Thursday, January 30, 2014

Add Cream

Here's the rest of the sketchbook page. (I posted the sugar section of the sketch last time.) It's part of my formula for a cup of coffee.
The rest of the equation will be posted next.

I remember the sound of the bottles rattling in the wire carrier when the milkman brought fresh cold milk to our door. We got whole milk, where the thick cream rose to the top. My parents used it in their coffee or whipped the separated cream to top strawberry shortcake in the summertime. Does anyone ever get milk delivered on their front porch anymore?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A spoonful of sugar

Section, sketchbook page
Original Watercolor/Graphite by Michele Cooper

Since I didn't really like coffee when I first started working, I learned that you could make it taste better by adding "a spoonful of sugar".

My project theme is "Welcome to Coffee World" with sketches representing some of my memories and experiences with coffee.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rebinding the 2014 Sketchbook Project

For my 2014 project, I needed to take out the thin, sketch paper that came in the provided sketchbook and replace it with Fabriano Artistico 140# CP. It makes all the difference in the resulting quality of my painting. I kept the first two original pages, just for comparison.
You can see below how the new watercolor pages fit together, ready for rebinding into my official  cover. Now that it has been sent in, I will be posting a page or two of the finished sketchbook. Keep checking back or subscribe for a peek!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Last minute adjustments

Getting ready to mail off my sketchbook project for 2014. These are the portable supplies I took with me to Hawaii for the last part of the book. (To see details and the cover page, click image to zoom.)