Friday, May 6, 2011

Desert Box

I pulled a couple suggestions out of my jar tonight - they were "landscape" and "box/chest". Seemed like a fine combination (displacement), so I drew the cute little painted box first, then felt it should be in a canyon/desert landscape. Pen and colored pencil, approx. 5 1/2" x 8". I can't say I've been anywhere near a desert lately, but the earth tone color scheme of rocks, dirt and shrubbery appeals to me anywhere.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bright Tulips

Finally, the tulips are starting to appear in this soggy rain-drenched spring. I just love the bright red-orange with yellow edging of these, so pretty... and surprisingly hard to reproduce, color-wise. Watercolor and water-soluble pencil, approx. 4 1/2" x 5". Hopefully the sun will come out some more, and I can sketch a little outside at some point!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Celestial Goblet

Inspired by this incredible c. 1903 Art Nouveau goblet, 20 minutes was barely time to capture its potential as a fairy tale book title page, or something similar. Pen, watercolor, and water soluble pencil, approx. 5 1/2" x 8". It needs a story to go with it, wouldn't you agree? I'm very agreeable to any sort of story suggestions, or comments, if someone is so inclined.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ink Bottle

Fun little 20 minute sketch of one of my ink bottles tonight, done in watercolor only - no pencil or pen used! Approx. 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". I wanted to capture these rich blacks, and I had a swell time combining blue, browns, purple, green and yellow ochre to get the "black" color.

This sort of realism is definitely my comfort zone. These sketchbooks are great - trying all sorts of new and different things (like I have in the past week, especially). I try to remain open to commissions of all kinds, I guess! I know I am not the only artist out there who enjoys several different styles, and I'll keep playing as long as I can.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day hat design

Happy May Day! In the 15th century, the nobles would go out for a ride "a-Maying", all dressed in green. If you didn't wear green, you were the time period's equivalent of a loser! Today I did see the lovely bright spring green on all the trees fully in bud. Even though I was so inspired, I ran out of time for the color portion of my sketch.

I did another gridded design (pencil and pen, approx 5 1/2" x 6"). I have hopes of it becoming an embroidery pattern in the near future, perhaps as a companion piece to the "Summer Wreath" from the other day. I love lilies so incorporated those, as well as some summery feminine touches like the full brimmed hat, a pair of gloves, and a necklace. The color might be another 20 minutes to do, but the stitching will take a few days, at least.