Thursday, May 18, 2017

painting fog in watercolor

watercolor on 140# paper

I've always wanted to paint fog...and I just didn't know how to. I found a technique book that showed me how. Yay! This is my first attempt. I like the sky colors. I found a workbook by Zolton Szabo that has demos on techniques.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Urban Sketching

I've posted this on my crafting blog as well because I think of outdoor sketching as a craft and an art. Not sure why, but I do. Painting outside is not one of my favorite pastimes, but I am trying to get better at it. I prefer studio painting with all my creature comforts and air conditioning and no    But, I do love keeping travel journals- for years they have been written journal and I have filled several journals this way. I love looking back at them because they bring me right back to that place and time.  So, now I want to add images to my written travel journals.

And that gives me a GREAT IDEA!  I am going to make a few travel journals for me- with both writing and painting paper. More to come on that...
happy painting.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My take on Scapino from the Commedia dell'arte

Acrylic on paper 
Scapino is a zanni (a character type) from the commedia dell'arte. Scapino is the one who tries to get out of things, mostly fights. As I thought about Scapino, I pictured him as a drunk, a lazy clown. That is what I portrayed here in my art journal. Drunkenness is a form of escape and that is what Scapino does, he escapes from fights, work and in general, life. He had fallen asleep by the tent, drunk and oblivious. I thought it would be a fun exercise to imagine some of the zanni, so here is my first one. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sketching in Ink and watercolor

sketches of Provence
ink and watercolor on 140# mixed media paper

These sketches are from a trip to France in 2013. These were done from photos after the trip. I have a trip to Italy this late summer and I will bring my sketch supplies to do plein air sketching. I want to do on-the-spot plein air sketching, not after the fact!  So this weekend I'll spend the weekend doing a group plein air sketch group through the Rehoboth Art League. I am very excited about it and have my supplies all ready. You can see a picture of my supplies here.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Watercolor of a Seahorse for my beach house

14" x 20"
watercolor on paper

This is a large painting I created before I even knew I would buy a beach house. (I think deep inside, I knew I was headed to the beach.)  My goal was to get bigger in my watercolor painting. I generally paint small in my watercolors, 8"x10" or less. So I went large, and it was great fun. I painted with abandon as I figured I could use the other side of the paper if things went badly.  I was actually pleased with the results.  This painting now hangs in my home. 

Painting with no expected outcome often creates the best pictures because I relax and just have fun. No expectations or pressure.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

more alcohol ink and YUPO

I am pleased with this image I created using the alcohol ink and YUPO paper I mentioned in previous post. It looks moody and dark. I stamped the tress using archival ink over the dry alcohol inks. Go to previous post for a link to a YouTube video about this technique. I've had both the alcohol inks and the YUPO paper, so it was a no-brainer for me to try this. If you don't have YUPO, and it is expensive, try using glossy white cardstock. I believe it will work as well with the alcohol inks. Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Art or Craft?

Click on the picture and look at this up close- the technique is amazing!
it's a combination of painting and stamping. I used YUPO paper and alcohol inks for the background. YUPO is a synthetic paper that I first came across about twenty years in my job as a package and label designer. It wasn't called YUPO then and the company was trying to sell it as label stock for pharmaceutical grade printing. Over the years the paper entered into the art world and was renamed YUPO, mostly being marketed for watercolors. Now YUPO has entered the crafting world. 

I saw a great video on YouTube that inspired me. Most of it is a surprise...there is no real control when using alcohol inks and YUPO. The ink goes where it wants to go. I then masked out a small moon and wiped back to the YUPO to create the moon using alcohol blending solution. The alcohol inks are permanent once they dry on the YUPO but dissolve with the blending solution.  

I want to experiment more with this technique making fairy fantasy landscapes. I love that genre. I see this as a really fun way to create that other-world feel I love in fairy art.  This was my first attempt and will definitely do more with this! 
Of course I want more colors of alcohol we ever have enough color?
    After it was all dry I used stamping with black archival ink to add the foliage. I can see cards, paintings, illustration...this technique will go a long way!