Sunday, June 30, 2019

Delta Beetle

5x4 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for animals in watercolor page June challenge about pollinators.  This beetle looks to have a delta insignia on its back hence the name.  Here is one on a daisy flower doing its thing.
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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Green Bowl of Fruit

8.5x11 colored pencils, Inktense, and watercolor colored pencils completed today for this week's Sketchbook Skool assignment for the Colored Pencils Klass.  It is done from life in Crescent sketchbook.  The directions were to draw from life as realistically as possible.  I used Staedtler and Derwent brands and fake fruit in green pottery bowl with braided handles for this still life.
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Friday, June 28, 2019

Pink Coneflower w/ Black & Red Butterfly

7.5x5 watercolor and ink line with Micron 01 pen done one weekend while in the cool mountains from my coneflower photos.  Support used:  Moleskine sketchbook for watercolor with Daniel Smith paints.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Lesser Long-nosed Bat

9.5x7 watercolor over colored pencil sketch in my Ecosystem sketchbook done last week as part of a Facebook challenge on pollinators; ref from Internet.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

See It

4x6 alcohol ink and ink using Staedtler 2.0 pen on a pulled print of multicolors done last week. With no reference or any idea in mind I sketched two female eyes and eyebrows in this pulled print.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Gayla's Poppy

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday for a 2 hour timed painting exercise.  I did change the background of a fence into a more garden environment. 
(Photo courtesy Gayla Bradberry.)
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Bluejay House

8x6 mixed media of Inktense pencils plus watercolor pencils by Derwent done this past weekend in Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook.
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Pippa's Not Asleep

7x9.5 colored pencil sketch using multi-lead ones followed by watercolor on Ecosystem sketchbook done over the weekend.  Pippa is fellow artist Viv's dog in New Zealand, half Jack Russell and half fox terrier.
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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Fun Pansies

5x3 watercolor miniature floral done over the past weekend in a direct painting style meaning no pencil sketch first nor any reference, just brush only in this colorful tiny garden scene.
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Bikini

3.75x5.25 alcohol ink monochromatic abstract done over the past weekend using only one color:  Eggplant.  I like how it separated into different hues once alcohol 91% and blending solution was applied.  I could see a bikini on a woman, her chest, torso, neck, and bottom of her chin.  Also the blue hue and dots could be splashy water as it is the first day of summer today June 21.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

June Blueberries

5x7.5 watercolor on Moleskine for watercolor sketchbook done over the past weekend as part of another WetCanvas weekend drawing event where artists have 2 hours to select an image then paint it.  In this still life vignette of simple nutritious fruit I have paired reds and greens to set off the usual blueberry hues of blues and indigo colors.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Virginia's Roses

3.75x2.75 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago of another artist's rose bouquet her son gave her.  In this miniature floral, I've focused only on three of the pink and salmon hued flowers.  The actual size is below:

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hibiscus Woman

6x4 alcohol inks pulled print that has a woman's features of her face upper left done a few days ago using Micron 03 pen.  See if you can find the letters to the word LOVE along with a couple of birds in this abstract design.
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Sunflower Southwest Colors

10x10 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) done before and after another trip to the southwest. In this imaginary floral the hot colors dance across the paper and blue-purple background sets it off nicely.
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Sunday, June 16, 2019

June Barn Owl

8.25x5.25 colored pencils and Inktense pencils on vintage book page in my grunge junk journal done last week.  Part of the page had gesso applied.  Ref courtesy WetCanvas!
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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Coneflower Candy

12x9 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done today from one of my coneflower (echinacea) photos.  Painted wet into wet the candy colors of pinks, yellows, and pale greens are a delight to the gardener.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Paper Wasp

7x9.5 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) on paper in Ecosystem sketchbook done a few days ago for a new Facebook group of animals in watercolor.  A wasp was this week's prompt.  I had just killed 3 wasp nests at my studio so it was most appropriate.  What an evil face!
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

June Sunflower Petals

10x10 alcohol inks and India ink on paper done last week, an imaginary abstract sunflower basking in the heat.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mule Train

18x24 watercolor on Canson cold press 140 lb block, American Journey/Daniel Smith paints done of three mules together sharing their day.  I painted this wet on dry in a direct manner.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Wayward Woman

11.75x4.75 mixed media on book text collaged to matboard done today.  Sketch was in black India ink with a chopstick, then Brusho black crystals followed by Derwent watercolor pencils for colored accents such as her eye, lip area.  This imaginary woman looks a bit wayward and if you can read the text is it somewhat suggestive.
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Floral Fun

8x11.5 mixed media on paper completed today after working on it off and on all weekend for a change of pace.  First I used alcohol inks in pinks then covered the background with several mixed green and blue acrylics.  Acrylic ink was put on for the white stems.  Funky flowers and leaves were collaged on along with a bird from thin tissue paper.
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Thinking Woman

7x5 ink and Brusho watercolor crystals on vintage book page done last week, a face emerging from the shadows as she thinks about her next move.
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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Jenna's Pigeons

9.5x7 watercolor over ink line sketch using Micron 01 pen of two pigeons on a post.  In this vignette I've focused on the colorful plumage of the bird feathers with each pigeon.  Photo courtesy Jenna/WetCanvas current challenge in the Southwest/Western forum.  I used my Ecosystem sketchbook.
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Friday, June 7, 2019

Out from the Shadows Woman

10x8 mixed media (India ink/watercolor) on book text collaged on alcohol ink abstract previously titled Ring of Fire on deli paper done yesterday, another face in my series.  A light dusting of Brusho watercolor crystals is seen on her cheek.  A chopstick was used to sketch facial features.  I took this title from part of the text seen here.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sunshine Woman II on Floral Mix

10x10.25 mixed media on foamcore done today.  Abstract background is actually an alcohol ink piece done previously titled Floral Mix and woman in sunglasses is a new India ink face done yesterday on dictionary paper then collaged onto larger support.  I like the new black and white graphics against the colorful floral design for a new look.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mules: All about Ears

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Arches rough paper of mother mule, a hinney, and young one.  The background is imaginary and I used two different photos of mine to come up with the composition.  The mother is plodding along in the hot southwestern sun while her offspring, called a jenny, looks at the viewer.  My paper choice lent itself to the stucco buildings and sandy dry dirt.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

I Heard about the Cows

6x9 mixed media on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over this past weekend using brown Crayon marker to sketch the cows then watercolor to fill in shapes.  White gel pen used for highlights for these bovines.  I cropped a larger photo to focus on the Jersey cow.  This was part of WetCanvas' weekend drawing event in which participants have 2 hours to complete their art.  Image reference courtesy Bonnie (artastic).
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Monday, June 3, 2019

Storm Warning

14x10 watercolor on Stonehenge 140 lb hot press paper done over the past weekend, a scene down the road with heavy clouds gathering above while utility poles guard the area.
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Geranium Box

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend, a floral still life of red geraniums and a box I ordered from a company that has Bloom in white paint on its side.
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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Hay Barn and Silos

15x22 watercolor imaginary farm scene on Saunders 140 lb paper, painted wet in wet.  From the chickens pecking in the foreground to hay stacked inside and the blue skies above this painting brings back many memories of farm life and the hard work that goes with it.
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