This morning I decided to work on some smaller pictures and ended up creating 8 art cards before going back to sleep for another hour or so. I didn’t really plan what I was doing, I just wanted to have a variety of cards that sort of represent the different kinds of paintings that I usually make. I like the last 4 better than the first, but I think it turned out pretty well.
Yesterday we were driving through Oregon and went from the mountains to the desert. I’ve never been to the desert so my reaction was a mix of “Wow!” and “how weird!” Lots of brown and relatively solitary trees. The sky was stunning even with the heavy rain. So I decided as we drove through that my first daily painting would just be my interpretation of the view.
I decided that starting Monday (and for the next 3 weeks) I’m going to try and do a daily painting. It’ll be in watercolor, but eventually I’d like to work in acrylics and possibly oils. I’ll also only be using Coeruleum (blue), white, vermilion (red), black, and Lemon Yellow. Unless I run out and need to buy more colors.
This week I made an announcement about the book I’ve been illustrating (and writing), so I’ve been trying to get the final copy formatted. After uploading the initial cover I realized I need a back cover to go with the front cover. I decided it’d be better to paint it to keep the style together, but I also wanted to use an elevated surface after watching a tutorial from Empty Easel.
Since I don’t have an easel yet (hint) I taped a square piece of cardboard and a longish rectangle piece of cardboard together, folded the ends for stability, covered the painting part with wax paper (for easy paper removal) and taped it to my desk.
It’s amazing how much easier it is to paint (with watercolors at least) that way.
It didn’t take long for me to come up with a lovely cover for the back of the book. One step closer now. 🙂
I finished all of the watercolor illustrations today, now Ella can format them and create the book. I’ve learned a lot since I started working on them – mostly in the mechanics of watercolor and using them effectively. I won’t say I’ve mastered it, but I’ve come so far from when I first started. I thought I’d share a few images of the last painting, because I feel ridiculously accomplished.
So I sort of made a mistake the other day. Mostly I just got carried away. I like coffee colors, my kitchen is done in coffee – reds, tans, yellows, I have a ton of Starbucks coffee on my table and pictures of cups of coffee on my wall and dish towels. So, I was making a cup of coffee for the coffee scene, and it’s beautiful, but I’m not entirely sure that it fits yet. I don’t want to post too many of the illustrations, but since this one is up in the air, I’d love to get some feedback on it.
Guess what I did yesterday?
I spent most of the day making some watercolor illustrations and two hours later I made it to art class (yay!). I finished (for the most part) my Battlestar Galactica oil piece, complete with missing corners (well as close as I could get), multicolored space, and earth – “Starbuck’s Destiny?”
Last night I decided to try a mix of watercolor and ink for my illustrations. I did a test run with the paints when we got home so I could figure out how they work and what I wanted to do with them, and this morning I decided to paint the first picture and then go over it with ink to see how it looked. Needless to say, I think I know how I’m going to do the rest of the illustrations 🙂