Category Archives: process

The Sketchpack Project 2020, 1-8

I am again participating in the Sketchpack Project this year. I chose a theme of “Emotional Body.” Why Emotional Body? Because the mind-heart connection is important to physical health, and certainly ours in the USA, and also the world, is … Continue reading

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Rona2: Wall of Moms

I have so much to say about my disappointment in our government. I don’t recognize my country.  No one works together to ward the common good. The last showdowns with the feds were with the Wall of Moms and the … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Minerve France, 2

Same process as the sketch yesterday. When I realized Evalyn Baker had taken photos of the alleyway from both sides, I had to finish the other side too! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Minerve France, 1

It usually starts with a sketch. Then shadows. I wanted to capture the dark that the leafy canopy created. I used DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink for the grisaille work so it would not move when I added watercolor. I … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Midnight Sapphire

Robert Oster Midnight Sapphire might need to be renamed Blueberry, though it is a moody deep blue-purple perfect for skies! My blueberries ere built of of layers of darker color and a little linework at the end while the paper … Continue reading

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Rona2: Cat Play

I don’t know what we’d do without the cats… Mitchell and I each bring different things to the play. I build forts; Mitchell does Willie Mays. Crinkly paper that comes in Chewy boxes, and the Give a Crap boxes, with … Continue reading

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Process Ink Painting, Tips

For Maureen!! I haven’t time to do a video but I decided to publish this now and not wait… more tips for painting with ink. Above, I simple use a Pentel Aquash waterbrush filled with water, and touched the Robert … Continue reading

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Rona2: AOC

I only wish I could do her justice… not quite right! For those of you who don’t think women go through this; it is true. The harassment started for me USC School of Architecture with SOME not all my design … Continue reading

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Rona2: Purple Watercolors

Yesterday I played with  MGraham Ultramarine Violet (left) and Daniel Smith Cobalt Blue Violet (right) here. Today I am showing you my mainstream (not small manufacturers) purples, and talking about why I choose certain paints as KEEPERS… Keepers have a … Continue reading

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Rona2: Delphiniums

Cynthia let me use her images of delphiniums with which to work; In the true theme of an art journal I was playing with paint and direct watercolor versus pen and ink and watercolor. Trying MGraham Ultramarine Violet, the prettiest … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Midnight Black Beans

So yummy we bought several bags of Midnight Black Beans! Black beans are a favorite — they have a different taste than Pintos and we use them in much the same way. The first time I had black beans was … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Diamine Festive Cheer

From their website: “Manufacturers since 1864, Diamine Inks relocated to this state of the art factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company has … Continue reading

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Rona2: VSW Azile France

Loving the virtual sketch-walk of Languedoc, with this image from Annette Morris… Late at night, I should have gotten a thinner pen, as this one is a bit thick for the level of detail I inked under the watercolor. It … Continue reading

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Rona2: Dandelion, Make a Wish!

I’ve always loved dandelions… I confess to stealing this idea of a dandelion in Gold Dust Piloncitos 1521 from my Aussie friend Shilo McClean. I hadn’t thought of how lovely it might look with the gold as the wish-do-dahs, on … Continue reading

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Tools: WaterPROOF Inks

I had someone get a bit heated with me for insisting that the right words be used for waterPROOF and water resistant. *I can take it* The reason the distinction is important is artists need to know waterPROOF in order … Continue reading

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Rona2: Can’t Go Home Again

Home home home… The idea of home is so far away from today’s reality… Family figures who were wayshowers became betrayers, My hometown has become a rich man’s enclave, far away from the hippy beach community that was heaven… and … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Flageolet Beans

Flageolet is another sweet-smelling bean right out of the bag — smells of the earth and it smells GREEN… Flageolet pushed me back a decade to when I had the time to make my own chicken stock from leftover bones, … Continue reading

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Rona2: Wildlife

Blackberries along the back fence attract birds and so, this year, we finally began feeding the birds on the roof of our building’s loading dock. A wide variety of seed and peanuts and corn means a wide variety of bird … Continue reading

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