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It has been a long time, but spring is here and I am feeling the urge to paint! I did do some Franken-Art this winter. I had a great time craving into craft foam, slathering on some acrylic paint and pressing it onto Bristol paper (or pastel paper, or WC paper). Here are just a few of my efforts!

These were “small” 5×7 and I used this prints to make cards for various occasions. But then, I got BRAVE and decided to do a 11 x 14. So I sketched my sketch, and “drew” on my craft foam and made a number of different prints. The first was on sketch paper, another on Bristol paper, the next ones were on paper that I had already printed some type of background on.

I am not sure if any of these prints are “done”, the experiments are just beginning. Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you! Happy Spring!

 

 

 

 

So many ideas, so little time!

Time has slipped by, and it is now autumn. I DO have some time today to share some of my experiments, paintings and sketches! So, here they are

First, is my completed acrylic painting 12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas. I used acrylic medium to build up the flower petals, they are raised up on the canvas about an 1/8 of an inch. Then, overpainted the petals with titanium white. I have another canvas 16 x 20 in the works, with a much bolder texture. That is for another day!

Next, I have some monoprints. I have been creating these on plexiglass with Golden Open Acrylics. I add some watercolor to the monoprint, which adheres to the areas that the acrylic did not cover, and then use acrylic ink to add whatever detail I desire. Some I like, some I don’t. But these three have some intriguing possibilities.

Finally, I have been working on some Hollyhocks. They were so beautiful this year, I really wanted to capture them. I have made numerous sketches. It has been difficult to get the composition just right, but I am hoping that I am on the right track. I used my acrylic markers, Gelatoes and NeoColor crayons for these efforts. Eventually, I will paint these little beauties on a black gessoed canvas so the pink pops right out at the viewer! Hope you have a great week!

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Back at the Studio

Well, I didn’t do as MUCH painting this winter as I would have liked. I was QUITE BUSY relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. But now I am back in the studio. And glad to be back!

Studio !!

Studio !!

Studio !!

Studio !!

And here are a few of my masterpieces (okay, not so much!)

Fallsburg Park - Mixed watercolor media

Fallsburg Park – Mixed watercolor media

Fallsburg Park - Mixed watercolor media

Fallsburg Park – Mixed watercolor media

Just thought that I would add another watercolor painting, done with WN WC Markers and watercolor!

WC Orchids

WC Orchids

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

Watercolor and Acrylic

I have been working steadily on the 24 x 36, but it is not in any shape to show you. The same for a 16 x 20 sunrise on the Atlantic. But, I have been messing around with different types of paper (WC paper, canvas paper and mixed media paper) with a combination of WC and Acrylics. I have had varying results.

First few are just WC on WC Paper. I bought a set a Van Gogh Watercolors when I was in Amsterdam 19 years ago. I have just about used up all the colors except for the black. Those are the only WC that I have used for the paintings.

9 x 12 WC on Mixed Media paper

9 x 12 WC on Mixed Media paper

5 x 7 WC on WC paper

5 x 7 WC on WC paper

9 x 12 WC on WC paper

9 x 12 WC on WC paper

The last painting is acrylic on Canvas paper. I have to admit that I was impressed with the results. I liked the texture of the painting. I used a palette knife to apply “gobs” on yellow and blue paint for the grass, then used the palette knife to “move” it around. I am pleased with the results. It’s something that I might try on a “real” painting, not just a sketch.

9 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas Paper

9 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas Paper

All in all, it was a good week for sketching!

Dressing the Flamingo

I’m working on my Christmas card and things are coming together — Sort of.  The 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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Hi All,

I have been busy trying to get my homework done for my class on Tues! Here’s some side-by-sides of what I have been doing! Once again, I have been all over the map with media. Most of my sketching has been done with charcoal. The majority of the painting has been done with watercolor on clear gesso (yup! you got read that right!). But I threw in an oil pastel this weekend. I had started my raccoon before I started my art lessons and even I can tell that my Rocky isn’t true to life.. (that may be OKAY depending on who gets it!) So I got out my oil pastels and started painting and I was surprised how smelly the oil pastels are. Even my honey noticed it and I had to close the door to my studio. Oil bars, oil sticks etc do not bother him, but oil pastels do. Now, isn’t that interesting!

Okay, here goes. First are the dogs!

Luna, charcoal/watercolor on gesso WC paper 1/4 sheet

Luna, charcoal/watercolor on gesso WC paper 1/4 sheet

Luna, charcoal/watercolor on gesso WC paper 1/4 sheet

Luna, charcoal/watercolor on gesso WC paper 1/4 sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really do have to fix Luna’s eyes! Next, is Larry! (they are in the wrong order, but you get the drift

Larry, charcoal/watercolor on gesso WC paper 1/4 sheet

Larry, charcoal/watercolor on gesso WC paper 1/4 sheet

 

Larry, charcoal/watercolor on gesso WC paper 1/4 sheet
Larry, charcoal/watercolor on gesso WC paper 1/4 sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next is my oil pastel.

Rocky Raccoon, 1/4 sheet of Canson ?, Oil Pastel

Rocky Raccoon, 1/4 sheet of Canson ?, Oil Pastel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, our owl! We haven’t named him yet…

Sketch on Arches WC Paper 1/8 of a sheet

Sketch on Arches WC Paper 1/8 of a sheet

Watercolor on Arches WC Paper 1/8 of a sheet

Watercolor on Arches WC Paper 1/8 of a sheet   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have an absolutely fabulous week! Thanks for visiting and hope to have more for you next week!

Not sure how much I will be able to upload tonight, but here goes

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The barn is still being worked with OilBars. Luna was drawn in

charcoal on gessoed watercolor paper, then colored with Water Color.
I started a large pelican today.. But it does not look very good. I may have to go over it with Watercolor ground!
Thanks for looking!

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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Blogging from my Nexus

It was a busy weekend. But managed to get a little painting in. Started with my little raccoon. We’ll call him Roger. First coat was a drawing with Inktense pencils on gessoed stretched canvas.

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Next, I used two oil bars, buff titanium and burnt umber. Moved them around with colour shapers

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Roger Raccoon, 10 x 10

Next are my watercolor sketches. The sand cranes are on 1/4 WC paper.

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Gus, the owl, is on 1/8 WC paper.

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Have a splendid week!