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Mono-prints + and Stencils

I worked on “completing” some of the mono-prints that I worked up last week. I had some frisket (which was almost 10 years old) and masked out the yellows and the greens in the stems. When that was dry, I outlined the sunflowers with a water-soluble marker, then wet the ink down and let it run. I used 9 x 12 Aquarelle WC paper for this painting.

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I also played with the sunflower stencil I made out of plastic. So much easier to work with than the one that I made out of canvas paper. Here are two examples:

These stencils are LOTs of fun to work with. I used acrylic markers, sprayed acrylic ink and even used Sharpies to outline the flower! Hope that everyone had a great week! Hope to check in again soon!

 

 

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Homework!!

This is my homework for the week!!

The first is a sketch with markers of the Grand River, then a 5 x 7 study on canvas board.

6 x 9 sketch with Markers

6 x 9 sketch with Markers

5 x 7 Sketch with Acrylic Markers on Canvas Board

5 x 7 Sketch with Acrylic Markers on Canvas Board

Next, is a sketch that you have already seen of a California Mission. It is WC on Bristol Paper. Then followed by a WIP of the Mission on a 1/4 sheet of WC Paper

Mission - 9 x 12 WC on Bristol Paper

Mission – 9 x 12 WC on Bristol Paper

WIP of CA Mission on 1/4 Sheet of WC paper

WIP of CA Mission on 1/4 Sheet of WC paper

Pencil Sketch 6 x 9 Multimedia paper

Pencil Sketch 6 x 9 Multimedia paper

Hope to have more for you later this week!!

At my art lesson last week, we talked about pushing back the background. I need to make the background less prominent than the foreground. You want the viewer to look at the MOST IMPORTANT thing in the painting. So, I have been practicing this technique by dulling down the background colors, by having less details in the background. Do you think that I succeeded?

Waterlily - 11 x 14 Acrylic Markers/Watercolor on Acrylic Paper

Waterlily – 11 x 14 Acrylic Markers/Watercolor on Acrylic Paper

Waterlily - 11 x 14 Acrylic Markers on Canson Paper

Waterlily – 11 x 14 Acrylic Markers on Canson Paper

Mission - 9 x 12 WC on Bristol Paper

Mission – 9 x 12 WC on Bristol Paper

Sometimes, you just feel like…doodling… Here are some sketches for the week! It IS springtime!!

Tulips - WC Sketchbook

Tulips – WC Sketchbook

Lilies - WC Sketchbook

Lilies – WC Sketchbook

I know, I know… I don’t “need” any new art supplies, but I am VERY pleased with the Winsor Newton Watercolor Markers that I purchased this summer. They are portable, the color is bright and clean and they work REALLY well on Canson Multimedia paper. So, here are a few examples

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor on MultiMedia Paper

Next, I have some of the “better” sketches (I won’t bore you with ALL of them). I am attempting to capture the personality of some of the shorebirds we see around here. I sit on the beach and watch them for HOURS. I hope that you enjoy these!

7 x 10 Pencil on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pencil on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pen and Ink on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pen and Ink on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pen and Ink on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pen and Ink on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pen and Ink on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pen and Ink on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pen and Ink on Canson Multimedia Paper

7 x 10 Pen and Ink on Canson Multimedia Paper

A Promise is a Promise

Hi All,

I can’t believe that it is February already. This winter is just flying by! I did as I said I would do in the last post. I have been working on my paintings. A promise is a promise! I have three watercolor sketches, done primarily with Winsor Newton WC markers (and with a little bit of acrylic markers). I used Canson Multimedia Paper (7 x 10), which is GREAT paper for using these markers. It was quite windy today, so the WCs dried relatively quickly. (hurrah!)
The first one is the oldest (done a week or so ago!), the other two were sketched last week in pencil.

7 x 10 WC sketch on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch and acrylic marker on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch and acrylic marker on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch and Ink on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch and Ink on Cansons Multimedia paper

Once I get the hang of these WC markers, I am going to upgrade to better watercolor paper! Hopefully, that time is coming SOON!
Have a great week!

Here are some attempts to get in the SWING of things again. Some are okay, some aren’t. Good thing the trash man is coming tomorrow. I have some paintings for him!

First, did a few watercolors and they turned out AOK.

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The second set of sketches, disasters, etc are for a painting I want to do. What I need is a small prototype to show one of my friends. The first in this set didn’t work out so well (hence the garbage can). The leaves should be feathery and dainty and ended up being big blobs. So of the colors turned out well, so I will use that new found (again) knowledge in the later paintings

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Once I decided to start again, I started from scratch with a sketch, a watercolor (see above), then I drew the sketch onto a 16 x 20 canvas with Inktense pencils and started to work adding colors.

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I REALLY need to REMEMBER that I can’t JUMP in and paint. I need to PLAN first! I’ll keep you informed on my progress!

Have a great day!

Dressing the Flamingo

I’m working on my Christmas card and things are coming together — Sort of. ┬áThe Watercolor/Inktense painting of the Flamingo is working really well, but getting him to put on his Christmas hat…. well, let’s say, he is one picky bird when it comes to stocking caps. Here’s my studio in the midst of all this creation!

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Happy New Year!

I did a few little watercolors yesterday, only two were worthy of showing. I didn’t do much painting over the holidays, so am a bit out of practice! The burro was sketched with ink, and then painted with pan watercolors. The bird was also sketched with ink, but I used ArtBars for the feathers. Let me know if you have any comments.

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Vacation is OVER!!

We had an absolutely fabulous time on our vacation. We visited Maine AND Rhode Island. It was a family outing so did not have much time to work on my art. Did some sketches (ink) and I did miss my watercolors and my oils. Between doing laundry and other catch up duties today, I did manage to do a few Inktense sketches. I am having problems getting good pictures of my paintings… Grrrr…

But you will get the idea

Padre Island Pelicans – 9 x 12 Canson WC – inktense

 

Wild Fish – 9 x 12 Canson WC – inktense + Ink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky – 9 x 12 Canson WC – inktense

And finally… here is our project… it is coming along

Under the Sea – 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas

Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

Have a GREAT Day!

Seemed like there was more….

Hi All,

Work has been busy, and life sometimes just doesn’t let you do what you want!

I was able to spend a few hours today painting and have to admit that it felt really good. Seemed like there was more, but this is all that was picture worthy. All three are sketches, but I am really excited about the dunes. I did this one with Daniel Smith Watercolor sticks exclusively. Using them like crayons and I had a blast!

Let me know what you think!

 

Watercolor Sketch - 5.5 x 8 Sketchbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Sketch 1 - 5.5 x 8 Sketchbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Sketch Dunes - 11 x 14 DS WC Sticks