Month: April 2021
You Can’t Have Enough Blue!!
Ultramarine Cobalt and Thalo Blue!!
Colors used Ultramarine cobalt Thalo lemon yellow cad red alizarin titanium white.
I noticed that my liquified seemed to have dried out much more than the more expensive golden paints.
The brushes. Used a lot of those dirt cheap house painting brushes. Make great grass like marks.
Everyone needs one of these. It opens any jar or better yet tubes of paint. Opens the small to the large size. My youngest son said he wanted to inherit mine. I found them at Publixs in the kitchen section during the pandemic. He was thrilled when I gave him his.
Go buy one. You will be glad you did.
Quitting for now because it’s annoying me greatly!!
Blue Bell time
About 15×15″ rough Fabriano 300# mixed media. Goauche Watercolor and pastel.
Who would have thought that would ever be a combo you would use together but LOVED the technique the speed and the splashy fun.
Spring bluebells at Castle Howard
Got a little carried away making lines with my sword brush but who knew it made those long splatter marks. Load a sword brush with a lot of paint and water and sling it and you get stripey lines like on the bottom right.
I had my splatter all over the floor feeling my inner Jackson Pollack and the tv and the table and goodness knows where I will find it.
Cobalt and alizarin I think. Oh and cerulean. This was just using a regular brush making lines rolling it. Who knew you could roll a paint brush to make marks?!
Adding greens by making them. Viridian and yellows for the green more splattering and slinging paint
Adding pastel to the trees abs blue and green pastel to make shadows and marks. Then white gouache mixed with yellow. Last thing I added was some cheap Joe’s American Journey sky blue mixes with white gouache. I may go back and add some Andrew’s turquoise mixed with white gouache too and some blue & purple pastel. Maybe
If you ever get a chance to take a class from Robert Dutton do. The man is a wild man with ideas popping out of him like a pot boiling over. Taking a three hour class from him next week. Can’t wait. Had to order some new soft pastels for it from Amazon because we don’t have an art supply store anymore. 😩😩
Over the hill
Rather like this. Might be my fav watercolor I have done lately.
Quarter sheet Hahnamuhle Cezanne 140#
Took a fast 1 hr class with Graham Booth sponsored by Shopkeeparty as an ad for his longer paid class next Th. You can also purchase a downloadable video of the session too and have permanent access to it. As I said John at Shopkeeparty is doing a great service to the art community. It was posted on YouTube today.
I have followed Graham on YouTube for a while and do like to paint along with him when I have time energy and like his subject. The videos he posts are shorter but still interesting.
Graham lives in N Ireland. At what other time could you be in Ga and take a class from someone live in N Ireland?! Zoom makes it possible.
The photo. Somewhere in Scotland but could be in the Blue Ridge so that’s what I am going with.
First wash. Sky way to pale.
Always amazed at how it changes when you add some darks. Mix of quin gold and ultramarine. I think.
Splat the buildings were done. Some of the foreground. Cad red on the roofs. Burnt sienna ultramarine for greys. Ultramarine and alizarin for the purple. More green in the foreground. Splattering red for flowers and I think yellow.
And then we were fine. Adding a few shadows and more darks in the foreground.
Zoe telling me to get up yesterday.
Ttyl Margaret xoxoxo
Field of flowers
You know one of the things That is a good side effect of the pandemic is all the zoom classes with famous artists that you could never afford to take from in person. And no travel. Do it at your favorite painting table. A win win if there is one in this hideous pandemic.
Today I took a class with Keiko Tanabe on shopkeeparty.com. she just zips along. This class went alot better than thenlast one I took with her so I may do another.
Quitting now. I worked on my sky a bit. And splattered a lot with white gouache, cad yw, opera, and some Joe’s Andrew’s Turquoise. Softened a few edges. Lightened a few spots that had gotten too wet to paint the bushes on and gone dark.
Will try again with a different building on Hahnamuhle rough instead of Kilimanjaro cold press. Let’s see how it does.
The sketch. Not much to it is there?! Kilimanjaro 300# cold press.
