Monday, 23 June 2014

Get the most out of your meal

Spaghetti Sketch
 watercolor on Garza Papel paper 
20x14 cm.  180 grs

The inspiration for this sketch came from last night's dinner. I thought it would be a fun way to practice my negative painting technique. This particular dish is with capers and anchovies...quick, easy and delicious... I worked from a photograph I took before eating my dinner, my memory isn't that good.

I wish everyone a nice and creative week!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Shady business

Shady Business
watercolor on Fabriano paper
23 x 30.5cm / 9" x 12"

 The inspiration for this painting came from a photograph I took last summer as I waited for a bus. A striking character came along with a stack of colorful cowboy style hats for sale. He plopped them on the ground in front of him, naturally yelling out "Due euro" ( two euros) every few seconds.

I couldn't help but watch him as he provided a little comical relief from my endless waiting. I discreetly snapped a photo as he looked the other way, he seemed rather impatient to sell his hats and did not stop looking around nervously. I love the long shadows the sun makes at that early hour, I wished to portray the sense of chaos of the busy street corner.

I was very happy to hear your sketchbook stories!

In case any one is interested, I would like to share the link I found helpful in making my Coptic sketchbook. I find her instructions very clear and I substituted some of the tools she uses for things I have around my house without a problem, such as the dental floss ! :-)

Sea Lemon is the name of her You Tube channel, she offers tutorials on bookbinding (including a Moleskin style notebook) and other random ideas.

Have a great day!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

It's never too late to try something new

A sketchbook is great place to experiment new ideas. The funny thing is as much as I love painting in watercolors, I do not own a watercolor sketchbook. I thought making one would be a great solution, something I have never done. I imagine it is not new to many of you, your homemade art journals are the source of my inspiration. It was easy to make, I used dental floss as a binder! I have already filled it up with several sketches.

Sketch of my dinner  salad -includes corn, tomatoes lettuce, carrots...

 I have also been reading Jean Haines book, Atmospheric Watercolours: Painting with Freedom, Expression and Style. All things I long for! It's a great book and I love how she encourages you to use her methods while using your own creativity.


I feel my last two sketches are close to my goal. I am testing myself with the loose washes of color.

I would love to hear if any of you have tried making your own journals.

Thanks for stopping by!

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