Day 1874 My nemesis?!

Porkchop Tower II 9×12

One more go at the water tower. I redrew it this am. It looks better BUT sky wash is NOT what I wanted.

Hmm maybe this will be a series. Try another sky tomorrow?!

So other things to try.

Lay it down at a slight angle instead of almost a 90 degree angle when I paint the sky.

Also ink the holes in the ironwork legs after I paint the sky color in.

Maybe a quin gold sky?!

Leave more white so I don’t need gouache.

No gouache

Only paint that was different today was I used white gouache. ALOT OF it.

Number 3. It IS a series!!

Margaret who has a headache and is quitting for the day cause she can’t paint. Blaming the headache. Xoxoxo

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Day 1873 Train Wreck?!

One of the reasons I do this blog is to show that NOBODY has a successful artwork everytime. We all mess up and that’s ok. Turn the paper over and draw nudder one as my granddaughter says.

This may be today’s train wreck. Not quite the glowing water tower I had in mind. Might help if I darken the sky. I dunno. Also cropping it one way or the other would help.

Or this? I also forgot to use my magic red wc pencil on it. That might help. I did use my white gel pen on it.

The drawing

Pass number one. I did have fun playing w the trees but crashed and burned on the sky wash.

Layer of burnt sienna cerulean and alizarin on the trees. Cerulean sky.

More of the same colors on the trees. Layer after layer.

I wet the sky to dab out some clouds with a Kleenex

Clouds dabbed our. More Cerulean burnt sienna and Quin gold on the tower. Same thing on trees.

BS Cerulean in clouds and tower. Used a flat to make the rust streaks on the tower. Oh and I drew in some branches painted the tower legs.

Tree got too dark. So did the tower. I know dab the tree off w water and a Kleenex. πŸ˜‚

Good podcast! Internationally known watercolorist Joseph Zbukvic talks about β€œtraps” artists can fall into, how various countries handle art and education, and much more, in this week’s PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads.

lGood review is Silver black velvet brushes on YouTube.

They are a less expensive but still great alternative to kolinsky sable brushes will love these. I get them on Amazon.

Margaret off to book club whose tossing the water tower. Xoxoxo

Day 1872 A quickie

Drew this Augusta Icon when I was downtown picking up some of my framed paintings at Art on Broad.

The old Whites water tower was gleaming in the midday sun glowing against the bright blue winter sky.

I know I should get up and go paint it. Wouldn’t take long since it’s small. 9×12″ cp fluid paper.

Twisbee pen Dartrementis document brown ink

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I got three of the small fluid blocks to do urban sketches on with my gift certificates. Light weight so highly portable. Always dries flat. Three to always have one blank. Thanks

I have one of the stuff backed fluid sketchbooks but it was so heavy my arm got tired before I was done sketching that’s why I think these are a great alternative.

On the news front two of my paintings were juried into a February March show at the Atlanta Artist Center.

The Goodys Kodak Center

The Little Professor

The Little Professor is a painting of my dad when he was three. My grandmother used to dress him up and have him answer questions from her friends to entertain them.

Margaret who must have been nuts to sign up for a 9am class in Aiken. Xoxoxo

Day 1871 – Blue Heaven!

YUPO which is a kind of plastic so everything floats around on top of it. The paint does not bind to it. Who knows what it will look like when it’s dry. The paints drying on the kitchen table which means it’s moving around.

Drawn w a red inktense pencil.

However the white spot on right was probably caused by oil from my hands or hand lotion. I can wipe it down with alcohol to remove it but too late now.

The inktense pencil also seemed to form a bit of a resist.

A good crop will take care of it.

I slathered on cad red and alizarin in the comb. Bits of ultramarine and mineral violet for darks.

Opera pink around the eye. Eye is burnt sienna and quin gold. Pupil ultramarine and burnt umber.

Before highlights were lifted.

I lifted the highlights out w a clean damp paintbrush and a Kleenex non lotion kind.

Highlights lifted and a few small feathers around the beak

Feathers ultramarine Prussian Blue Burnt umber viridian.