First wash. Dry brushing once I remembered to. Oops. Scratching in the field a bit. And splattering the green to simulate followers. The sky omg. Puffballs. Eek.
Progress. Using my cheap Joe’s Scroggys loose goosy, a kind of saber brush, to paint the flowers – all those lines. It also makes great hair, branches and sometimes telephone lines.
Adding details and darks. Trees and bushes. It was still to wet to do a lot of these but I plowed on chasing Keiko.
NEVER drink espresso Before Doing phone lines. Wobbly lines. Sigh.
Finally remembered how to dry brush trees. Added some neutral tint and some yellow ochre and alizarin to the sky. More cobalt too.
Thought it was done. But eeek. That hard edge under the house bushes. Had to wipe them out some.
If you are interested in taking online classes. Shopkeeparty.com offers all kinds of art classes twice a week. Every Tues am there’s a one hour one that is free to the public on YouTube. There’s also an extensive backlog of videos on YouTube all free for the watching on Shopkeeparty. John Harrison who runs it has been doing these for a year now. Another COVID benefit. He’s in England. His artists are all over the world.
Margaret xoxoxox who should sell some art to pay for the expensive sliding door that’s getting g replaced. Salesman coming today. Eeekk.
Tractor time. Found this one smack in the middle of Oakhurst in Decatur.
Slowly rusting away in a back yard near my youngest sons old house just off Oakview. As one of my friends said it already had a chicken. I think it might need one on top of the tractor too.
The sketch on 10X15″ sheet of 140# of hotpress Fabriano. Drawn with a .03 Derwent permanent marker.
Watercolor added. Cad red light ultramarine Prussian blue quin gold burnt sienna.
Done for the moment but I do think it needs something. I added some greytone Tombow markers.
Addendum: found out this is a McCormick Farmall Tractor probably from the 40s or 50s. Thanks have found a pic on line of the same one but doesn’t tell the model number.
Margaret ready for bed. Xoxoxox
Somewhere on the coast
Really need to finish this or paint another. So much I don’t like abt it. Like tiny ant sized people. I could fix them if I bothered I suppose but oh well.
I drew another one. Not painted yet oops
Zoe seems to mother all the kittens. So strange. Evidently she doesn’t know jack russels are suppose to kill cats.
Most of them will. Too similar to vermin aka mice or squirrels in their little brains. If it runs fast they kill it. But ours never have not one.
Had a friend who had one who was vicious. Killed abt 36 feral cats she had been feeding.
She brought Jack the Jack Russell over to our house and he went after our cat. Jumped on the island to attack Smokey.
I told her to get him out of there and never bring Jack the JR back. He sprang from the kitchen floor to the island just by jumping from just a stand still no running. Scared me. We loved our kitty.
Margaret xoxoxo who needs to get busy being constructive but am not Motivated. Blaming my sinus headache today.
He was so cute I decided to write down some of the things that he did and said like he’s calling me Gaga. Who wouldn’t want to be as glamorous as Gaga without the tortured bit. I better step up my game.
The black and white sketch done with my micro uniball pen. In some ways I like this better. The grassy area bothers me a bit.
And since I had screwed up this page I decided to write down my activities which seemed to mainly consist of binge watching tv binge knitting and shopping. I was using gift certificates for a lot of my art store buying. Still have more to spend. Blicks and Binders had discontinued Daniel Smith Watercolors. What the heck?!
I drove to Roswell to the big Blick store a round trip of 64 miles across Atlanta traffic. Should have just gone to the Intown Blick on Peachtree. Only a few miles from my sons houses and they have almost everything that I want there. I don’t buy all that extra stuff at the other Blick.
One of the socks I binge knitted. I mean Christmas is coming right?
Jalopy truck time
Drawing an old trucks is fun. I decide this one needed more rust.
So I added some burnt sienna to it.
First ink lines
Adding more ink lines
Finally done. I do love a Good chicken. Do u suppose she laid eggs in the cab?!
Colors used burnt sienna burnt umber ultramarine blue And PRussian blue quin gold cad red
Permanent fine lines .03 and .01 Tombow markers Fabriano hot press 140#