Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bad Paper Sketchbook

6" x 6" ish
I'm blaming it on my unwillingness to make sure I get the drawing right. But also on the sketchbook paper that wants to HOLD ON to the paint. No lifting, or the paper peels away, and then I'm left with this blech right side eyeball repaint! (Also, sorry about the weird pursed mouth, Jan.)

8" x 6"

On a lighter note, here's a landscape that's too light. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Kim's Fingers

6" x 6" watercolor
Kim is a neighbor, a professional pianist with amazing skill. He's able to tickle the ivories (although "tickle the ivories" kind of implies lounge and/or wedding reception piano player, and this guy's a classically trained concert pianist and also an organist) despite having lost much of a finger in an accident years ago, yet years after turning pro.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Warm Weather is Almost Here, Yahoo!

6" x 7" oil paint on panel
I wish that I could call this a plein air, but I wouldn't be able to pull that off because -look!- there's foliage fully abloom. The reference was a photo from last summer.

Sunday, April 29, 2018


Yasss, another watercolor cow in the sketchbook. 
Perhaps I'll go for a human tomorrow.
Send me a photo of yourself in the comments. You never know.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Pretty Girl

Today's sketch in my watercolor sketchbook--a watercolor portrait of a herd member, looking pretty pretty, because the reference photo was taken last summer. By spring, she's looking kind of muddy and shaggy.

I think I'll go back in and add a slight golden glow in some tiny areas.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Broken Teacup

watercolor, about 5" x 5"
Not much more to say about this one--it's from my "daily" watercolor experiment sketchbook, where I attempt to work through the 40 pages, flip it over and work through the 40 backsides, and then ...aha!...notice amazing growth and skill. The paper is pretty meh, thin and very absorbent, making clean washes difficult and lifting nearly impossible. It's labeled "Mixed Media;" it's ideal for putting down the right color/value and keeping it!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Shaded Barn

Yesterday's Watercolor Group painting fell together quickly compared to some attempts. Apparently, it pays to start with a couple of thumbnail sketches to try different formats and value arrangements, and to move on with a sketchbook color study.

About that sketchbook: I do have a regular, sketch-anything-in-pencil sketchbook, but I recently bought a 7" x 10" "Mix Media" book by Canson with the intention of working on (finishing!) a page every day. Or maybe every two days, with the drawing taking a day and the application of color taking the second. I'll work to the end of the book (40 pages) and after 80 small watercolor studies and paintings, I ought to see some obvious improvement, right?