Wednesday, May 28, 2008

pushing myself

as of late I have been busy with everything but oils or pastels. I have been doing some drawing. Today I went out plein air and since I had little time, I decided on a WC. I suppose someone out there may understand, but i have had this need to push myself beyond my comfort zone. WC has always been hard for me cause I end up with using too much water and end up with weak tints. And drawing, I never really explored the medium in college classes in drawing. It was mostly capturing gesture and the wackiest thing you could do, the instructor was pleased with. They were mostly into abstract and I don't lean that way. Someday I will have to post the pictures that really got his attention and at least some acknowledgment. It was a painting that ended up in an art show. My daughter now owns it. But the idea was the same pushing out of my comfort zone produced good results. The trouble is it was a figure, and I can't say it was the best figure, but it was the idea of a theme that pleased him. Any watercolor painters out there, I would really appreciate some tips,(serious tips) to improve myself. I find I'm just not satisfied these days with the mundane and the same old thing. IDK, maybe its growing pains, but I'm really kind of I really don't know what I'm kind of! LOL. I guess this really belongs in a private diary of some kind, but I'm putting it out there. Maybe someone else feels like me and we can share the growing pains together or whatever it is.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Well I decided to do a graphite drawing of a fairy. The thing about art classes in college, they made me buy the stuff and assigned projects but never really told you how to use. On the draw and paint community, Kammy who is great at doing fantasy drawings, had a tutorial on graphite drawings. I'm learning now all the things I didn't learn in school. Ah well, nothing ventured nothing gained. I rushed out to buy the pencils and I'm pleased at learning a new medium. I find if i try something new, it breaths fresh air into other things I do. May not be perfect but I'm happy as this is only my second serious drawing attempt

Thursday, May 8, 2008

time for lilacs

I did this picture as an example of a limited palette painting for draw and paint site. I used 4 hues plus white in the underpainting. Worked on it more today to do the grass. Emerald green just what I needed. Well I'll live with it for a couple days to see what else I need to do.