Saturday, December 3, 2011

The stockings were hung... the chimney with care! Christmas decorating has been accomplished in my house. Now, we just wait impatiently for Christmas to arrive! I was pretty excited tonight to try out a new "toy" - a bamboo pen - for my 20 minute sketch. It was great, I love the variation of line you can get by holding it at slightly different angles. Plus, it has all the benefits of a traditional dip-style pen. Really great! It will become part of my regular rotation for sure. Bamboo pen (used with watercolor), 5 1/2" x 8".

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Interesting Clock Face

This was a 20 minute sketch where the idea was much more ambitious than the time allowed... I spent too much time drawing the neat number detail (pretty modern looking for 1820, I have to say) that I ran out of time to do justice with the paint. The general idea of the ship tossing on the waves and the scenery comes through though, I think. Clocks, especially old clocks, are an endless source of design inspiration! Pen and watercolor, approx. 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wheel of Flowers

The nearly symmetrical design of this flower grouping was fun to draw and paint in 20 minutes. Purple is not a traditional color used in fraktur designs, but it really complements the yellow. I love doing these designs. I really keep meaning to embroider one sometime! Pen and watercolor, 5" x 5".

Monday, November 28, 2011

Floating Weirdness

Sometimes it just takes 20 minutes of doodling to get those creative juices flowing. I've been working on a couple projects in anticipation of Christmas and I think this developed as a way to get them out of my head for a little while. Fun and random. Pen, 5 1/2" x 8".