May 31, 2013
May 29, 2013
another tiny painting of London. I think this is part of Westminster Abbey? Hard to tell when it's so tiny.
last week. I call it La Oveja de Robledillo. (Not tiny - it's 30" x 22")
I started gessoing another piece of paper to make more of these. (BTW, gessoing paper is a ridiculous endeavor.)
May 28, 2013
Take the first left in the Ridgeway Loop, then turn left into the first parking lot. Go into the building on the right, and there it is! Easy peasy.
Tell them I said hi!
May 27, 2013
But first, I sketched it!
(click images for more detail)
May 26, 2013
May 25, 2013
May 24, 2013
May 23, 2013
May 22, 2013
After messing around with my new Gamblin paints on a big piece of gessoed paper (30" x 22"), I needed to try them on a tiny painting, so I made this. I really enjoyed using the new paints to make this tiny painting - some of the colors are so perfectly muted, but all of the greens have just enough of a bright hue to make them stand out. I feel like I'm missing one good dark (out of the self-limited palette I'm playing with), but I do like the effect of how close the colors are to each other.
I also got a better sense of how the Solvent Free Gel works, and found I was using too much with the tiny brushes, compared with wanting to use more with the bigger brushes in the first painting. It'll take a while to get used to, but I love how it is almost the consistency of paint, so that I can dab my brush into it, then dab it into the paint and play with it until I like the consistency. Dang I love oil paint!
Here's my newest tiny painting: Art Opening.
Below this is the Solvent Free Gel.
I enjoyed using the Solvent Free Gel, but I wasn't sure if I was using too much or too little. I tended to want to use more. I liked it more when I also used a touch of solvent (Gamsol) with the gel because I could get more coverage and movement out of the paint. But alone it made the paint so creamy and lovely. I even used just the solvent to blur the edges of some of the paint.
May 20, 2013
May 19, 2013
May 17, 2013
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May 15, 2013
I spent Studio Night experimenting, trying to get the images that are living in my head onto paper. After trying s e v e r a l materials, I went back to the watercolor graphite I was playing with recently. It's really neat. It's graphite that you paint with. Ca-razy. I think this might work.
May 14, 2013
May 13, 2013
May 12, 2013
May 11, 2013
I drew this building out the window, but I don't know what it is.
Found it! What a great museum.
Sketched this in the cafe while my phone charged, and I listened to a conversation at the next table about art in Minneapolis.
After that I walked in the freezing rain Again, braved the skyway again but felt trapped, and ate dinner by myself at a Mexican restaurant. I think I disturbed the date of the guys at the next table, as one of them paid more attention to what I was drawing than to his date.
May 10, 2013
Sometimes she comes out and sketches with Memphis Urban Sketchers, and she and I end up talking more than sketching.
May 09, 2013
We were joined by two more sketchers, Amber Sausen and Daniel Green, and we just sketched and sketched nests and skeletons and coral and each other.