Tail Feathers viridian ultramarine.

Beak cad yellow light burnt sienna and yellow ochre.

Background cad yw light cad yw deep peacock cad red lt splatters

Blue Heaven Rooster. Key West

So far. He will no doubt change as the background dries.

Margaret starting some new socks. Xoxoxo

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Day 1870 A Stretch

Painting Macy is always a challenge because she’s SOOO long at 5 10 1/2 with long feet and hands. Did I say she’s known to quip she would fall over if she had small ones.

First break

The pose was a challenge with her long legs made even longer by the foreshortened pose.

a bit more drawing. I decided to shorten her feet a bit. They can get so huge if they are draw. Accurately. And I skimmed her legs a bit. Been having so much fun with the Canson watercolor board that I decided to use it this am. Get tired of stretching taping a large sheet on my foam core board especially at 8 am. So Canson was the paper of the day.

I also forgot to bring my mechanical pencil and started using a Derwent ebony. I thought it would be soft and dark. I was wrong. It was a hard pencil that did a dark line. A rare find. Second break. Macy’s also very pale. As Drew quips bring your white paint Macy is the model.

Still have to do some kind of background. Al Beyer first breakAl finished Drew Murphy first break. The is is fast. 2×3′

Drew Murphy finished.

Fred Baker first break and finished. I painted thru second break.

Amy Lockhard Ness oilLee Conte crayon Bill Daniels oil on metal Eve Charcoal

Rich KleinTom Needham Watercolor also on canson watercolor board.

Margaret done for the day xoxoxo

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Day 1869 – How to paint Winter Trees

Done Done Done. Really no more painting on it!!😡😡😡

Never put a painting on the coffee table where you can see it while you watch tv. Been back twice more painting on Aiken Stroll. Small stuff.

So what did I do you say?! I darkened the sky with another coat of peacock blue softening the edge around the tree. The sky was just tooo pale and washed out. And yes crazy woman here painted sky into the tree asking for trouble but it worked. Did I say Hallelujah.

I lightened the sidewalk a lot. A painting should be darkest in the foreground and fade out as it gets farther away.

And no shadows from the trees on the sidewalk. Sooooo I wiped the sidewalk out wetting and blotting lifting paint to lighten it and repainted the dark tree shadows with burnt umber and ultramarine.

Back it went on the coffee table. What no tree shadows on the sidewalk?

I put it back in the easel and grabbed a couple of pieces of scrap watercolor Paper to protect where I didn’t want to splatter land. It tends to travel.

Splattered a little watery cobalt and a little burnt sienna on the far part of the sidewalk. Gave a lovely light shadow instead of that heavy dark grey thing that was there.

Tip 1- bricks. Use a flat. Makes great bricks easily. Just remember they have to recede IN PERSPECTIVE which means narrower and lighter the farther away they get. Those lines were made by the edge of the flat.

Tip 2 – Painting winter trees. I used several layers of very watery TRANSPARENT colors- alizarin burnt sienna peacock cobalt in the first two or three layers. Dry between each layers.

From Laurens St painting a little on the pink side

Peacock and Cobalt combine with the burnt sienna dots to make soft greys in great variety. The burnt sienna gives a glow as does the alizarin.

Finally adding opaque colors like mineral violet cerulean and turquoise in the last layer. All the different blues in the right layers combine to make great winter trees with a lot of interesting greys.

Draw some branches with you silver black velvet brush tip. Use different mud build up in the corner of your palette. Vary the water amount to get varying greys.

Keep the sky edges soft. Used to hate painting trees but now I like it. Well at least winter ones.

Ps that gold on some of the branches and tree trunks is quin gold.

Finished these socks that have been languishing in the knitting basket during the insane Christmas hat knitting round.

Margaret who actually cleaned her house today. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜³πŸ€— The dust was building up! Xoxoxo

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Day 1868 Last Painting

For the show. HURRAH! Now I can paint something I want. πŸ€—

For the moment Aiken Stroll is done. I reserve the right to mess it up some more. 🀣 Painted on Canson Plein Air Art Board 12×15. Mixed media.

