(watercolor, Derwent Inktense wc pencils, Arches 300# cp)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
(watercolor, Derwent Inktense wc pencils, Arches 300# cp)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
(watercolor, micron 02 pen;
please click on image to enlarge)
You can see the reference photo here and all the wonderful different interpretations on Karin's blog.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
(watercolor, micron 02 pen, sketchbook)
While in Seattle last weekend, we went to the world-famous Pike Place Market. It was a riot of colorful fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The shop with the hanging chili peppers was especially vivid:
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Watercolor, Micron 02 pigment pen
Please click here if you'd like to see the reference photo.
And here are the drawings and paintings from artists around the world on the VSD flickr site. It is always a treat to see the different interpretations people create from one photograph.
This is such an enjoyable monthly challenge. I encourage anybody who is interested to just jump right in and give it a go! Many thanks to VSD admins Rose, Jeanette and Stacy for making this challenge possible.
Monday, March 23, 2009
On Saturday, we visited the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. One of my favorite pieces was "Coyote in Socks", shown above.
The talented Hot Shop team at the Museum created this sculpture based on a sketch from 9-year old Marion Emme. Here is her drawing. She writes, "Coyotes are close to my house and I like thinking of them with rainbow socks."
Rainbow socks! I love it!
We watched the Hot Shop team in action as they turned a chunk of molten glass into a beautiful piece of art. Here is a picture of them at work:
This is a wonderful museum which I highly recommend visiting if you are ever in the Tacoma/Seattle area.
Friday, March 20, 2009
It is the first day of spring, at long last! I was running around doing errands this afternoon and came across these bright, sunshiny daffodils.
Here is the initial sketch:
And here is the reference photo I took. These beautiful daffodils looked like a burst of sunshine in our neighbor's yard:
Posted by christine at 5:52 PM
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Part of the fun of belonging to the online art community is seeing what other creative people around the world are doing. This week, I found a link on Creative Everyday to Melissa Langer's blog, Life is Art...Art is Life. She has a post about knitting 8x8inch woolen squares and sending them to a South African women's group that uses them to make blankets for impoverished babies and children. Every square that is sent will be used to keep a cold child warm.
It has been over a year since I've knit or crocheted, but I pulled out my knitting needles and crochet hook and gave it a go. Happily, it all came back to me and I really enjoyed making my first two squares. They're now tucked into an envelope and ready to drop in the mail.
If you'd like to know more about helping in this way, here is a link to the Knitting Squares for Charity website.
Thanks for your great post, Melissa!
Posted by christine at 6:46 PM
Here is a picture of the restaurant's sign I took last summer:
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Elizabeth Gilbert sketch
(Lamy Safari fountain pen in sketch book)
Lamy Safari fountain pen in sketch book
While I can't say I agree with her entire premise, there is some interesting food for thought in her 20 minute lecture. In my opinion, everybody is creative in his/her own way. I am less concerned with knowing the source of our creativity and more concerned with simply expressing the creativity that is inherent in each of us.
Of course, this is sometimes easier said than done. We all experience creative slumps at one time or another. If you'd like to share, I'd love to know what helps you get out of a creative dry spell and back into the creative flow.
Here's a link to the talk: TED.com.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This Portuguese Water Dog was very sweet. His owner said she chose him because of her son's allergies. Her son has had no allergic reactions to him and they could not be happier with their family pet. And yes, she said, her pet has been getting a LOT more attention ever since the Obamas mentioned the possibility of getting a Portuguese Water Dog for Sasha and Malia.
Posted by christine at 2:15 PM
Friday, March 13, 2009
Here is another quick sketch done while watching television. This is T. Boone Pickens, as seen recently on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Posted by christine at 10:46 AM
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I experimented with Noodler's Ink in Bulletproof Lexington Gray and a dip pen. Then I added watercolor and some random splashes of paint.
Here is another version. This one is a little looser. It is done on Arches coldpress paper with a micron 02 pigment pen and watercolor.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Fountain Pen and non-permanent ink, pocket sketchbook
(please click image to enlarge)
While not meant to be a Pen&Ink promo, I must say that their little pocket sketch books are nice, too. They are similar to Moleskines, except they seem to hold watercolor washes slightly better. Perhaps this is because they don't have the slick finish that Moleskine sketchbook pages have. They cost less than Moleskines, too. Don't get me wrong. I love my little Moleskines, especially the watercolor versions. It's just that it's nice to have choices.
I'll be sharing more pen and ink experiments as I try out a Sailor 1911 fountain pen and a Lamy Safari pen, among others. Meanwhile, I'd love to hear what your favorite pen and ink combinations are. And what is your preferred type of paper/notebook for pen and wash?
Posted by christine at 7:36 AM
Sunday, March 8, 2009
You can visit Karin's blog to see the wonderful array of creative interpretations for this week's challenge.
Posted by christine at 6:36 PM
Friday, March 6, 2009
She stressed the importance of using high-quality paper (this cat was painted on 300# Arches), spraying the paper with water and wiping it down prior to painting (this removes the starchy finish), and using a tough little brush called a "scrubber" to lift color and make highlights.
I drew this cat for my grandmother Margaret, who loves cats (but can't have pets where she lives) and is celebrating her 98th birthday tomorrow.
Posted by christine at 8:20 AM
Thursday, March 5, 2009
As I came out of my favorite French bakery last week, I saw this sweet dog resting by his owner's feet, soaking up some rays. His name is Jed and he is two years old. He is one huge pup!
Here is again, using colored pencil:
Posted by christine at 7:34 AM
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Posted by christine at 7:35 AM