Sketches toward the commission

I work a couple of sketches similar to the commissioned pieces.
trying strokes for leaves, sky variations, whatever I need to play with!
The two small studies of bungalows in NW Portland
(below) turned out okay for test subjects!!
They are for sale on my website for $17 each shipped; or both for $27 shipped.
If my shipping is not yet working on my new site you can contact me at dbdcat at aol.com.

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Walnut Park, Portland, Oregon Commission

A commission to create a painting from photographs
for an intern leaving for the next leg of her journey landed on my desk.
I typically work on several images at the same time;
it relieves the pressure in case one goes awry when a deadline is involved.
The two photographs that appealed to me most are shown below.

*the image above is for the studio voyeurs, of which I am one*

I never intended for them to be replications but interpretations of the images.
The joy of owning a painting instead of snapshot is the artist’s interpretation.

Above, the first image, with the addition of a mid-century modern car, sketch to final.
Below, steps from inked sketch to finished watercolor on the second image.

My sketch is not used quite like a coloring book; I don’t intend to stay in the lines!

I began with masking fluid.  I could be very very careful,
but why, when I can mask off the areas and splash around freely?
Tiny flowers, window frames, car lights (in the first image above.)

Next come the underlayers:
Grisaille, this time in the form of grey ink for shadows, window panes, rooftops;
Brunaille, the underlayer of brown in inks and paint for sidewalk and rooftop; and
Verdaille, in this case used as underlayers of green, both the bright shown and a grey-green not shown, both of which allows a tie in of the other greens as they are applied.

Beginning colors that will not interfere with the overwhelming greens in the image
were next: blues and purples and browns.  So many of the houses are colorful;
I decided to paint these homes in typical colors of the neighborhood.

Once I got started I forget to stop for process shots!
I worked greens for several layers, and overworked one area which you will see I later lifted and softened by balancing darks.  Reds and additional browns were added last.

Above are details of the succession of masked areas
before removal, after removal, and with the additional painted colors onto the
masked areas.  Not all were painted; white left adds to the painting!

Here the final painting, with the softened and balanced overworked tree,
and the final pops of color, including the family in the image.

Two differences in an urban sketch:
not so much layered paint as one broad stroke of paint color in an area; and
the time is not taken to articulate the leaves… they become a color, a suggestion,
whereas in a painting I am likely to detail leaves in my own suggestive manner.

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VSW: Barcelona, 3, Palace Guell

The rooftop chimney skins in the Palace Guell
are so beautiful — like sculpture gardens.
When the families lived in this palace,
I wonder how often they used the rooftop sculpture garden and for what —
did they have lunch on top or was this a
place for the servants and children?
The iconography is whimsical, and a wonder if Disney saw these sculptures?  They are far more colorful than expected seeing the rest of the palace, upside-down ice cream cones and magical trees, or triangular mountains with giant lizards.

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VSW: Barcelona, 2, Map


Made a map of our walk, starting at the World Trade center at the wharf.
Heading up to the Palace Guell, Casa Batllo, and the Casa Mila!

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Tools, 8, Testing Nemosine Inks

Inks on sale at Goulet prompted a few new colors to miraculously land on my desk.  I’d sampled Nemosine Aeolis Palus Red + Solar Storm (orange).   Right, I played with the orange in both the Pilot medium nib Metropolitan and by brush.  I inked on the Hahnemühle Post Cards both on clean paper and over inks.
I doubled back and went in wet twice with the brush.  This ink performs nicely!

No feathering, though it does tend to make that splotchy look when you double back on it, wet-on-wet.  In both I used only Diamine or Super5 inks as the secondary inks, just so I knew what I was mixing.  The Nemosine seems to play well with the Diamine.  One thing, the Nemosine moves with the slightest touch of water — completely dissolves.   I spilled some water on this postcard so decided to let the rain happen… Wow! Wildy Splotchy colors!

Inks behave completely differently than watercolors, a post for another day!

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Art Journal of a High and Low Week

This was a week of highs and extreme lows.
I am glad I started the journaling again last week because sanity prevailed,
if for no other reason than I had a page to write in instead of laying it all on Mitchell.
*we take it pretty good for each other but it is still nice to have another outlet*

Last week I sent several surprises out,
and one huge high was having the recipients share their squeals with me.
It is fun to give for no reason other than you thought of someone.
My mom taught me to thank people for gifts, and
I know the thanking is about sharing the pleasure of pleasuring someone else!

Then on the flip side, a complete dissing from a good friend.
I just don’t get it — blindsided.

I did a LOT of breathwork this week, from the hurt feelings to the heat and
how it must be effecting those who are homeless to stresses caused by things in business.
Breathing in those problematic situations and sending out the antidote.

Must. Do. Gratitude.
Having a bad week always reminds me of the importance of gratitude.
Trying something new this time, which is setting up a couple of pages where I can jot down the things each day as they come to me.  This is a very good way of inducting highs.

Savitri and Yamantaka were spayed/neutered and this was the lowest low…
They had an adverse reaction to the anesthesia that made them
completely crazed fearful little beings as they were coming out of it.
No sleep for us, as we held them or tried to calm them all night.
The painkillers they gave didn’t help, and the next day we asked for a sedative for them
*and shoulda gotten one for us thank you*
and the damn sedative had the same reaction, though not as bad.  Still not much sleep.

Then we stopped all drugs and simply put them in the bathroom for the night.
We checked on them — and damn, they slept like they were on sedatives.
So did we.

*thank the god/dess*

Thankfully a new day, new weekend.
The fricking heat and smoke from fires has been unbearable but we had a bit of a beak from both and made it to PSU early to pick up our fresh foods.  Yum.

I love that image of my Mitchell.   Sweet memory.

*i sometimes participate in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday.
you can to… it s a friendly crowd!*

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Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
liquid watercolors and inks in Pentel Aquash waterbrushes
: Platinum Cassis Black inkPlatinum Citrus Black ink,
Noodler’s Lexington Grey InkSuper5 Frankfurt, and Super5 Dublin inks,
De Atramentis Document Brown ink, Robert Oster Jade ink,
Pilot Metropolitan with Platinum Cassis Black ink,
Lamy Al-Star with Platinum Citrus Black ink,
Lamy LX pen with De Atramentis Tobacco ink,
Pilot Preppy pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink,
gave up on Noodler’s Ahab pen with a Goulet stub nib and and Super5 Dublin inks,
Platinum Carbon pen with De Atramentis Document Brown ink,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges, White Uniball Signo, Sennelier, Holbein, Primatek watercolors and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

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VSW: Barcelona, 1, Looking for Gaudi

This month on our virtual walk we are looking for Antonio Gaudi…

Admittedly, by the time I landed in Barcelona I was burned out on travel,
and spent more time eating and shopping for boots before returning home…
However, Gaudi was everywhere (though not in this image), and I did fall in love.

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