Wednesday, October 23, 2013
5" x 8" journal page, watercolor, dried flowers, feathers, mat medium. Oct. 12, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
5" x 8" 90# watercolor loose page, Tsukineko Inks, Acrylic paints, rubber stamps, medium charcoal pencil, General's white charcoal pencil. August, 10, 2013.
Friday, August 2, 2013
8" x 10" double journal page, water color paints, Pigma pen, rubber stamps, collage papers. August 3, 2013.
5" x 8" gray toned paper, watercolor paints. August 3, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
5.5" x 7" gray toned paper, charcoal and white charcoal, loose page. May 26, 2013.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil. April 30, 2013. Trying to draw caricatures of the new people we are meeting playing darts, so we can remember their names. Quick sketches, I'll add more, as we go more often.
5" x 7" page and a half, drawing pad, pencil, colored pencil. April 30, 2013. They have posted new signs with mileage around the park trail, so we wanted a reference. We like to walk from the train to the butterfly garden, and the loop down by the river by the band shell. We also walk from the cafe at the golf course to the butterfly garden or to the duck pond, our friend works at the cafe, and we get sodas or breakfast while visiting with her. The river loop is .36 miles, the largest loop returning along the freeway is 2.64 miles, and cutting thru the VA Hospital grounds is 2.35 miles. We usually only do about a half mile, but Charlie is walking much better since his surgery.
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil, colored pencils, Pigma pen. April 28, 2013. We went up to Glide Oregon and had breakfast on the deck of the Idllyde Restaurant, the assortment of condiments, was different with a scalloped bowl of jam and butter, and a teal sugar bowl.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Every Day Matters #205 Draw a soda. 5" x 7" drawing pad, pencil sketch, colored pencil, Uniball pen. April 19, 2013 Sitting in the Tavern drinking my Trop-aRocka Snapple, it was created by rocker Bret Michaels as one of the Celebrity Apprentice projects. I love the hint of cinnamon that it has in it. But we can't figure out what fruits are in it, because it only says "Natural Flavors" The label has a mango, peach and a pear, two of those are not tropical. And of coarse I needed to add a typo, I DID NOT spell Snapple right, I think I just ran out of room on the bottle, oh well.
6" x 8" drawing paper, watercolor background, acrylic paints, colored marker. April 13, 2013. The background is watercolor paints with a speckle over it. I was playing with a flame and feather stencil and acrylic paints. After doing the feather, I realized I used too much paint, and went to more of a dry brush effect and got lighter ghost effects at the bottom of the page. I added extra dots to the top, and outlined two feathers with a Pigma pen. I don't feel as if either of them is finished, the flames need something else. I used red, then hot pink acrylic on the flames, then put a little bit of yellow on the tips. The paint was too see thru and I did not like the effect, I went back with more red and pink, and outlined the flames with a red marker. It needs something else, but it was interesting trying the stencils.
6" x 8" drawing paper, watercolor paints, acrylic paints, Pigma pen, silver metallic paint, Flair pen. April13, 2013. Working with a new set of stencils from the quilt show, I decided to play around on paper, before using them on fabric. The backgrounds were painted with watercolor paints, then speckled with a contrasting color. Later I used acrylic paints with a foam brush to stencil the large gears in dark purple, onto the light blue background. I used a Pigma pen to outline the gears, as many of the small teeth did not show up with the paint. I stamped numerals all over in silver metallic paint, but it does not show up well on the scan. I also used the silver to texture with the silver thru sequin waste. The Solar piece was a yellow/gold/orange background watercolor, with speckles of a darker orange. I tried to use a stamp pad ink thru the stencil, but it did not show up well, so I used a gray Tombo felt pen to letter the small writing. The larger writing stencil had bigger holes for the ink, and the bright red/fuchsia ink came thru much better. I used a Flair pen to draw the sun and saguaro cactus, then stenciled over it with rust, orange and yellow to create texture with a hexagon stencil, and sequin waste. The flair pen was NOT waterproof and bled a little bit.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil. April 7, 2013. Waiting in the car for Charlie, I was really bored, there wasn't anything interesting in the parking lot, so I drew what was in front of me. I really like the perspective.
5" x 8" journal page, pencil sketch, watercolor paints, Pigma pen. April 3, 2012. From my original photo, that I took at Shasta Caverns, near Lake Shasta California. This was in the children's play area, the center of the tree was hollowed out and the house built on top. The door handle in a deer antler. All the wood and windows were skewed a bit, and the roof sagged too, giving it a real fun look. We just missed the noon boat to the cavern tour, the next wasn't until 2pm, so we did not wait to go on the tour. It looks like an amazing place to visit, we got postcards and a few goodies in the gift shop, and were on our way, returning to Oregon, from Spring Break.
