Make a Splash 18-20

Hot on the heels of some pieces I really liked of course are ones that I don’t think are nearly so good, but they all count towards the 50 paintings.

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#18 Red Clover.  This was an experiment in making a dark background.  I actually like the effect but just need to refine the edges so I get a crisper image.  It’s a bit nervewracking because you need to work fairly quickly with watercolour but painting around all those details is painstaking work.

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#19 Moth and Honeysuckle.  Simple image I did late at night when I was feeling rather tired.

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#20 Morning Coffee.  Oh man, do you ever have one of those pieces where you have a good idea but fail on the execution?  Yeah, that.  I ended up cropping a huge part of this painting out because the perspective of the croissant was really weird and somehow I managed to smear a huge part of the cafetiere.  The saucer is a weird dark colour too and I couldn’t decide whether or not to do shadows.  I could go on and on, but the plus side is I still like the idea and wish I really had teacups with Russian dolls.

Still going to push through the pain and get some more done.  Have you ever had a real painting disaster?  If you had I’m hoping you didn’t have to post it for the sake of a challenge.

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Everyday Sketchbook Pages

I’ve been trying to use watercolours in my “everyday” sketchbook pages and feel like I’m finally getting to know and understand how they mix and the look I’m wanting.  It is so fun to splash a bit of colour on the page.  These were all done in with Daniel Smith paints, and I hope to write a post about them soon.  Short story is I am in love!

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Can’t wait for your bread to cool?  Do a sketch of it while you wait!

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Super quick sketch while my eggs were cooking in the pan this morning.

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Obligatory playground shoe sketch, these are my husband’s boots.

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This was a negative painting exercise.  I really have a thing about shoes I guess? And splatter, can’t get enough of that splatter.

Have you done any sketchbook pages this weekend?  Sending a bit of warm spring sunshine to all of you!

Draw your Breakfast

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One of Danny Gregory’s top drawing suggestions is your breakfast.  I can’t stand having cold or hard boiled eggs for breakfast (I like mine slightly runny, thank you) so I cheated and ate mine before drawing them.

DSC_0037-3When we lived in Madison we were just a few blocks away from a great bagel place.  It’s one of the few things I miss about living in a city.  They just don’t know how to do a proper bagel in this country (maybe in London you could get a good one).  These were painted from a photo reference instead.