Thursday, September 19, 2019

Opposites Attract

Suddenly, in the midst of working large, I got the urge to make a small, handcarved stamp.  

I immediately used it to make some artist trading cards for our local swap.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Beards are Fun!

Sailor Fude Pen and Watercolour
11" x 14" Strathmore Sketchbook

Roz Stendahl, one of my sketching heroes, loves to sketch men with beards.  I can see why - scribbling is fun!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Paper Buckles, But So What?

Sailor Fude Pen and Watercolour
Strathmore Sketchbook
11" x 14"

You can see on the background of this scan how the thin paper buckles when I add watercolour to it.  But these sketches are so much fun I don't care!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Working Large

Sailor Fude Pen and Watercolour

I've been using an old 11" x 14" sketchbook as a studio journal lately, a place to keep notes, test colours, do thumbnail sketches, etc.

I have found that I enjoy the freedom of working large again, something that I haven't done for a few years.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Arches Text Wove

Arches Text Wove paper is a favorite with my calligraphy friends.  It feels about the same weight as the Arches MBM Ingres paper but I think it may be 100% cotton.  It performed beautifully using the same technique (laid on wet plexiglass without tape).

I wet the sky area first and dropped in Daniel Smith Opera Pink and Cobalt Teal Blue.  Then I drew the field with Sap Green and added water to wet this area.  I added French Ultramarine and Veridian at the horizon line, and some more opera pink and teal until I was happy with the saturation.  FUN, FUN, FUN!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Weathered Barn

Stonehenge 100% Cotton 140 lb.

This next test needed a bit of a sketch with a light pencil.  I did this on the paper while it was dry.  Next I wet the glass and laid the paper on top.  Although this paper was considerably heavier than the last one, it still stuck fine without tape.

This is also a wet on wet painting, worked in sections.  Once I stopped fussing with the drawing, it was a lot of fun to do.

The reference photograph was by Dana Critchlow from Paint My Photo.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Look Ma, No Tape!

Included in my paper stash was a small piece of Arches MBM Ingres 60 lb 75% cotton paper.  It seemed an ideal paper for my next experiment.

I wet the glass thoroughly and laid on the paper.  I didn't tape the paper because the water held it firmly in place.

First I wet the sky area and dropped in French Ultramarine.  I then moved into the foreground letting it bleed into the sky to create a middle ground.  After it was dry I added the trees.  I cheated on the highlights by using a white gel pen.

This paper was a lot of fun to work on.