Monday, June 30, 2014

Icon of Summer

Sunflower

Nothing says "Summer" louder than a sunflower.

Sunflower

So, as I've been completely consumed with summer vacation, energetic children, and squeezing in some filming of my new "Watercolor Pencils" class.  This has left little time for my daily spontaneous art practice, so I thought I would share this mixed media sun-flower I painted last year.

Sunflower

It is done in an Stillman & Birn "Epsilon" Series sketchbook.  A truly wonderful book that although designed for sketching and light washes, it has a remarkable ability to stand up to much much more.

Sunflower

 This sunflower is many layers of acrylic and watercolor pencils, pastel and ink.  Seriously, all that!!  Not the tiniest bleed through our finished buckle.

Sunflower

Did you sketch over the weekend?  
Be sure to link up you sketchbook or art journal pages on Friday Sketches.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. xx

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Sketches - Week 17

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Welcome to Friday Sketches

Summer is a wonderful time to explore the farmer's market around town and to feast on some wonderful local produce.  So in keeping with the season I thought I would theme this week "Local Produce".

Local Produce

Quick sketches of fruit and veges are a joy to sketch and always work out.  They are simple, colorful, and beautiful all at the same time.

Local Produce

Local Produce

Here are some beautiful pages from the sketchbooks of last weeks participants of Friday Sketches.  Be sure to click through their links and let them know you appreciate their work.

Passion For Paper





Artwork by JM

Prachee:)

In Laila's Corner

W14 5 16 Waning Quarter Moon
Lunar Moondae

W14 6 17 Buddha Sitting _2
D. Katie Powell Art
RealWC2
Simply Living 101

A.L. Romero Art & Design

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Jane Lydia Loves

What have you been sketching this week?

Please share your Friday Sketches by clicking the link below.  Remember to link your specific blog post URL, not your general blog address and put a link back here in your post.




I'm linking to Creative Every Day, Art Journal Every Day, and Paint Party Friday.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. xx

Monday, June 23, 2014

"Watercolor Pencils" Sneak Peek Video

Pink Daisy

Prepping and filming for a new class is always a joy for me.  I get completely lost in the process and the art.  For the next few months I'll be busy filming my new online class "Watercolor Pencils", and I'm having such a wonderful time.

Pink Daisy

Unpacking all the camera equipment and lighting, setting up a filming area, and practicing a bunch of projects is like Christmas.  I haven't really started the major filming as yet, it is a bit harder to do with the children home from school.  Constant interruptions are the norm.  So instead I've been practicing.

Pink Daisy

In fact, I filmed this little bouquet of flowers which was done from a pic of some vintage daisy illustrations that I found here.  It gives you a sneak peek into my process of recreating these daisies using watercolor pencils.


The vibrations about half way though were caused by the children running in and out of the studio while I was filming.  I didn't realize that this made my art table bounce, it wasn't apparent when I was working, but looking back at the footage it is quite obvious.

Pink Daisy

"Watercolor Pencils" is the first class in the new "Water Soluble Series".  It goes live in September and registration is now open.  If you'd like more information about this wonderful, indefinite access, online class, please click here.

Pink Daisy


I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and that the weather is kind where ever you are in the world.  

Thanks for stopping by. xx

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Sketches - Week 16

Summer Rose

Welcome to Week 16 of Friday Sketches. This week I'm sketching my "Prize Bloom"

I've had such a crazy busy week this week and haven't blogged as much as usual.  But we all have weeks like that.  I am in full swing filming my "Watercolor Pencils" online class which goes live in September.  It's a joy to work in watercolor pencils, the versatility of techniques in amazing and just by using them I'm discovering new ways to make them sing.

Summer Rose

I've discovered that my new garden has more than ten rose bushes.  Roses are my favorite flower of all time, and when I lived in Australia I grew them a lot.  In fact one of my homes had over 38 rose bushes of every color imaginable.

As soon as we moved in here and the snow melted, I got to work pruning the bushes that had long been neglected. I'm not a great gardener, but roses I can do!

Summer Rose

So, over he past two weeks I've been enjoying the first wave or rose blooms from my bushes.  The best thing you can do for a rose bush is to cut off the blooms and buds on long stems and put them in a vase.  This encourages the bush to bloom more and keeps it well contained.

