Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sketch from Orvieto, Italy

5.5 x 8
ink and watercolor in sketchbook

Stroll down the street. On the left is a ceramic store. On the wall are ceramics for sale. The clock tower is in front of you. There is a small road to explore that leads off the left. Have fun! It was magical to walk around this small town. It is ancient. We arrived early and beat the crowds. Behind me on my right is the stunning cathedral. I am standing in the large square of the town. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Disney World and sketching

I decided to go to Disney world to get out of this cold winter.It was rather spur of the moment and most enjoyable. I flew down for 5 days, which gave me three days at the parks and 2 for travel. Enough time to get away. I stayed at the Disney Beach Resort, in Epcot. I chose there because I wanted to mostly see the annual Festival of the Arts, which is held in Epcot. It's a celebration of the arts, music, food and art. It was a lovely festival. Being at the Beach resort, I could walk to Epcot. I only drew 2 sketches each day. They are rough, but what I was able to do while walking around Disney. I had my 5x8 watercolor sketch book with a Pitt art pen. First I sketched and then painted with my small watercolor box and water brush. I simple, but effective set up.
 A dessert I tried. S'more Tart. Delish!

 Beautiful blue sky looking at the Epcot Earth Ball

 Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom. I spent one day in 
the Magic Kingdom and two days in Epcot.

 It started raining and I sat down under a table with an umbrella
and just sketched and painted what was in front of me. I was 
at the world showcase in Epcot. The top is a shopping kiosk and 
the bottom is of an island out in the water.

 Inside the Beach Resort I had breakfast there in
in the Cape May Cafe. The decor was amazing. On 
the walls are colorful croquet sets, the mallets and 
the balls, all attached to the wall. 
In the lobby, which is BEAUTIFUL, I sat in chairs like
these, big and comfy. They were all around the perimeter 
and in the center. 
Sketching is a pastime that I do love. I am not an expert, but I try! 
I always tell my granddaughter, "In order to be a good artist,
 I must be willing to be a bad artist." So here it is...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Little Cabin in the woods...

Hum along with me... :)

My friends owns this little cabin in Pennsylvania. Recently he sent me a picture of it and this is from that picture. It's a color pencil done in my 5"x 8" sketch book.  I felt peaceful while drawing it. I imagined myself there. 
     Next, using the same reference photo, I completely put it in a new world. I redrew it in graphite on paper. Then I scanned it in-  and now in Photoshop, I am painting it. It is now a fantasy is smaller than mushrooms and clover is like a bush. I believe a fairy lives in it.  I'll post soon...have to digitally paint it first.

Winter is a good time to dig in deep into art. Do a complicated piece. Not much going on and I don't go out  much, so why not? I sort of go into hibernation in the winter and I enjoy myself very much.

happy painting!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

value study of Carolina Low Country

Carolina Low Country
Graphite on Paper
in my sketchbook
I am taking an online class over at Craftsy on landscapes. This is my homework. After watching several of the videos, we were instructed to do a value study. I chose this image as the Carolina Low Country is one of my favorite areas of the US. I never tire of images of tidal creeks, herons and sweet grass. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cardinal watercolor

 This is a tiny watercolor  painting of a cardinal's head I painted while in hibernation. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Painting in Italy

Home from Italy! I had a fantastic time in Tuscany and Umbria. What a beautiful country! Everywhere is a painting waiting to be painted. I stayed in a villa in the country side. We did collage art and took day trips to beautiful places.

This small painting is from my small watercolor art journal. I sat outside of the "agriturismo" resort villa we stayed in and painted this. It's a beautiful valley with a farm. This is looking into Tuscany. This is also the view I had from my room.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Evening Rise

The Evening Rise
Oil on panel
8"x 10"

My niece's husband took this photo on a recent fishing trip. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew I would use it as a reference for an oil painting. It just grabbed me. I love the setting sun, the bent rod, the story it tells.  Steve, who took the reference photo told me that this time of day is called the evening rise, because the fish rise up to eat the bugs that land on the water. I am happy with this painting and how it turned out.