Thursday, November 13, 2014

Acrylic Study with Julie Prichard


Ha, I signed up for Julie Prichard's class "  8 Great Paintings"  www.thelandoflostluggage.com
last November. I had painted the first layer, let the canvas sit for a year, and just finished the painting today. That is why I appreciate Julie's classes being forever!

This study was about layering and blending colors in whispers...plus some mark making which I love to include.

This is a 9x12 canvas. I primarily used Golden Fluid acrylics, a smidgeon of Golden High Fluid acrylics, Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin). And one flat brush. I highlighted the markings with Golden Iron Micaseous Oxide...love that stuff.

Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard have published a valuable book for acrylic painters titled, "Acrylic Solutions...exploring mixed media layer by layer" (Northlight Books)

Cheers-
Darlene


Mixed-Media Painting on Cradle Board


This is inspired by a study from two classes (Tabletop Drawing and Painting Your Garden) I took with Diane Culhane   www.dianeculhaneart.com   over on Carla Sonheim's creative-adventerous blog http://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/ 

Carla offers a variety of classes which she teaches herself or hosts for other instructors to teach.
I'll say it simply: Good stuff, a welcoming spirit, and good results from Carla's classes.

This is painted on a 6x6" cradle board. I used YARKA Professional Pan Watercolors, Golden Acrylics, Golden Bead Gel, Golden Modeling Paste, Liquitex Glazing Medium, Liquitex Gesso, India Ink, Black Ink, brushes and a palette knife.

Cheers-
Darlene

What painter am I enthralled with this week? Pierre Bonnard
How about you?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Two Reasons Zebra Likes Ballet


Okay, I know that Zebra may need therapy soon.
I had a grand time crosshatching that skirt.

Cheers-
Darlene

Monday, November 3, 2014

Zebra Hooks Up

What I'm using to create:

YARKA Professional Artist Watercolors (Pan)
Micron Pens
Gelly Roll Pen (White)
Martha Stewart Glitter Marker (Silver)
Pentel Sunburst Metallic Gel Pen
My Imagination (My Favorite Supply)

Cheers-
Darlene

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Elegant Line of Modigliani

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Old dip pen and Higgins Black Magic Ink in a Moleskine sketchbook. This was done as an assignment for Sketchbook Skool. Instructor Jean-Christophe Defline asked us to sketch a simple drawing in B&W of a person. Do you know how badly I wanted this to be in color? I chose my favorite artist... well, he's in the top three, but if I have to pick one he's it. Who is your favorite?

Cheers-
Darlene

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Illustration for SCBWI Local Event

  

This is an illustration in watercolor and ink for my local Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) event. www.scbwi.org

The participants had the chioce to write a picture story or illustrate one. I was given a picture story written by another SCBWI member to illustrate. The title of the story was, "The Science Project." The stories and illustrations will be on display in Columbus, OH sometime in the next two months.

Cheers,
Darlene

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sketchbook Skool: Draw Your First Day of School


Session Three Of Sketchbook Skool is focusing on Storytelling.
Mattias Adolfsson  mattiasa.blogspot.com/ asks us to draw from our memory of our first day of school. I remember that day vividly as it is one of my happiest memories.

(Watercolor and Ink/ Moleskine)

Cheers-
Darlene

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bull in the Bathroom Story



Yep, it was a pretty normal day today and yet I still can come up with a bull in the bathroom story. The last two paintings I did  you may have noticed that I didn't include a gag line. I'll be having a GIVEAWAY for the gag line that comes closest to what I wrote. Stay tuned. Once I decide on what the PRIZE will be I'll invite you to play...so get your creative-funny-sarcastic thinking caps on!

Cheers-
Darlene

Sunday, October 12, 2014

French Cafe


Would love to experience a French Cafe...with a cat would be okay too.

Cheers-
Darlene

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sketchbook Skool "Storytelling" Has Started


www.SketchbookSkool.com

The third session of Sketchbook Skool has started. The focus on this one is "Storytelling." You can join this or the previous two, "Beginnings" and "Seeing." Sketchbook Skool is brilliant and I wouldn't miss it. (neither would Zebra) You can see some videos highlighting the instructors on YouTube.

Cheers,
Darlene