Saturday, August 6, 2011
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
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
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
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
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".