I can't wait for Spring to arrive; that's when my daffodils will bloom.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I've been doing a lot of experimenting lately, trying to get out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I like the results and sometimes I don't. With this small watercolor I used acrylic ink with a palette knife to do the line work. Then I went back in with a wet brush and moved the color around. I then went into Photoshop and poured in the green background.
Friday, February 22, 2013
For the longest time I stayed away from drawing birds, but after watching birds play outside my bedroom window, I decided I needed to overcome that fear. I painted this guy on mix media paper, using gouache by M. Graham, Winsor Newton, Caran d'ache, and Holbein. The M.Grahams, W/N, and the Caran d'ache seem to re-wet with no problem;but the Holbein...it's kind of hit or miss. I'm planning on buy a set of
Schmincke Horadam gouache this weekend. I guess it's time to spend the money on good quality gouache and Schmincke seems to get great reviews. I also have been playing around with Photoshop using the gradient feature for the background.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
I had purchased Paper 53 when it first was introduced. I was using a stylus to draw and paint my pictures, unfortunately, I wasn't getting the results I wanted...you know the kind of strokes you get with a paint brush. It wasn't until I came across a Sensu portable artist brush and stylus. It looks like a paint brush and it allows me to create with ease. The stylus is a bit pricey around $40, but is well worth every penny.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
I've always though Chickadee's were such cute little birds. I didn't realize that there were many varieties. I think I might work on a series for note cards. I sketched him out then used my Daniel Smith watercolors on mix media paper. When I scanned it in Photoshop I thought I would drop in background color. I'm just amazed at all the things one can do with Photoshop.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I've been playing around with portable ways to carry a limited palette of watercolors. I bought this cheap crayola no drip paint brush pens to see if they might be a quick way to apply color with limited colors on the go.
So here is my drawing just using the Crayola paintbrush pens. I applied the color and then used my water brush to blend in the color. I think it's a fun way to doodle when I don't have all my watercolor supplies with me. You should try it out.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
When I was in Fabriano, Italy the road ways were lined with these tall trees. I hand craved a image of the trees and then applied the impression to toned paper that I had already dropped color on. Once the ink was dry on the trees, I went back in with sap green gouache to finish off the painting.