Ten minute pose
Ten minute pose
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
Two paintings in one day and a nice long nap on the sofa when I finished.
I painted and drew from 9 am to almost 5! Guess my artistic block is over. Amazing how a vaccine takes the pressure off! Hope you get yours soon.
The drawing. 300 # cold press Kilimanjaro. Nice paper! Masking fluid was added to reserve the white of the whiskers.
Off to a wild start with Liz Chadderton. You too can paint a cute Easter bunny. She makes her animal paintings look so easy but let me tell you they aren’t. My paper kept drying out making hard edges. Sigh.
Almost done. This only took 40 minutes and about forty years of practicing. Only 3 colors used. French ultramarine, burnt sienna or burnt umber and opera pink. Masking fluid on the whiskers.
And that’s a wrap. Back to my nap. 😴 Margaret xoxoxo
Done for the moment. Quarter sheet of fluid hot press paper. The bridge is an Augusta landmark on 15th Street and spans the Augusta Canal. The mills in the background once were powered by the canal. Archibald Butt was an Augustan who died on the Titanic giving up his seat in a lifeboat. He also served in President Roosevelt and then Tafts administration who came to town for the dedication. Butts is buried at Arlington.
The ink sketch. This stage was not easy for me. Took about 4 hours of thinking and scheming deciding how to draw the bridge.
Watercolor washes. Colors used Thalo blue, quin gold, quin burnt orange, dioxzine purple, cad red.
Last step adding more pen and tombows.
Gorgeous early spring day today despite tornado warnings. Lots of gusty winds.
Margaret who didn’t sleep a lot thinking about all those tornadoes that never got here. Xoxoxox
Chased around after the kitties drawing them today. There’s always something that gets their interest. Sometimes it’s me. Hmm.
Ps fixed the spelling of kitties. But too lazy to take another picture. Now comfy on the sofa.
What is she doing?! I know that’s what they are thinking. Didn’t someone have fun with Hallie’s marking??
Yesterday I lifted tails of everyone but the tigers. One male the black two females the torties. Like calicoes torties are almost always female and bring good luck.
My torties are named for Halloween. Hallie and Weenie. Weenie and Tootsie are quite friendly. Thinking he might need a rename but what?? Hallie is coming around. Tigers as shy as ever.
Lots of baking going on today. Snickerdoodles and quiche or a frittata since I leave off the crust.
I drew the recipes in my recipe sketchbook but letting the ink dry over nite before i color them.
Ok lazy Tahred woman fixed it.
Margaret ready to watch Queens Gambit. Xoxoxo
Kitties cleanup after breakfast this am. I was quite daring and left four of them inside last night. Nobody knocked on the bedroom door to wake us up this morning. However they were excited to go outside and eat breakfast. Tootsie Weenie and Hallie will let me pet them a little while they eat.
They seem to like “inside” and especially the tiled laundry room. So far no poo anywhere.
Namiki Fude so much fun to draw with but that Noodlers Eelskin ink which is suppose to be permanent smears even after its dry. 😩😩😩
Stillman and Birn alpha Caran d’ache Neocolor ii
Margaret ready to eat some dinner. Homemade butternut soup. Hope it’s tasty. Xoxox
Got bogged down doing paperwork today but managed to draw the pot kitties on my back porch. Oddly once again two are missing. Last time that happened they turned up. So who knows. It’s a wait and see right?!
This morning they were busy playing inside and outside. Spent the afternoon snoozing. As I type they are waking up. Of course I Am done drawing them. Sigh
Anyway here they are. Used my Namiki Fude. Faber castell watercolor pencils. Was afraid to dampen the watercolor pencil because I knew the ink would run. Really need to order a bottle of platinum black. Never had these things problems with it.
Stillman and Birn alpha.
Zoe’s ready for Halloween. She was very excited when I put on her Halloween scarf.
The knitting is growing. 16″ or so now.
Margaret thinking abt a nap. Xoxoxox
Paint along with Vladislav Yesileyev. And of course more work to do on it. Fun painting the palm trees though couldn’t get them dark enough the first time round.
Arches 280 cold press.
I know I am going to try to paint the roof grey. Will paint some yellow on a scrap and then paint colors over it to see what turns it grey like a metal roof. Thinking purple will. Maybe on the blue side. We shall see. Will posts my tests too.
The photo. Kind of nondescript right??! Really in Cortez FL but I have seen 100 like it in the low country.
Second wash. Actually a lot lighter than the photo
Adding darks. Should be one shot but I never get them dark enough.
And more darks.
Done for now. Definitely needs work. Thinking lighten the small palm in the middle because the chair is the focal point NOT that palm.
Tomorrow right?!! Margaret xoxoxo
So I did. Now the focus is on tractor not it’s tire. Woohoo. Progress.
Finally I know that I have learned something taking the paint alongs with Vlad and that I can do it ON MY OWN. Hallelujah
Because the focal point is the point of highest contrast. Anything else should be greyed out. The focal point should be on a third point. And this one is done. See how your eye goes right to the white boat on the left top?! FOCAL POINT!!!
Today I spent some time emphasizing it.
Before. The boat did stand out but now it really goes boing LOOK AT ME! It was killer trying to straighten out the wash not he right side. Was not sure of the mix!!!
NEVER EVER stop a wash w a HARD LINE. What was I thinking?!!!
Pronouncing it done from a photo out my back window a couple of weeks ago. I added the tiny kayaker. They go by in droves when I am painting.
First wash with very thin cerulean and cobalt mix. Yellow ochre alizarin and neutral tint thinned down with water. 90% water 10% color.
Then I forgot to take another photo. Opps.
So done I also added some white gouache splatter in hopes of giving it a focal point. Probably should have been red to give a contrast w the reflected area on water.
I sprayed the edges of the trees with the mister to soften the edges. Added more blues and greys to the sky.
Scratched tree and bush branches with a chopped up credit card. Did a great job but hard to catch it in time to do it. Too dry it won’t scratch. Ditto if too wet.
This is 140# rough Fabriano which waffled like crazy with all the water I dumped on it but amazingly dried almost flat aka flat enough as my friend Kristin would say.
Finished this one up. Added more darks especially in the shadows and on the trees. Some whites for highlights.