Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wild Summer Berries

While enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Finger Lakes recently, I did this painting of some wild blackberries that grow all over that area. Even though this was not one of my regular 20 minute sketches, I estimate it probably took about 30-40 minutes to paint. That little bit of extra time was put to use developing rich saturated colors, which just makes those lovely berries "pop." Watercolor, approx. 5 1/2" x 8".

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bird Offering

Having read several weird antique fairytales lately, I seem to have been compelled to illustrate one - that to my knowledge doesn't yet exist. If any creative minds out there want to give it a shot I'd be more than happy to post it. I have a slight idea about it but really the image kept drawing itself for 20 minutes tonight. Pen, approx. 5" x 5".

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rainbow Sherbet

Hot summer days and nights call for something cold and refreshing like this little dish of rainbow sherbet. Love the colors here, tried to accurately capture the feeling of this in the short 20 minute timeframe! Colored pencil, approx. 4" x 6".

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Random Outdoor Summer-ness

Enjoying the outside on a beautiful summer day, I thought these random objects seemed worthy of a little sketching attention for 20 minutes. Some of our flowerpots have grown wild and leggy by this point in the summer, but as long as a few blooms remain the plants are still pretty. Pen and watercolor, 6" x 6".

Monday, August 1, 2011

Park Waterfront, Summertime

What a gorgeous day! I painted this while sitting at a picnic table in a beautiful state park, overlooking the lake glistening in the sun and people picnicking, milling about, enjoying the beachfront and scenery. Life is good. I think this painting does truly capture the exact essence of that moment. I liked drawing/painting in this square format! Artists and graphic designers are so often limited and stagnated by rectangles. Subtle changes in format - squares, ovals, circles, etc. can breathe fresh life into your work. Pen and watercolor, 6" x 6".

Sunday, July 31, 2011


Another still life sketch in 20 minutes, but the main goal in this one was to capture the elusive bluish-purple so unique to the cornflower. I would call it periwinkle, but if you look closely at the actual flower, the petals are slightly magenta purple at the center and turn to a bright (cerulean, for artists) blue at the ends. The subtle nuances found in nature never cease to be interesting to me. Watercolor, 5 1/2" x 8".