New paints and holiday baking

Hello friends, this weekend has seen new paints and lots of holiday baking, it’s been fantastic! I finally broke down and purchased some Winsor & Newton watercolors.  Da Vinci has been my brand of watercolors for years, and I’ve been happy with Da Vinci, but I thought it was time for a change.  And so far I must say I’m very happy with the Winsor & Newton watercolors.  I am using New Gamboge for the first time, what a great color.  I love how it mixes with blues and sap green.  I’ll be using this color frequently. I made a … Continue reading New paints and holiday baking

Pencil drawings and a few thoughts

I’ve been feeling a little burnt out with the art lately, I’m actually a bit bored with it.  But after several long conversations with my wife I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve fallen into the Instagram trap.  I’ve been making art based on what gets the most “likes” on Instagram, and Facebook too.  And because of that, my art has started looking like a lot of art that’s out there, not that the art that is out there is bad, but there are a lot of people doing a lot of the same thing.  Not that that’s a bad … Continue reading Pencil drawings and a few thoughts

Fall snail mail

I am a sucker for snail mail.  I always have been.  Sending and receiving, who doesn’t enjoy getting something fun in the mail? These are the latest pieces of snail mail I’m sending out for fall. The three images above are both watercolors on watercolor paper.  I quickly went back over the three paintings while the paint was still damp with a soft pencil to add a little detail.  I love the way the pencil on damp paint deepens the colors.  When I paint, I try to work with a limited palette to avoid the colors getting too muddy.  I … Continue reading Fall snail mail

Textures and revisiting familiar locations

This weeks subject was texture.  I originally thought I would try to capture the profile of different textures, but I was having too many issues with the depth of field. I then decided to take a more traditional approach and things went much better after that.  Below are my favorite three texture images. I also had the opportunity to revisit a few local spots I photographed recently, I wanted to try to correct a few mistakes I had made before.  And this time it was nice and sunny, prefect for catching shadows and contrast.   I’m real happy with all … Continue reading Textures and revisiting familiar locations

Looking for reflections and finding trees

This weeks photography challenge was reflections, something you usually try to avoid.  I found several great images for this challenge, below are my favorite three… The following images are also from the park.  I love trees, they have so much character and can be so many different things.  I have to admit though, I do prefer them to be a bit on the creepy side. As we made our way home we passed this little alley, our section of town has many alleys. These final two images are from our yard. There are so many photographic opportunities close to home, … Continue reading Looking for reflections and finding trees

Photographing lines and the last begonia

This weeks photography challenge was lines.  It seemed easy enough, but I was trying to resist the easy lines and really look at this from a more abstract view.  I’m also finding I am seeing things in a more abstract view.  I love a great wide landscape, but for my shooting I am really steering towards shapes and forms.  I’m not sure if this is just temporary, or if this will be my niche, but I am really enjoying it.  A lot. I am trying something new with my posts.  In the past I would explain the image with text … Continue reading Photographing lines and the last begonia

Looking for green and a little sketching

This weeks photography theme was green.  There wasn’t a specific subject, just green.  I didn’t want to just shoot images of leaves or grass, so I really left myself open. After breakfast  noticed the way the light was coming in the dining room window and falling across the chair.  The lines and deep contrast instantly caught my eye.  I knew this had to be one of the shots. While I was at work I noticed the wheelbarrow we have behind the building.  I started focusing on the tub of the wheelbarrow, it’s parked upside down and has a beautiful pitted … Continue reading Looking for green and a little sketching

Time for some photography

I recently purchased a new camera, a used camera actually, and I’m so glad I did.   I have always loved photography but my creative energy and focus has always been steered towards painting and drawing.  Lately I’ve really been fighting some creative fatigue and boredom, and I feel my art has really reflected that.  The split second you capture an image with the camera it can never be repeated.  Ever.  There is something magical about freezing time and capturing a glimpse of the world that only you can see.  Yes other people can also see what you’re looking at, but … Continue reading Time for some photography

Staying loose and finding the joy again

I’ve been keeping things loose with the watercolors, and I haven’t been this excited about art in a very long time! As I was rummaging in the paper cabinet this weekend, I found a partial block of Kilimanjaro watercolor paper from Cheap Joe’s. You can find the paper here The paper is fantastic. It’s a cold press paper and it’s loaded with wonderful nooks and crannies that let the pigments flow and blend in wonderful patterns. The above detail is just one example of the wonderful blending on the Kilimanjaro paper. The following two pieces are both on the Kilimanjaro … Continue reading Staying loose and finding the joy again

Lunch bag and flowers

Urban sketching, loose watercolors, flowers…this has been my week so far. While eating my lunch at work yesterday my lunch bag and hat caught my eye. They both hang on a hook next to my desk. It’s something I use everyday at work, but for some reason this was the first time I actually looked at them. I used my new Cognitive Surplus notebook for this bag and hat sketch. The fine nib LAMY Safari fountain pen and a Zebra brush pen provided the line work while I used a handful of Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils for some color. The … Continue reading Lunch bag and flowers