I'm always surprised at the type of birds I find in my neighborhood. We have a couple of trees in my garden and when I paint outside I can either see them perching on the branch or chirping to each other. 6 x 8 watercolor paper; Daniel Smith watercolors.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
I just love working with Schmincke gouache. I do not know why I took so long to buy them. On this painting I started with a pencil contour drawing. Then I used a light watercolor wash to block in the color. Once dried, I used my gouache to add more color and detail. I finished with FW white acrylic ink to add more detail.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
This is my latest bird portrait I'm working on, a western tanager. I was attracted to it's colorful feathers. I'm using Schmincke gouache. I sketched his body first and then have slowly started to build up the color. I'm using a #4 round brush and a #1 liner brush for the detail. Finished piece will be on 6" x 8" mixed media paper.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The weather seems to be heating up, that it was a great day to go to the beach. So we packed the car up with the dogs and art supplies and we were off. First we went to Santa Barbara to have lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. After lunch I went to the local art store where I bought some mi tientes paper in black and pink. I also got a couple bottles of FW acrylic ink and more water brushes.
We headed back to the coast and stopped a beach that I've always have seen on the other side of the freeway and finally figured out what exit to take so we could go to that beach.
Found a perfect spot and spent several hours just soaking in the sun and painting. This is the view of the mountains and the small cove that we were sitting at. Watching the waves go in and out was rather relaxing. By 4pm we decided it was time to go home. Not only did we create a memory, but I also got a few paintings out of this outing.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Some days I just like to try new things. As of late I've been using my water brush to do line drawings and then filling in the painting with watercolor. Well I've taken it a step further. I bought a couple of Zig Brush H20 and filled them with Daler Rowney FW acrylic artist ink. This water brush is filled with indigo blue. The tip of the water brush is probably a mini or small tip.
On this painting I used the indigo to do the contour of the bull dog puppy and then took another water brush filled with burnt umber to give the puppy some detail and making him more three dimensional.
I like the idea of not giving too much detail, but just a hint of shading.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I don't paint kitties or cats as much as I would like. Having four dogs makes it difficult to have a kitty around. My dogs seem to be rather protective of their living space. Theses days I'm trying to draw more and more with the paint brush and only adding a hint of pencil or marker to finish the paintings off. On this painting I used DS watercolors and Schmincke gouache.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Friday morning I got up at the crack of dawn so I could drive out to Mojave Airport to see Scaled Composite "White Knight" mother ship carrying the spaceship make one of their test flights. My husband works for Scaled Composite as a spaceship engineer. The Spaceship is the world's 1st commercial spaceship. The company is also in the process of designing and making the world's biggest airplane, much bigger than a 747. Not only do I get to hear about the process and hard work that goes into building this aircraft, I can see history being made with each successful flight.
As we were waiting for the flight to happen, my husband took this photo. It's interesting to see the ground crew do last minute pre-flight check. Once the spaceship was cleared for take off, I saw the ground crew pack up their gear and the emergency Fire trucks come out and follow the spaceship. It's rather amazing to see the rather large spaceship take off and climb up into the sky. When it gets to a certain altitude (10 miles), the space ship, which is at the center of the mother ship is released. No rockets are fired for this test glide flight, and the space ship takes 10 minutes to descend 10 miles to the runway. For later test flights this year, the space ship, after release, will light its rocket and blast into space. To learn more visit their website: www.scaledcomposite.com.
While waiting for the space ship to return I did this line drawing of the windmills in the distant and the mountain range in the distant.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Ever since I discovered the Midori Traveler's Notebook on flickr, I've been debating about buying one. For the past year I've been making my own journals, so I wasn't sure the Midori's size was big enough for me to work in. So after looking at many photo's of the Midori, I thought I'd try my hand at making one since the design is very basic and easy to put together. Finding leather material locally has been a problem, so I improvised by using vinyl, which was easy to find at Joann's. To make the vinyl a bit more sturdy, I found stiff felt pieces that I would glue to the inside cover. After making the same size of the Midori regular size and the passport size, I experimented with making other sizes with the same simple concept. So I now have at least 5 in the regular size and 5 in the passport size. I've been taking them on test runs and it seems like a doable notebook for me to work with.
When I went to San Francisco last month, I made a point of going to a Japanese stationary shop called Maido so I could actually see how this Midori looked and felt like in person. I bought some of the accessories and decided I would order one when I got back home. Maido has an online store www.mymaido.com. There is definitely a cost difference, so much cheaper to buy online. So I bought the Traveler's Star Passport edition that comes in Carmel. I ordered it on Tuesday morning and received 2 days later.
Just opening the envelope to take the Midori out was worth taking pictures.
Now to take my Midori on a little trip to break it in. Yes it was well worth the wait.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Monday, April 08, 2013
Sunday, April 07, 2013
I forgot how time consuming glazing could be when you paint in watercolor. On this pear I put on maybe 9 layers, used a stencil for the background, and a rubber stamp saying to add interest. To speed up the process, I could use a hair dryer, way to noisy, I like to just let each layer dry naturally before I go onto the next glazing.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Ever since my visit to Florence, Italy last summer, I have wanted to get a French Bull dog puppy. I'm not sure what it is about the breed that I fell in love with. May be it was their cute face and big ears, or their playfulness of spirit, they captured my heart. Just don't tell Sophie or Maddie I'm lusting after a new puppy, otherwise they will get very jealous. At this point in my life our dog population of 4 needs to dwindle down to 1 +; So I don't see a new puppy for a while. But in-the-meantime I can dream and just paint French Bull dog portraits.
I used my waterbrush to draw and paint this little guy.
Monday, April 01, 2013
OK, I'm not one to paint fruit, but it does happen on occasion. I signed up for this online class "Pear-o-logy with Martha Lever". Sometimes I sign up for classes not for the obvious reasons, like wanting to learn how to paint pears, but more for learning how she assembled her Pear workbook. Well I figured out how she assembles her Pear workbook, but also came away with some new tricks of watercolor in painting pears. So this is my first painting. Tomorrow I'll try painting red and green pears. I think this is going to be a week of Pears.