Friday, April 29, 2016

Color Studies


Color studies for a tomato.


Creating color studies has been long, boring, and tedious... then again mixing paint can be exciting.

It can also be terrifying when you realized you just wasted a large amount of expensive watercolor paint to end up with a color you don't want.  So make sure to put a swatch in your color studies swatch book, and note which colors, proportions, brands, etc.,


I remembered that I had fresh on the vine tomatoes in my kitchen...


In the end color mixing and creating all of those swatches has become well worth the effort.  The last time I did any serious color studies, that involved mixing my own paints, etc., was a good twenty plus years ago.

If you've never mixed colors before I highly recommend doing so, there are plenty of color mixing books available in the art book market to help get you started.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Color


I've finally hit that point, the one where I can no longer remember which colors are in my watercolor palettes so tonight I made a color map in a notebook for future reference.


I made maps for the first three palettes tonight, and as I was doing so I started wishing I had one of those huge palettes, the kind that holds 36+ pans. I have gobs of tubes of paint that are never used because there's no room in my current palettes for them to live.


My latest acquisition, a Pima watercolor palette.  The colors are numbered so it's hard telling what the actual colors are, am hoping I will find out someday what they are, I like them they're bright clear colors.

Monday, April 18, 2016

On My Table


Sulfur shelf fungus harvested some fifteen years ago now, displayed on a very old silver plate platter which serves to catch any bit of detritus that seems to fall continuously from the fungus.


Otherwise known as Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sp.)



Run, don't walk, to buy this book it's beyond delicious!!!



Back in Decemember I decided that 2016 would be about focusing on studio practices, improving rusty skills, and in general creating more artwork.


Which lead to the purchase of several online classes, books, art supplies and more.  Now if I could only remember what I learned from my Illustrator and Photoshop classes, sigh.  Sometimes I swear my brain is a sieve. 


I ""highly"" recommend these four books, and two more books that will be arriving this week!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Watercolors


I shall be dragging out my tubes of watercolors today...


because while I seem to own ever single commercially produced watercolor crayon...


palette...

or pencil...


I even have metallics and iridescent watercolors... and yet I don't have the color I need which is a true beige i.e. bird egg colors.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

60 Days of Birds


The 60 Day Bird Journal Challenge

Join me starting April 1st! 

The challenge takes place in my FaceBook Group, I will post a PDF filled with 60 days of Challenge Prompts.  

If you participated in past challenges I sent a daily newsletter.  There will be no newsletter for this years challenge.  I will be posting daily to the FaceBook Group instead. 

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Crows


And there were three.  L to R.  Edgar, Allan, and Poe, my fake crow studio props.