It's been a while since I blogged regularly so I almost forgot to post today's challenge drawing. Since I'm about to head to bed I won't say much about this one. It started out as a pencil drawing but decided it wanted to be a watercolor instead...so I obliged. See you tomorrow!
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.
Today's piece is a watercolor painting/illustration of a pear I bought yesterday. Unfortunately, it's already turning south and has lots of bruises and soft spots, some of which I tried to depict. I really just loved the color combo of the red-violet and yellow-green on the pear and I think I got a lovely impression of it here. Mother Nature really knows about color theory and complementary colors, doesn't she? The page size is 7" x 10" and is actually watercolor paper...finally I use the proper surface for the medium.
Just a simple offering tonight...pink watercolor leaves. I was playing around with trying to control watercolor in a wet-on-wet application. I lost a little bit of control on the bottom left leaf but overall, I'd say I managed to keep the paint from spreading around the page, which is what I was after. I love the color variations (one of the most interesting aspects of watercolor) but I decided to go in and add the veins with black ink. It's simple but I think it's lovely :)
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 had another lovely art lesson with my friend, Cindy. I found this project in a watercolor technique book called "Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner." I chose it because it's a great lesson in negative space and using salt to create texture. I drew the trees first in pencil and then painted the spaces in between, leaving the branches white. I definitely could use some practice in controlling the water as my branches ended up very wonky. But all in all, I think this turned out really interesting.
Ok, not really but I can wish! I finally finished one of my works in progress today! I've been mulling this one over for a while and just really couldn't decide how to finish the coloring. I really liked how the water turned out and I guess I was so worried about messing the rest of it up that I just set it aside. I'm not sure what inspired me to pick it back up today but I figured I'd use a combo of watercolor pencils and Inktense blocks on the flower and the pod. I had originally planned to use a magenta palette since I just love pinks in general but today as I started gathering my supplies I had the thought that orange would be a better palette choice. I'm happy I went that way. Blue and orange are complementary colors so I think this helps the lotus pop off the page and I think more than a magenta one would have. I think the flower just looks like it's glowing. I'm glad I let this one percolate and waited for inspiration to come. This piece is 9" x 12".
Ok, turns out it's really hard to be creative when I feel like total crap. I think I've managed to develop a sinus infection to go along with my tonsillitis so I guess it's good they gave me antibiotics yesterday. I did manage to work on a couple of things, albeit continuations on the tree theme. I finished Grandma's birthday card and decided to develop some more leaf/season ideas with the blown watercolor branches in one of my sketchbooks. I'm also reading the book in the picture to work on my drawing skills. Now off to bed!
Ugh...today ended up as a sick day :(. My throat started feeling scratchy this afternoon and then I started feeling achy this evening. I've had strep a couple of times and one time it came on like a ton of bricks and I really didn't want to feel worse. overnight so off we went to urgent care. The quick strep test came back negative so that's good news but I still have tonsilitis...yuck! Thank goodness I worked on these two pieces before I started feeling crappy. I love trees and I think they are definitely part of my artistic symbology. The pencil sketch of the tree resulted from wanting to play with some water soluble graphite pencils. I love how it turned out and it was so much easier to blend the shading with the water than scrubbing it around with a blending stump. The other piece is another like I worked on yesterday. This time it's on a card made from watercolor paper. I still have the leaves to do but that'll come tomorrow. Once done, this card is on its way to my husband's grandma for her birthday! Now off to bed to rest since I feel like crap...
Fall is my favorite season and it actually seems to be arriving on time here in Portland! It's been a warm summer and dry here (I know it's hotter elsewhere but I moved here for the clouds and rain) and I've been white knuckling it for a bit so I'm so excited for the change. Starting tomorrow, we're supposed to have rain and much cooler temps for the foreseeable future! Every year on Facebook, I post a poem or quote about autumn as an ode to my favorite season. This year, however, I opted for a visual ode. I saw a tutorial on The Postman's Knock blog this weekend for creating a tree using watercolor and a straw to blow the paint across the page to make the branches, It took me a couple of tries but I totally nailed it and I just love the result! I used pearlescent watercolor paint for the leaves so they sparkle. I'm totally going to do more of these trees...there are so many options! This is 4.5" x 6".
I'm feeling better now that I've recommitted to my project and my learning/discovery process. I didn't get a chance to start as early this morning as I wanted but I'm so pleased with what I produced and learned that it's a very successful day. Now, I'm going to sign off and read some books...art books, of course :)