Monday, March 31, 2014

French bull dog puppy on Yupo paper

When I was in the SF bay area recently, I got to visit my favorite Dick Blick store in Berkeley, California.   I always find things to buy in the big Dick Blick store.  One of the items I bought was a pad of  translucent Yupo paper.    Yupo paper is a synthetic paper, that is machine made in the USA of 100% polypropylene.  It is waterproof, stain resistant, and strong.
So this is a quick watercolor that I did using watercolor pencils and a little gouache.  I really like the fact...if I make a mistake I can easily wipe it off and start again.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Between catching a rather nasty cold and going home to the SF bay area for 5 days, I'm back.
This is a painting of primroses painted from life.  Painted wet on wet, using lots of water to move the color around the watercolor paper.  I had to let the layers dry before I moved onto the next layer developing rich vibrant colors.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Caran D'Ache Museum Aquarelle pencils

I've been wanting to buy this box of Caran  D'ache Museum Aquarelle color pencils for a while.  I finally broke down and bought a small set of 12 colors.  I thought I'd test them out doing this drawing of waterfalls from Yosemite.  The colors are vibrant and go down rather nicely.  The only thing about working with such a small set, was the omission of a white color pencil.  To remedy that, I used FW white acrylic ink.