Wednesday, October 31, 2018

'Slice' knife ~ #InkTober2018 day 31

5x8 ink (Micron 01 pen) on sketchbook done today as the very last of #InkTober2018.  Today's prompt was the word 'slice' either a noun or a verb.  I sketched this quickly from life using a small paring knife purchased at the dollar store.  Crosshatching was done for the black handle.  #InkTober2018 was fun following the prompts each day and I did not post each one on this blog, mainly because some were pretty bad.  Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Percolator ~ day 30 #InkTober

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink for day 30 of #InkTober and the prompt is 'JOLT' which is what I hope coffee has in the morning via its caffeine properties.
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Monday, October 29, 2018

It's National Cat Day!

5.5x8 India ink applied with a chopstick done today on Strathmore Visual Journal in honor of cats since Oct. 29 each year is National Cat Day.  All cats believe it is their day, however.  Here the black & white mother is nursing one striped baby while three other kittens await their turn.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Exhaused Cat #InkTober 2018

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on Masters sketchbook for day 7 of #InkTober; the prompt was 'exhausted'. Immediately I thought of our cats who always are stretched out, sound asleep somewhere.
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Wine Bottles for #InkTober day 18

11x8.5 ink on sketchbook for #InkTober day 18 last week in which I used black India ink on a chopstick to do this wine bottles, glasses, and carafe still life.  The prompt for it was 'bottle'.
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Colander for #InkTober

5.5x8.5 ink on Masters sketchbook done for day 21 of #InkTober which was Sunday.  This metal antique colander is a strainer and a drainer.  'Drain' was the prompt for that day, and this was sketched from life in studio.  Its other handle is missing and was purchased on eBay to be used in still life set ups.
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Demure Woman

12x9 India ink on collaged vintage book text and paper doily collage done over last weekend. I really like this imaginary woman's haircut and her dainty dress.  The doily was left over from other projects so only used a snippet of it on her right shoulder for some added lace.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Blushing Woman

9x7 mixed media on Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper done yesterday using watercolor, India ink, alcohol ink, and acrylic.  First I made the warm colored background the day before then using black India ink and a chopstick, added the woman's features.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Muddy Hog #InkTober 2018 day 23

5.5x8 watercolor/ink using Uniball Signa Ultra Micro 207 pen on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media done today for day 23 of annual #InkTober challenge.  Today's prompt was 'muddy', and this hog was perfect for that.  Who hasn't had to slop the pigs during their childhood?!
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Garden Radishes ~ National Color Day

6.25x4.25 watercolor painted recently, fresh out of another artist's garden, complete with its soil as they lay on old wooden top.  As it is National Color Day, how about some red and green?!
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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Little Indian Girl

12x9 black fluid acrylic on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done recently for a WetCanvas online challenge based on the style of Ansel Adams in the Acrylics forum.
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hypnotic Hollyhocks

16x12 watercolor on 140 lb Arches cold press paper done this afternoon for a 2 hour timed online event. I managed to go over by 4 minutes.  The pristine white hollyhocks take center stage as they guard the garden. Look closely and you can see orange tiger lilies peeking through at center bottom.  The old fashioned, tall stately blooms never cease to put me into an hypnotic state almost.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Cow Conference

5x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today as part of an animals forum online monthly challenge.  These three Holsteins appear to be in conference out in the pasture.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sandhill Cranes in Flight

3.5x5 watercolor on 140 lb Fluid block paper done over last weekend for an online event.  The sandhill cranes are back, not in large numbers, but can be seen overhead and around town.  The rainy skies add a fall/autumn touch.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blue-eyed Woman

7.5x5 India ink, black Tombow brush pen, watercolor, collage and white gel pen on collaged book text on wc paper done a few days ago.  This is another in my imaginary woman series on vintage paper.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Drooling Bulldog ~ #InkTober 2018

5.5x8.5 ink/watercolor done last week for #InkTober for the prompt of 'drooling', a cute bulldog who can't seem to get his saliva under control.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Weak Newborn Foal ~ #InkTober day 15

5x3.75 ink sketch using Lictin 0.2 pen on Fluid 140 lb wc paper, and watercolor for day 15 of #InkTober. 
The prompt for today was the word 'weak' so it was a choice either for a weak kitten or a weak baby horse. This knobby kneed little fellow is not able to stand on his own yet. Only 16 more days to go of #InkTober!
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Homeless Man ~ demo Faces class

15x11 mixed media India ink, white gel pen, and Derivan Matisse acrylic background color, a demo done in my Faces class yesterday.  This unknown man had tangled, graying hair and a flowing white beard and was wearing a hodgepodge of clothing.  Several different vintage papers were adhered to Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper and let dry before sketching with ink dropper tip.  Water was added when ink still wet to obtain midtone grays.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Model Woman ~ demo

12x9 India ink, white gel pen over collaged book text pages on watercolor paper, a demo done today for my Faces class.  Using a model's face from a magazine ad I sketched in the eye first with ink dropper and/or wooden chopstick. Water added to the ink made a soft grey tone value.  A second application was applied to her hair for darkest value.
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Petite Woman

4.5x3 India ink on collaged book text onto watercolor paper adhered with matte medium/gesso.  This imaginary woman was done today in preparation for my class tomorrow on faces.  Also I will use it for #InkTober.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Autumn Elk

5x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper completed today for a fall or autumn scene featuring one of my favorite wildlife subjects.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Small Farm in Winter

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper done this past weekend for an online WetCanvas event in which we had 2 hours to paint; I did this one in 1.5 hours.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Precious Chickadee #InkTober 2018 Day 9

6x4 watercolor, gouache and ink (STA Lictin 0.2 pigment liner) on old book text done for day 9 of #InkTober; the prompt for today is 'Precious' so I selected this sweet little bird.
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Blue Waterlilies #InkTober

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line using Micron 01 pen on Masters sketchbook done last week for day 2 of #InkTober.  The prompt for that day was Tranquil, so I thought these waterlilies fit the bill.
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Sunday, October 7, 2018

October Snowy Owl

8x5.5 watercolor on Strathmore Visual Journey for watercolor done while on a trip, a snowy owl against an abstract nature background.  Painted wet on dry with Winsor Newton travel set this imaginary scene was showing the wise fellow with October's colors surrounding him.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pretty Boy Peacock

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of a proud peacock in his full tail feather display.  This one has gone to a major show.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Spotted Towhee

8x8 alcohol inks on white glossy paper done in July but not yet posted here on the blog.  I see these towhees visiting outside of Texas and they're really lovely.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Gold and Red Weed

6x4 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper done recently mixing three warm colors for the floral part then Lettuce green for the foliage in this imaginary piece.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tatters Sunflowers

15x22 gouache on 140 lb hot press paper, a loose sunflower piece with an abstract background.  This is one of those paintings that just flowed and it did win a Best of Show its first time out.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Spring Magnolia

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done recently for an online challenge hosted by Vivien. Now this makes me wish for a fresh Spring and fall has already begun.  I've added an abstract background to support the pink magnolia flower.
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Ocean Rain

3.25x5.25 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, brush only, done this afternoon.  It is an imaginary seascape with low, ominous, threatening clouds and some much needed rain.
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