Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Pumpkins - Gouache & Pastel Style!

The fruit of the Spirit.

My daughter is always telling me to paint with something other than watercolor! So I have a small sample set of gouache paints I thought I’d try, which are opaque.

Nobody told me how difficult it would be to paint on an old 32” X 40” piece of cardboard! It is so big. It has ridges. And it’s not acid free! I think gouache is for much smaller projects on quality surfaces! I softened the clouds and shadows with a bit of pastel chalk where I couldn’t get the gouache to blend smooth enough for my taste.

I still prefer transparent watercolor and the white of the paper for highlights. But maybe it’s just what I’m used to!

Monday, November 8, 2010

All Tied in Sailor's Watercolor Knots!

Watercolor illustrations of knots…Sailors use ‘em, airplane pilots use ‘em, and kids play with them! There are many ways to learn to tie them and the best way is to practice. I thought you might enjoy these!

A rope is called a line.

The Bowline, King of knots. A temporary loop at the end of a line – has many uses and is easy to untie, even after pulling a heavy load.

Figure Eight. A stopper – used on all lines that you want to prevent from running through blocks (stoppers). Can be easily untied after it has been jammed.

Two Half Hitches, secure, but is easy to untie under tension. Tie to rings, spars, piles, & posts. Similar to the Clove Hitch (see below) tied around the standing part (see first picture) of a line.

Anchor of Fisherman’s Bend, similar to Two Half Hitches passed twice around an object.

Rolling Hitch, used to tie one line to another, to relieve the tension on another line as you adjust it, or adjust tie down lines holding roof-top or car loads.

Clove Hitch, quick and convenient. Keep it under constant tension!

Sheep Shank, not sure if this is a legitimate Sheep Shank or not but it’s a fun one to tie. It’s used to strengthen a weak area or to shorten a line.