Sketchbook Sunday & A Paddle on the Pond

Hi friends, Today for sketchbook Sunday I have a beachy (kind of) themed sketch. A mason jar of seashells:

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I really didn’t know what I was going to work on. I’ve been in a funk but I had this jar of shells on a shelf in my studio for years and I thought that this is as good as anything and I also wanted to use my PanPastels so I decided to use them both.

I hope you enjoyed the time lapse video. The real-time tutorial is available in Critique Club right now. Critique club is a monthly membership group ($5/month) that allows you to submit 2 paintings a month for customized feedback from me. You also get 2 real-time tutorials each month from my Sketchbook Sunday series explained step by step.

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If you want to learn more about pastels check out my comprehensive online course Soft Pastels for Beginners. *Save 20% with coupon code TRYME Working with pastels is so fun, if you ever wanted to give it a try but you don’t know where to start this is the class for you! You learn the basics and create 4 complete paintings utilizing the skills and techniques I teach you. It’s a lot of fun too! I hope to see you in class!

I went for my first paddle of the season today…

Wait, let me back up a bit.  I ordered a stand-up paddleboard a month ago because I always wanted one and I thought it would be easier to take that out than a kayak when I want to get on the water. I don’t like to inconvenience anyone to go with me because I often want to stop and paint and it can be boring for others. I knew the paddleboard was heavy (53 lbs) so I started doing some resistance training to build muscle so I would be able to lift it on and off my van to get it to the water. I knew I had plenty of time to “muscle up” before the weather was warm enough because we have been living in perpetual winter since October. I was sitting on the couch drinking my coffee this morning and decided I wanted to go kayaking. Much to my surprise I could now lift, load and manage the kayak all by myself! Also to my surprize, I could shove it in my minivan diagonally! I grabbed a paddle, my life jacket and off I went. It was so peaceful, I was the only person on the pond. I paddled out to an island that is uninhabited as far as I know and took some photos.

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I was thinking about pulling up the kayak and getting out to paint when I spotted this:

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So many questions! Whos is it, how long has it been there, why is it there? As curious as I was I have watched too many horror movies to know better than to hang around to find out so I high-tailed it out of there as fast as my arms could paddle! After feeling that I had narrowly escaped The Island of Dr Moreau I paused to watch a pair of fishing loons and paint the view towards a marsh that opens up to a larger lake.  I kept drifting and my view kept changing but all in all, I am happy with my sketch.

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I used the Meeden watercolor fan palette that I hadn’t used since last summer and the water in that waterbrush sure was musty! I had just put it in the van because I wanted to make sure I always have something handy, I guess I should give that a good clean LOL! That’s all for me today. It’s been a rough winter so I don’t want to waste a single decent day. Don’t take your time on this earth for granted. Do something good today! Happy crafting!

 

 

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Watercolor Pussy-Willows!

Hi friends!  Today I have a springtime subject to paint, pussy-willows! These soft furry buds pop up in early April every year and if you clip some you can put them in a dry vase and keep them for weeks. Left alone on the tree they bloom into long fuzzy caterpiller like things and then turn to leaves in the summer.

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These are so fun to paint and give me hope that it might stop raining and warm up sometime in the future. It has felt like the longest winter ever, I can’t wait for spring and summer!


Supplies:

  • Watercolors: Burnt Umber, Ultramarine, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre. I used Holbein and Renesas but you can use any brand you like.
  • Brushes: 1″ flat, #10 round, 3/8″ dagger
  • Paper: Fabriano studio CP #140 watercolor paper *I use the hot press in this brand for stamping (both 90# and 140#) and the cold press #90 for testing and THE #140 for making watercolor blocks. It’s really inexpensive and I buy the 50-75 sheet pads but they have smaller sheet pads if you want to try it out. It is one of the best deals going. It is 25% cotton so it is a nice bridge between student grade and artist grade watercolor paper. I have been using it for 15 years and highly recommend it.
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • White posca pen
  • Other: paper towels, cut-up gift card for scraping, 2 water buckets *Salt for more texture in the background if desired. I didn’t use salt but it would be pretty!

I hope you give this painting a try. This winter hit me hard and this spring has been so dark and rainy. I can’t wait to feel the sunshine. I can’t control the weather but at least I can control my paintings. If you enjoyed this lesson and would be interested in taking a class with me check out my online school! You get real-time, step by step instruction and personalized feedback from me on your finished paintings. You can see the courses I offer here. Want to try a class? Use coupon code TRYME for 20% off any class for a limited time! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Strawberry Shortcake in Gouache! Yum!

Hi friends! Yesterday I posted this video on YouTube for Sketchbook Sunday:

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It was a lot of fun to paint in gouache. If you are a Critique Club member you can find a real-time lesson for this in the group. If you are interested in Critique Club you can join here, it is $5 a month and allows you to post 2 painting a month for critique and you also get 2 real-time intermediate-advanced lessons in a variety of media per month. The group is designed to foster growth in your artistic ability. All are welcome!

