Art Journaling: Miscellaneous Picks

W14 12 15 PALM COFFEE CUP 2Random sketches from my journal, continuing to play with the watercolors is the point.

W14 12 15 PALM COFFEE CUP 1My confidence is growing; I am dropping into my best drawing habits from my teens and twenties.  While sketching my favorite coffee cup, I realized why I rarely paint shadows.  Our studio has fluorescent lighting and few strong shadows exist!  Now I am starting to force them so I can practice layering watercolor shadows.  I need to be more patient and let areas fully dry!

W15 1 13 USK NW PORTLAND WEST VIEW 2 An urban sketch, factory smoke looking northwest toward St. John’s Bridge
in Portland.  A hazy sky, which is unusual.  I am working very fast here,
making an impression with watercolors while experimenting with the
flow of the wash, pulling colors around while everything is wet.

Challenges can be fun (especially if they don’t run YOU) to push you.
The breakfast pushed me to paint on the run, as did the St. John’s Wort.
The Caydanlik gave me an opportunity on a stainless steel piece to work with
color washes all around, pushing into each other as the colors ran.
Not happy with all of them, but each represent another lesson for me.


W15 1 15 LA GABBIANELLA TANGERINE 5 Graphite lines to block, laying in layers of watercolor, then ink to define
the La Gabbianella rooster (as he actually is defined)!
Happy cup!
And I loosen up. make shadow, messy messy!
Happy painter!

W15 1 13 USK NW PORTLAND WEST VIEW BANNERDrawn in an Stillman & Birn Alpha journal
with graphite pencils and/or Noodler’s Polar Brown or Lexington Grey inks,
and Daniel Smith watercolors.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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17 Responses to Art Journaling: Miscellaneous Picks

  1. Sammy D. says:

    You are my muse 💝 urban sketching and watercolors on my horizon in 2015. Baby steps; giant leap.


  2. susanissima says:

    Love your colors and use of space.


  3. Everything you create, even your “mistakes,” appeals to me. I don’t know if you wanted one, but I’m a fan. 😀


    • Abut a year into painting I learned that artist’s often don’t know what is good about their own work. We only know whether it looks the way we sa it in our head. I’ll take all the fans I can get!

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      • I find that true for writers as well. It often takes someone else’s perspective to tell us what is good (or at least promising) and what isn’t. I listened to Amy Tan give a talk about this. She sent something to her editor, asking if it was any good or not. She was too close to the work to tell. What’s in our heads often isn’t what’s on the page, so it takes someone else to point out what’s missing.


  4. Valerie-Jael says:

    Really good work! Valerie


  5. happytiler says:

    Wonderful sketches!!

    Hugs Giggles


  6. What wonderful paintings. They have such a nice emotive feel.


  7. Beautiful watercolors, I like your way of working. Saludos


  8. Kae says:

    Beautiful! I love the journal pages. I think my favorite is the teapot.


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