Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Green Grapes Sketch

building values with cross hatch colored pencil and pencil.
tasted good too, nice and crisp.   

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Personal Items Still Life Sketch

A still life of some personal items with pen and ink cross hatching for values.  This took me a while to do trying to get the angles right. 
I love to read.  Always use hand cream and chapstick (living in the desert) and keep a small collection of porcelain ring boxes. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cross Hatch Bottles Pencil Sketch

I'm starting week two of exercises and learning about value and different ways to obtain it in artwork and using different mediums.  Pencil cross hatching today.   

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fruit Contour Drawing and Crayons

A contour drawing with watercolor of a fruit still life.  I loved it once I got started.  Think maybe I had some Zen moments...while drawing :)  That always feels great.     

Well after school has started I finally get some inspiration for some back to school greeting cards, but they'll be ready for next year.  I drew the crayons in pencil and colored pencil.  I wanted something simple and colorful.  I had a hard time trying to figure out what the rest of the design should be that would go along with my crayons.  I spent a couple hours trying things out with a letter pattern, word patterns and notebook paper lines.  After all that I ended up with the simple theme again, I liked it best. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Drawing from the Mind Painting from the Heart

I started a twelve week course called "Drawing from the Mind Painting from the Heart" by Annette Carroll Compton.  It's an older book I found at a used book store a while back.  One of the first lessons is "out of mind" drawings using a variety of mediums to see what you like working with the best and to test the imagination.  Drawing things from memory, which I need to practice :)  Above I used a grey marker, a lilac sharpie and a lavender ballpoint pen.    

The next group of drawings were to be done with watercolor to see what drawing with paint was like.  I like the softness of the edges and the overall image, but I like the control of the pen/pencil much better.    

A mind exercise with simple contour lines around a still life.  Definitely a challenge and I found plenty to do to stall before I started this ... :)  but once I began I really enjoyed it and know it's great practice for seeing relationships between things.  Progress for week one!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nasturtium Colored Pencil Sketch

My nasturtiums are finally blooming again since the 100 degree heat has stopped.  When I visited the Oregon Coast this summer the nasturtium leaves were the size of teacup saucers.  Mine are the size of a quarter ~ 50 cent piece the largest :)    

Friday, September 13, 2013

Button Jar Sketch

I have a tiny glass jar (I think it was some sort of a cosmetic cream jar) by the kitchen sink that my husband and son put vintage pearl buttons in when they find them.  I've quite a collection of buttons now.   

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Leaves and Berries Sketch

Little berries on the trees in my backyard.  I'm rushing the color change in the leaves for the sketch.  They're still pretty green :)  

Happy autumn birthday to mom greeting card that has a chrysanthemum (I love spelling that word).  You can click here to see it in my shop.   

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Basil Watercolor Sketch

Garden basil in pen and ink with watercolor.  My plant grew to about a foot tall this season, which is good for me and the soil I have.  Tastes great with tomatoes and on grilled cheese with tomatoes.  I think I've eaten more fresh this season than I ever have before.