Anyone that knows me real well, knows I love giraffes. I'm not sure it's their goofy expressions or their tall grace, I just love them. So when I saw this guy, he was saying "Kiss me, I'm pretty!" Who wouldn't want to kiss that cute face.
While in the bay area saw this Hummingbird in my sisters garden. Had to capture the moment. I painted this on toned paper, using watercolor , gouache, Faber-castell Paper crafter crayons, and a black fine tip sharpie.
Just came home from a wonderful visit to the San Francisco Bay area, where I'm originally from. It's always good to go home and visit with my sister and brother-in-law.
From the moment my plane touched down, I was on the go. Thursday went shopping at Daiso -- Japan where everything is from Japan and cost $1.50. Bought a lot of art supplies and found some unique things too. On Friday went to the Pleasanton Rubber stamping and scrapbook expo. This is something my sister and I do each year. As usual I spent way too much money on supplies I wanted, but didn't need. I bought lots of rubber stamps by Judith, Spellbinder dies, lots of embellishments for card, a envelope score board which has a neat feature of rounding the corners. We bought so much stuff that we had to make two trips to the car.
On Saturday we spent the day in San Francisco. First stop was Flax Art and Design store. This place is huge. It has a really cool selection of handmade paper, drawing and painting supplies, a book section, a fine pen department, blank book section, stencils, and much, much more. I bought a couple of odd size watercolor pads, 3 Lamy converters, waterproof black ink, and some handmade paper.
After the art store we drove down to the Marina for lunch. My favorite Italian restaurant has changed. Now catering to 20 something. Really loud and noisy.
The whole purpose of the trip to SF was to go to the art store and see the "Jersey Boys". I wasn't sure what to expect because up until a few months ago I really never had heard of them under the name of Jersey Boys. Well the musical was fabulous. I am so glad my sister shared her tickets with me.
Afterwards we headed out to Pier 39 for dinner at the Fog Harbor Seafood Restaurant. We had a wonderful view of the SF bay. Was a great day, went home tired.
On Sunday we went to the cemetery to visit my parents. We usually go to clean their headstones and bring flowers. Hard to believe my father and my mother have been gone 16 years. Rather disappointed that my nephew and nieces don't bother to visit their grandparents, especially since their father lived and was supported by my parents. They would usually stay at my parents house every weekend and my parents were rather generous with their home, time, and money. Their behavior is just one of those things I have to release and bless with love.
I'm always amazed how much San Jose has changed. We spent the afternoon at Santana Row in Santa Clara shopping. I've been wanting to go to this MaiDo which is a rather cool Japanese stationary store. I was on a mission to see what the Midori Travelers Notebook looked like and what accessories I could buy to put in the notebook. They have an online store where you can buy the same products, but much cheaper and they offer free shipping.
On Monday I flew home. My dog kids were so happy to see their momma, greeting me with kisses. I missed them and my husband too!
Before I was a dog person I had cats. Misty and Smokey. Misty had no voice and was rather independent. She'd always be hiding somewhere in the house and the only way I could find her was to open a can of tuna and shout "Tuna Misty" and she'd come running.
I've been taking Chinese brush classes for over 2 plus years. If anything I've learned...it's about the water on the brush. Too much water, you get blobs; to little water, the paint skips. Having the just right amount the painting, paints itself.
I finally ordered some good gouache by Schmincke. I have seen on flick this watercolor tin by Schmincke filled with 12 watercolors 1/2 pans. I liked the size and thought I'd be able to combine both my gouache and watercolors together in one case. To be honest I only bought the watercolor set for the watercolor case. I have a large set of Schmincke watercolors and I've used them, but I'm really loyal to my Daniel Smith watercolors. In the picture below, on the two top rows are my Schmincke gouache. On the bottom two rows are the 12 watercolor 1/2 pans of Schmincke that came in the set. When I go to the bay area in two weeks I'll take the combined set of Schmincke gouache and watercolors to test drive the combo set. But as a backup I'm also taking my Daniel Smith watercolor paints too. Today I'll finally get to use the good gouache.
I started a new small passport journal with the goal of sketching in ink only on a daily basis. Each day I pick a subject and use my Lamy fountain pen to sketch. At first, I found it a little intimidating because I'm so use to using pencil and if a make a mistake or wrong mark, I could always erase and redraw.