Watercolor Wed. 8

As a portrait painter, my new challenge in watercolor is to quickly capture a natural  likeness. When I work in oils, the process is forgiving, because I am able to walk away, reevaluate, and layer corrections to please both myself and the client.   The loose watercolor portraits of sisters above, were executed very quickly. […]

Ant Dance Collage

    India ink/crow quill, collaged photo, discarded monotype, watercolor pencil  More pages from the my new orange sketchbook.  I don’t make a lot of collage, but I keep a bag of odds and ends tucked away with the intention of putting the pieces together somehow, someday.  Today’s one day!  

Creative Writers

  As promised, and with pleasure, I bring you the thoughtful, funny and imaginative stories prompted by this series of watercolor illustrations on your left. Thank you writers!  I’m charmed and impressed, especially since many of these writers are visual artists as well. —————— From Helen: I sat barely moving at the end of the […]

Watercolor Wed.6

I’ve been pushing the watercolor practice.  I’m still mostly interested in very loose, direct painting.  These are very quick, (approx. fifteen minutes ).    About one-third of these experiments go directly into paper recycling. Here’s a survivor;) Initial  brush strokes

Goodbye Fish

Front and back cover wrap for The Sketchbook Project 2013.    Liquid Pencil and graphite I don’t think I’ve ever finished a project so early before a deadline.  It’s done- my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2013.  Now watch, I’ll forget to mail it;) BTW, There were only four pages in the sketchbook without a […]

Watercolor Wed.2

Last Wednesday I complained about my ineptitude with watercolor.  This week, I plod on, with three quick attempts at the same subject. Above is the most successful with regard to the look that I want.  I found that if I did not plan in pencil at all, I got a better result. This first attempt […]

Watercolor Wed.

Watercolor & Sepia ink w/crow quill nib on Strathmore Windpower Watercolor Pad                                                   Attempt #1 It’s no secret that watercolor is not my thing.  It evades me, it makes me crazy.  There […]

Beginning, Staying and Straying

Sketchbook Project Pages 9-10 I’m working with pencil on stipple paper again, with the tiniest bit of liquid pencil and white acrylic.  Just playing a little with scale and the concepts of beginning, staying and straying.

White Charcoal

I’m giving the graphite a little rest and working on Canson Mi-Teintes, nicely textured black paper with a white charcoal pencil. I’ve no idea what this is about, except that my garden pig plays a starring role;) Sketchbook Project 7-8

Sketchbook 3-4

These pages are created on stipple paper and the drawing pencils are augmented with liquid graphite or liquid pencil. I’ve never played with liquid pencil before.  Mixed with a little water, the result is a silvery paint-like substance.  Fun!

Sketchbook Project 2013

Done it again! Signed up for 2013. This year, I’m committed to graphite with a touch of white acrylic here and there to pick up what the eraser can’t.  It’s all about the values, and an other worldliness.  My  objective is to concentrate on basics; strengthening my compositions through black and white values, and giving […]

Young Artist Sites

This is part of a repost from my blog for young artists.  I thought it might be exciting to share with you some excellent examples of  exemplary online presence and some terrific work by very young artists. Their ages span from pre-teen to young adult. The sites below are three brilliant examples of what very […]

Our Sketchbook Project 2012

Saturday I mailed out our sketchbook for the  Sketchbook Project 2012 ‘s  January 31 deadline-whew. It’s a project I’ll always remember because it’s a collaboration with my son Julian.  Julian inspired the concept, and we worked together truly as a team. While I will forever treasure the memories of being a mom for my children when […]

Kid’s Art/Bold Linoleum Block Prints

Rachel ‘s block prints are clean, graphic and really cool!    Rachel is a featured artist in my new, soon to be released book, Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.