Summer Rose

Bring them into the house and put them in a large vase with clean water.  I don't usually add anything, but sometimes I might throw in a dash of bleach.  Don't over crowd the vase or the stems will compete for water and none of them will do well.

Summer Rose

So this sketch is the first big rose bloom from my bush and I had such a joyful time sketching it in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook.  In fact, I got so caught up in what was going to be a simple watercolor pencil sketch, that I forgot to turn the camera on to film it.  Never mind, I'll just have to paint another rose for the class.

Summer Rose

You can see that the watercolor pencils offer a variety of effects from sharp lines and contours, to soft subject blends and glazes.  Most of these techniques I will be teaching in September. 


I'd love to see what you've been sketching this week.  Please share your Friday Sketches by clicking the link below, and remember to link to your specific Friday Sketches URL, not your general blog page.

If you'd like to add a Friday Sketches blog button to your blog, you can pick one up by clicking here.

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Now let's see some of the wonderful sketches from participants of last week's Friday Sketches.

Photo: Tulips in my sketchbook..
Puneet Sechon
PurpleDaisy1
Isabella Parcheesei
Prachee:0)
MapleLeaf4
Simply Living 101
Learning to Just Breathe
W14 6 9 Pushing the World 3d Quarter Moon  copy
Lunar Moodae
W14 6 11 Quan Yin 1
D. Katie Powell
Pencil and Wing
The Art Of Stamping
In Laila's Corner
I apologize if your entry is not shown here.  Some of the link-back's to this blog on the entries last week were inactive or the images could not be copied. If you'd like your sketch to be included in the Friday Sketches round-up, please make sure you put a link-back to this blog in your post, and be sure to link your specific post URL, NOT your general blog address.
You can link your Week 16 Friday's Sketches by clicking below.



 Thanks for checking in. xx

(Linking to PPF, APR, AJED, CED)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Friendship Fish

Friendship Fish

This month's theme over at The Sketchbook Challenge is "Water", and what better way to celebrate the theme than with fish.

Friendship Fish

Being an Aussie, I naturally love the ocean, and many years ago had a passion for scuba-diving (as many Aussies do).  I've dived all over the place, but apart from the Great Barrier Reef off the far north coast of Australia, my next favorite place to dive is the Gulf of Thailand.  Crystal clear water, incredible tropical fish and reefs that will literally take your breath away.

Friendship Fish

Friendship Fish

I don't dive any more, but I still have a love affair with the ocean and the beautiful creatures that dwell within it.

Friendship Fish

So, for The Sketchbook Challenge, I thought I'd share an art-journal page I call "Friendship Fish".  This spread was done in a journal that I made myself.  I don't often make my own journals these days, I have so little time and there are some beautiful sketchbook options around that are very high quality.  (This one is my favorite).

Friendship Fish

"Friendship Fish" was done in acrylic and watercolor pencil with ink writing.  It is a metaphoric celebration of a lovely circle of women I love.

Friendship Fish

Friendship FishArt journals and sketchbooks can be so many things to so many people, I hope you have a ongoing habit with your sketchbook.  

Friendship Fish

Thanks for checking in. xx

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Sketches - Week 15

Back Yard in Port

Welcome to Friday Sketches.  This week I'm honoring my sister's 50th birthday, so in keeping with that, I thought I would share a sketch I did of her back yard last Aussie summer.

Back Yard in Port

Some people have a knack of creative beautiful spaces with simple things.  Little sculpture, a brick path, hanging ornaments, and well placed plants and trees.  My sister is one of those people.  Her back yard is a wonderful, serene, peaceful place to be, and I pend many hours sketching in it.

Back Yard in Port

This is just a quick watercolor and ink sketch, but looking back on it now brings back so many wonderful memories.

My sister turned 50 this week and I wanted to wish her happy birthday again.

Back Yard in Port

What's the view over your back yard?  Cities, trees, snow, ocean??  You can share your Friday Sketches by clicking the link at the end of this post.

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So, once again, last week's Friday Sketches delivered some truly brilliant work.  I'm so excited to see what everyone has been doing, and it's not just sketching, some people paint and I love it.  Here is a taste of Week 14.


If you'd like to join in and share your art on Friday Sketches, please click the link below.  And remember to put a link back here in your blog post or photo file.



Thanks for checking in. xx