Saturday, November 27, 2010
It's a morning shot of the Mendocino Coast. The fog is just starting to clear away. Jo and her husband have a family ranch there and it's her favoirite "get away from it all" place.
I did this on a 9 x 12 sheet of Fabriano Artistico and used American Journey paints. I tend to use the AJ paints mostly on Yupo and every time I use them on paper I wonder why I don't more often! They are pigment rich tubes and very creamy.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
This is the same support and medium as the previous ones.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The eyes on this guy really were red and green and in this strange zigzag pattern. He's rather plain without those colorful eyes! They remind me of some of those weird contac lenses that some kids were wearing a few years ago.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
My goal is to do 9 of these 5 x 7 watercolor canvas fly macros and arrange them like a collage for Austin's room.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I used watercolor canvas (5 x 7) and used DS paints over a light application of oil pastel (on the eyes only). Then I painted the part of the body that is shown with DS interference, violet. I wish the sheen of the interference paints showed up on scans -- it's really cool! The hair was done with a brush and then finer hairs with a Bic black gel pen. This was really fun!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A dead banyon tree on the beach. Watercolor in 8.5 x 5.5 Raffine ArtSketch book using DS paints and a little touch of white gel pen and micron back pen (for the root "hairs")
The Imaginary Trip to the Beach class is almost over. I have 2 more assignments and then I'll be wondering what to do with my art time!!
This was a fun assignment! I've never painted anything that was "underwater" and it sure presented some challenges!! When Austin saw this on my art table, he said, "Mimi! Hi Dude. . . .Bye 'quirt," and then he laughed and laughed. Of course, you have to have seen Finding Nemo to "get this."
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Website for Laure's classes is
I HIGHLY recommend her classes -- lots of fun and good artistic "stretches."
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Imaginary Visit to the Beach - 2
The second assignment for my class was to draw/paint pelicans on craggy rock shoreline. One of the purposes of this class is to learn how to get objects down fast using a limited amount of supplies. It's "imaginary trips" and so we pack as if we really were going on a trip. . .there's no grabbing of supplies from our home studio! We use a limited palette (that is quite sufficient!) and waterbrushes, so no popping into a home studio to get that favorite brush or that different shade of color. It's such a fun class, but also these limits pose challenges!
The water on this scene was very hard to do without my nice large brushes and without masking fluid to mask out those pelicans! LOL!!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I've started my second class with Laure Ferlita. It's called An Imaginary Visit to the Beach. I didn't post my work from the first class I took from Laure, no reason really, I just kind of forgot to post to this blog after I'd posted to the class blog. Here's my first assignment:
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It's absolutely fascinating what some artists are coming up with for this challenge and I definitely want to do more. Some are painting a detailed "printed fabric" and while I don't know how well that would work out on Yupo, I just might try a simple one.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
My, but it's been a long time since I painted anything. It sure felt GOOD to get the palette out and start mixing and splashing. The only painting I've done for the past couple of months has been sketch type paintings in a journal. I was feeling the "need" to really get down to business. I really need to carve out time designated for "art only!"
Thursday, January 07, 2010
The sky, trees and foreground were done with watercolor and then the barn and shadows were done with Derwent's tinted charcoals, which are watersoluble. I drew and filled in the barn with the carcoals, gently blended with a Q-tip and then applied water for further blending. Colors of charcoal used were glowing embers, mountain blue, ocean deep, burnt earth, and dark.