Saturday, March 31, 2007
I always have watercolors with me, with a variety of waterbrushes and pens. In the metal tins I put empty half-pans (stuck down with double-sticky tape), then filled them with Winsor-Newton tube paint in primary and secondary colors.
In the lid of the tiniest tin I put 2 colors in the lid, separated by a line of silicone seal so one doesn't get wet when the other is being used.
In the eyeshadow box I put a variety of Daniel Smith tube paint.I also have half-pans in an Altoids tin and a larger Penguin mints tin.
I like fiddling with art supplies almost as much as I like actually using them.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Painting with Crystal yesterday, discussing what I'd read about recurring symbols appearing on one's art. One artist said her symbol was mailboxes, so I drew one.
Yes, the leaning post is intentional, indicating that if we don't take care of our communication lines, they'll collapse and we'll get no messages.
Tech pen and w/c on Strathmore Wet Media paper (which is 90#).
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I managed to catch this pose before sound from the street woke him. Nothing like cat models to teach speed sketching! (Took about 6 minutes, standing and holding the pad.)
Ballpoint on drawing paper.
And a quick paint sketch of the other cat--with water-soluble pen, then random red and blue w/c added.
The paper is new and I like it: Strathmore 90# Wet Media paper.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I stayed at a convention center last week and had to draw the bathroom sink. See the nose and the eyes and the huge mouth? And even a teeny top hat.
The tile was a little greener than this. Sickly, indeed.
Tech pen and w/c on lined journal paper. The lines are vertical in this drawing, so tile came in handy to camouflage it.
Monday, March 26, 2007
I found a photo of this actor, Chris Lee, in a book and thought he'd make a perfect horror-film star. Maybe he is, I don't know.
There was no neck in the photo either, just the white face in a black surround.
Following Danny Gregory's recent videos of how he draws portraits, I did this upside down, from the upside-down photo. It helps distract the left-brain analysis of proportions.
Rapidograph .05 pen on Aquabee Super Deluxe paper, plus some w/c. (I never predraw with pencil.)
Thursday, March 22, 2007
One of my standby drawing models. He never twitches and even waits if I go off to answer the phone or make tea.
One might say it's a rather wooden expression, though. He's leaning a bit to balance on that slanting floor.
Palomino HB pencil (which marks like most 2Bs) on cardstock.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Someone on the web has a project of taking a picture of every meal he eats in 2007. I'm only going for part of one breakfast.
When we were in Paris in 2005, Carol took photos of our meals. Brings back great memories, laughs, and longing to go back!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Keri Smith has a new project and website called Wreck This Journal. It's a great idea for combatting judgmental perfectionism and the inner voices that claim "not good enough."
So I did the first wrecking with smears of watered-down acrylic, then liked the pattern enough to put on a border, smudge with added pastels, and yes, post it. Better than a wreck now.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
There's been knitting lately. We got ten inches of snow last night, so I can wear these before they're put away for Spring.
My own pattern, 40 stitches in a k2, p2 ribbing, using Noro Silk Garden. I made a 6-stitch horizontal slit (buttonhole) for the thumb hole. Simple and super warm!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
I love the water soluble ink, until I decide not to use it for a wash. Trying to keep it unsmeared through glueing, washed background, and pasting is not possible.
I added yellow pastel here to deepen the watercolor after the piece was glued into my journal. It adheres well to the water-softened paper.