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Let’s Have Fun

Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful

But inside the studio is delightful.

Any time I head to the studio, I try to have fun, to play.  To open that studio door, and expect something exciting to happen,  If by planning, or by happy accident.  How ever it happens, but art,  has never disappointed me. It’s a place that I can go to, and have any experience I want.  Sledding down the hill with Super Pig or just playing with the mediums that I have been collecting.


To work with Mediums or not.

Is it worth the experiment, or the bother to change what already works for your style.  Yes,  yes, it is.  Inspiration starts with curiosity.  That little “what if,” nagging question, can set you on the road to something wonderful.  I think the ability to stay fresh and current is a must.  Even if you don’t use additives to your water color it will help to know what they do, and how they interact with your pigments/watercolors. Lots of times I have needed to repair something and have reached for some type of product to help.  If you have experimented with different types of mediums you know exactly (or approximately) how they will help achieve your completed work.

Today’s Medium “Granulation”

I am using Winsor Newton medium, and the instructions listed on the bottle say,  “For maximum effect dilute color generously with medium alone and always work with painting horizontal.”IMG_3033

As you can see the paint floats and feathers,  The first image is just the paint and the medium, the second image is with a color back ground applied, dried then the medium placed on top then the green pigment.

The last example is the same as the second but with varying colors.


This next image is a small example of trees and their reflection on water. Again I have used the IMG_3035Granulation Medium on the top, for the tree line, and in the water for the reflection.  I did this in stages making sure that after applying the medium, I worked the upper (tree line), separate from the water’s edge.  That way I had more control.

I have made my notes directly on the cold pressed paper, and will place this in my art journal.

A little sub note, If you spray your image with water, it will really dance across the paper, but remember to experiment on the same paper that you will use for your project and make notes.

Until next time, have a creative day and a playful one let your passion flourish.

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What To Draw

Draw What You Love

I had started to work on this post for Sunday, but life happened, and then a movie, and so on and so on.  Monday came around, and my real life Super Pig needed to have their wisdom teeth removed. I knew that there was a lot of dread for this procedure.  As it is with anyone you love, you would like to spare them the painful issue of life, and this was no exception.  I had packed my pencils and paper, so that I could distract myself during this.  I tried to think what would Super Pig like to be doing right now, instead of having to have their wisdom teeth removed.  The answer was easy.  Iceskating. IMG_3069 The freedom of moving across the ice, with the wind in Super Pig’s snout.   The more I sketched the faster that Super Pig moved across that ice.  The bigger the smile.   Soon there were twirls and pivots, jumps and hurtles.  I wanted more than anything to give that little pig wings to take them away from that painful place they were in.


Draw What Sparks Passion


If roses gives you that passionate spark,  then by all means draw or paint roses. If you long to travel down that country road and see what is beyond that bend in the road, then do landscape.  The passion that you feel will translate into the image.  It will spark that emotion in others.  Joy, sadness, success, the longing for travel, all can be conveyed to others through your art work or photography.  Inspire others.  You never know when someone will be inspired through your art. It will make a difference.  You will effect others.

What Techniques & Supplies Did I Use

I used a 140 cold pressed watercolor paper by Canson and Winsor and Newton professional watercolors.  I used the cold pressed paper for my sketch.  I hate having to redo something.  I risk loosing the original emotion or thought in transferring the image.  That’s not to say that it can’t be done.  It can, with the help of a light box, the transfer can be made quickly and easily.  When mistakes are made and a line needs to be removed I use a needed eraser.  This won’t hurt the paper and does a professional job of removing the unwanted lines.  Be aware that when you erase, it will effect the paper, no matter what you use.  So be sparing in your corrections.  When you go to apply the color after you have scared the paper with erasing you can get a variance,  and that will show in your finished product.

Add Little Details


Add tree lines and small details so that your viewer will relate to the setting.  Remember you want to convey the feeling of every thing that your subject in the painting is experiencing. I washed the paper with water first and then applied a tree line in different varying colors. This was kept simple and light, so that I would not distract from the subject.



Finishing UpIMG_3073

After I have finished the image I take transparent raw umber and out line the subject.

The vary last thing that I will do is use some white ink to sprinkle on the image to give the effect of snow.

That is it for today.  Tomorrow I hope to get back to my working with mediums and give you some more of how they interact with watercolors and what that may do to inspire you in your watercolor adventures.

Materials Use

  • Carson watercolor cold pressed 140 lb paper
  • Winsor and Newton professional watercolors
  • Faber Castell pencil
  • Liquitex Ink Transparent raw umber
  • Liquitex Titanium white

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