Picture day.

Hello friends! I’m back! And with me I bring paintings! This one is called ‘Picture day’. While painting this piece, I realized that the confused grimace on the figure’s face is the same look that I have in almost every picture of me. You might think I’m exaggerating, so as proof check out my Instagram and see for yourself. It’s bad. Hence the title. Anyway this painting is watercolor,ink and gouache on paper. Thanks for stopping by! Comments welcome 😄

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Happiness

Hey guys! I know what your thinking ‘Gosh! Doesn’t this chick have anything better to do then blog?’ No. No I don’t. So… Anyway this piece, which I’ve titled Happiness, is… super… mega…….. awesome? Well, maybe not awesome or ‘super mega’ but I like it. What’s better then happy cats, Garfield and Care Bears? Nothing.
I finished this piece all in one day (I’m not sure why that matters) about a month ago. As soon as I finished it I didn’t like it so I stopped looking at it. I pulled it out of the Closet Of Shame today and you know what? I like it. So here I am, blogging about it. Enjoy! Comments and critiques are always welcome!

Happiness  Watercolor on paper 12in x 15in
Happiness
Watercolor on paper
12in x 15in

The invisible man

 

The invisible man.  Watercolor on paper 12 inches x 16 inches
The invisible man.
Watercolor on paper
12 inches x 16 inches

Hello friends! I finally finished a painting! *gasp* I know! It’s been forever! I’ve been stuck in a creative rut but I’ve finally managed to rock myself back and fourth enough to struggle out of said rut… Weird metaphor, right? I don’t really know how to get out of a rut but in movies (which are always a super reliable resource for rut-getting-out-of, right?) they rock their cars back and forth to get enough momentum… Anyway, I’m out! (of the… Rut…) Ok enough metaphors! I finally finished a painting!!! Whoot! Whoot! (I totally just did ‘the sprinkler’…. It was really cool)
This piece took about three weeks, I’m not loving it but I finished it. What do you guys think, pretty sucky right? Critiques welcome and appreciated 🙂

Look7in7: Fruit and junk.

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So remember yesterday when I said I didn’t want to paint something lame like fruit… well I painted fruit. Mmmmm…. those words taste good… I tried to paint something cool, but I just couldn’t finish it *sadface* This is as far as I got-

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So anyway I think the Ninja Turtle watercolor painting will be pretty awesome once its finished. I just realized that I was rushing it when I really didn’t have to. The 7in7 thing is cool but not cool enough to ruin a painting I have been planning for a month.
Which leads me to ‘fruit and junk’. At about 10 last night I had the above realization and decided to do something significantly easier, a still life in colored pencil. So I went to my fridge and fruit bowl grabbed some fruit and veggies and arranged them in a semi-pleasing manner and half an hour later I was finished with Look7in7 day two.

The process.

Hello friends! I thought I would show my process from drawing to painting (because your sooooo interested).

I start with a picture. I know, I know ‘real’ artists don’t use photographs. Blah, blah, blah… I use pictures. I hate only being able to paint certain times of day. I’m a very literal painter. I paint what I see and if the light is continually shifting I will continually be changing my painting to match what I see. Its a mess, hence the picture. This is a photograph of a magnet my Grandmother had on her fridge for as long as I can remember. The background is wrapping paper (way cute, right?).

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Next I decide what size I want it to be. In this case I had an 8inx10in watercolor board so I chose to use it. In a sketchbook I draw 8×10 rectangle and begin my drawing. (I decided not to show my drawing process just because I don’t have a formula I just draw) I don’t spend a whole lot of time on the drawing. I just want to get the proportions right.

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The Drawing.

Now is the part I hate, tracing. I do the drawing on a different paper then my painting because I erase A LOT. Even with the softest eraser I damage the surface so I find its easier and cleaner to trace and transfer. Also my drawings are more accurate if I shade instead of just a line drawing. I look at the tracing as a second drawing. While tracing I flesh out the drawing a little more and add more details. This step really helps me become familiar with the subject. So here is the tracing. (Its hard to see but it is a tracing)

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The Tracing.

Now the step I really, really hate, transfering. I find this the most tedious step by far. I used to use markers or pens to trace with but I found that the lines they transfer are much to dark and very hard to erase. So now I use a colored pencil.

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Transferring w/Colored Pencil.
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Transferring.

Ok so now the sucky part is over! Here is the transferred drawing on the watercolor board. (its pretty light because my transfer paper is old)

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The Transfer.

Its almost time for the painting!! But first I need to mask off all the hight lights. I use the masquepen mask. I used to use the Incredible mask but i could never get it fine enough. I love the masquepen because the applicator is 5mm, the only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t always come off cleanly. I never had this issue with the Incredible mask but I feel its an ok trade off.

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Masking.

Now the fun part! Painting!! I do a color swatch to figure out which colors to use for this piece. I decided on phthalo blue, phthalo green yellow shade, phthalo green blue shade, yellow green, cobalt teal, Indian yellow, azo yellow, quinacridone violet and quinacridone red. Then I start painting!!

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Color Swatch.
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The Painting!
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Painting Detail.

This is as far as I got today. I hope this was helpful!

Bowl of fruit?

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Hola friends!! Every now and again I try my hand at oil, and fail. Here is one such failure. (Blogs can’t just be awesome stuff, right? There needs to be some sucky-ness to balance it out, you know, to make the good stuff look better)

I know, I know, you can stop laughing now. Alright I get it, this painting is bad. I said stop laughing! gosh! I don’t laugh at you (much). But I kind of like it. I tried a palette knife… It was fun… Bad but fun.

Fun with colored pencil!

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Hey guys! I can’t think of anything interesting/clever to say… So here’s some fruit! Super cool, huh? Haha, not really. Sometimes I just want to paint without worrying about the details. When I’m feeling this way, I paint fruit.

This piece was painted with colored pencil and outlined in pin and ink. It took about an hour from start to finish (I used the technique I spoke about in Gnomes). Enjoy!

So I have a thing for apples.

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Watercolor on paper, 11×14

Hey guys. How’s it going? Oh yeah? thats cool. Really? She did what?! Hey guys. Hey. Shut up a minute, I’ve got something important to tell you… Ok, you got me! It’s not important. But it is about apples and most people don’t hate apples.

Anyway I really like to paint apples. I think it’s because I’m lazy. They’re just round. Super simple. So here is one of many apple paintings I have laying around my house. It’s a watercolor. It took me about two hours to complete. I usually hate how backgrounds look but I really like how this one turned out. Enjoy!

Just keep going (a work in progress)

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Watercolor on paper, 9×12

Hello, my increasingly attractive readers! This is my newest watercolor endeavor; ‘Just Keep Going’ featuring Dino, C3PO and Han Solo. There is some crazy stuff happening in this one. Poor C3PO! Why won’t Dino stop and help? And here we are just watching it unfold… That just got heavy.

Anyway, it’s about 85% finished. I need to go darker with the whole thing. (Sorry about the dark pic, it’s getting dark really early around here)

The almighty Television and junk.

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Hello friends! Here is a drawing of my TV and junk. I know it’s super exciting but just calm down and I’ll give you some details. This is a colored pencil piece I did while sitting on my couch (obviously). I wanted to try out my new bristol pad (bristol is a card stock like drawing paper). As with all my colored pencil pieces I use odorless mineral spirits to blend the colors together and some times the paper doesn’t accept it very well. Bristol seems to work well. Anyway, this is a painting of my TV and junk