Thursday, March 30, 2017

Umbrella Drink

Umbrella Drink
7 x 5
Colored Pencil on Hot Press Watercolor Paper

Another little sweetie having some sweets. Thank you to my friend Michael Searcy from Arizona for the image of this little lovely! This little guy looks to me like he's under an umbrella. It made me think of the little umbrellas in tropical drinks. 

This piece is also another item I worked on while at the Bayou City Arts Festival in Memorial Park in Houston. I like to work on these colored pencil pieces during the shows. While some folks may say this prevents me from interacting with my patrons, I say it gives them some space too. For folks interested in my process, they get to see it in action. No one likes to feel pounced upon while browsing art at the shows. I generally greet my visitors and let them know I'm there if they have questions. If I notice they linger a bit, I'll pause and engage to find out if they have particular spaces or colors they are trying to find for their homes. Sometimes, they are looking for gifts...hummingbird drawings make great gifts - and Mother's day is coming up! I also premiered my hummingbird card set "Feathered Jewels" this past weekend - they were a hit!



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Twist of Sugar

Twist of Sugar
5 x 7
Colored Pencil on Hot Press Watercolor Paper

Here's a little doodle I started back in January when I was on my 8 hour flight to Hawaii. I started it about 2/3 into the flight, then never got back to it until this past weekend while I was at the Bayou City Arts Festival in Houston Texas. I like traveling with my colored pencils. They are clean and easy for travel. The patrons like to see artists working too. 

It was also good to get back to some colored pencil for a change of pace and a change of size in drawings. It was a lovely weekend at the Bayou City Arts Festival in Memorial Park as well. 

Now that it's March, the hummingbirds have returned to Texas. Some, like the Rufous have left back to the NW and Canada. I spotted my first female at the feeders at home on March 17th - what a lucky Saint Patrick's day!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Farmer's Radishes

Farmer's Radishes
12 x 9
Pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist Paper
Here's the next in the farmer's market series. Pretty pink Radishes. Oh the fun with the colors I had with these! Shades of Terry Ludwig eggplant, blue violet and vibrant pink from my new Vibrants set. I also used a Sennelier violet (have to look at my chart for which one), and then NuPastels in assorted pinks, purples, browns, greens, greys and blues. I realize as I'm typing this that I need to fill in my Ludwig charts from my December set purchases - so will go do that shortly.  

This time, I decided to do some under painting with pan pastels. I did manage to capture a couple more progress shots. I really should remember to set my timer and take photos of the assortment of pastels I used. But, I've been lazy and have not cleaned my studio lately. I need to do that and catalogue/color chart my new Ludwig sets (Vibrants, 90 greens, and a special order of dark greens and purples).




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Farmer's Sweet Beets

Farmer's Sweet Beets
12 x 9
Pastel on Wallis

I enjoyed painting eggs so much that I decided to look for other farm or garden type foods to paint. I remembered I stopped by the farmers market last year (on a side trip of dropping off some paintings believe it or not). I remembered how beautiful the vegetables were. So I searched my photo cache and there they were. Red rich sweet beets. 

I'm in the process of using the 7 sheets of Wallis my sister sold me. She didn't want me to pay her for them, but I insisted. Wallis paper is like gold. I got so into painting these beets that I only got one progress shot. 

What I enjoyed about this painting was the blues and lavenders in the leaves, and the warm yellow browns in the beets. Interestingly, I had a great time painting the rubber band!! Who would have thought?? 

Radishes up next!