Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Inside & Outside

These couple of pages combine to make the "open window" concept work. I cut the window open in the hanging basket picture. The farewell page below is what the reader will see when the window is opened.  Then when the reader turns the page (to see the back of the window page) my mom suggested I draw the "room" that has the window in it! So, if you lived in the house you could open the window and look out to see the outside hanging basket. I don't know my explanation makes any sense or not... lol. Anyway, I included a photo of what you'd see if the window on the basket pages is open in the sketchbook. 

I'll be back soon with the last two pages of my sketchbook. Then I promise to try never to say the word sketchbook again! Hehehehe.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pucker Up!

I can say, this painting was the most involved on of all. It's all the leaves that take so much darn time! I'm totally thrilled with how it turned out, though. I can't believe how much my painting has grown since the last time I did a lot of leaves.

I continue to fight against myself as I paint. I find I'm being too tentative with color, especially with highlights and shadows. I am so afraid I'll make a mistake that I question my natural instincts to use a certain color or depth of color. I'll go and use a much lighter version then have to go over and over it to darken it sufficiently. This increases both the time it takes to paint a painting and the frustration level I feel while painting anything.

The next couple of posts are the final pages of my sketchbook. This was the last of the paintings. See you soon!

Friday, November 26, 2010

No Thorns Please

This is one of my favorite paintings in the sketchbook. I knew I'd enjoy painting it. I like imagining what color the actual rose must have been. What color do you want it to be? I think it's soooo PuRTy!

Lemon painting in less than 48 hours! You'll love it and we're getting sooo close to the end! Hang in there, will ya? Thanks, you rock!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm Losing My Marbles

Hehehe, I guess I actually will lose my marbles when I finally send my sketchbook to be in the 2011 Sketchbook Project Tour. I love how graphic the marbles are. I'm definitely going to have to do another painting/drawing of marbles. There's something about the cool designs within their glass and their perfect roundness. But then I like painting peas too, so... lol. 

The next page is a new technique I tried. I used a cross-hatching technique using my watercolor pencils and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. This makes me think that I want to explore cross-hatching again but instead use fine point markers. Because the pencils don't stay sharp very long, the cross hatching is less prominent. I'm thinking of procuring some replacement nibs for my Copic markers. I know they make extra fine nibs so I want to look into those. 

There'll be more artwork soon. Can I entice you back with a cup of Starbucks hot cocoa?? I just bought a huge canister of it at Costco. Yummm, warm winter evenings here I come. Anyone got any marshmallows? :o)

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... Nope, Just SNOW!!!

Wow, it never does this here in Victoria. Almost never, lol. It's so PuRTy!! Even more surprising is that it probably isn't going anywhere soon. Usually, if it is cold enough to create snow, it's really not cold enough for it to stay very long, like 24 hours at the most. Well, the temp. here isn't supposed to go up above freezing for several days. I guess this rare white stuff isn't going anywhere soon. I took pictures of the evidence and a pic of my spy who keeps abreast of the situation. :o)

Don't worry, she's on the job! If those white flakes get out of hand she'll send out the tweet. Hehehe.
Talk later? I need coffee. For serious. Brrrrr.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Closer & Closer...

Here again are some finished pages. The tulips were really great to paint, although the leaves were a little difficult to make sure each related to the other (color-wise), the actual petals painted up perfectly. I took the time to ink all the black space then paint over it with black. I did this to make sure it had a real depth to the black instead of looking dusty.

I must admit I was a little trepidatious when I started the hummingbird drawing. I wasn't totally sure I could get the hand right and I knew if it had any perceptual flaws the drawing would seriously look awful. But I was pleasantly surprised. I'm happy with how it turned out.

I'll be posting over the next week the last of the sketchbook pages. So please keep coming back to see how it turns out! Thanks for your loyalty!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Note To Gov. Swarzenegger

This was a fun hint page to do. Just to cover my preverbal backside I'll be adding the genus: Hosta to the hosta painting. I mean, I'm sure there are people out there who don't know what a hosta looks like, right?

The next hint page is for the lemons on the vine that I have drawn but not painted as of yet. Don't yell at me, I'm painting as fast as I can! hehehe. I love how the grapes turned out. The printing looks cuter than I expected too. I'm running out of fonts that I know how to do! I didn't stop to think, when I decided to do hint pages, how many fonts I'd need because of all the writing/printing I'd be doing. Silly me.

Is everyone preparing for Christmas?? It's almost "putting up the tree" time again! Woohoo! I guess it's too early to put out cookies and milk for Santa, huh? (anyone want some warm milk and a couple of stale sugar cookies with a big red "S" on them??) Heehee!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Everything's Coming Up Roses

OOh, I'm getting closer and closer to being finished. Here I have both the hint page and the full layout of the rose the hint refers to.

Be back soon with more!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables!

I added black & white zentangles to the cherries and color to the peas. Both of these pages are the extra pages that precede a hint page (as the "hint" badge illustrates, lol.) Not much else to say. Enjoy! :o)

We can talk later, you bring the words. I seem to be all out. Hehehe. Later peoples.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

..With a Cherry On Top.

My latest page is a painting of cherries. I really like their roundness. Much like what I see in peas. They lend themselves well to painting because if one can capture their roundnessthey look fantastic! Here we go...

Next is trying to finish the half pages then take on the last full paintings. Closer and closer!! Oh, and we got the sofa, finally. So, I owe you all some pictures of our new living room and my new bedroom/studio. I'll have to get on that... Yep, soon. :o)

Later? K! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program...

Let me apologize for my absence. Last week it was some kind of stomach virus. This week, probably because I lost weight quickly, not eating, my back has been bothering me. I'm doing fine now though, thanks for asking, hehehe.

In the last few days I've been back to my sketchbook. I'm getting closer and closer to being finished. Gosh, that'll be nice! I can stop worrying about finishing, get it bound and SHIP IT OFF!! I think I only have two full paintings to do and maybe 3 or 4 smaller drawings/sketches/zentangles (depending on what I decide) to then finally have all the pages filled in. I contribute to a sketchbook community blog as I complete pages and it seems many people are having trouble being motivated to finish or even getting started. Although, some are like me, almost finished. Yay. Here's the link to the little community... Doodleheads if you care to take a gander at what others are up to.

I decided to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. I've been struggling to decide how to finish the Hosta drawing I did last month. I couldn't decide between Holbein watercolors, watercolor pencils and copic markers to color the leave with. So, I thought I'd pick a tool, watercolor pencils, and go for it for the sketchbook. I redrew the hosta plant on a smaller piece of watercolor paper and went to town with the pencils. This is the result.

I'm so in love with how it turned out! I'll be doing the large one just like I did this one. Anyway, I'm glad to be back, I hope I didn't frustrate anyone, lol. It's amazing how time flies, isn't it. I mean, Christmas is just around the corner. We've already started shopping and I've wrapped half a dozen presents in turquoise paper so far. I just have to figure out what to get my uncle Bob, any suggestions from the peanut gallery?? What the hell do you want for Christmas, Bob? Grrr. He's so hard to buy for. 

We'll talk soon, K? (I won't disappear, promise!)


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