Inktober – 24 Down

Seven to go. Used three pens. Lamy Ef or a micro uniball and sometimes a white pentel gel pen.

What can I say. All Zoe.
Here’s the star. She’s run me off the sofa except for the corner of one cushion. She needs the rest today.
One of my favs
She doesn’t often lie facing me.
If at first you don’t success try try again.
So I succumbed to too much white pentel gel pen. Might have been a good one otherwise.
Love this one.
The best one so far I think. Drawn w a micro uniball.

Kicking back. She rarely lies on her back.
Out my windows this am!! Love the light hitting the mist.

Margaret excited I have made it this far in inktober. Xoxoxo

More inktober

Can scarcely believe I am keeping up. 18 days now and 18 drawings. That’s a first for me.

As you no doubt know my model is prone to rolling over stretching and turning her back on me if she’s annoyed. Does she care if she’s holding the pose like a good model?! NOPE!!

Margaret trying to keep the words to a minimum. Lamy Ef w Platinum Black ink black micro uniball white pentel gel pen and stillman and birn alpha. Small books are so much less demanding. Xoxoxox

Inktober – One Week down!!

It’s that time of the year and so far I have done seven drawings. That’s a new high. Usually do one or two and stop.

Blue uniball in a stillman and birn alpha.

It’s the smallest stillman and birn. 4×6”
Thought I might actually do the drawings if I didn’t have too much space to fill up. So far that’s working.
Giving me the Jack Russel state. No idea what she wanted.

And a superhero quilt for my oldes grandson. His request.

And a car quilt for my youngest grandson whose two.

Also baked and baked and then baked some more. Pumpkin spices cookies. Choc chip cookies. Scratch biscuits. A quiche. Pumpkin streusel muffins. I am tired now. Nite nite.

Margaret xoxoxox

Painting with Don Andrews

My friend Mike and I usually go to Cheap Joe’s to take a class and paint together but all that has gone virtual with covid. She had signed up for a class with Don but it had canceled early in the epidemic.

When he posted a zoom class we decided to have a virtual get together and paint with Don. He does these every other month or so. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what he’s up to.

Class evaluation. Don has been teaching at Cheap Joe’s for years. Several of Cheap Joe’s American Journey watercolors are named for him like one of my favs Andrew’s turquoise.

Anyway Don really knows his subject matter and explains it well. Has great class paceing allowing plenty of time for drying the watercolor and breaks. Technology has greatly improved since he and his wife started. He also allows plenty of time for questions after class plus access to the class video for a year on Vimeo.

We started by doing small samples of what he calls granulated washes. You start off wetting the paper then adding colors one by one and letting them blend together. This is on Arches 140 rough.

There’s another word for them – is it ombré washes!? But can’t think of it off the top of my head.

First layers of Mountains in Guatamala I think. The class was about Granulation which he calls his wet on wet technique. He said he thought he got that term from Edgar A Whitney who taught all the older watercolor painters back in the mid twentieth century. The technique is very similar to Whitney’s as you can see if WordPress ever lets me post the photo.
I got this book quite cheaply used on Amazon. Finding the new word press format oh so annoying still and cumbersome compared to the old format. I find “Improvements” in technology frequently make my life more annoying not less. Thanks for listening to me whine.

I checked Whitney’s book. These are called graded and granulated washes in his book. Two types.

Whitney has some of the best explanations of washes in his book.

The graded wash-Done on paper flooded with water the graded wash is an even gradation of color dark at the top almost white at the bottom. Also called ombré.

The granulated washes are done by flooding with plenty of water. Then tilting the paper back and forth “letting the pigment settle in small basins in the paper.”

This might be a pic of the mountains finished. I really should check.

We started with the sky and water wash. Then we dried it.

Then the far background trees and some on the left which I managed to paint out. Oops.

Then we dried it. Notice a repetition here?? Everything is quite sloppy wet using this technique which can be quite fun.

Last layer was applying the darkest darks. And the boat. All the reflections.

Would I take another class from Don. Definitely. I find some watercolor painters just hurry hurry hurry they the class leaving no time to catch up with the teacher or to dry the watercolor. NEVER a good thing trying to paint on a still damp watercolor.

