Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Grate!

Now that it's officially fall, seems appropriate to render items of the season like leaves and the potential for a fire in a fireplace. This sketch took me the full 20 minutes, part of which was due to my pen running low on ink. Pen and colored pencil, approx. 5" x 7".

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Embroidery Scissors

Another useful tool for the ancient art of embroidery, the tiny, sharp and in this case, decorative, embroidery scissors painted in 20 minutes. Watercolor, 5 1/2" x 8".

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Red Raspberry Pie

Mmm, delicious red raspberry pie with a super flaky crust, and the requisite dollop of whipped cream on top. Getting the dark and vibrant colors in first helped this painting to be completed in 20 minutes. I have to remember that in the future! Watercolor, 5 1/2" x 8".

Monday, September 19, 2011

Crazy Bird

This crazy bird is popping up in my artwork again. I think I understand now, he's like an early link between dinosaurs and birds... representing some sort of connection between the ancient past and the near future in a transitory and troubled world. He's waiting.

This piece was done with water soluble crayons on wet paper, and I love the way this medium can capture excitement and motion in 20 minutes. The crayons blended even better than I thought they would, the colors are really rich and vibrant. 5 1/2" x 8".

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ripe Pear

The pears we picked up from a farmstand the other day are just slightly overripe, but that makes them just slightly more interesting to paint, too. Love the combination of yellow and green here, contrasted with the warm browns of the "ripe spots." They are very tasty, perfect early fall pears.

The lack of 20 minute sketches for the past few days owes directly to other art projects I've been working on (which I am very excited about!) as well as a generally busy schedule. Sometimes I think the 20 minute challenge is just finding 20 minutes to do it!