It’s official... The bird feeder station is my shiny bobble. Making breakfast? What birds are feeding? Doing dishes? Who’s visiting under the feeder? Making dinner? Surely I have time to check the bird feeders out!
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
This journal page features a compilation of bunny visits. Each day's sketches were captured in under 10 minutes. I keep the journal on the kitchen table along with a bird book, binoculars and my favorite platinum carbon fountain pen. That way I'm always ready for a quick capture on a page.
Last evening I picked up the journal to add a title to the page and once again saw the bunny. This time the squirrel was edging closer and closer to the bunny. Then all of a sudden there was a face off between the two. The squirrel lunged at poor bunny, chasing it away. Darn 'ol squirrel!
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
This has been a busy week! In the past few weeks, my 10 minute sketch usually has taken
place well before Tuesday. This time, Monday was the day.
I did two 10 minute direct watercolor sketches. The first subject was a bit complicated
for 10 minutes, especially with the so-so paper being used. The sketch is not anywhere near
done - a lot of leaves are missing, not to mention more detail on the berry clusters.
But it served as a warmup for painting the Blue Lobelia. Warmups are a good thing!
This is very loose interpretation of the lobelia plant, but I'm liking it : )
I used a no. 12 Loew-Cornell 7000 series round brush. The paper is heavily sized.
The paint wouldn't dry and I did feel a bit frustrated with losing the highlights
on the flowers and cluster of greenery at the top of the plant.
Moral of the story: use paper that helps not hinders.
Experiment. Kiss those frogs... you'll find what you like!
|8" x 5"|
Here is the start to the Beautyberry.
I'll try this again, but not as a 10 minute direct watercolor piece.
And, will use better paper!
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
This tall plant in a pot at the Native Plant Project greenhouse at work was calling to me. I chose to paint directly with Tombow dual tip markers and a waterbrush. In a Canson Mixed Media sketchbook, I started laying down tan, brown purple and red marks for the flowers and stem. Just a few strokes of color from these water soluble markers goes a long way... once you add water. It's best to use a paper with sizing, like the Canson Mixed Media sketchbook has. The paper in an Aquabee or Stillman & Birn sketchbooks also work very well with this technique.
This is a timed sketch. You can get a lot of color with these markers in just 10 minutes!
But could I stop here? Nope : )
I set the timer for another 10 minutes. I was able to add some brown Micron pen ink to the flowers and stem. Then added the the plant names / common and Latin, and a few details.