That said now I am off to sew. Been madly making quilts for babies and for my grandkids for Christmas.
This is Henry’s superhero quilt.
Cece and Mikes quilt for sweet Julianne
These are small quilts about forty inches square.
A tiki inspired quilt I made for a friends new grand baby. Her daughter loves tikis and loves this quilt a lot. evidently she had always wanted a quilt so was delighted when she pulled this one out of the mail.

One for my new granddaughter whose due Dec 21. What do you bet she gets a Christmas quilt too?!!

Her big brother David out of his crib now hers and in his big boy bed. He needs a new twin sized quilt. Today’s project to get it the quilt sandwich pinned together and start the quilting which will be a BIG job.

Hugs Margaret who needs to finish her morning caffeine. Xoxoxo

I am back

Well I never really left. Just haven’t felt like posting. Sorry.

The Yorkshire Fells Soft Pastel on Black Mi Teinte paper

Took a Shopkeeparty zoom class today with Robert Dutton a Yorkshire artist whose a terrific sharing teacher.

I am crazy about his drawings and love his book which u can buy on Amazon. It’s just amazing. He leaves no stone unturned to explain his techniques.

Robert does wonderful mixed media and pastels. You can follow him of Facebook or Instagram.

Be sure to check out Shopkeeparty for their classes. Twice a week they offer short hour long classes on youtube or zoom. The Thursday classes are £6. Not sure what that is in US $$.

The photo
Sketching it in with a mauve purple and a yellow green

And then it went fast. As somebody said it was trying to chasing a rabbit.

Coming along.
What’s with that tree. Eeek
At the end our two and half hour class. I was actually drawing with my left hand and I am SO right handed.

I sent it to my favorite critic Ruth who is a great pastel artist. She said a little busy. she of course was right. But I had been busy trying to catch a jack rabbit. Lol.

So I calmed it down quite a bit. Always listen to The Ruth. Saved a lot of time and headaches. Really like the sky and the tree on the right now.

So this evening I spent a lot of time looking out the window at the river bathed in gold sunlight thinking that would make a pastel and so would that and that.

And I could add a few boaters that zoomed by in that silvery water.

And then there’s that sky. With the fog and the golden light. The fog kept getting thicker. The egrets started roosting in one of the trees. Yup there’s a painting in there somewhere if I crop it right.
My set up today. Had to draw vertically so the dust would fall off the paper I think the dusty pastel got to my sinuses. Stuffed up.

Strawberry Time

So good. It’s terrible to have a fresh strawberry stand less than two miles from my house. And lots of other good fresh veggies like corn -delicious- and fresh local spinach and lettuce to name a few.
Most beautiful fresh onions I have ever seen complete with tops. Pulled that morning.

I left the house with $20 in cash in my pocket. by the time I went to pay for my items it was gone. No check and they do not take credit cards which I had plenty of.

A very kind man paid for mine when I told the lady I would run back to the house and find it or a check. Wow!! Thanks mystery man. His story is the pencil writing in the background. Had to commemorate the event.

Anyway Stillman and Birn Epsilon or hmm is it a Beta? heavy paper compared to the Alpha that I usually use. Uniball micro pen. American Journey watercolors.

Margaret xoxoxoxo

WIP

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.

Bits and bobs

Prague Half sheet Hahnemuhle 15×22″Paint alongs with Vladislav Yesileyev

Spent most of the day cleaning and cooking. About two I sat down to work on a stack of not quite finished paintings. I think these are done now.

Old Towne Cuba

Cafe du Monde Paris

Now putting my tired feet up. No kitty or doggy picks.

Margaret ready for a nap. Xoxoxox 😴 😴😴😴😴😴

Pont Alexandre

Probably done. Half sheet hot press fluid 140# A little on the dark side.

The photo for inspiration

Laying out the pens to give you an idea of where you are going. I wish I had tipped my pens more well the ones for the light and the statues. Would have made it wonkier. Maybe I will do another tomorrow .

Initial sketch with a tombow. 65 grey I think.

Inking with a .3 and .1 one permanent fine liner.

Watercolor wash. Prussian blue dioxzine purple cad yellow abs raw umber.

More ink.

A detail up close. Needs more fine pen work.

Pen work building up.

done at least for today.

The queen of scarves says gooodnight.

Margaret xoxoxo