Words & Blues

#18: Study, Boy’s Face – 30 paintings in 30 days

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Here is today’s effort for 30 paintings in 30 days. This started out as an ink sketch, but I thought a self-wash would be a good way to go with it. Both the original ink sketch and the wash are included. A “self-wash” (I made up that name) is when I use a watercolor brush on an ink drawing, but I use the water to dissolve some of the ink to create the washes. As with most of my faces, the centerline is distorted; this just seems to be something…read more

#17: Clark Kent and the Kryptonite Pen Incident

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I had done a pencil study of a male head with ‘nerd’ glasses for yesterday’s 30-in-30 painting, and there was my palette sitting innocently on my desk with some random colors in it. One cup of water later, I was doing this. Mostly, I was curious to see how much I remembered about the planes of the face.  Need more work on noses. But it was the attempt at blood that tested me the most – getting watercolor to run down the paper “just so” is vastly harder than I…read more

#16: Neo-Zodiac – 30 paintings in 30 days

Posted by in Artwork, Comix, Sketch a day

Created a faux Milky Way with toothbrush-spatter, and then decided to find some new constellations for the modern age. Watercolor and white ink on toned pastel paper. 5.5″ x 8.5″

#15: Red-Tailed Hawk – 30 paintings in 30 days

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Other than a visit to the doctor today, I took the day off from work because I had no choice. I got the shingles vaccine late last week, and wound up with some side effects. Watercolor is the most calming and healing activity on my list, so I painted today. Worked like a charm. Red Tailed Hawk on Arches block paper, 10 x 25cm cold press. Click for full size.  

#14: Zoo Find – 30 paintings in 30 days

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OK, this time let’s have some fun. This is a photograph of my palette. I have been using nearly the same set of colors for a week now, and the palette has become…interesting. It’s like laying on your back and looking up the clouds, and seeing elephants and fishes. I found more than 30 animals and things in the paint mixture. What can you find? See below the image for a list of what I found, starting at top left and more or less going right, then down, if you’d…read more

#11: Field of Poppies – 30 paintings in 30 days

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From a photo I took in a park in Australia near Bendigo. 5″ x 7″ Fabriano block paper

#13: Touchy Dragon – 30 paintings in 30 days

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This one was just playtime. Used the colors that were in my palette to put some blobs on the paper, and when it dried, I inked in the dragon and adding the red/orange smokey stuff. 5″ x 7″ Fabriano block paper.

#12 Gorilla Mohawk – 30 paintings in 30 days

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So I bought this new black waterproof fountain pen ink. I made a squiggle in my notebook and decided to turn it into something. This resulted.Then I had to test the ink with watercolor, to make sure it really was waterproof. This resulted.Good ink. Very good ink! Loving it. Perfect for line and wash. And the pen is pretty good, too. The ink? de Atramentis Archive Ink. The pen? Pilot Custom 823 with a modified nib (added flexibility for varying line widths). 7″ square Stillman & Birn Beta notebook (cold press…read more

Top ten books?

Posted by in Blues, Book reviews, Words

A lot of people on Facebook are doing lists of ten books that influenced them. I haven’t done the 10 books thing because, well, ten. I have no idea how many books I’ve read in my life, but based on the numbers I used to keep back in grade school because the nuns insisted, let’s say I’ve read 3,000 by the time I finished high school (figuring 250/year), and probably averaged about 100 per year for the following 20 years, and then declining numbers for the last few decades – mostly…read more

#10: Electric Pears – 30 paintings in 30 days

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I saw a sample painting from a workshop on Facebook, and I thought I’d give it my own personal spin. I wanted more realistic fruit, but on an abstract table/background, but I think I also have to bite the bullet and try some abstract fruit. 5″ x 7″ Fabriano block.