Back to my sketching today. I intended to do one of a scene I shared this morning on Instagram but this was the view when I sat down in my studio to sketch.Continue reading “By the Bay”
Yesterday was another rainy, overcast day and all I wanted to do was hibernate until the sky turns blue again. So I looked at the forecast for the next 14 days.
8 days of rain!Continue reading “Creating my own sunshine”
Today is raining and overcast. Too many folks on a flood watch right now but here in Margaretsville we’re okay. Most of our water drains into the Bay of Fundy, which means the waterfalls are spectacular along the cliffs.
This time of year the whole landscape seems grey and brown. The one spot of colour is the red door on the Art Shack down by the dock which I can see from my studio. Unless the sun comes out. Then the bay and sky become a brilliant blue. Here on the Bay a “Blue Day” is a good day. But for today, it’s the red door that calls to me.Continue reading “Cloudy with a chance of red doors”
Winnie the Pooh
” They’re funny things, accidents. You never have them till you’re having them.”
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I love happy “accidents” that lead to something unexpected and wonderful. When I was in Toronto teaching last week, I visited the local art supply store (of course) and discovered a dot colour chart of Daniel Smith watercolours – dots of paint you can actually use. Finding it was my happy accident.
Because I’ve been reading a lot of rave reviews for Daniel Smith watercolours, I grabbed a set. Though too busy to paint while teaching, I’d look at those pretty dots of colour in the evenings. I decided they would be the genesis of the daily sketching practice I’ve been talking about. So when I got home, I dug out the small journal from Global Art I’d bought for this purpose, my Escoda travel brush and got down to it.
I’ve decided to paint whatever catches my eye on a particular day. In other words, not to stress about the subject – which I often do and it usually stops me from doing anything. These orchids in my studio caught my eye so I pulled up a chair and started with a line sketch using a Sakura Pigma Micron 05 black marker. I like the fine line it makes and the ink is fade proof and water proof.
Then I got out those new Daniel Smith colours and had a ball trying them out. I tried to write down the colours as I used them but I admit to getting carried away by the process. I kept it fast and loose because I love the energy of a ‘sketchy’ piece and it loosens me up for ‘serious’ painting.
- Deep Sap Green for the leaves . Definitely a new favourite green. It’s gorgeous!
- English Red Ochre – perfect for the clay pot
- Van Dyke Brown for the smaller pot
- Pthalo Yellow Green for the underlying tint to the orchids
- Rose Madder Permanent for the overlying tint
- Bordeaux for the veining (Another bewitching colour I will be using more of)
- Antraquinoid Red for the the lip. I don’t have another good word to describe how beautiful this colour is.
I have to say I love the Daniel Smith colours so far. Rich with lots of pigment. You’ll be seeing more of them soon.
The Materials I Used
It’s my turn to cover a shift at The Art Shack today so I brought along some art supplies to play with.
One of those items was a bottle of acrylic artist ink.
I follow artist Marion Boddy-Evans’ blog and she posted an experiment she did which inspired me to give drawing with ink a try.
I sketched in a line drawing to follow (which is also the view from the Shack window. Hard not to be inspired.)
Then, using the ink dropper like a pencil, I drew in the lighthouse, cliff and the dark edge of the water.
Next I dampened the water area with a clean brush, being careful not to touch the ink until it was all damp. After that I just let the ink do what it wanted to do, spreading out into the damp paper.
I liked the effect so much I did a little of the same in the cliff to add more texture and finally on the shadow side of the lighthouse.
Really enjoyed playing with this and can see me doing more.
If you give this a try yourself, please share in the comments. Id love to hear what you think.