Friday, December 5, 2014

Loosening up

There's just nothing better than a new toy to wake up the muse. After watching a youtube video by Karlyn Holman this morning, I made a trip to Michael's and picked up the tool she was using, an Elegant Writer Calligraphy Marker. I did a quick sketch with the marker, then wet the water soluble ink in the house area lightly with a damp brush. Using a large brush, I flicked water over the tree to release the ink. A last layer, just touches here and there, was done in watercolor. I like the loss of control with this technique and its unexpected mixes and lost and found edges.




Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sunlit Street

Couldn't resist the sunlight on this curvy street in Luxembourg. I managed to keep to a limited palette of alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and raw sienna. I really need to remember that a limited palette actually makes things much easier.



Friday, November 21, 2014

Canal Overlook

This month's virtual paintout takes us to the gorgeous city of Luxembourg where I spotted the colorful cars parked near the water far below the Rue Sosthène Weis.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ivy Covered Cottage

The Virtual Paint Out this month is in County Kerry, Ireland. There are so many beautiful places to paint there! I am still playing with sketching, rather than straight watercolor painting, because....it is just fun. I spent some time on the pencil sketch on this one, then went over it in permanent ink. Application of the paint was quick, which disappointed me because I wanted to go on painting. With sketching tho, you have to decide whether the drawing is more important than the paint.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting for the Bus

This month's virtual paintout is in beautiful Gothenburg, Sweden. There are so many interesting scenes there to paint but I decided to just launch in and sketch the first thing I found. It must have been cold there at the water's edge as everyone on the street was bundled up. This lady looked to me as if she has finished her shopping and is waiting for transportation back to the warmth of her home. I drew with the bamboo stick dipped in Chinese ink again and then painted with my new 12-tube introductory set of QoR paints. They didn't seem as intense as they were with my last sketch using them, but that is probably because I was using Hahnemuhle paper and it seems to let the colors sink in a bit.




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Found Objects

Sketchbook Skool wasn't the solution I was hoping for to get back into drawing more, although I did enjoy it and do feel it was worth trying. I got the inspiration for today's drawing from bronze horses in a window full of interesting objects in this month's Virtual Paintout in Kinmen, Taiwan. Further inspiration came from cleaning my studio and discovering a long pointed bamboo stick with a paddle end that I picked up at a recent dinner at a Thai restaurant. It's too narrow to be a chopstick and too long to be a stir stick so I'm not sure what its designated purpose is but it was wonderful as a drawing instrument, dipped in Chinese ink. The watercolor paint is from an introductory set of dots supplied by Qor.  I am really excited by the way it moved on the paper and the intensity of the color. Also recently found my old chop that has been lost since I moved back from Hawaii, a lifetime ago.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

No Safety Net

This week's lesson with the Sketch Book Skool is continual line contour drawing taught by Brenda Swenson. The drawing is of three objects in ink, no pencil first!, and, as the name suggests, drawn as a continual line without lifting the pen. To make it even more interesting, this was done in water soluble ink, which causes unexpected runs and edges, followed with watercolor. It was such an unexpectedly fun way to work that I hope to continue to work this way lots more. I've never really been a sketchbook person, although just glancing up here at my studio bookcase I see at least 20 of them, so maybe I am! But just sketching for fun or as a journal has never been that interesting to me before. Kinda feels like a new toy!