Tuesday, September 2, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 2...Anyone for Tea?

Since I was gone all day, I had to come up with a quick painting for my challenge for day 2.  This painting is 6" x 6" and is painted on hot pressed 140 lb. watercolor paper - this is mostly a study in shadows using a white teacup and saucer.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Elegant Elephants

This is my latest painting and also my first painting in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge on Leslie Saeta's web site.

It was also the subject of our lesson tonight at the Intermediate Watercolor Class at Riverside Arts Center in  Wapakoneta, Ohio.  This is the second painting of the same subject since I always do one ahead of time and then one with the class.

This painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Diva's Challenge #182: Zantangle in Rows

The Diva's challenge this week is to do the challenge in rows...so I decided to make my rows in circles.  I want my design to look like it is based on Australian Aboriginal art, which I love.  Their art is often based in the circle format, very often with colored dots in sequential patterns.

This design is 6" x 5 1/2" and is drawn on white drawing paper.  I used Micron-Pigma pens and Prismacolor colored pencils for color.

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Let's Make Lemonade"

This still life is the new lesson for my students at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  I finished it over the weekend.  It is from a source photo by Ellen in Ont which I found in the reference image file in Wet Canvas. 
The painting is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed Arches watercolor paper with mostly Holbein watercolors.

This painting tested my patience - I did not enjoy painting the lemons - and the slice of lemon in the front with the back-lighting was difficult for me. 

The background was also challenging since it was a patchwork of different textures and colors.

I am still not happy with the lemons and I know that my students will do much better on them than I!!!  I hope they enjoy it!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Water in Zentangle I Am The Diva Challenge #181

The challenge this week is to depict "Water" in Zentangle and this is the design I came up with - very stylized drops of water.

This Zentangle was embellished with a chalk background and then I outlined the design with .05 Micron-
Pigma pen and finished the colors with Prismacolor colored pencils.

This is 6"x6" and is done on good white drawing paper.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rusty and Red, Retired!

This painting - "Rusty and Red, Retired," is the latest lesson for the watercolor class in Wapakoneta.  They know that, periodically we have to have our old truck fix,(or at least I do!)  so here is the latest.

The source photo came from an internet friend, with permission of course, and the painting is 9" x 12" , painted on Canson 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper with mostly Holbein watercolors.

I used a generous amount of salt on this one, perhaps too much, but I wanted to give the impression/illusion of overgrowth/weeds, trees, etc.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MacDee and Mooka: The Diva's Challenge #188

The Diva's challenge this week is to learn the tangle "Mac Dee" by using it in a Zentangle.  I decided to use it with Mooka for my design.

My tangle is 6" square and is done on good white drawing paper with Micron-Pigma pens and Prismacolor colored pencils.

There can be many variations of Mac Dee - thousands, I guess, depending on what colors you use and how many lines you want to use in your squares.