Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We Three

Quick lunch time doodling in my moleskin journal and Lamy Safari pen/ink.  The photo reference was from the Wetcanvas photo reference section by Wtrclrgrl.  I love drawing pears...they take so little effort and I love how the Lamy ink washes.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Christmas Cactus Christmas Card

Another Christmas Card completed for the Wet Canvas Christmas Card project.  This one is all watercolor except for the purple stamen done with ink.  Something like this takes a few hours to complete because it is a one leaf at a time, let dry, then putting in more glazing and finally shadows.  I'm very happy with the way the background turned out.  It almost appears to be more of the cactus but blurred.  One of those "happy accidents" in watercolor.

This was done from a photograph of one of my Christmas Cacti.  Several years ago, a friend brought this over to me for Christmas and it was really huge when she gave it to me.  The original flowers on it were a bright red.  With the years the blooms have faded to a fushia!  Summer before last I split the plant into 4 different pots.  Now these pots are getting pretty full.  These planst live outside during the summer time on my patio around my fish pond.  I usually bring them in late October.  With the change in the light conditions, they normally bloom around Thanksgiving!  I brought them in earlier in October this year because it got quite cool early,  Several of them now have small flower buds forming.  My den should be covered in a couple hundred blossoms in a few weeks.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's a Blue Bird Christmas

Another Christmas Card for the Wet Canvas site Christmas Card Project.  This one is mostly watercolor.  Snow is acrylic.  Eyes and beaks are ink.  And lots of masking!!  Very fun

Friday, October 14, 2011

My Back Up Plan!

This is my back up plan for the Wet Canvas Christmas Card Project.  It is my favorite.  If you have been reading my blog for long you know I love snowmen.  I collect them and keep them out year round in my art studio.  This card I ordered cards with this and a greeting on the inside to send out on my personal Christmas card list...and of course, I ordered extra, just in case life happened and I was not able to get all original cards done for the project, I would send one of these as my back up. As others in the group are doing just one and having prints made I didn't feel like I was cheating.  This card the sky was textured with salt, the snow family is drawn and colored with Bombay inks. The tree is watercolor. Shadows in the snow are watercolor and in the traditional watercolor "rules", the white is the white of the paper itself -- no paint.  The card size is 5" x7" 140# watercolor paper. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I've joined a project on Wet Canvas dot com to exchange Christmas Cards.  You send an original art card to each of 25 or so members.  Some members are doing one card and having prints made and other of us are doing individual cards for each member.  My goal is to do 1 card for each member and I only have about 7 done at this time.  But I do have a backup plan just in case I run out of time.  More about that next post. 

The leader of the group, Kim, started the group up a facebook page where everybody is uploading progress and finished cards for everyone to look at and comment.  It has been alot of  fun seeing what everyone else is doing and being able to ask them about techniques.  And making new friends!

This is one of the cards I've done.  This poinsettia was drawn with J. Herbin ink.  Then watercolored.  The leaves are textured with salt.  Backgound is done wet in wet. The yellow in the middle is Bombay ink. These cards are 5" x 7" 140# CP Watercolor paper.

I've really enjoyed this project so far.  I've been trying different techniques without  fear because they are only 5x7 cards, so if it doesn't really turn out ok, I just toss it in the scrap pile and if any of the painting is salvagable, it will turn in to an ATC, the back of the card is cut up for ATC blanks.  The other side of the painted side if not ATC material will be used to test paint I've mixed before I actually use it on my painting. So nothing is really wasted but maybe a little paint or ink. 

Art supplies are so expensive, I hate wasting any of it.  So this little exercise has "set me free".  Some advise from some of the better watercolorist of Wet Canvas is to be successful as a painter, you must paint like you are a millionaire....just can't do it!  When a block of 20 sheets of watercolor paper is $60 and paint is between $7 - $12 a tube......

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another Koi ATC.  One of the reasons Koi are so appealing is because of their colorful variations.  But I think the predominant reason most people keep Koi is because they are the only fish I know of that actually have a personality.  You can even hand feed them!  So with that in mind, I decided a Koi done in plain old graphite would be ok!  What do you think?

Monday, October 10, 2011

 I joined an ATC swap called Joy of Koi's on  You create 3 Artist Trading Cards to be swapped through our host for 3 that another artist painted.  This is my first one completed.  It is of course 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" Mixed media.  The koi body, water and rocks were done with Daniel Smith Watercolors and the greenry hanging over the water, the the Koi's tail and fins were done with acrylic.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


First entry in my Fall Journal.  I've been so consumed with sewing/quilting etc, I really haven't done much with my art lately and am losing what little I had learned.  So I am trying to do a page in my journal at least twice a week.  I've also signed up for various swaps on Wet Canvas, ATCSforAll and Swap-Bot to make myself take the time for artwork frequently.  It relaxes my soul!

This is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" for a swap on Swap-bot in the Over 50 and Proud Group.  It's another leaf found on a walk with Maggie. This is done with Winsor Newton pan watercolors.