Monday, December 31, 2012
Happy New Year to all my artistic friends...
This turned about ok... I wasn't sure it would. First I put some wet colors, yellow, transparent orange, alizarin crimson on the page and allowed that to dry. Got out my circle templates and my 'drawing gum' mask and painted the star bursts, big circles and small with some over lapping each other... then just added some dots (may have gotten too many of those)... allowed the masking to dry. Mixed up a puddle of Mineral Violet, Prussian Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, and Marine blue... using a flat 2" brush... added a mix of those colors over it all... this did not get as dark as I'd hoped for.. maybe too much water... anyway... let that dry and finally removed the mask... voila... FIREWORKS!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Still fighting my 'not flu' bug... decided to draw one of my Christmas presents... my Pier One canister that holds my brushes now. I liked the rainbow of colored stripes on it.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I DO NOT have the flu! I got a flu shot in October, so I can't possibly have the flu... so this sore throat, achy feeling all over, head hurting... well it must just be a cold. It can't be the flu right?
This is my new Hake Brush, I'm going to a workshop in May with Birgit O'Connor this is one of her favorite brushes... so I had to give it a try. I have smaller hake brushes that I like very much so I'm sure I'll like this one too. The best thing about brushes like this is how inexpensive they are. A surprise to find an art supply bargain these days.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Frog strangling rain this morning, around 1pm this afternoon the wind started to blow, it is still blowing really hard out there, and getting much colder.
The final Rural sketchers challenge was to do a self portrait.... this was as close as I care to get to a drawing of myself. It's been a fun year of weekly sketches.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I HATE it when I misspell BIG important words... like Christmas. Oh well the thought was there... hope everyone had fun today.
We went to see 'Hitchcock' at the theater today, it was pretty good. I thought Anthony Hopkins did a great job as 'Hitch'... looked just like him.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Put our Christmas turkey in the oven this morning, and enjoyed it for lunch AND dinner. We have enough turkey left over for turkey sandwiches well into January.
Got a lovely card and a tiny accordion sketchbook from Rita today... what a delightful surprise for Christmas... now how to fill the pages? One by one... or a single picture spanning the whole sheet? I will need to think on it....
Merry Christmas everyone... remember the angels said the good tidings of great joy were for ALL people.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Found some blue ink at Michael's, Rita's snowflake stamps done with blue ink looked so cool I had to give that a try too. I like the way they turned out.
Kind of a cloudy, gray day today.. and COLD this morning... I actually had to use my heated seats in my car. I love that little luxury in my car... don't get to use it much, but it surely is nice when it's cold out.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
This wild eyed nutcracker is kinda scary looking to me... well when I tried to draw him, I couldn't get him on the page... so now looks even scarier.
According to the Mayans, tomorrow is the end of the world... gotta think of something spectacular for my last entry... any suggestions?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Only 5 more shopping days till Christmas... I'm done, mailed the last 4 today.
The traffic around here get worse every day, could tourists be coming here for Christmas? Maybe it's just all the people out shopping that usually are home in the evenings.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Twenty families, will have a very different Christmas this year, I can't even imagine losing my child, but losing a little child 2 weeks before Christmas is just too much to bear.
I wonder sometimes if the 24 hour news coverage of these things... fuels some twisted people into bigger more spectacular carnage.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The only color in this box that got almost no use, was the cadmium yellow... I know a lot of people love it and use it a lot, it has never been one of my favorites, so no need to let it take up space in my bijou box. I swapped in Hansa Yellow Medium... funny it looks orange in the scan, but is a bright lemony yellow color in person.
This is the palette I'll use in this journal, and I'll see what doesn't get used and needs swapping out color wise next journal. I'm also using my 'free' fountain pen that came with my large bottle of Noodler's Lexington Gray ink. The more I use this pen and ink the better I like it, so I'm dropping the micron pens for now, and just using this pen.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Unique date today, 12-12-12... nobody alive today will see the next such date 01-01-01 in 2101... This is the last page in this Hand*book watercolor journal. I'll start another one tomorrow (I got them on sale at Cheap Joe's this Fall).
I didn't do many two page spreads in this book, but I did enjoy the landscape format after I got used to it.... I'm going to try to do more two page spreads in the next one. That could even be one of my New Year's resolutions LOL.
Hard to believe I've filled up 18 sketchbooks with daily drawings... starting this one on lucky 13 :-)
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Winna sent me the idea for the cartoon for the rural sketchers week 49 challenge... it worked out pretty cute if I do say so myself.
Lots of drama going on in SC politics today, my favorite Senator Jim DeMint will be resigning to head the Heritage Foundation, and my favorite Congressman Tim Scott may be appointed to fill his seat until the election in 2014... Ron and I think Tim would do a GREAT job, our other pick would be Trey Gowdy... it will be interesting to see who Governor Halley chooses.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Went to the swearing in of Samuel Rivers to the SC State house this morning. By chance I ended up in line with his Mom and Dad, I'd never met them before... so had a nice chat with them. They are so proud of their son, as well they should be.
Made for a long day today... so a quick sketch of my polar bear earrings... well one of them anyway.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The bear stamp from yesterday, bled thru to today's page... but my little elf didn't care...
Ron worked bagging leaves in the front yard, I worked on cleaning the bird cages and folding laundry. I think I got the easy jobs. Up early tomorrow and Tuesday for trips to Columbia for work.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Got a package of paint from Daniel Smith today, I got something he calls 'Pearlescent Shimmer'... the scan doesn't show this paint at all, neither does DS website... however, in person this paint has a really cool looking sparkle, that 'gray' smudge appears white and sparkly in person. It'll be a great addition to snow scenes, or add a nice sparkle to water or white birds...
Our hockey team won again tonight, beating the number one team in our division... so they have the talent, unfortunately, they didn't start playing as a 'team' soon enough this season.