Temporarily changing these posts to Wednesday; not sure it will stay that way, but the middle of the week seems like a good time to show what I’ve already accomplished and to prompt me to continue drawing through the rest of the week.
The first piece of artwork is brought to you by New Year’s Day itself. The name of the piece is *drumroll*–“Mankind’s Greatest Achievement: Seedless Strawberries.”
Also known as “My attempt to make it seem like leaving seeds off the strawberries was a thought-out choice, not an aspect I simply forgot to add.” And I’m just kidding about those titles. The title of the drawing is actually “Strawberry sketch”. Because titles pour from ‘neath my typing fingers with the eloquence of the ages.
Along with sarcasm. 🙂
I’m proud of this painting because I sketched the line art and painted the scenery entirely from memory. I wanted to capture the fresh, green color of tree leaves against grey clouds. And on the paper, the trees are a cool green, and the clouds are a warm grey, but for some reason, the digital screen scrambled the colors. Oh, well.
Now this was a mixed media experiment. I used Sepia watercolor and white gouache on toned pastel paper. To my surprise and delight, the pastel paper held the paint quite well, well enough to handle several washes before the paper started peeling. Also to my surprise, though the paper wrinkled when wet, it dried completely flat. (What looks like buckled paper in the scan is actually how the paint pooled and dried.) This may become my new favorite technique–it has the look of my graphite/toned paper drawings, but the fluid smoothness of watercolor. And Enkie says this painting looks rather like one of those old-time sepia photographs.
Now that autumn is over, it makes sense to paint an autumn picture, right? Actually, I stumbled across the line art for this in one of my sketchbooks; I had scribbled this landscape months ago and then forgotten about it. It’s a pleasant surprise to find good artwork while spring cleaning your supplies.
Originally did this in colored pencil; finally rendered it in watercolor. And once again, the watercolor version is my favorite. Maybe I’d better figure out what subjects or landscapes I prefer in colored pencil…
I used a technique called “glazing,” which is painting over one color with another. In this case, glazing pink over yellow and then indigo over pink created more vibrant bands of color than using pre-mixed colors of orange and blue-violet. I’d used the glazing technique before, but not for a whole painting, and not with such brilliant results. *adds technique to art knowledge arsenal*
Another free hand, New Mexican landscape, and a painting that I like much better than my last attempt.
That’s all for now!