Joanne Sharpe's new class "Whims in Watercolor 2: Loose and Fearless" is off to a great start. We're walking on sunshine...and don't it feel good! (You do remember Katrina and the Waves, don't you?)
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
I might have learned that 30 day challenges are not for me. At least, not this kind of focused challenge. I like to bounce around between media too much, I guess. I keep wanting to draw in pencil crayon when I'm "supposed" to be painting. This was supposed to be fun, right?
Someone else agreed with my thoughts, adding that sometimes these challenges can hinder creativity rather than help it.
I knew going into this challenge that I might not stick with it for 30 days. I've probably done 30 direct watercolor paintings, because one day I did about 15 (small) chairs before realizing that chairs are not the greatest subject for wet on wet. (OK, I'm a slow learner.) I guess it depends how you count to 30.
One night recently, I looked out the window and saw a beautiful sunset. I was moved to paint the journal page you see above. I considered it a fail, but later realized that this is exactly the kind of "whim" that Joanne Sharpe would add a quotation to and post on Instagram. So, maybe I didn't "fail" at #30x30DirectWatercolor2019, I just made it my own.
Note to self: Lighten up!
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
I've started a new Artist Trading Card series - The Good Samaritan. Once again, these are drawn with markers, this time on plain white card.
I'm surprised at how much I like playing with markers; I have a lot of makers but I haven't really used them much. It may be because of the card I'm using. The hostess for our swap works in a printing shop and she makes blank ATC's from the off-cuts. They are very smooth and thick, which turns out to be perfect for markers.
Friday, June 21, 2019
We meet before our Artist Trading Card swap to work on portable projects. It was another opportunity to continue my Direct to Watercolor practice.
Joanne Sharpe's WHIMS IN WATERCOLOR 2: "Loose and Fearless" starts today, so I'll have lots of inspiration from now until the end of the month!
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Stamp design by M. Windsor for Garfinkel Publications
My great nephew turns 10 this month. He has become interested in history, so I've sent him a subscription to a Canadian History magazine for his birthday.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019
Facebook isn't all bad; I recently joined a group that posts vintage pictures of my home town. I remember these old Dairyland milk delivery trucks from my youth, and we all know I love vintage cars!
This handcarved stamp is Artist Trading Card size.
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
You might recognize this cat. I made the stamp artist trading card size.
I have been wanting to try Speedy Carve for a long time, but our local art supply stores don't carry it. (I have been using Safety Kut). I never thought to try Michaels, but I found some there a few weeks ago. I like it a lot; it is a little softer and easier to cut than Safety Kut.
Friday, June 7, 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Although I didn't plan to, I appear to be participating in Marc Taro Holmes challenge to do a "direct to watercolor" painting each day in June.
I'm interpreting "direct" as no pen or pencil sketch done first.
I added the pen on this third one after, mostly because I wasn't happy with the brush drawing.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019
I used a 3 x 5 gelli plate for these prints. I love this small plate because I can use it as a stamp.
The flower is a mask and the other designs were made with embossed cardstock. I like using embossed cardstock because there is no clean up required!