Friday, January 14, 2011

Classic style

Another completely different doorway for a 20 min. sketch today. A recurring theme perhaps? Pen and watercolor, approx. 6" x 9". Inspired by a photo I took several years ago, this colonial doorway has some neat architectural details - the overly large pediment, dentil molding, fluted columns, paneled door, hand wrought iron handle. The doorframe really is red, perhaps more of a deep "colonial red," but as I started to paint with about 6 min. to spare, the color is not completely accurate. I am excited to see if I could pull this off on location sometime, now.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Work in progress...

The embroidery, that is. The drawing had to be done after 20 min. Pen on ecru sketch paper, approx. 4" x 6". I think this subject was more ambitious than some I've done so far, but I am certainly learning to get the necessary stuff into the composition first and quickly. Perhaps I should have moved the scissors a little, though... and I'll try color next time I use this subject.

An aside: Dear Kreinik blending filament, your metallic sparkle looks so awesome, but you are such a pain to work with. (But Q-Snap frame, you are the best!)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Opening Up

20 min. sketch - 6" x 9", pencil, watercolor and water-soluble pencils. This is the image that came out of my pencil when I set it to paper tonight, without any preplanning other than having my supplies at the ready. That in and of itself is a challenge for me, but as I am trying to "loosen up" I let the materials take me away and follow their lead. The water-soluble pencils are really great for this, they are very unpredictable and I like the effects they produce when I'm not consciously trying. I've been thinking about drawing doorways lately in a more architectural sense, but this (fairy door?) pretty much drew itself. No doubt - there is magic in art.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tempus fugit

My, how time flies when having fun sketching. This 20 min. sketch was done in pen on medium weight ecru sketch paper, approx. 4" x 6". I love this art deco style clock for many reasons, but it never occurred to me to draw it before. As it was a neat date today (1/11/11), drawing a clock seems to fit with a representation of time.

I don't think I have a single straight line in this sketch, and the numbers look like they are trying to move around of their own accord, but I was trying to do it nicely. Drawing a linear object while standing up, and not being able to erase... oh well, it gives me good practice for sketching architecture en plein air, right?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Orange Felted Bag

Another 20 min. watercolor with a little watercolor pencil and ink, 6" x 9". The composition could be stronger for sure, but I just love the colors on this super cute little felted wool bag from Nepal my dear friend gave me a while back. The orange is not quite right, and I definitely felt rushed with this painting. There's so much more I would do to get that fuzzy wool texture to come across, deepen and fix shadows, etc. When that timer goes off - man, do I jump! Not sure if I'll get used to that.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Just the perfect thing for a snowy winter day like today. A 20 min. sketch: watercolor and pen, approx. 5" x 5". I love drawing food, whimsically and realistically, especially sweets of all kinds. I am sure there will be more like this in days to come!