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Sketchbook...Watercolor Grounds (Golden and QoR), Stathmore Windpower sketchbook, & Travel Palettes

Saturday, September 20, 2014

 Every couple of months I feel the need to push my skill base a bit further...that's what pushes me into working in my sketchbook more.  The above an old book that I've gessoed but this time I used Golden's Absorbent Ground.  It was one coat only and I'm excited to used it on some cradled panels.  I actually like it better than Daniel Smith's.  I've got several panels already set up with Golden's QoR and I'm expecting it to be even better.  The surface is smoother but the test in the painting...

The above is a sketchbook by Stathmore...Windpowder.  It's one of my favorites. Great paper, great size, and great price. 

I'm testing out some new travel palettes....the VitaCarry is filled with QoR watercolors and the slots are much deeper.  It's winning. 

Have a great weekend...

Changing and textures..

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall is my favorite time of year...and it's beginning to look a like it will be here soon.  

These are a few photos of the sights in my neck of the woods...

This week I put out the bird feeders and got a visitor...

Just a quickie post of the sights of my week...

9/11/01, not forgotten...

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Every year, I tried to create an image, art piece, or sketch to remember 9-11...

I Have Not Forgotten...


Photography, textures, and Photoshop...word prompts

Thursday, September 04, 2014
Teaching myself how to navigate in Photoshop has been a challenge.  It's such a huge, complex piece of software that I doubt I will live long enough to ever master it.  I'll be happy if I can speed up my workflow by knowing where to go for what instead of looking in book.

 I've started to use word prompts to help myself work with a visual image that evokes either an emotion or a state of being. Maybe even a situation.  Like above, the photo was shot right before a storm. 

Last Days of Summer
 The above photo of a yellow daisy was not as fresh and perky that I typically like but summer is almost over.  It's that vesper time between summer and fall. 

Fey Ring
 The above's prompt was 'dreamy'...I like how it turned out. 

I was going for 'creepy'...I think I nailed it.  I don't think that creepy is my thang but I learned a lot with this image.  

Have a great day!!!   

World ART DROP Day...Sept 2nd

Monday, September 01, 2014

This is really rather simple...World Art Drop Day was started by Jake Parker.  One day a year, anyone that creates can drop a piece of art and let people know where it is....then poof, it's done.  That's not all of it but close. 

Here's the official "Here's how it works:
  • Draw a picture and hide it somewhere.
  • Take a photo of either the art or the hiding spot or a combination of both.
  • Post the image, the city you dropped it in, and a hint on any social media of your choice. Be sure to included the hashtag: #artdropday
  • Then move on, hoping someone finds it. OR hang around and meet your new friend."

Here's the art:

Here's the clues where:

There is also some whimsical little pieces at Danville Center-Township Public Library.  These will be given out the in Youth's a library and it's for the kids. 

If you do pick up some art...hashtag it with #artdropday