Moving on discovered a New Zealander today – a wonderful portrait painter Andrew Tischler. If you don’t watch anything else watch his video about painting his grandfather Harry. Marvelous painting. Just a little advertising.
Anyway big day tomorrow scrubbing the pollen off the back porch but feel sure I will dip into the quick sketchbook skool draw alongs. Always fun. And Danny can be soothing in the face of this calamity.
Hugs. Stay strong. Xoxoxox we have got this. Margaret.
Been reading this great book called Turners Apprentice by Tony Smibert who has studied Turner for years.
Great book with lots of tips from this master watercolor painter.
A lot on how Turner achieved his stunning watercolor effects.
A wealth of Turners to drill over.
And how to achieve some of these same effects.
The brushes NOPE Not your good sables. Said one brush is from the kitchen and it looks suspiciously like my basting brush. The round one at top right.
I do know Cheap Joes sells a similar one that is Jamie Wyeth favorite to wear out. Then Joe replaces it free under their warranty. Hmm or was that Skip Lawrence?! Joe has the returned one framed in their art gallery in the shop in Boone NC.
Combining colors. Smibert leaves no stone unturned.
The drawings and adding color to them. Those ethereal colors are to die for.
Color manipulations. I do love juicy transparent color.
A screen shot from his website. I am pretty sure I have been there. Haven’t you?!
Then I discovered his student Scott Swinson on YouTube. He shares a lot of the wet on wet techniques in his great videos. You can also follow Scott on Instagram.
Lazy days. And today it’s a cold rainy drizzly day almost sleet of it were cold enough.
I had fun redrawing this with my Namike fude pen today. It’s a calligraphy pen that makes the most interesting lines. I let it dry before painting and didn’t quite get around to the painting.
I did journal all over the background. We had a lot of fun hanging out at the Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West Bight enjoying the breezes the boats and the chickens accompanied by drinks and Caribbean music. What better way to spend a hot day in Key West?!
It looked similar to this before I used the fude on it.
Hmm maybe this one is next.
Margaret who has decided to trash her Saturday painting g of Emily. Xoxoxox
All this drizzly rain is making the thought of steaming hot Key West wonderful right now though I will say NO more trips to Two Friends. First time we went it was wonderful. Second time worst food I have eaten anywhere. Fried shrimp lost in thick nasty batter. To add insult to injury the two chickens got on another table to scavenge leftover food. Understandable when they roam freely and are protected BUT what wasn’t good was the table was not wiped down before the next couple sat down. Yuckkkk.
The chickens also raced around the restaurant vying for a piece of lettuce. Who knew it was so tasty?!!
Now I meant to chronicle our trials on the background of this page but right now liking the painting so much might want to leave it alone.
Fealin Lin PaLeTTe colors in a Stillman and Birn Zeta. Lamy Joy pen with Noodlers eelskin Ink.
Margaret settling in for a midwinters nap before she finishes her sock. One more inch!! Xoxoxo
For some reason the power company decided to recalibrate our electricity today so I got up at the crack of dawn and fled the house or my car would have been Moored in the garage. Inner Bean was my friend all this am – a warm cozy haven on a wet drizzly miserable day.
Hot tea was moi this am.
Namike Fude pen Noodler eelskin Ink
Margaret about ready for bed and it’s still raining. Xoxoxox
Wet day. A good day to binge steaming tv and knit. Have I NO. I decided it would be a good day to go shopping. Isn’t that when you like to shop?!🤣. I did beat the monsoon home but the humidity was 81% til the rain. We were dripping.
Been reading a fun book called Living Out Loud today by Kari Smith and decided to do some journal pages aka make a record of all my sock knitting mania in January and continuing in February before my hand falls off from the knitting nuttiness.
Watercolor and inktense pencil. This one was before I wet the pencil. It gets much more intense when you wet it. I used a spray bottle on this one just to see what happened. Worked well except turquoise which tried to run.
Drawn with a S Pitt sepia pen and a Lamy Ef w brown Noodlers ink in it.