Tuesday, September 1, 2020

10-Minute Tuesday / Bunny Visits

Under our bird feeder station is a busy place for birds and critters to gather.  A couple of squirrels can be found there anytime of day, along with juvi cardinals, doves, grackles, brown thrashers and an occasional visit by an eastern towhee.  Every now and then, I'll pass by the kitchen window in the evening just in time to see our resident bunny.

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!

Happy September!
 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

10-Minute Tuesday / Blue Lobelia

 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

10-Minute Tuesday / Joe-Pye Weed

 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.