I'm putting my dagger brush to good use in the studio today. Now that most of the residual snow has washed away, I want to preserve some of the winter beauty while the memory is still fresh in my mind. It just so happens that I haven’t done my “trees “ or “river” prompts for February World Watercolor Group Challenge yet. I’m almost all caught up!
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Sunday, February 25, 2018
The brush with the shorter tuft is called a dagger, a longer one (also made for watercolor) is called a sword and the very long tuft but shorter handle seen above is a dagger striper. I have had the latter for decades. It's usually used by sign painters and car paint detailers for long, thin lines.
|Douglas Fir Pine Cones|
See my Instagram feed for a quick video of how I use the dagger brush for creating soft edges for snow shadows,
|Trying out a new bleed proof disposable fountain pen.|
How's it going for you?
Sunday, February 18, 2018
|It’s cold out there|
Just when I was looking forward to sketching in Seattle with USK Seattle, we got 4” of the white stuff over night. Snowed in in February! Winter is not over yet!
UPDATE: I am honored that my sketch has been Explored on Flickr and as of 12:13pm Sunday 2/25/18 has over 8K views!
|Looking out the window to see about driving conditions|
|The sun came out and so did the birds! Little Junkos hopped all around the seeds we put out for them.|
|So nice to see sunlight and shadows again.|
Monday, February 12, 2018
Not sure if watercolor is for you? If you have always wanted to try watercolor but been afraid to, or have tried it and become discouraged, take heart. This workshop will dispel your fears and help you begin to experience painting as an enjoyable and adventurous part of your life.
No need to go out and buy loads of expensive equipment. Pay a nominal lab fee and try everything out for the weekend. (If you used to paint and want a great way to get back into it, you come too!)
Sunday, February 11, 2018
|My husband brought this home from the second hand store|
Although I wonder how it will fair in light of the new automatic safety features for next year’s model, such as automatic lane departure warning and the emergency sitz pillow airbag.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Last night I decided to see which of my sketching pens were water proof and which were water soluble. Then I wanted to determine which were the right ones for a minimal sketch kit, something that would work for a student just starting out in urban sketching.
|Super Bowl Sunday art project|
All the pens listed here wrote well and there was no bleed through or ghosting on the back of the page. My test paper was a pad of 90 lb Canson XL multimedia.
Waterproof pens allow you to draw first with the ink and then paint over it with water color without smearing the ink lines. Water soluble ink pens allow you to draw then selectively wet some of the lines with the water brush, pulling the ink away from the line to create shadows and contours.