Day 316 of my almost year long odyssey

 Fifty more days and I will have posted daily for a year. Oh my!!  I drew Rhineharts the other day while waiting for friends. Rhineharts motto is beyond casual and it lives up to that.  It’s one of Augustas favorite restaurants and is a higgily piggily old house that has been added on to over the last thirty years. The floors are concrete, you sit at picnic benches, oyster shells cover the pine shaded parking lot. Both the picnic tables and walls are covered with names inscribed with magic markers. I added ours with my Noodler Creaper Ahab. If you’re lucky a cat will beg for your shrimp tails. 

The drawing had problems. The building is very long and hard to fit on the double page spread. The bits and pieces that jut out here and there make it a perspective nightmare or maybe it’s that nothing in this place is level or square.  A builders nightmare!! 

Fun making all the greys out of various blues and Browns. Dashes here and there. Of the two colors and greys everywhere. Like the sparkle of the turquoise and the three cooks hanging out in the back porch SmOkiNg done with their lunch shift. 

Thanks for reading.  

Margaret XXX

Day 315 of my almost year long odyssey

  I drew Rhineharts the other day while waiting for friends. Rhineharts motto is beyond casual and it lives up to that.  It’s one of Augustas favorite restaurants and is a higgily piggily old house that has been added on to over the last thirty years. The floors are concrete, you sit at picnic benches, oyster shells cover the pine shaded parking lot. Both the picnic tables and walls are covered with names inscribed with magic markers. I added ours with my Noodler Creaper Ahab. If you’re lucky a cat will beg for your shrimp tails. 

The drawing had problems. The building is very long and hard to fit on the double page spread. The bits and pieces that jut out here and there make it a perspective nightmare or maybe it’s that nothing in this place is level or square.  A builders nightmare!! 

Fun making all the greys out of various blues and Browns. Dashes here and there. Of the two colors and greys everywhere. Like the sparkle of the turquoise and the three cooks hanging out in the back porch SmOkiNg done with their lunch shift. 

Thanks for reading.  

Margaret XXX

Day 315 – Kirkwood Spring Fling

  

Random people at last weekend’s Spring Fling in Kirkwood in Atlanta at Bessie Branham Park,  a beautiful spot with lots of shade trees around for sitting under as well as an open green space where a band played. 

 I actually like this odd assortment of people. Originally there were more tents planned in the background but I didn’t paint them because dark large leaks from  from other pages in the book. The guy in the hat had green on his face from  the leaks.  ğŸ˜³ Got out the flesh gouache to fix him but it was not to successful. It was a dark green. Sigh.   No feet. Not sure why other than people were just whizzing by.  I couldn’t ask them to stop. Lol. 

Noodler creaper Ahab loaded with Carbon Platinum black ink in my Strathmore 500 mixed media. Really not happy with the way it’s leaking watercolor washes along the binding and ruining pages. 

  
This one was never finished. See the leaky clothes on the pages at the center? Nasty mess. 

More random people at the Spring Fling. No idea why not one of these people have feet either other than they were moving so fast. They walked off before I could add their feet.  Some of the people are compilations of several people walking by like the red head with the backpack in the middle. Drawing moving people is much easier to do with a brush pen. No drag on the surface like my Noodlers have when you draw with them.  

Really pleased with the greens I mixed in both of these. 

So here’s the tip for today. The dark greens in the trees are made by mixing burnt sienna and Inathridone blue pb60. I added Quin gold to the mix on the paper. Really like the color variations the mixture gave me. 

The green in the grass was made with manganese blue and aureolin yellow with touches of Quin gold. New Gamboge would be great too instead of the Quin gold. The flowers of alizarin and purple were added while the grass was wet as were the shadows under the bench. 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret xxx

Day 314 – More Grandkids Paintings

  

 

Love the background on this spread. Scroll down to see how it was started. This is a practice painting for the next one. I think she needs a neck or her heads too big. Or maybe her head just looks pasted on becaus it has no shadows around the baby’s  chin. I think that’s the problem.  What do you think?!

Pleased with the way Henry turned out on the right. 

Definitely more work required.  Liking the drips and splatters which I actually purposefully made. Stay tuned I will show u how but not tonite.  Too late posting.  Sorry. 

 TIP:  This is how I started the background in the first double spread.  A wash of several soft colors Quin red Quin gold yellow yellow ochre burnt sienna  cerulean and mineral Violet. 

Then u tone it down by painting more washes of a variety of colors over it which is how the background in the first one was done. Just don’t go dark with your washes.  You can do that later! 

 Here she is so far. More work required. No drips and no splatters yet. The soft pink skin is made from Quin coral and yellow ochre.  Hope the dress is not too dark. 

Decided to make this a journal page of our weekend together. 

 

Henry’s head reshaped from yesterday’s post.  Now I think he needs more back on his head but at least it’s not shaped like a football helmet. 

  I added some drips and some dark darks behind his head and under his arms to this one.

 Don’t know why I didn’t do any drips and splatters. Have a few paintings from spring fling that I did drip and splatter. Wondering if that is because  the kids paintings  are more important to me than the others? I think so.

 Do you find it freeing not to care if you mess up a painting? Sometimes the most fun happens with watercolor then. 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret XXX

Day 313 – Painting my Coloring Book 

best thing about sketching is you end up with a grown up coloring book. 

Spent a few hours painting sketches I did this weekend. 

These are my favorite so far.  

 

Henry was so into Jake and the Neverland Pirates he hardly moved. These are stil quick sketches because you always think a child will move especially Henry. This is the only time he holds still when hes awake. 

Bytw he’s wearing his favorite monster Jammies a certain Gramy gave him for Christmas. 

