Monday, January 27, 2020

Three Black Hollyhocks

5.5x3 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper painted this afternoon quickly, brush only, so no pre-drawing with pencil and fretting over the lines.  I used a #12 round brush and the same alizarin crimson + thalo green combination for the black color.  The bottom blooms have quinacridone violet and UB along with a touch of carbazole violet in this imaginary old-fashioned garden.
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Black Pansy

7.5x5.5 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper done over the weekend from one of my pansy photo refs.  I did a monthly challenge on WetCanvas spotlighting dark or black flowers in their Florals forum. I still have a large black hollyhocks to paint soon.  Mixing my own black I used alizarin crimson and thalo green, two of the most transparent colors.  For variety I also added UB and carbazole violet to the mix.
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Carnation the January Flower

11x15 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper painted from a black & white photo (no color reference).  First I spritzed limited palette colors of arylide yellow, cobalt blue, and permanent rose on dry paper.  When that dried I then began pushing warm high key colors that reminded me of sherbet.  The plain ordinary carnation is my birthday flower and it usually plays second fiddle to the rose or other more stately varieties with reputations.  
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Day 20 ~ Squinting Man #30Faces30Days challenge

10.25x9 colored pencil in orange for this man with his tightened up face, day 20's work for the online Sktchy challenge of using only one color.
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Birthday!

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on paper, an older work, a small still life bar drink scene complete with olives, cocktail napkin, and colorful shapes in the background.  Now it has been maybe 30 years since I had a martini but with a birthday coming up on the 23rd I just might.  For old times sake.  For art's sake.  For just being old's sake, lol!
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Day 19 ~ Marcel sketch #30Faces30Days

6.5x4.5 graphite and white pencil on toned sketch paper completed a few days ago for day number 19 of  Sktchy's online 30 faces in 30 days challenge.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Woman w/ the Blues ~ Day 21 #30Faces30Days

9x6.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper that is today's work for the #30Faces30Days Sktchy online challenge.  We could choose any one color for this monochromatic exercise so ultramarine blue was it for me. Her not happy expression might mean she has the blues for sure.
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Donald's Calf

6.5x4.5 mixed media (Tombow black and burnt sienna brush pens, Magic colored pencils, apricot paint marker on toned sketch paper done today for online WetCanvas challenge in Southwest/Western forum; photo ref courtesy Donald Smith.
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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Day 18 ~ Curly Top Boy #30Faces30Days

10.25x9 ink on sketchbook page for day 18 of Sktchy online #30Faces30Days challenge.  For this young man I used a Uniball Vision Elite pen.
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Country Birdhouses

5x7 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for a timed online event.  I enjoy painting country scenes such as this with birdhouses and trees.  Photo courtesy Bonnie in Canada.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Cat Reflections

4x3.75 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper painted yesterday.  With doing so many figurative and portrait sketches this month I have to sneak a cat painting in somehow.  This ginger orange kitty is enjoying his morning sunlight in the windows.  See if you can find all three reflections.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Man w/ Cup & Saucer ~ Day 16 #30Faces30Days using left hand

8.25x5.25 charcoal sketch over vintage book page that had watercolor washes on it.  Today's Day 16 Sktchy lesson was to use your non-dominant hand to sketch which I did and also signed my name left handed. But it helps to be ambidextrous.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Long Bearded Man ~ Day 15 #30Faces30Days

12.25x8 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb cold press paper done today for Day 15 of the #30Faces30Days Sktchy online challenge.  This dude was quite spooky with his bald head and full salt & pepper beard.  The lesson was on using warm and cool colors.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

White Capped Noddy Birds in Nest

11x15 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper; the mother bird is looking out of her nest to unseen dangers.  Her little one is covered by her protective wing.  Branches and twigs were negatively painted within a multicolored natural background.  These birds are seabirds of the tern family. 
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Black Hollyhocks and White Roses

7x5.5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary garden flower scene in prepping today for a very large one of just black hollyhocks I'm getting ready to paint.  Mixed blacks were done using quinacridone violet, UB, quin magenta, permanent rose, carbazole violet, and indigo.
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