Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Series of Landscapes in Watercolor and Caran D'Ache Crayon

If you read this blog, you've noticed that one of my favorite subjects is trees. My last post was about the oak we planted in my backyard, and last fall I was having a lovely time trying to capture the color in the trees.

About two months ago, I bought a set of Caran D'Ache Crayons--this set. (I'm appalled--they are significantly less expensive from Amazon.  I always forget to check there vs. the art supply companies; sometimes Amazon has very good prices, although they don't always have a great selection.)

As for trees--here are three different trees using watercolor and crayon.  My favorite is the one at the left. It's one of my favorite combination of colors.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Young Shingle Oak Outside My Kitchen Window

We moved into our house about 7 years ago, coming from middle Oklahoma to a suburb of Cincinnati.  One of the loveliest features of our neighborhood is the number of established trees--a huge variety.

Monday, January 6, 2014

When It Doesn't Work, Or A Failed Painting Redux.

I had an idea that I would do a landscape painting with a high horizon. Earlier this fall, I saw a really interesting painting by Salliann Putman--she does some abstract(ish) watercolor landscapes with high horizons.  I love her large blocks of intense color and her high horizons.  Then when we traveled out to MO this November, a lot of the skyline was high horizon--long, long fields broken up by intensely colored ponds against a bright blue sky line. The trees were barren. The colors were muddy, but I had 7+ hours to look.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Thinking About 2014 and Art...

I've been thinking about what I'd like to do with my art over the next few years.  I'm not sure I have any concrete ideas to get from where I am now to....well, I'm not sure where I'm going with it all. But, here are some things I've been thinking about: