Monday, April 14, 2014


Today I played with the color yellow. Below are a few facts about yellow...
My yellow things

1. The definition of yellow
"Yellow." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. <>.
2. Yellow is the lightest hue in the spectrum
3. How the color yellow affects you:
-Stimulates mental processes
-Stimulates the nervous system
-Activates memory
-Encourages communication

4. Shade names for the color yellow:








This blogger claims there are 1,200 shades of yellow!

6. Finally, Cold Play "Yellow"

Yellow makes me happy. Today I saw a whole field of yellow daffodils. It was stunning on this rainy and cloud filled day. Do you love yellow?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Practice Make Perfect?

This weekend I spent time practicing painting a camellia. I painted these over and over again. Here are 4 examples:

First, the flowers were flat. I did a little research and added shadows in the flower. Then the middle of the flower became muddy. I lighted the shadows and liked the results much better. I learned about layering the watercolors. I worked on a scrap piece of paper and finally applied what learned to the camellia. Finally, I left white spaces and liked it even more. It still doesn't look like I want it but I can see improvement.
Maybe it would look better this way...
The bee turned into a wasp! 

This little bee died right outside my door and sat on my desk all weekend as a prop.  Poor little guy!
Thanks for peeking in my sketchbook!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

An Experiment Mixing Green...

 This weekend I played in the paint! I learned to mix greens. I am enjoying these studies and I believe they are making my paintings better each time I do it. I like the way the greens aren't a consistent color but vary in hue. It adds a depth to my work.  

The paintings below show when I used paint right from the tube. All the greens are flat. 

Now I have to figure out blues! How do you do the same thing with a primary color?

Thanks for peeking!

Saturday, March 15, 2014


The camellias are in bloom in my yard. They are such heavy blooms that they pull the limbs down until they eventually pop off. I snipped some off to put by my bed. They are so pretty.

I put them in my studio first and composed a little painting. I sketched them a few times making contour drawings. 

I chose my palette. I've heard it is good to limit your palette to a few colors. From the experiments I did last night painting a page of camellias over and over again I came up with the following palette:

As I was finishing the painting I seemed to get the hang of this watercolor thing. The middle flower is the first one I did. I really "over-painted" it. I thought about trying to lift the color off and try again but decided to leave it. 

Here is the finished product. I may paint this one again and see if I've learned a few things!!!

Thanks for peeking!

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Day in the City...

I had my own little sketch crawl yesterday. I boarded the Marta train and rode the train into Atlanta.

I drew a few of the passengers as they were heading home from work, to the airport, or into the city for fun. I got off the train at Arts Center and walked to the High Museum of Art. On the way I saw the most interesting house Named Fort Peace or the Castle. It is interesting the way it is still standing in the midst of the skyscrapers.
I sketched for a few minutes while sitting on a wall by the street. The problem with going on a sketch crawl by yourself is that you are by yourself! Sitting on an empty street by yourself may not be very smart. So I took a picture and walked on to the museum.
On the lawn of the High there were a bunch of little girls having a birthday party. They were so cute running around a playing on the big lawn.
The High has a special exhibit Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. It was very interesting. They only had a few watercolors. Most of the paintings were oil on board.
I bought a few little things in the gift shop. Check them out!
I bought a pin (a High Museum pin), a pen (a High Museum pen, LOL!), and a brush. Funny thing is the brush is a pencil! imagine and brush and a pencil together, what a great idea! Afterwards, I went to Binders and picked up some supplies.
Here is my page in my sketchbook...
What a fun day. I enjoyed spending time in Atlanta!
Thank you for peeking inside my sketchbook.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Brenda Swenson Workshop

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a workshop taught by the amazing Brenda Swenson. For this newbie, it was a humbling experience! She taught me so many new things and I will share them with you over the next few days. First, I had to get ready for the workshop. This required cleaning up all my tools and packing them in my cute new train case I re-purposed for my art supplies.

Sharpies (for labeling pans), Lamy Al-stars, Stilman and Birn Zeta Sketchbooks, Kremer Watercolor box, Platinum Carbon Black ink, Clips, Eraser, Flower Frog (for holding brushes), a Roll of Brushes, Apron, Paper Towels, Water Sprayer, Sweeper Brush
Look how pretty... It makes me so excited to see all my supplies cleaned up and ready to go! 

Here is my sketchbook page showing my prep work. 

Thanks for peeking inside my sketchbook!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

More on the travel palette...

I posted a picture of my new little travel palette but Brenda Swenson made a suggestion to improve it. I have added a little cup for water. This cup is a Sea to Summit shot glass from REI. I put a magnet down in the bottom of the cup to keep it steady. Check it out!

How cute is this!!! Just a little note about the paint I used on my palette. I used an acrylic paint. I don't scrub my palette and rough it up so this will work just fine. (I'll get bored of this palette and create something new before I wear it out.) If you are concerned about scratching your palette, use automotive paint. 

One more thing...Brenda also suggested attaching a small ring to the bottom of the palette. I used a ring I had left over from a necklace I made. It is about the size of a quarter. Brenda used some sort of rubber gasket used as a car part. I attached mine with a small piece of silver duct tape. Brenda used the soft part of Velcro. Now I can stick my finger through the ring and it will stabilize the palette. LOVE IT!!!