Category Archives: color

VSW: IM Pei, Louvre, France

This was sketched quickly in waterproof inks. A lot of controversy surrounded the Pyramid in front of the Louvre, by I.M.Pei. I have some of those trepidations myself, but it has grown on me. It was created to allow for … Continue reading

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VSW: Oysterbeds, France

I rarely do a piece more than once… But I so loved this image and my first try I did not get the depth of color in my washes. I am here to say, once that happens start over, do … Continue reading

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VSW: Corbusier in Ronchamp, France

Had to do one Corbusier, and what a history this architect has with me. This is the Catholic Chapel in Ronchamp, France. Drawing this brought up so many negative memories… maybe I can begin to clear them out by getting … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin Wall, 5, Crayons

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. (Note: For regular followers, I have been busy working on our business website and then got the flu… Dastardly flu bug but I did … Continue reading

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Tools: New Watercolor Palette Arrangements

I’ve been a little depressed lately. Okay, a LOT depressed, some for “good” reasons (family issues) but some because I-don’t-know. I cleaned my palettes, and finally added a couple of new colors.  Left, in my primary palette, and I added … Continue reading

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Tools: Drywall Repair Tape

I was buying product for the business and found this Drywall Repair Tape. (Image from their company, above; hopefully they will be okay with me using it.) I had a thought that it might be a fun tool to lay … Continue reading

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Tools: Fall Watercolors

Gads I love color! I’ve been asked why I buy so many tubes of watercolors… It’s true, I could buy a dozen tubes and mix everything — well almost everything, because the Primatek colors have their own lovely granulating properties. … Continue reading

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PS: Even More Thinking… Testing… and Memories

My Nostalgie sketchbook really is a testing ground.  If something works a bit on the smooth sketch paper then I will try it out in one of my watercolor journals. Someday this will be a nice memory of Mitchell and … Continue reading

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30X30 Direct Watercolor, Week 4, The End

The month of June is when many watercolorists around the world participate in the 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge, created by Marc Homes and Uma Kelker. Rules are simple:  Each day post one watercolor, but no sketching, no inking, no pencil, … Continue reading

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Grey Sweater

Ink-painting a current project, enlivening my old grey cotton cardigan with some bright floral  embroidery. I started by mending a rip and then got carried away!  The embroidery goes all around the neck of the sweater, small flowers. I LOVE … Continue reading

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30X30 Direct Watercolor, Week 3

The month of June is when many watercolorists around the world participate in the 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge, created by Marc Homes and Uma Kelker. Rules are simple:  Each day post one watercolor, but no sketching, no inking, no pencil, … Continue reading

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Tools: Sparkling Paints

I bought these handmade paints by KJ Design by Karen from Etsy. This is not a glowing review of the seller, tho’ the paints are okay. Unboxing, the paints were not wrapped individually; bits of colors had transferred onto other … Continue reading

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30X30 Direct Watercolor, Week 2

June is when many watercolorists participate in the “30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge”, created by Marc Homes and Uma Kelker.  Rules are simple:  Each day post one watercolor, but no sketching, no inking, no pencil, just straight watercolor. I’m giving it … Continue reading

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Tools: Gouache

I’ve not given gouache a real chance to woo me, so I decided to play with some very old gouache before I purchased better quality tubes.  When I moved into watercolors, I enjoyed them for their transparent washes, so gouache, … Continue reading

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30X30 Direct Watercolor, Week 1

The month of June is when many watercolorists around the world particpate in the 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge, created by Marc Homes and Uma Kelker. Rules are simple: Each day post one watercolor, but no sketching, no inking, no pencil, … Continue reading

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Inky Green Tara

I’ve drawn Green Tara many times. She is based on our Ganges River clay version of Green Tara. A challenge for me, she is very colorful and detailed, AND, I am still pushing for a loose wash effect. I can … Continue reading

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VSW Windmill

Reference image of a windmill at the Dalles in Oregon was taken by me on one of our rambles exploring the Columbia River towns on both sides of the river. The colors translated nicely into this sketch to showoff Robert … Continue reading

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30 Posies: 24th Avenue Camelias

This was a little bit of urban sketching, a little virtual sketching…. sketched on a walk with watercolors added in the middle of the night! Above, a detail of the line drawing and the finished camellia watercolor. 24th Avenue is … Continue reading

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