A New Class

I started a new class last week: Artful Journaling: Foundations with Laure Ferlita. It's different than the class I just finished—a different type of approach to watercoloring journaling. Laure includes video of her painting technique working on projects assigned to the class. I love watching her paint and just how she handles the subject, where she starts, etc. The assignment this week is a journaling page with a bowl of lemons. Last night I started painting after watching the videos and painted this version.

Lemon Drop Martini-1
Lemon Drop Martini-1

This morning I thought I'd take another stab at it and did this one. This time I stopped myself from doing the outline on the bowl of lemons. But, now that I'm looking at it I think maybe it needs the outline to make it more prominent in the layout so it's no overpowered by the lettering and also to separate it from the background more. What do you think?

Stay tuned—I may post an updated version with an outline later.

Lemon Drop Martini-2
Lemon Drop Martini-2

I am enjoying this more controlled way of working with watercolor. It's teaching me a lot about how to work with the pigment and water rather than accept what happens with it. Though the loose style is very fun to do, too! Either way it's been fun to be using traditional tools away from the computer and to be learning something new that may help expand my work options.

Flowers!

After a whirlwind trip up to Minneapolis to shop at Ikea last Wednesday and Thursday for the long-planned-for studio furniture (my virgin trip to the very cool store!), I've been so busy for several days assembling all of my purchases. One of the pieces managed to come home in the wrong color. I think the black corner desk jumped into our truck because it was so tired of watching all of the white corners going home to loving desk owners. So, until I can get a replacement for the desk stowaway, I won't be posting pictures of my awesome, organized and updated studio in late April. All of this made it difficult to find time to get started on the latest assignment for my class, and even then I think I was distracted by the awesomeness of my surroundings. The lesson for this week in the sketchbook class is flowers. At first I thought this would be super simple, but I'm finding it harder than I thought it would be. Or maybe I just bought difficult flowers. With so many petals facing different directions, it's hard to get the drawing right with the foreshortening involved. These are my first five attempts. I'm hoping to fight distraction and find some simpler flowers before the week's lesson comes to a close, but I don't promise anything.

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Painting tools

When looking for items to work on for the continuous line drawing lesson, I looked no further than my work table.  

Squirt bottle
Squirt bottle

No time this weekend to play, but I did sneak about 15 minutes before going out for the evening to do this really quick continuous line of my trusty painting water bottle. I've had it forever and nothing has ever been as reliable.

The sketch is out of proportion and was done really fast, but for me, doing it in my precious new Moleskine and not worrying about achieving the perfect result, was an accomplishment in itself.

Watercolor Brushes
Watercolor Brushes

Here's my next continuous line piece. I got messed up on which brush was behind which and one got distorted, but I stuck with it and painted anyway. The glass jar was a challenge, too!

Class Assignments

I'm so enjoying the class I'm taking. Just the thing I needed to recharge and loosen up. I just decided to play hooky for a little bit from all of my work and knock out a fast one. This week's lesson is Straight to Pen with Blind Contour—no pencil sketch first. I jumped right in, even though I hated blind contour in school. I also went back to the Waterbrush after having switched to my regular watercolor brushes for the last several pieces.

Here's the result. Jane was right—the loose line quality of the drawing certainly did promote looser feeling in the painting. Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Maybe I won't hate blind contour anymore!

Sketchbook Watercolor Class
Sketchbook Watercolor Class

Here are the last couple of images from the Lesson 2 assignment—Green Leaves:

I got the date wrong on this last one. Oh well. :-[

Ok. Back to the real work...