Thursday, December 11, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date

This is my first entry on Virtual Sketch Date.. a monthly challenge..Each month a new reference image is posted and all are invited to paint,draw or sketch. We post our entry on our blog and submit the link.. This month's snow scene can be seen here....

Thank you Rose,Jeanette and Stacy for this wonderful platform. I am sure it will help me on my creative journey and allow me to share my work.

This was done on Canson 160grm coffee paper using Neocolor I crayons {Caran D'Ache)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

WDE - December 6 - Wetcanvas

This week Dewi hosted the weekly drawing Event at WetCanvas. I chose the yellow Hibiscus. Done on Canson 160grm paper using Neocolor I crayons.

About Painting Monthly Project

Decided to try About Painting monthly challenge. I am always looking for some new challenge to help stimulate my creative journey. I hope to continue with WDE's on Wet Canvas but have decided to spread my wings a bit. My previous post I posted my first entry in Karin Jurick' blog.

This month's challenge is a portrait of a chair. This past Saturday we had a family picnic in Gan Yehoshua and set up a chair portrait for a reference for this challenge.

This is about 12.75" x 10" Canson paper... using Caran D'Ache Neocolor I crayons.

I think I should have made a tighter crop on the chair and less of the scene. It may be rejected on that basis...but I did have fun doing this and am at last getting more familiar with these crayons.

PS... Just received the rejection notice.... may try for a closer crop...!!!!

I took a better photograph today outside... the previous one was done inside with low light on a tripod. I also worked in the sky to deepen the color.

Picnic Chair

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Different Strokes ---Challenge

Well I guess it took me more than a weekend to start on this challenge. Different Strokes from Different Folks is a blog that Karin Jurick has set up where she posts a reference image once a week or bi-weekly. I am glad that I found this new place to post my work and further develop my artist skills.

This bi-weekly challenge reference was a rugged well used pair of boots. This was done on coffee colored Canson paper using Neocolor I crayon by Caran D'Ache.

This photo was taken in doors under low light using a tripod... I took a new one today under natural light outside...what a difference a little sun can make!

Working Boots

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Blog Leads to Blog - Finding New Challenges

Its amazing how one blog leads to another and you discover a whole new network of art bloggers and new challenges. When you get to a new blog you enjoy its always a good idea to check the profile. On the profile there is usually a list of blogs that that blogger follows. That is how I stumbled upon 2 new art/sketch challenges that I may try along with WDE

The first one I found from My French Easel I was checking out one of the blogs he follows and found Jerry Point's blog with a description of this new challenge.

The second challenge site Virtual Sketch Date I found while browsing on Empty Easel. I really love this newsletter and was reading the Thursday motivation article by Rose Welty . Went to herblog and found VSD

I have plans for a creative weekend.

Anonymity- Going Public

Blogging is a lot of work and a lot of fun. You keep learning and
also keep in touch with others that are doing blogs similar to your
own. Recently I suggested to my cousin Bernie that he should start
his own blog and get his work up there... on the web.. he started his
blog .... and through it I saw the options of following and being
followed. So I decided to list the blogs that I follow.... mainly
through subscriptions to their newsletters.... Little did I know that
my up till now anonymous blog .. which up till now was mainly for some very close family and friends... would make me more public.....I am not sure how I feel about this.... I am still quite insecure about my work... but the ball has started to roll and I got a surprise that my name was mentioned in one of the blogs...

On the right hand side of this blog you can see the blogs I follow.....

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Images to Blog through e-mail

Just saw this option and thought of giving it a try.

This is my entry for the Wet Canvas WDE November 7th hosted by mbecket
Mike!!!This was done with a set of pastel pencil in my A4 Canson 90grm sketch pad.

Another option for blogging!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Haven't posted my entries in the weekend drawing events... Some I didn't even post on the forum... The site was down for almost a month and the summer heat took its toll on my creativity as well.
Here are a few since last May...

Newest entries are first scroll down for earlier works

October 24th
Host Cyndi

Tonal Mountains
A graphite sketch Challenge image

Two pen and pastel sketches

Oct 17
3 minute sketches

Notan style sketch with black marker

Crayon sketch

Oct 10
pen challenge do quick pen sketches with open frame

Combine two images challenge.... used PS digital combination

Challenge combining images... Used turtle image with a stock image of pond with leaves... 3 variations... first the fish were a bit out of water.. second added more water... third added the boots at the bottom

Sept 26
Mountains Caran D'ache neocolor I wax crayons

Crayon sketches


Sept 12
Poppies Water color crayons... black white and grey

Sept 5
Crocus watercolor crayons

Raven 2B/4B pencils

Aug 29
Seaweed challenge... paint in style of Valri host
Water color crayons with water

Miles water color crayon sketch---a bit of finger smudging and dry brush.

July 8th
Cornflowers on plastic paint box Challenge was to use a "different" format not paper/canvas etc.... I used my plastic paint box...

Sweetface painted upside down

July 4th
Poppy on black background crayons

Boat crayons

Garden crayons with added medium

WDE June 13
Maggie three variations



Sunflower Variations

Pen Sketch

Crayon Sketch

A photo montage

Pencil Sketch WDE-May 23

Pencil Sketch Weekly Drawing Thread on WetCanvas Week of May 4th
Each week a new image is given for a reference.

More LVS Exercises

Some more painting exercises

I have finished the course.... it really came at a bad time.. the month of all the High Holidays....and to top it off the holidays came in the middle of the week so it was holiday etc...
All in all I enjoyed the course... there were some disappointments:

I was the only one to post on the board
It was geared to acrylic paints and not for oils... I knew this from the beginning and asked before taking if I could use oils and although she answered yes she hadn't much experience with oils and really couldn't help much.
Aside from technical problems...oils vs acrylic I missed some real criticism and feedback was slim.

I didn't do all the exercises so here are a few more....

Weather trying to get rain and mist!!! Not too successful!!!

Trees and tree barks


Water and rocks

Although I didn't succeed in getting all the effects I did learn a lot ... wet on wet is difficult and working on relatively small formats let me experiment and therefore learn more. One thing that I did learn was not to be afraid... the paints won't come up and bite!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

LVS Learning to Paint

Have started a course at LVS
Instructor Dia Spriggs

Hope with the help of these lessons I will become more familiar with the media and what I can do.

Lesson 1

Making a blended sky and making clouds using the dry brush technique. I found this a bit difficult because I am not quite used to painting wet on wet.. we also made sets of mountains and a bit of foreground.

Blue Sky

Orange Sky

Both were done in oils on 8"x11" 400 gram paper that was coated with 3 acrylic layers. Clicking on the images brings up a larger format.