Thursday, July 19, 2018
Now this wasn't just watercoloring. It was mixed media. I also used acrylic paint, used a pen and prisma colored pencils.
I have a slightly twisted humor to those who know me. I thought it would be funny to have a water color artist who got caught outside painting when the rain started. Just so you know the story behind this painting that I'm titling. TIME TO COME INSIDE.
I started by taking a photo of my hand holding a paint brush so I would have something to use as a reference for my sketch. (How sad is it that I have my giant bottle of aspirin on my desk? Well, I took 2 and it helped knock my headache down long enough to create.)
Even though I missed sketching a tail in my original sketch, it wasn't too late to add a tail for my bird.
Here is my finished rainy day watercoloring sketch.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
World watercolor month day 18 prompt is IN THE JUNGLE. Well I went toCosta Rica Rainforest. Close enough. I decided to paint a toucan. I started looking at drawings of toucans and then started sketching. I wanted my toucan to have a cute expression on his face. So I gave him a big eye. This is what my sketch looked like.
So I did a few tweaks to my sketch.
I made his head a little rounder and his body a little fuller too.
Sometimes there are things I try with my art that don't turn out how I was expecting. Sometimes that is bad but occasionally something works out better I hoped. This was a better time. I really liked how they eye looked.
I don't know if you can see the little bits of green reflected on my toucan. Because black isn't really ever just black.
Of my paintings so far, this one is my favorite.
Day 17 prompt City Life. This prompt evoked a strange emotion and question in my mind. What counts as a City? I know there are "Cities" like New York City, Chicago, Paris. Those are Big Cities. But how little population can you have and still be a City? I live in an area that most would call rural. Population of approx. 1,800. But I write my checks for water and trash to the "City of ..." We are a destination for the little farm towns around us that have populations of 200-300. Yesterday I went to the "Big City" near us where the population is about 10,400. I took this photo to paint. I sketched it and took some artistic license with it. My daughter lives in a City population of 25,600 and she was told this week that she lives in a rural area. My son laughed and said "Well what would you call where we live?" I guess it is all relative.
- I usually am afraid of white spaces. I painted the buildings and sidewalks and I didn't worry if there was some white.
- I usually want to make everything a solid color. I let the paint leave some variations. I think this made it look more organic.
- I usually struggle between wanting to make it look realistic like a photo and the desire to have it look like ART. I did this one fast and let it be what it was.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Day 14 prompt Sweet Treat. I thought of all the sweet treats that I could pick from and I would choose pie. That part wouldn't be hard. Now choosing what kind of pie would be hard. I love almost every slice of pie I have ever had. There was a slice of coconut creme pie that stands out in my memory. I had it right from the oven at a small coffee shop. Another pie memory that comes to my mind was my first try at making a cherry pie. It didn't turn out right but it is a family story of my cooking journey. I thought it would be fun to have the background on my card read "If I choose a sweet treat, I choose pie. What would you choose?" I took those two sentences and using google translate, got the French translation and wrote it on my paper.
I sketched my little chef and two decorative borders.