The sketch. That’s a baby Great Dane puppy. He was too cute.

The photo I based this drawing on. The vanishing point is just past the top of the sidewalks the distance. All the diagonals should converge there.

Notice the dog walker is not in it. BUT the empty sidewalk screamed for them. Here they are ready to jump in the drawing. Isn’t he the cutest big old puppy. Gotta love a Great Dane. No pulling on his leash for him.

  • So how did I get them in the picture without looking off?! Notice the girls head and the older lady’s heads are at the same level.
  • And if U look far in the back the tiny figures head is about the same height. It makes the people recede in the picture plane when the top of the heads are all even. So I could have added a crowd of people IF a I keep the top of the heads at about the same eight.
  • It’s also what makes the older lady look a bit shorter than the young lady. Her head doesn’t quite reach the same heighthaka she’s shorter.
  • Lamy vista Noodlers heart of darkness ink(don’t you love the name?!!) Charles Reid palette PLUS Holbein opera pink. I painted the dogs face and feet w that pink.

    Why opera pink? Cads were too warm. Alizarin not pink enough. Opera pink was JUST right.

    A few good YouTube videos Food for thought : My other wc hero Alex Powers

    Exaggerating color Laurel Hart going to try this out on this photo of Zoe tomorrow I hope.

    Stan Miller how to paint a face any color and cropping photos going to make a couple of those l brackets. Two sets one big one little. Most of his videos seem interesting. And just long enough w out being too long.

    Fake or Fortune maybe you have a lost art masterpiece?!

    Joseph Zbukiv, Alvato Castagnet and Herman Pikel AMAZING painting a large cityscape together.

    The best synthetic brushes I have ever found. And so cheap. A good assortment of three on amazon for $29ish.

    Nothing like watching paint dry in a TOO long YouTube video. 😡😡😡

    Margaret ready to stream some YouTube videos. Xoxoxo

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    Day 1857 A Long Winters Nap

    A walk down Laurens Street in Aiken 12×12″ I might be done painting for the Aiken Show. Maybe. There’s one more started not finished. Instead I took a nice long nap today.

    Wishing I had painted this a little brighter than I did especially that red jacket. Hmm.

    Oh well it might be framed right now. Picked up a bunch of them from Art on Broad today. And Kristen was framing Plum Pudding when I walked in.

    Lamy Ef Canson Plein Air Artboard Noodlers Heart of Darkness Ink Charles Reid Palette colors.

    Back to my nap. Margaret xoxoxo

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    Day 1856 Backporch wrens

    Hmm well three out of four birds I like. Guess which one I don’t.

    I seem to be obsessed with taking photos of the cardinals and wrens when I catch them on the sun on the back deck eating sunflower seeds. The little wren is brave hopping right up to the back door. Poor thing! He must be starving.

    Painted with Charles Reid colors plus quin gold. I covered his tummy with the quin gold first. Then I added burnt sienna dabs of green cerulean and or sometimes heavier quin gold. Yummy. Darks burnt umber raw umber and ultramarine.

    Background cerulean burnt sienna and bits of umber/ultramarine mix.

    Loving YouTubes about Richard Diebenkorn whom I love. A retrospective

    Also a new heroine Marlene Dumas the highest priced female artist. Her Tate exhibit Did I say she likes to make marks and draw. Me too!!! Warning: some of her artwork is quite unsettling.

    Margaret xoxoxo lost in youtube land which accounts for the late post.

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    Day 1855 The Willcox Inn

    The Willcox Inn 10×16 Cannon Art Board.

    The drawing.

    In process. No red watercolor pencil. And it needs a few finishing touches. I decided the leaves were overpowering the Inn. And decided to crop about an inch and a half off the top.

    Painted with Charles Reid colors. Lamy EF.

    Canson Plein. Air artboard is great. You can practically erase your mistakes off it and repaint without a problem. Precut in smaller sizes is a plus for Plein air painting. Minus. Kind of heavy when the pads new. I like to travel light.

    Margaret Xoxoxox

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