Watercolor Pencil Study Isle of Capri

Did this small watercolor pencil study the other day. Wanted to try out the watercolor pencils after one of the classes I took. I’ve always thought my drawings were pretty good until I added paint. Sooo, I figured lets try pencils again and add a bit of water after the fact and see what the outcome was! This is an okay attempt for my first try in quite awhile. The watercolor pencils are not of a great quality and blending after the fact wasn’t real successful. I like some of the detail but it looks like pencils.

This was done from a travel photo from our Italy trip a few years ago. We took a day trip over to the Isle of Capri and I got some pretty decent photos.

I’m sitting here preparing some posts for the upcoming weeks. We are headed north for our month of September visit to family and friends in New Jersey. This stay will include internet so I should be able to post regularly. Very much looking forward to being back on the beach and hoping to get some painting done of my favorite subject matter!

My Playing Card posts are completed and I’m hoping to add at least one other post for each week! I have a couple of projects I’m working on that I’m taking along. Will be taking my travel paint kit and some small ACEO’s cut and ready along with a few other must haves. I have some things prepared should I not have alot of time to get in some painting!

I’ve put many other things on hold for the time being but I love this blog as it is no pressure and I love sharing.

Until next time……..where is your favorite place to be



Original Acrylic Abstract 12 x 12 Painting

Inspired to paint this acrylic abstract 12 x 12 canvas due to an online 8 day course I recently signed up for. I actually went out and purchased some good quality paints and was hoping that would help me to appreciate working with acrylics a bit more. I do struggle with the fast drying time but have found some solutions for that. Flow aid and mixing heavy gel medium with the paints seems to help me a great deal.

I call this painting Invisible Horizon since the water and the sky on the left seem to run together.

This is an abstract imaginary scene that just came about. I was doing an exercise for the course and this is the result. Of course my loose, limited palette became a water and beach scene.  For the amount of time spent on it and the limited palette used I’m rather pleased. My wave work is still wonky but I’ll keep trying no doubt. Like I said, this is an abstract so wonky rolling waves are okay!

Love the watercolors but really need to branch out and try other things. No telling where this course and my imagination will take me. Stay tuned.

Wanted to share a link to the artist and the free couorse I’m currently doing so you can check it out if you so desire. Click here, she has alot of great info and tips for unlocking your creativity in whatever medium or field your talents lie.

Until next time……..wonky is better than nothing…what you create today didn’t exist when you woke up this morning

Over the Falls

Today I had so many ideas I couldn’t decide where to start!

Pulled out the ugly messed up oil painting from the other day and thought I could save it with a little work…..didn’t work out.  So while the pallet still had some paint on it that I didn’t want to waste a grabbed a piece of 6 x 9 watercolor paper.  So I was working with the water soluble oils, watercolor paper from a messed up prior watercolor that I gesso’ed to use again. I am starting to like the water soluble oils maybe because I never really got accustomed to regular oils and didn’t have to learn all over. I did this painting very quickly and loosely. Started out one way and ended up here as a water fall.  Didn’t use a photo reference or much to go on and this is what came out of that.  Started out as a practice to do a cloud technique I had seen online and waves which are in a lot of my work so what the heck.  As it took shape I just stood back and worked it as I felt it should be.  I’m thrilled with it actually and felt loose and no pressure, just using up the extra paint right? Will try that again!

Also worked on some other things and did a couple of art journal pages just to keep loose and creative!

Until next time stay loose!

Crayola Oil Pastels

Today I pulled out my art journal and picked up some new supplies to use for art journaling.  This is something recommended by a lot of creative people to do on a daily basis to keep the juices flowing.  The online course that I signed up for recommends doing this type of activity to free up your mind and take the attitude that what you create is for you, no pressure just fun.

Anyway I made a trip to my local craft store, used my coupons and purchased some simple basic supplies.  I bought some grown up watercolor crayons by Recollections, a 12 pack, a 28 pack of Crayola Oil Pastels for kids and since there was a promo for Crayola (buy 1 get 1 50% off) I was forced to pick up a pack of fine point color markers also! While there I picked up a water brush that you can fill and use with watercolor pencils and inktense pencils and  a cheapy pack of mixed paint brushes to use for journaling.

I did a total clean out in the “studio”, spare room, and the closet where I store all of my craft stuff for all kinds of projects that I work on from time to time. This stirs my spirit and gets me thinking in a creative frame of mind. Lots of idea floating around in my mind this evening.  What started out as a de-clutter, make room for drying my future master piece paintings lead to online art drawing course, art journal pages and a trip to the craft store for more items! By now the day is about over and this is what I accomplished from a creative stand point.  An art journal page made from card stock paper and a crayola oil pastel drawing. What a better way to spend the evening. My art journal will be taking the place of the hours spent Candy Crushing while hubby watches TV!

Not sure what tomorrow will bring but I have a zillion ideas and I hope to follow through on at least some of them in the very near future. Stay tuned.

Until then, keep coloring!