Monday, October 19, 2009

Footbridge in the Park with Watercolor

When our children were small another artist friend and I occasionally packed a picnic lunch, herded the kids into the car, and headed for an outing in the park with our painting gear. This small En Plein Air (painting in the open air) watercolor sketch was done all alone, by myself, after the kids had grown up. It was quiet and peaceful. I could concentrate without distractions. But I observed other mothers with their children off in the distance and almost wished my kids were that age again…almost.

This was done with a fine grey art marker followed by watercolor on top in a little 5 x 7 spiral-bound sketchbook. The paper wasn't made for watercolor so it ended up a bit warped and wavy. But that's okay. It took about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Little Graphite Shih Tsu Named Natalie

No other dog could replace my friend's little Shih Tsu named Buddy when he went to be with God in heaven. Then along came Natalie! No, she couldn't replace Buddy but she is loved just as much and is in a class all her own.

This little gal was a joy to draw. I used a #2 pencil with a touch of #5 here and there in the darkest areas. I used a kneaded eraser for highlights and mistakes!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Koi in Watercolor

I have always admired the beautiful Oriental paintings of Koi. And a real live Koi pond is even more beautiful. Like a sunset, God certainly put beautiful color in His creation!

This was fun to paint because it was a lot of loose wet-on-wet (wet paint onto wet paper) with a little sprinkling of non-iodized salt as it dried. I used a little more control in painting the fish and some scratching for the ripples on top of the water.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Margaritaville in Capitola

Painting En Plein Air watercolor once again on a recent trip to an area near Santa Cruz, California, a bar called Margaritaville near the beach in Capitola. This must be a landmark because it's been there a long time!

Painting solely in watercolor first, I later added the pen and ink.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Beyond the Sand Bar at Lake Hodges En Plein Air

Another En Plein Air (in the open air) Watercolor Painting outing at Lake Hodges. That French phrase makes all the bugs, sand, wind, and heat sound so romantic! One thing I know is that painting in the “elements” sure made me thirsty! Such fun!