Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chinese Crested Powder Puff

Jolie when she was just a puppy.  Pen and ink with some watercolor.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dog portraits Coco

 I working in a small watercolor journal which will have about 12 to 14 pen and ink with some watercolor drawings of dogs.    Today's dog is Coco.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Prismacolor brush tip markers


Walking around Joann's last week, I came across  Prismacolor markers.  These markers are water base, so using a water brush to spread the color is no problem.  I've seen the ink base Prismacolor markers, so I was surprised to see these.

These markers were perfect for my backyard painting session, using a limited palette.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with the color saturation.

Brush Tip Markers, Set of 10

I started out with the blue marker to sketch in the bird.  Then I switch colors to do the flowers, and finally used the orange and yellow for the background.  When everything was dry, I went back in with my black sharpie to define the shapes.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ostrich running

Another backyard painting session.  I used only the brown in the Prang watercolor set.  This was a  5 minute study.  140lb watercolor paper.  8 1/4" x 5 1/4".

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Koala bear from Los Angeles Zoo

Last November I spent a day visiting the Los Angeles Zoo.  I took a lot of photos and now just beginning to look at them.
This is another backyard painting session.  140lb watercolor paper. 8 1/4" x 5 1/4".

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ocean surf

My new past time, while the weather is comfortable to sit outside in my back yard, is to paint.  I go through my IPAD photo's and pick something out and see what I come up with.
I'm using Prang watercolor pan set of 16 colors.  I wanted something that was portable with a limited palette and this fit the bill.  
Washable Watercolor Sets
So this painting was created using the above watercolor set using a water brush.  I think I probably worked on this for about an hour.  The nice thing about painting outside was that the paint dried quickly, so I was able to complete the painting in one sitting. The painting measures 8 1/4" by 5 1/4". I used 140lb watercolor paper.

Friday, May 16, 2014

More artist tiles

This was suppose to be a dog, but looks more like a bear, but I'll go with a dog in my backyard.  I started with a white gel ink pen, but wanted to add some color to the dog, so I pulled out my Schminke gouache.  Once the dog was painted, I felt the painting need something more, so I added a flower pot and brick on the background.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Doodles with gel ink pens

My new past time is doing doodles on black artist tiles with gel ink pens.  I just start on one corner and make my way around the tile.  On this particular tile I also used some Schminke gouache.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A planter box of Sunflowers

When the weather is great, and not windy, I like sitting outside in my garden and paint.   What caught my attention was the planter box of lovely sunflowers.  Sunflowers always make me smile.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Giraffe with color

I love contour drawing.  It's so simplistic and easy.  Not to long ago I discovered Dylusions Ink Spray by Ranger.

After doing my contour drawing of the giraffe I wanted to add color and didn't want to spend the time adding watercolor.  I was in Joann's and happen to see a display of the Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray, so I bought a couple of packages.  I picked out 3 colors, pure sunshine,post box red, and fresh lime.  I just sprayed away and instantly had color on my giraffe.  As you can see, I probably should of mopped up some of the color, but for a first time using the ink spray, I was happy with the results.  Here's a link for Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

My little angel woke me up this morning with a cute mother's day card that she posed for.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Tulips for Spring

I was hoping to go to Amsterdam this Spring to see all the tulips in bloom, but it doesn't look like I'll be able to get there until October--so maybe next year.  In the meantime I'll just paint the tulips I bring home from the florist.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Venice canal

It's been years since I've been to Venice, Italy--and I have many photos of that week I spent there.  So trying to capture a moment from that time.