Saturday, April 8, 2017

New YouTube Watercolor Tutorial



I was inspired by all the cherry trees in our neighborhood. They are just barely past their full bloom and the recent downpour of rain, hail and windy weather has already caused some of the blossoms to come sprinkling down
Naturally, I realized the emergency and got busy filming a video tutorial on how to paint a tree full of cherry blossoms in watercolor. I used the vibrant colors in the Prima Tropicals set. It's just freshly uploaded and you can see it right here!
Update: Uh oh, Saturday I tried using a feature on YouTube and now it deleted all but 5 minutes of my 14 minute video. Working on it! Sunday----Okay, Fixed!
How, you may ask did I come by all the lovely cherry blossoms in the video?
Since we haven't got a cherry tree of our own, I snipped a few branches off our star magnolia, also in bloom, and hustled over to offer our neighbors a trade!
I traded some branches of our star magnolia (r) for some of our neighbor's cherry blossoms!
Although I have this list in the description on the video, here are the (unsponsored) products I used:

Brushes
Silver Black Velvet Voyager Travel Brush #6 round--squirrel and synthetic blend feels like sable
Richeson Grey Matters synthetic #12 round--made for plein air, non reflective ferrule

Paper
Fabriano Studio 140# CP, cut into 4x6" postcard size

Watercolors
Prima Tropicals Set
Two additional colors: Cobalt Blue, Manganese Blue (both Daniel Smith)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Urban Sketch Kit for Ink & Watercolor

Everything fits into a medium cross body bag or small backpack.
The new international series of urban sketchers workshops, Discovering Your City One Sketch at a Time, Seattle 10x10 is underway! I am looking forward to my turn to teach you how to combine your writing and drawing in Workshop #8: Visual Journaling.

Here's my pared down kit that I usually use when we have our monthly meetups in Seattle. That's my DIY Altoids mini tin open on top of the Prima Tropicals Watercolor Set.

Extras: The small pink stylus/pen on the left is for taking notes on my smart phone. I usually stand and sketch or find a nearby bench, rock or restaurant if I need to sit down.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

New pen, new periscope broadcast, fun day in the studio

I had a fun day, sketching live on periscope.tv/michelecooperart while opening a package containing my new Seaglass pen. Fun chatting with you all, too. 
The finished watercolor sketch. Thank you to my students for the lovely handmade sketchbook. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

All Hail Broke Loose!

I had a lot of fun spoofing my Instagram friends yesterday about the patch of wild Kolinsky sable watercolor brushes. Loved the comments on both the still photo and the video. View 30 second video here.
No sooner did I have my deluxe outdoor setup ready for working in my nature journal than the temperature dipped and it started to hail! I had to duck into the studio for about 20 minutes before I could resume.

When I came back to the large pot that I was using as a stand for my sketchbook, there were little pin head sized ice pellets of hail speckled in the soil. So I added that to my three page spread.

I'm still working on the rest of the page spread but I think I might be finished by tomorrow. It's no problem doing the sketches but I have a lot of research to do on indentifying the specimens growing on the log.