Monday, October 30, 2006

Solitude Graphite

This graphite drawing was for the Weekly Drawing Event and posted at Wet Canvas yesterday. By the time I posted it, it was overworked and didn't resemble the young girl in the photo. So this morning (10-30-06) I reworked the proportions of her face, including the angle of her eyes, the shape of her mouth, the dimensions of her body, as well as her right arm and hand. It is still overworked and not totally correct, but the addition of darker contrasts and the reworking of the shapes improved this a lot.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Pears Update

This painting was reworked a bit last night as I felt the third pear in the background needed a bit more definition. I also added more red into the green pear, defined the cast shadows a bit more, as well as the shadows on the pears. Personally, I like it better. The painting is 5 3/4" x 8 1/2" on a 7 1/2" x 11" piece of Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper. If you would like to purchase this painting, please e-mail me for more information or visit my website.

Monday, October 23, 2006


These tulips were painted from one of my reference photos taken earlier this year. This original watercolor is 7 3/4" x 17" on Fabriano Soft Press paper using Daniel Smith quality artist paints.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Seal Sketch & Painting WDE 10-22-06

After the sketch, I painted the seal in watercolor. The painting is 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" on Fabriano hot press watercolor paper using Daniel Smith paints. I didn't sketch on the wc paper so the seal has a bit different perspective or view.

One of the very best benefits of the WDE for me, is sketching or painting subjects I have been hesitant to try . I started this sketch by doing circles or slinkies (a technique from JayD in the Drawing & Sketching Forum.) The slinky enables me to familiarize myself with the shape and mass then I erased lines and added some shadows. This sketch took me approximately an hour using a mechanical pencil and an HB woodless graphite pencil.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


10-18-06 I felt like experimenting this morning with background and foreground. This 6" x 9 1/2" watercolor is on hot press paper which is a very smooth paper. When water is spritzed or a watery wash is applied, it doesn't sink in very much. To me, this paper is best suited to applying the paint in a stroke and then leaving that stroke alone. So it is important that the paint to water ratio be as close to what one wants when applying the paint. This painting has several layers because I didn't get my paint as thick as it needed to be so I glazed color in layers. Painting a layer, drying it, then painting another layer. I spritzed, drizzled, spattered, and tilted the paper to get some of the effects.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Giving Thanks Sketch

10-17-06 I used a photo of myself to quickly sketch this silhouette in graphite and ink.

Monday, October 16, 2006

WDE Main Street

10-15-06 This 10" x 6 1/2" watercolor was painted for the Weekly Drawing Event (WDE) within the two hour time limit. The reference photo was taken by Deb Leger for the WDE. It is not mandatory that a painting be completed within the two hours, just that the painting or drawing be photographed and posted at the end of two hours.

I painted this without sketching or using masking fluid to keep the white of the paper. The perspective is totally off, the white fence is a mess, not to mention the shrubbery. But, I had such fun of meeting my personal challenges. A few of my goals were to 1) keep some whites in the Center of Interest area, 2) not overwork the paint and, 3) to see how well I could do with the perspective without a sketch. Comments always appreciated.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

10-14 WDE Plaisance Waterfall

This 10" x 7" watercolor was painted for the Weekly Drawing Event at Wet Canvas. The reference photo of a waterfall in Plaisance, Quebec, was taken by Deb Leger. I enjoyed using the lovely cool colors of viridian and quinacradone rose mixed with Indanthrene Blue and Sap Green for the background colors. Those same colors were used in the foreground along with Green Gold, Cobalt Violet, Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine Blue. I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Elephant WDE 10-07-06

Wet Canvas holds weekly an All Media Weekend Drawing Event (WDE) which lasts a week. One has 30 minutes to choose a photo, then two hours to work on the painting. One must stop at the end of two hours and post a photo of the work accomplished. I did the sketch and this painting, which was very fast for me, in two hours 10 minutes. It is approximately 12" x 10" (on a 1/4 sheet Fabriano hot press paper), painted with watercolor. My goal was to paint loose and quickly. Not to be so concerned with outlines or detail.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Hand Sketch Item 3

I sketched this tonight for Item No. 3 in the Scavenger Hunt. The object was to sketch the hand while you sketch. I found this to be tricky and need to practice sketching more hands since the proportions are off.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Scavenger Hunt #12

This is item #1 for this 12th Scavenger Hunt. The object was to sketch, draw or paint a symmetrical object. Graphite on 5" x 8" sketch pad, time spent was approximately 30 minutes.

Item #2 is to find a dried or wilting flower or plant. This was a peach colored rose that was almost gone. Casein paints on 5" x 5" Arches 300 lb. paper with time spent approximately 30 minutes. This photo was taken inside with only window light but it shows the textures of the paper which I thought were an important part of the painting.