A mixed bag of creativity this week

This week has been a real mixed bag of creativity.  I decided to take a commission, something I normally do not do, but I am so glad I did.

The person was interested in my version of Frankenstein’s Monster.  The original version was drawn with fountain pen ink, this version was completed using watercolors.

Monster 041419 (1 of 1)

I have to admit I had a lot of fun working on this.  I first made a rough drawing in pencil, I then went over the entire drawing with the watercolor washes.  Once the washes dried I went back over everything with a fiber tipped art pen.  Additional watercolor washes were added at the end as well as a few details picked out with a pigment ink brush pen.

We have a redbud tree in our front yard that frequently becomes a home for robins.  This year is proving to be no different.  The nest is too high to see inside, and I don’t want to get too close and spook the robins, but our front porch and my studio window offers a great view of the activity.  Another benefit of the nest would be the morning songs I get to enjoy from the robins.

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I sketched this using my two favorite pencils, the Tombow 8900 HB and 2B.  I see many more sketches and watercolors of this nest in my future.

The Carolina Wren is also a favorite bird of mine.  I have spotted and heard a few hanging around our house, but I have yet to spot the nest.  Their cheery song always brings a smile to my face.

Wren 041719 (1 of 1)

I usually paint these little guys perched on branches, but this time I decided to use a blue-green post.  I really wanted the wren to contrast with the perch.  We often use green steel fence posts around the garden to fortify the tomato cages, so I didn’t think this too much a stretch.

It’s still early spring in NW, Ohio, so we don’t have too many flowers blooming, minus the growing population of daffodils.  Geraniums have long been a favorite flower of mine, they are also a frequent subject of my art.  The following watercolor is another example of that.

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I’m wanting to keep the watercolors loose, I don’t want to get overly detailed in my painting.  For years I was a heavy pen user, I still sketch with a pen from time to time, but I want my watercolors to really have a loose look to them.  I’m limiting this approach to floral subjects and birds for now, but the goal is to start depicting more landscapes and structures in a loose format.  It’s an approach I have always enjoyed looking at, but never confident or comfortable creating.  But as this year is proving, it’s time for some changes!

That’s all for today, thank you for taking the time to read my posts and view my artwork!

Take care…Erik

 

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10 thoughts on “A mixed bag of creativity this week

    1. Thanks, I really appreciate that! I’m really wanting to losses up the watercolors and pencil sketches. For years I was trying to keep things super tight. Trying to find the balance between loose and scribbles with the pencil sketches is really a challenge for me, but I’m enjoying it. Making the transition from tight to loose has really been good for me.

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