Saturday, February 5, 2011

Violet leaves

My violets aren't blooming at the moment, but the leaves are attractive anyway. This was an enjoyable 20 min. spent playing with watercolor and water soluble pencil, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". If only I could convince my plants to bloom so I can try painting flowers sometime!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

M is for meditative

Every now and then it's fun to doodle without the pressure of creating "something." Just relaxing, trying out colors, making patterns randomly, very meditative. The M is a little bit of self-indulgence and not any sort of deep statement - simply 20 min. spent in artistic la-la land. Pencil and colored pencil on sketchbook paper, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


A 20 min. painting, watercolor and water soluble pencil on watercolor sketchbook paper, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". I dove right in, no pencil sketch here. I was really trying to capture the light of the candle flame and challenging myself once again with glass. This votive holder has a star shaped bottom that bounced the light around in an interesting way. The spontaneous effect of the paint in the background is neat; one of the things that makes me keep going back to watercolor is its unpredictability.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Quick Snack

Mmm, pretzel rods, done in 20 minutes (then I could eat them). Pencil, watercolor and a little tiny bit of water soluble pencil, on watercolor sketchbook paper, 5 1/2" x 8". With more time I would go in with a little bit of white gouache or acrylic to indicate the salt on top, but with more time I probably wouldn't pick this as a subject - I would eat these as I painted something else! A fun way to try out a new sketchbook and a new paintbrush, though.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Something sweet

Hard candies in 20 min., pencil and watercolor on heavyweight sketch paper, approx. 6" x 9". Cellophane candy wrappers are an unusual challenge. They are "clear" but don't reflect other colors the way glass does, so figuring out how to render them is tricky. This would be a great subject for a limited palette challenge too - I think I used only four colors: burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow and cadmium orange... there might be some alizarin crimson in that brown too but I can't be sure. A nice deep blue or purple as a complement to the yellow/orange would give it some needed energy, but time was up!

Sunday, January 30, 2011


It was fun to draw these small fancy klompen in 20 min. Pen on ecru sketch paper, approx. 4" x 6". Love the folk art decorative flowers and windmills on these! They are brightly colored as well, but I'll leave the color for next time.