I gotta admit that after 5+ months of posting daily about my art, it feels weird not to. So, I thought I'd share what I've been working on the last couple of days. The first picture shows two empty tins that I'm using to create mini watercolor palettes. I'm still waiting for the clay to dry but I should be able to fill the wells with watercolor paint in a couple of days. I painted the lids white so that I can have a place to mix colors on the go. I think I'll be making several of these with different color palettes (I have lots of empty Altoids tins). The next picture is another pear, this time in colored pencil. I used a different brand of pencil than I've been using and they perform a little differently so I'm not as happy with this one. The third one is a piece of Brach's toffee candy, also in colored pencil but with white gel pen for the highlights and writing. I am enjoying the reduced pressure of "having" to create something each day and it's exciting that in the last two days, it's been easy to still create stuff.
I'm so happy that today's project offering is so much better than yesterday's! I was cruising around a blog from one of the Sketchbook Skool fakulty (yes, that's how it's spelled), Koosje Koene. She had a video on creating a watercolor background and then drawing something over it. I decided to give this a try. I did a wet-on-wet technique, wetting the page first with clean water and then brushing on various colors of watercolor including a couple shades of green, yellow and blue. Then I let it dry completely. As always, I insist on using paper that is not designed for wet media so some of the paper pilled and came up as I was working with the watercolor but I don't really care. I almost think that it creates a different texture on the page than if I'd used water tolerant paper. Anyway, I let it dry and then decided to draw a vintage-style bicycle. Once the black inking was done, I colored it with colored pencils. Finally, I used silver gel pen for the exposed metal parts and white gel pen for the highlights. I really like how this turned out. I love how expressive the background is but I also love that it isn't representative of anything. I'll definitely be doing this technique again!
I was just looking at this picture and realized that it kind of looks like Tetris. Anyway, I've called this one "Paean to Autumn". Fall is my favorite season and I look forward to it greatly each year since Summer is my least favorite season. Some of the leaves here in Portland have been turning since mid-July, which is pretty early, but we're still having 90+ degree days, which is pretty unusual. But I know fall is on its way and this piece reminds me of fall with the color palette I chose. This piece is interesting to me, too, in that color selection. I'm typically attracted to jewel-toned colors but rarely to the primaries. When I sat down with the black paper and white colored pencil last night, I just let the pencil find its way across the page, which created this Tetris-like design. Then it struck me that I should use yellows, oranges and reds for the coloring. It's different from my usual style/palette but I rather like it. What do you think?
I just wasn't feeling very creative today and couldn't decide what to do or even if I felt like making something today. Some days it has made sense not to push myself but today felt like one to just do something, anything. So, here's another abstract piece in progress. Once I began, I started liking what was showing up on the page...hopefully it will be finished tomorrow.
I'm posting super late tonight but it was a busy day and I didn't have a chance to start earlier. I'm still playing around with my new tri-color colored pencils. I'm not sure what this is...I just started drawing and then coloring. It's kind of stained glass-esque....I kinda like it thought. I generally love wavy, curvy lines so I guess it makes sense that I'd draw them that way. I didn't really start out intending to have separate warm and cool colors but I realized after filling just a couple of spaces that this was what made sense for this piece. It's interesting if nothing else :)
Whew...what a crazy couple of days. My lovely husband had a health scare on Wednesday evening that sent us to the emergency room. We were there until very early Thursday morning and didn't get to bed until 415am...23 hours after waking the prior morning. I took yesterday off, too. I tried to create stuff yesterday but I was just so tired that I just couldn't pull it together so rather than stress myself out about it, I figured another day off wouldn't hurt. But I felt better about things today and decided it was best to start creating again. Oscar is doing ok, btw, and we'll be following up on his health scare next week.
I got these new colored pencils on Wednesday but didn't have a chance to play with them. They are interesting as each pencil has three colors mixed into each core. Some pencils have three shades of the same color but others have three different colors. I used these pencils in today's sketches. The effect is subtle, although I didn't use any of the pencils with the three different colors for these. I like these and will have to experiment with them more.
I'm posting early today because I'm teaching a Zentangle class this evening and likely won't have time later today. I've decided to go with a mixed-media approach to the water lily line drawing I posted yesterday. I've opted to do the background water and lily pads with watercolor. The paper is holding up better than I expected. The orange parts on the image are masking fluid I put down to keep some areas lighter so that I can more easily work in some light reflections. Once the paper is completely dry, I can remove the orange and decide which ones I want to keep and which ones will be blended in with the rest of the water. I've decided to color the lily pod and water lily flower with colored pencil. I'll get started on that part tomorrow!
Wow, 100 days! I decided to go back to colored pencil on black paper. This one is called "The Lone Clementine". It made me a little bit crazy...ok a lot crazy! As always, I'm not after ultra-realism, just that it kinda looks like what I'm drawing. I did the leaves & stem first and was super pleased with how they turned out. Then I got to work on the fruit...this did not go as well. The black paper doesn't have much texture (tooth) so it didn't take long for the paper to become saturated with the wax of the colored pencil. I wanted a really bright, vibrant fruit but I just couldn't cover enough of the black surface. I tried spraying it with workable fixative, I tried using a blending pen, blending pencil, burnishing pencil and finally scraped it off with an exacto knife...twice. I finally pulled out my heating pad to see if melting the wax would help. It did a little but again, I think the paper was just kinda done for, so I did my best to get as much color down and decided to just call it done! Happy 100 days to me!
I've had busy days before where I've had to delay my daily creating but today was crazy! I had a businesswomens networking meeting that lasted all morning, then a lovely lunch with my adorable husband and then what was supposed to be a quick shopping errand turned into an excursion and suddenly the day was gone! So, I didn't get to sit down to work until around 7pm so it made sense to work on an in-progress piece. I was able to get another corner of this one done, so that's great but I'm definitely ready to be done with this one!
I'll probably start a new project tomorrow!
I decided that after my marathon art making session yesterday, somewhere around 7 hours, I'm taking it easy today. I have several projects in progress and I really didn't feel like starting something new, so I decided to make some more progress on one of them. This flower coloring business has gone on and on and on...I didn't really grasp what I was getting myself into by deciding to color these but it's already sold so I gotta keep working away! It doesn't seem like I'm making any progress but I now have the bottom right corner done! Planning to start something new tomorrow!