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I also want to wish everyone a happy Earth Day! I hope you can get outside today and enjoy some fresh air. We are getting so much rain here in Maine but you know what they say “April showers bring May flowers!” Happy crafting!

Pen& Ink with Watercolor Tutorial: Fuchsia Flower

Hi friends!  Earlier this week I was playing with some new fine-liners. They were intended to be used for drawing under alcohol ink markers but I wondered if they would work under watercolor too so I gave them a try.57099028_10213948603534627_7983190502033850368_o (1).jpg

They worked great! I shared the painting on Instagram and asked people if they would like a step by step tutorial on the process and they did so that is what I have for you today!

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Not only can you watercolor over the pens but if you have a ho-hum painting that you want to sharpen up you can do the inking on top. Give it a try and see what you like best! Til next time happy crafting!

Sketching Orange Slices in Marker!

Hi friends! Today I played with markers and it was fun! This was actually supposed to be posted for Sketchbook Sunday but I got busy and didn’t realize I forgot to blog it until 10pm and I was too tired to type.

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I was inspired to sketch these oranges because they looked so cool sitting on the cutting board. I accidentally bought Cara-Cara oranges instead of navel oranges at the store last week and this was the last one. None of us are a fan of this type orange hence it was still on the table after the kids left for school. So before I tossed it out to the birds (the crows like them apparently) I thought I would draw it. It also gave me a chance to try out a new set of markers I will be using for an upcoming tutorial.

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I am excited to work more with these markers. It’s ice to try something different once in a while and see where that takes you. I find when I do this I come back to my other work more energized and refreshed. It’s like cross-training for your crafty muscles LOL! If you have a suggestion as to what flower to draw for the in-depth marker tutorial please let me know in the comments below. thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday with a Side of Garlic!

Howdy friends! Today I was inspired by an ingredient on my kitchen counter…

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Watch the video to see who it came together. If you are interested in a real-time tutorial of this painting you can find it in Critique Club. Critique club is a monthly membership group you can join for $5 a month and upload up to 2 paintings a month for in-depth feedback from me. You also get 2 real-time lessons (the long versions of 2 sketchbook Sunday tutorials) per month as well as past archived lessons while you are a member. You can learn more or join here.

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I also have a pastel course if you would love to learn more about the medium. You can get more information on Soft Pastel for Beginners here. Later this week I’ll have  a review of the pastels I used in this video in case you want more info on those, spoiler alert, I really like them! Have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Serene Landscape in Watercolors!

Hi friends! Today I have a rather lengthy watercolor lesson for you. Feel free to break it up into a couple of parts (it will be a nice and relaxing weekend project!)

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When I saw this reference photo I thought it would be fun to showcase a few landscape techniques that anyone can learn. I had a few people on YouTube and Instagram doubt that they could paint this but I know you can. This video goes at a relaxed pace but if that’s too slow for you you can click on the gear on the YouTube player and speed me up (I don’t mind) or even slow me down or pause me if you want more time to practice a technique. If you like this painting please give it a try. You can do it! A viewer asked me “What is the difference between a beginner and advanced tutorial?” and for me it is about how it’s broken down and explained. If I did an advanced tutorial for this the pace would be quicker and probably involve more detail at the end.  It reminds me of the question I get a lot “What subject is the easiest to paint?” I think the subject you are interested in is the best one to start with. If figures interest you paint people if flowers interest you paint poises!  You will learn quicker if the subject of your painting interests you. Nothing is harder than anything else subject wise and you can see all subjects painted effectively by artists of all levels so grab your paint and get started!

Supplies:

  • Watercolor paper: Hahnemühle Cezanne 140# CP paper *Also available at Cheap Joes, Hyatts and other art retailers. You can use whatever paper you like but a 100% cotton watercolor paper will be easier to manage. Bee Watercolor Paper is a budget friendly option and I use it a lot for studies and sketches.
  • Watercolor paint: Prussian blue, Ultramarine, Sap green, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Lemon yellow, Cadmium Red. The majority or my paints in this painting are Winsor & Newton. Again, use what you like any decent paint will work fine:)
  • The is the large palette I have is a PIKE palette.
  • Brushes (Royal Majestic) 1″ flat, 1/2″ angle, #5 round and liner
  • Stiff fan brush
  • Other: towel, 2 water buckets, pencil, cut up credit card scraper, salt
  • Reference photo

If you would like to lean more about watercolor consider enrolling in one of my online classes.  *Use coupon code TRYME for 20% off. I will soon be starting on my next course and I am trying to decide between landscapes or animals so if you have a preference let me know in the comments below. Thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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