Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tree of Life: 28-04-2015

Tree of Life
watercolor on paper

Tree of Life copied from a visit to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky. A peaceful, living history museum that I visited on Saturday.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Beautiful Things: 27-04-2015

Beautiful Things
watercolor on paper

A little saying that I like. I used salt on the background to give it some texture. The text is written with brush and watercolor.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Colors: 22-04-2015

New Colors
M. Graham's Turquoise and Payne's Gray
watercolor on paper

Bought these two new colors today along with a little scrubber brush and  
an X-Acto knife.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Go Tell It On the Mountain: 21-04-2015

Go Tell It On the Mountain
watercolor pencil on paper

Same effort just cropped the photo a little differently.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Floribunda: 20-04-2015

watercolor on paper

While I was waiting for my car's air conditioner to be recharged, I read with interest a book titled Watercolor Simplified by 
Pat Weaver. She has some good tips that I have not seen in other books of this kind. She spends a bit of time explaining composition, value, and drawing techniques.

This is my version of the floral arrangement on the cover of the book. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blooming Cacti: 19-04-2015

Blooming Cacti
watercolor on paper

I learn something every time I put brush to paint to paper. I see on this one that the yellow should have gone down first and should be on the left side of the cacti as that is where the light is coming from. I could also paint some shadows and create a horizon so they aren't just floating in space.

I had this image in my mind during meditation this morning and wanted to create green cacti by putting the yellow on one side and the blue on the other and letting them mix in the middle.

For the background I just splashed down (wet into wet) purple, yellow, and red.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Out to Sea: 18-04-2015

Out to Sea
watercolor on paper

This is the image on the cover of the book I am reading.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Mountains ll: 17-04-2015

Blue Mountains ll
Watercolor on paper

A version of yesterday's effort using watercolor paints instead of pencils.
Still dull!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blue Mountains: 16-04-2015

Blue Mountains
watercolor pencil on paper

I am going to try this another time using watercolor paints. It might turn out a little better.

I realize I get impatient when the scene doesn't jell like I see it in my mind.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sunrise: 15-04-2015

watercolor on paper

I started this and then lost interest. I may work on it some more. I could spend my next month's Art-A-Day project just 
'working' on works I have started and never finished or at the time thought were doomed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stained Glass: 14-04-2015

Stained Glass
watercolor pencil and pen on paper

A friend asked me to show her some drawing techniques. We did some warm up exercises working with lines and ovals and hatching and scaling. Then we copied this stained glass pattern - freehand - from a book I had and played with watercolor pencils. This is the result.

We had a good time.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Poppy: 13-04-2015

watercolor pencil on paper

This is the painting from yesterday's sketch. I darkened some spots with the pencils afterward and added a little bit of detail. It may need some more work. I would like the flower to be a darker red but I also don't want to lose the white reflections. 

I will let it rest and see how it looks tomorrow.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Poppy (sketch): 12-04-2015

Poppy (sketch)
watercolor pencil on paper

Just got this preliminary sketch down today. Will add water tomorrow and see how it turns out.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pirate: 06-04-2015

watercolor and watercolor pencil on paper

This was supposed to be a female portrait but when I finished I decided that 'she' looked more like a 'he'. I added the earring and made a pirate!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Grasses: 05-04-2015

watercolor on paper

Believe it or not, this began as study of a weeping cherry tree with pink blossoms. How did it end up as a clump of ornamental grasses on a pathway? It's what happens sometimes. I am not proud of this one but it gets posted here anyway. The good with the bad.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Flora, Goddess of Spring: 04-04-2015

Flora, Goddess of Spring
watercolor on (handmade) paper

This is the result of the watercolor class this morning. The paper is handmade and practically did the work for me. We worked on facial proportions. She didn't start out to be a goddess but she looked like one to all of us in the class. 

A goddess will present herself!

This handmade paper is glorious to work on. Luci, the instructor, very generously gave it to me to use as she likes for me to paint on larger sheets of paper than I have. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dead Tree: 03-04-2015

Dead Tree
watercolor pencil and charcoal on paper

Playing with the General Pencil watercolor pencils (they are great!) that I recently won. And one of the charcoal pencils that was in a sample pack. Burnished the charcoal with a spoon. I hate the dust.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Landscape: 02-04-2015

watercolor on paper

This was created in Tom Scott's watercolor class this morning. I cropped it on my phone camera trying to focus on the interesting bits. I am not sure I succeeded!

This is the full painting.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Les Fleurs: 01-04-2015

Les Fleurs
watercolor and ink on paper

I haven't decided on a theme for April so today I just continued on with my abstract creations.