I received a beautiful picture postcard from Christine Brooks, and I knew I wanted to paint the image. An Ibis, walking in a cross walk. Such a graphic composition. Just noticed I have him walking on the edge of the cross walk.
I was intimidated about trying to paint this bird. But again, the sketchbook made it less about “grand” perfection, and more about practice. I’m pretty happy with my first Ibis. Thanks Christine, for the surprise!
30 In 30
It’s here. Leslie’s painting challenge starts in three days. Last week I thought about my palette for the challenge. I don’t think my color choices have changed much since the September Round. To get it straight in my head, and to find out which supplies I need, I made a color chart. I used a hinge pin to dab the paint on. Less mess.
Acrylic color chart.
Now I can clearly see what I have in stock, and which paints are gloss or matte. I reorganized my art cart, most used items close at hand. You all know how much I love to organize, LOL. I even started a couple of small pieces.
So why do I feel so antsy?
Have you been to Dollar Tree lately? They have collage papers in stock. Three colorways in multiple patterns. Pretty nifty.
Really excited about filling my Sketchbook. There are 110 pages to look forward to! This is Inktense pencils and water-soluble Neocolor crayons. I picked up this tiny, about 2.5 inches, pot at Michaels yesterday. They had double coupons, so it was about 95 cents. How could I resist. A smile and a bit of greenery for my desk.
I’d love to have a few small, live, succulents scattered around. I might try again. I can grow plants outdoors, but indoors is another story. And you do you know how hard it is to kill a succulent? Disaster. Ha ha.
I played with the greens, just because I could. Can you tell I had fun? The plant is actually more of a fresh celery green.
Started out light and, sketchy. Then I added another layer. And a bit more. I love artists that have a light, delicate touch. So often want to paint that way. But I always end up heavy on the color. So I have to face it. That is me.
This is the first in my birthday Sketchbook gift from Jerry’s Artarama. I used pencil, Inktense, Neocolor and a waterbrush. The paper buckled while I was working, but I left it overnight with a weight on it, and I have to say I am pleased with how flat it dried.
Somehow this 4 x 6 book seems smaller than a 4 x 6 postcard. Weird. Just my brain. I have wanted to start a sketchbook for a while. I so admire the sketch books I see by those of you who keep them. So shout out to Jerry’s – Thank you!