Lemon Branch

Art, Pencil, Watercolor
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Lemon Branch, watercolor, graphite & colored pencil on bristol, 14 in. x 11 in. 

Here it is, the last citrus branch in the series. This took probably about 12 hours or more- worked sporadically over a week and a half. I prefer to create projects for myself that can be completed in a day or two. Much longer than that and drawings start to become “that thing I need to finish.” And that’s usually a recipe for procrastination. But last night I hunkered down with new episodes of House of Cards and finished up the final leaves.  I’ve got all three in my Etsy shop and here’s how they look next to each other:

Snazz.

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Limes on a branch

Art, Pencil, Watercolor
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Lime Branch, watercolor, graphite and colored pencil on bristol, 14 in. x 11 in. 

There was no Watercolor Wednesday this week because of [excuses]. I did, however, finish the second of three citrus branch paintings. I’ve been making these while watching episodes of Justified, so looking at them makes me talk in a Kentucky accent.

 

 

Friday Wrap Up

Advice Requested, Art, Pencil, Watercolor
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Orange Branch, pencil and watercolor on bristol, 11 in x 14 in

I finished this painting! It may not look like it, but this took many hours. I think 3 or four nights of 2-3 hours each. I always mean to- but never ever remember to- keep track of how many actual hours it takes to make anything. But I’m guessing 10ish hours here? That seems ridiculously high. On the plus side, shading is somewhat mindless/meditative. And I like how it turned out. That’s always a nice after spending a boatload of time on something!

I’m planning to continue with this theme. Pencil drawing with a watercolor element. I can imagine many different subjects for which this this could work well. Including my favorite subject, architecture. And portraits, too. But my productivity is sure to go down the toilette with this method. I’ll have to do unrelated 10-minute mini drawings every morning just to keep my Instagram feed fed.

 

Good things that happened this week:

I dragged myself out of the house last night and went to Craft Night. I had a real hankering for putting on my couch pants and watching Murder She Wrote all night but I decided to ignore myself and risk uncomfortable conversation for the possible benefit of normal social interaction. I’m glad I did, because it was fun and I left one of my paintings to be hung at Craft Night’s current show at Bar Carlo. I’ve never had anything in a show before. No big deal, but fun. I put up my Royal Typewriter from a couple weeks back. It’s in there with a whole bunch of terrific stuff from the others.

 

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Watercolor Wednesday

Art, Urban Sketches, Watercolor

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It turned out better than I expected, but I won’t say I’m happy with this. What makes me really dislike this sketch is that I drove all the way up to St. John’s bridge to paint it and realized I forgot my water jar just when I got settled into a great parking spot. All I had was a little tiny crappy water brush. So, I painted angrily.

Watercolor Wednesay & Urban Sketching

Advice Requested, Ink & Watercolor, Subject of Thought, Urban Sketches

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I love Urban Sketching. Whether with an official group or on my own, I love spending 2-3 hours out of my house drawing from life. I leave a place with a much more complete sense of it. Not only do I have the visual ‘snapshot’ I’ve captured on my page, but looking at the complete sketch conjures the whole experience: the day’s weather, music or radio shows I listened to while sketching, people I saw walking by, and conversations I overheard.

For example, with this sketch, I recall an episode of Car Talk and an OPB show discussing David Bowie’s death. Which makes me sad. And I remember that buses came and went while I sketched, blocking and freeing my view. A man walked by wearing official-looking clothes, who I thought might tell me I needed to pay for parking if I was going to sit there all day (but didn’t). Which makes me feel a little anxious. Bus drivers took cigarette breaks and a woman wearing a coat over a very short skirt ran through the rain looking very cold.

The everyday moments of life are not usually interesting enough for people to document. A group of women returning to their car after getting off a train isn’t unusual or funny or touching. It’s nothing. But it’s a moment in time like a million others. Each Urban Sketch contains these moments like an invisible catalogue.

 

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Sketching Drinky

Pen & Ink, Watercolor

Remember my Weekly Drawing Night Out? Me neither. I’m too hooked on being lazy to leave the house in the evening. So, instead, I have been keeping a sketchbook and I add to it as the inspiration strikes me. It turns out drawing beer is fun.

These are all 21st Amendment beers, which is really an art cheat. The cans are covered with someone else’s art work, so really all I’m doing here is drawing a can and copying someone else. In my defense, these are all pretty high alcohol drinks, so my creativity was impaired.

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Yum.

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Also Yum.

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Saison is super gross.

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Back in Black is my favorite. Lagunitas is also great. After both of these beers, it’s amazing these look like beers at all.

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But, truthfully, my first attempt at the Back in Black was not so successful.

 

Hello, I’m Antisocial.

Pen & Ink, Urban Sketches, Watercolor

Here’s the latest from my “Weekly” Drawing Night Out project. This time I went to the nearby Peet’s Coffee because it is 5-7 minutes closer to my house than the library and we’re counting minutes, man.

Compared with the library as a drawing location, I will say that despite being closer, it is slightly less desirable due to the sociable atmosphere of most coffee shops. Everybody knows that if you go to the library, you want to be left alone. If someone shush-es you there, you would quickly shut your yap and be apologetic. At the coffee shop, however, folks get all chatty. What’s the nice way to tell a stranger, who’s just being nice, to get lost?

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