8" x 10" double journal page, pencil sketch, watercolor, Pigma pen. March 18, 2013. I found this cute bird and interesting plant with berries, in an old Audubon magazine. Does anyone know what it is? Australian maybe? I made a mess, the last time I tried to paint raspberries, so I took my time and did 4 layers of color then ink to give the berries detail. I really like the way they turned out.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
5" x 8" journal page. Watercolor paints, Pigma pen. March 17, 2013. Just trying out the new watercolor paints, the rose color seemed especially colorful, the scanner did not pick up the pale blue in the background. I did not like it, before I added the Pigma pen, it defined the leaf detail and the edge of the rose petals, and made the center more interesting.
8" x 10" double journal page, B & S watercolor paints. March 16, 2013. A practice landscape from my imagination, using the Binney & Smith watercolor set. I tried to get good variety of dark green on the pine trees, and do something with the foreground, It is ok for just playing around.
8" x 10" double journal page. Watercolor paints, Prang and Binney & Smith. Mar. 16, 2013. I found two sets of professional watercolor paints at two different garage sales. Each for $1, the Prang set was brand new. I like the variety of colors in the 16 piece Binney & Smith, but it seems the colors are more intense in the basic Prang set. Especially the dark black and cobalt blue.
5" x 8" journal page, pencil sketch, colored pencil. Feb. 24, 2013. A pair of frogs, from a section of a painting done by my favorite artist Lary McKee, he comes to our local arts festival every year. We have been buying his work for quiet a few years now, first his desert pictures, florals with blue and white china for the kitchen and now his frogs. I love the playfulness and bright colors. My colored pencils did not do the colors justice, trying to get enough contrast and outlines was difficult.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil, colored pencil. Feb. 28, 2013. Today I drew some of the objects in First Aide and CPR class, the plastic dummy was gray, with a translucent blue chest plate. The class was presented by the American Heart Association, different from the Red Cross classes we have taken in the past. We got to learn infant and child CPR also, which we all think is a good thing, since we drive school bus, with lots of kids. Most of the people in class were sitting behind me, so I drew the dish rack full of plastic dishes and the BUNN Coffee maker, as class was getting boring and repetitive.
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil, colored pencil. Feb. 27, 2013. Sitting in class, drawing Bob in front of me, this is a typical Bob pose, as he sits and reads at the lunch table. As I sit through CPR and 1st Aide class, rather bored, I sketch the people around me, they are staring to the front of the class, not moving much, so I have the opportunity to sketch them before they move. Jeff didn't have to take the class, so he and another driver sat and played cards.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
5" x 8" journal page, pencil sketch, watercolor paints. Feb. 10, 2013.
8" x 10" double journal page, pencil sketch, watercolor paints, colored pens, Pigma pen. Feb. 10, 2013.
5" x 8" journal page, pencil sketch, watercolor paints, Pigma Pen, rubber stamps, purple ink. Feb. 2, 2012.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
5.5" x 7" gray Strathmore paper, Schaefer cartridge pen, watercolor paints, white colored pencil. Jan. 21, 2013.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
5" x 8" journal page, watercolor paints. Jan. 18, 2013.
5" x 8" journal page, various pens. Jan. 10, 2013.
5" x 8" journal page, pencil sketch, watercolor paint. Jan. 11, 2013.
5" x 8" journal page, pencil sketch, watercolor paints, Pigma pen. Jan 10-2013.
5" x 8" journal page, pencil sketch, watercolor paints, Pigma pen. Dec 27, 2012.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
My Portland trip was not very productive, drawing wise. I had planned on doing a lot more, but life got in the way. Staying at the hospital with Charlie for a week was a draining experience. The first few days I was able to sneak off while he was sleeping, but downtown Portland did not encourage parking. I did find Chinatown, but it was quiet run down and I did not like the idea of walking around by myself. It was not alive and vibrant like San Francisco Chinatown, which I would take the subway and cable car to by myself. It rained the last few days and was COLD, so I did not go to the Zoo, and the Japanese Gardens like I had planned on, it was not conductive to being outdoors drawing. I did find Powell's book, a huge warehouse of new and used books, and I wanted Danny Gregory's book "Everyday Matters" but they did not have it :( So instead I got his, "Creative License")
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil, colored pencils. Jan. 4, 2013.
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil. Jan. 2, 2013.
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil. Jan. 1, 2013.
5" x 7" drawing pad, mechanical pencil. Dec. 31, 2012.