Friday, September 9, 2011

Cozy Interior

A 20 minute sketch of the interior of "The Slanted Mantel," a completely imaginary English tearoom where old ladies gossip. Charcoal and watercolor, 5 1/2" x 8".

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flooding sadness

Too much water causes such devastation. My heart just breaks for everyone affected by flooding the past few days in NY state, especially the Southern Tier, and in NE PA. I wanted this watercolor to be a small reminder of how uncontrollable water is in its quantity, impact and direction. 5 1/2" x 8".

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

River View

I felt like doing some elaborate penwork tonight, and thought of a fancy baroque-style picture frame. My subconscious filled in the picture in the center, a scenic landscape with a meandering river. How quickly large amounts of rain can turn those rivers into flood zones... Unbeknownst to me at the time I was drawing this, many people in another part of the state were being affected by severe river flooding. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. Pen, approx. 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Heralding the start...

Of a new school year! Let the trumpet fanfare begin.

I am continually learning as I do these sketches. Tonight, I tried a new kind of sketch paper, which was fine when sketching with my pen. When I added a little watercolor, the water soaked through and started buckling the paper. I quickly grabbed my art markers to colorize the sketch instead. They are not my favorite medium because they tend to bleed and soak through any paper, but they don't buckle paper and fine detail wasn't as much of a priority as the saturated color. So lesson learned - stick to sketch paper designed for wet media and leave the thin paper for pen and pencil sketches! Pen, watercolor and art marker, 5 1/2" x 7 1/2".

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Our Daily Bread

There's nothing like a fresh loaf of homemade bread, warm from the oven. The smell is heavenly too!  We have homemade bread pretty often, which is so wonderful. Even so, I had never thought to paint it before now, especially in the 20 minute time restraint. The crusty outside has nice warm yellow and brown tones that I think I've captured nicely here. Watercolor and water-soluble crayon, 5 1/2" x 8".