 watercolor cold press block
Daniel Smith watercolors
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Since my husband tends to tell me I'm hard to shop for...which is true...I decided I wanted one of these gems for Xmas. So I'm now waiting for my present, which I'll wrap and put under the tree...won't my husband be surprised at the great gift he gave me!
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
So here are a few of my illustrations, which I've done on 8.5 x 5.5 white card stock. I've applied a really light wash so the card stock would not buckle. I plan to just do one illustration per card. When I have about 100, I will bind them together to create my own watercolor journal.
I plan to just allow myself to explore and try new things without any rules. So probably a lot of whimsical art will be created.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
My girlfriend Rosemary, who lives in Chicago is adopting a rescue boxer named Loki. She emailed me the picture and I thought I'd surprise her with a watercolor painting of Loki for Xmas. I've never seen a white boxer before, but she looks like a sweetheart. Rosemary loves roses, so I added a collar of roses around Loki's neck. I plan to print out note cards to go along with the framed painting.
Carson 9 x 12 cold press watercolor block
Daniel Smith watercolors
Friday, November 16, 2007
Arches 12 x 16 watercolor block cold press
Daniel Smith watercolors
Had difficulty in picking up the detail of the white of the daffodil when I took a picture of this watercolor...just could be the lighting I used when I took the photo.