Monday, November 30, 2009
I was attempting to fill the space with the smoke from the flame. Yes, smoke usually goes up, but with my test strike the smoke went sideways while the flame remained upright. I thought it would work. The whole time I was sketching this the song "The Flame" by Cheap Trick kept going thru my mind.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Down the street from where I live there is the wonderful oak tree. The original developer of the area, Niels Schultz, wanted to keep the integity of the oak trees in the area with all of the building he with the property. Recently one of its sister oak trees had to be cut down.
I couldn't do this tree justice as it is so gorgeous. I only had a short time today to capture this sketch and ran out of water in my Niji water pen before I finished.
Here is the Google Map picture of the tree (center):
I like to draw hands. Haven't done it in a long while. I have another idea for hands I think I will do. But it requires a couple of friends as models.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I switched watercolor palettes. I had been using a really old W&N travel palette and switched off to some new colors I recently purchased. The old colors weren't quite as bright.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
This is a little pitcher that is a part of a set of blue and white stoneware from the 1920s I have. My mom found a large version of this pitcher in a house my parents had moved in to and that pitcher was one of my favorites. When I saw the set for sale, and at the time it was a big ticket item as the antique store wouldn't break up the set, I had to have it.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Mixed Media 9 x 12 Watercolor "I Am Woman"
Here is my submission to Mixed Media Monday for the "I Am Woman". Though I used a muted palette the original is much more vibrant. One of my favorite pieces of clip art - this woman just has "don't mess with me" look that I wanted.
I still knit. Started this little project about 10 at night. Saw the pattern, had the yarn in the stash and off we go.
Marsan Hat in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride M176 Silver Gray
I have been knitting with Lamb's Pride for a long time. It is one of my all-time favorites. I like to have a skein in my stash, but since I am trying to stash bust I may not much longer. I am starting another Marsan Hat in M76 Blue Heirloom. Then I plan a third in left overs with a possible matching scarf or mittens.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This was one time I would have like to have had gouache. The handles are much more opaque. I guess I could have used Chinese white in the mix.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
These are California Barletts that are much greener than then I painted them. Pears are much lumpier than I thought.
Edit: AutumnLeaves was kind enough (thanks1) to leave a comment which somehow cannot be added to the regular comment section " I really like your watercolor technique. I think these are beautiful!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Created for Mixed Media Monday challenge "Fashion". Gesso over watercolor paper, scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, stamps, bubble wrap, shelf liner, ribbon, buttons, hand made paper, clip art.
Unfortunately, the scanned copy was not usable because of the dimensional collage element.
This is the first time I have ever had a Jazz apple. So why not draw one.
I like the graphics on the label but elected not to draw it on the apple and just stuck it on the piece.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I don't draw buildings much. The last building I remember drawing was when I was about 18. I drew a pencil sketch of a house on Divisadero in San Francisco.
NO STRAIGHT EDGES WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS DRAWING. I don't use straight edges or compasses in my art work. I think some art teacher I had told the class we couldn't use them and I have been in the habit ever since. Which of course makes for a lot of drawing and erasing. A lot. Hence the rather leaning windows and lines curving where they shouldn't.
My Original PITT ink drawing.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I picked up this leaf yesterday. Beautiful, rich burgundy and ruby color on one side and pick green on the other. Yes, we do have fall colors in the Bay Area.
Once I inked this in I liked it so much I didn't want to watercolor it. I might print out a copy on water color paper later.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
EDM #214 - Draw something representing a favorite hobby
Originally uploaded by NeonFog
This is my set of zils for belly dancing. This is kind of my other hobby but I belong to a troupe (Rising Stars) since 2004 so it maybe more than a hobby.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Though I think the soap looks more like an egg , I had an opportunity to practice bubbles. The bubbles look so happy.
I am not the best landscape painter (no kidding) but I have to practice.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
EDM #71 - Draw something representing your favorite sport
Originally uploaded by NeonFog
This ball is actually very dirty. The umpires rub special mud on the ball to remove the shine prior to each game. Also pitchers have dirt (and who knows what else) on their hands. There is a mark on the other side where the ball was hit.
Friday, November 6, 2009
All pieces on watercolor paper 1. Pastels (I didn't intend to make it look like Saturn) 2. Gesso over collage (newsprint, scrapbook paper, pages from a book) 3. Roller sponge with acrylic paint 4. Created patterns with glaze medium and acrylic paint over painted background - used finger and toothpicks to create squiggles 5. Monoprint from acrylic paint on palette paper mixed with a brayer - dry bush over print 6. Stencil layers made from stencils created from punches.
7. Crayon rubbing of wall heater and of light switch plate 8. Rubber stamps inked over acrylic paint 9. Sprayed and splattered ink over acrylic paint allowing it to drip 10. Pale paint wash 11. Water based oil pastels to build intense color 12. Tissue layers over paint and gesso (unfortunately the gold layer does not show its intensity in the scan.
13. Bonus piece created with coffee grounds poured wet directly on the paper. A wee bit messy process but I like the results.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
DH and I agreed to purchase a new desktop. DH is a flight sim fanatic and wanted his desktop back. Off to Best Buy and I bought a Dell Inspiron with Windows 7. Other than an issue with the new anti-virus, I like this desktop. The old laptop still works so I might just use it like a netbook. Only one problem - the back-up I did when the laptop's USB ports still worked did not back up all of my Itune files. Bummer - I have to find a way to transfer them via the Internet.
Still trying to learn Windows 7 but I like the backgrounds that come with it. There are some wonderful illustrations. But Windows 7 is very much like a Mac in some regards.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This is my "everyday" run around camera which gets thrown in my bag. It was also an experiment in watercolors as I made black from dark blue, cad red, and dark brown. The W&N set I use is so old I cannot remember what color names are in the set.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
EDM #190 Draw Your Pallette or Selection of Colors
Originally uploaded by NeonFog
This is the first sketch of my goal to sketch one item from the Everyday Matters list.
It is also the first page in a new journal I am creating since I can't find exactly what I want.