 

 

Both of these have problems but one day it will be a nice memory of him. It’s easy to fix the one on the right. He has a little too much hair.  That’s saying something for Henry. He has a haystack of thick hair. I think the one on the right needs more hair. Interesting how these things show up in a camera but you don’t notice when you are painting or drawing the person. 

  Here he is with a better shaped head. The shape makes a difference. And I had to add a few drops. Love drips!  

TIP: Always check your picture in a camera to see where it needs improvement. This second one is going back to the drawing board.

Thanks for reading!!

Margaret XXX

Day 312 – sketching the grandkids

Difficult to say the least. Henry holds still better than Livia who is always reaching for something or other.   


Henry loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates and sits fairly still while watching them. 

  Here’s another one. The tiny feet are so sweet but hard to draw. I was using a sort of contour drawing to do all these not a searching sketchy line with my Noodle Creaper Ahab. Love that pen.  


One last sketch. I will paint these with watercolor soon. 

  My favorite Livia sketches.  Most of these were disasters because she rarely holds still more than a second. 

Check back. More later!! 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret XXX 

Day 311 – Finished Accordion Book 

    

Hard to take good pics of these. It’s about 80″ long.  Sorry they are crooked. The paper is Stonehenge print paper I think. Cream colored. Lovely paper. You can actually paint on both sides which I did because I had filled up the front at Pops Under the Stars.  It was so much fun drawing that I kept on drawing and filled up the back. 

So here are  close ups of the front.    

  I started this in Gatlingburg. Only got two people done. Oops!  I drew the first lady while waiting for my mom who is the second lady.     

       

Love the lady to the right so much I drew her three times.   
Thanks for reading. 

Margaret XXX

Day 310 – Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons 

Half sheet 15×22 

cold press 300#Fabriano  

Based on some photos I took on Valle Crucis a week ago.  I am not wild about painting flowers. All the negative painting is just HARD!!  I usually do something terrible to screw then up and have to get out the gouache.  No gouache so far. Maybe I should quit?! 

 This was painted almost entirely with my Isabey squirrel mops. The stamens were done with my #6 Isabey Kolinsky sable. Love all those brushes. Their kolinskys point like no other brushes I own. Better than a rigger.
   

I started with a good drawing of the flowers. I still got lost painting them. All pink rhododendrons look the same. 

 

  The background is done with diluted washes of four or five colors that is eventually painted over. I tried to leave a lot of white and used light pink in the initial flower washes. Mineral Violet was used to do the negative painting on the flowers. 

 Beginning detail. 

Masked the stamens with a throw away kids model paint brush. I used Quin red for the pink hookers green on the leaves with Quin gold and ultramarine blue and mineral violet.  

  
Progressing

 The background blue is Inathridone blue or as we call it Pb60. It’s the blue in indigo blue. Drips are made by standing the board up when wet and slamming it in the table. 

  The splots are deliberate and done by placing the whole mop down on the painting with a light wash of color in it, ie more water than color. Fun stuff. Try it!! I also splattered some. If I knew where my toothbrush was I would use it to splatter too. 

 So Far

Here it is for now. I added a lot of small dots of color with my #6 Isabey Kolinsky sable. It might need more jewelry I mean dots but it’s too late and I am tired so that’s when it’s a good idea to quit for the nite I think. 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret XXX

Day 309 – something a little different. 

Procrastinating.  

 I thought you might like to see the layers I did to arrive at this strange but I think pretty background color.  Just remember don’t do it in a journal because it may leak thru.  The above rectangle is 8 washes of different colors. The one with Maestro Z is 16 washes. 

 

 Sorry about the colors in the following photos being off.  I did take a photo after each new wash. 

 Cerulean is the first layer. 

  Burnt Sienna is the second.  
  Hookers green is third. 

  Cerulean is layer four. 

  
Orange is layer five. 

  Cerulean is layer six. 
  Then Orange layer 7. 

  Cerulean layer 8. 

I actually did this twice.  The washes where more opaque.
Layer 5 Orange. Second time around. Difficult to the color Correctly.   

  Layer 6 cerulean second go round. 

  Second go round layer 7 Orange. 

Cerulean layer 8. Second go round the washes were more opaque. All of the plots are opaque of you do not use thin washes. U will get a very dark color this way. The sample really is almost an olive green. 

 If u want to make it as dark as the maestros photo. Reverse the above order and then do 8 layers backwards.  Then add 8 more layers like the above eight. 

Day 308 – a Few more of Maestro Z

  There are actually ten pages of these but this set messed up the other eight already finished pages. I was bored after painting the first eight and decided to try something different. 

Fealing gave us an example with this wash on it so I decided to try it. The background is a wash of 16 washes of color.  I applied the first eight backwards so I did 8 more in the right order and the washes leaked.  It’s a great color BUT not so great I wanted to mess up ten or twelve other pages. 

See below for color combos for the background. 

Here are the pages that were messed up.  Even worse I had finished painting them ALL. There are grey blobs on all of them. One set of  pages even got stuck together.   
I did use some white gouache on a few to try to fix them with varying degrees of success. White gouache my BFF.   

  
Just a small leak on this one. 

  
Big lean on this but it didn’t show so much. 

  
Thank goodness nothing to mess up on these pages. 
The 16 layers of washes are 

Cerulean 

Orange

Cerulean 

Orange 

Cerulean 

Burnt Sienna

Hookers green 

Cerulean 

Then I did them in the right order 

Cerulean

Burnt sienna

Hookers green

Cerulean 

Cad orange 

Cerulean 

Cad Orange

Cerulean. 

Now I think I will try another one with just the last eight washes. The correct way lol. It does make a beautiful blue grey.