The two paper tiles upper left were from art pal and add a special touch.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
I was asked what I do with sll these little morning sketches and studies. Well first I date them and record my references (if any) on the back. I do not sign them but may go back and do that some rainy day. Then I slip them into a sleeve. I purchase these from Amazon. Very reasonable. 100 in each pack. Free shipping.
I cut my watercolor paper to this size and stack them on my work table. Its my favorite size.
I file the finished works by subject. Abstracts. Landscapes. Trees. Animals. Beach scenes. Etc. I look back through them often. Reviewing and critiqueing my own work. What did I like about this one. Or what did I learn from that one.
Originally I kept everything in chronological order. I am a trained archivist so know the benefits of "original order". But this is not an archive - it is a working studio. With the documentation on the back I could easily return them to that order should I want to. Usually I post to this blog so there is a running archive online.
A few of these sketches are framed or displayed here and there in my house. I have not sold any of them and do not intend to sell. Sometines i wish I had painted in an art journal. - but then would not have the flexibility to change the order.
One day I may want to see the use of a particular color. Like putting the blue in the feathers on todays sketch. Ive only done that for a few months. Or looking back to see certain compositional elements. I see that roads leading into landscapes are now a favorite I have recently come to appreciate.
Having sketches loose, yet protected, allows me to sort and move and use them easily.
I did this watercolor sketch using only the 3/4inch brush shown on the right. I did not pre sketch in pencil but lay down dibs and dabs w tip of brush color by color building the bird.
Just as i was finishing there was a disturbance. My dogs and neighbor dogs started barking. Then a flock of geese flew over heading south. Dogs heard them long before I did. Of course.
Nice way to start morning with the hint that this heat wave will pass and fall will come.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Ive had this spread out on dining table for past two weeks. Every afternoon I add more to it or audition colors and pieces. All of the pieces are recycles. Mostly my own paintings cut up but also a few pieces from friends. im pretty happy with it. Its colorful and cheerful. The angel is one of my post cards (using my hand carved rubber stamp) cut to fit the arch. I used gel medium to adhere everything.
Friday, July 28, 2017
This is based on a painting by Cav. Romeo Di Girolama called Early Morning Lyme. He is a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. The soft neutrals appealed to me. I only have a tiny little photo of it from an old magazine. I worked on the color planes in the foreground before I noticed it was a city. I thought I was painting rocks. Lol. Guess Id better use magnifier on small pics.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
I bought this new succulent at Trader Joes Monday morning. Today I pinched off this piece for a little nature study done at the senior center. The lighting was terrible. Really terrible. But I was able to draw it. Watercolor pencil on toned background.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
I'm using speech activated typing because I make so many mistakes it takes me so long to go back and correct them that it's a pain. But on a previous post when I went back and read it it had thrown in extra words about Trump tweeting and then I realize that it's picking up my public radio station in the background. I guess I need to turn the volume down on radio before I start talking into my phone. LOL.
This study is based on an oil painting called afternoon clouds by Linda Glover Gooch. I had never used purple in my clouds and sky so just wanted to see how it looked. Hers in oil is much richer and of course it has texture but at least this will be a reminder that I won't be ruling out purple as a shadowy cloudy effect.
I was so blown away by the strong colors in Betsy Dillard Stroud painting from Sedona in her article an Artful Odyssey let Adventure be your guide through the workshop experience. In watercolor artist magazine April 2011. I decided to do a little study of her painting as an exercise Sunday morning.
This is a "dirty pour". The paints are poured into a cup one after another. Not mixed or stirred. The whole cup is tipped upside down on canvas then lifted to let the paints flow out
. Canvas is then tipped to aid the flow of paints. Dozens of tutorials on you tube. Had fun morning w frieds getting messy and making art.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
The container I use to house my abstracts is over-crowded. Damn. I need to find another so i can keep them together. I sat down this am and looked at all of them. Im hoping to find inspiration for a garden mosaic. Lots of inspiration there. It will be fun to adapt my own creation into a different medium.
Before I put them away I counted. Yikes. 151 loose ones. Prob a few more framed here and there. This project of a breakfast painting each day is so productive - obviously. its such a great way to start the day.
Last evening I sat down with the box of breakfast sketches I did over the past year and a half. OMG. thats a lot of art. I have them grouped as landscapes. Still lifes. Trees. Florals. People. Critters. Abstracts. Etc. There were only about 8 that I really dont like. Tossed the worst of the worst. Set aside a few that needed changes. This one I changed today.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
We are having another heat wave. My thoughts are turned towards coastal byways where you need a sweater. I spotted this scene in an article in Watercolor Artist April 2011. Joyce Hicks does beautiful landscapes and has a very distinctive style. She and her husband travel around with an eye out for scenes to paint. You can see her work at www.artistsnetwork.com/article/joyce-hicks-watercolor-gallery.