An interesting exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California invites the museum goer to think about the definition of art. A couple definitions and some information is provided, but the participant ultimately must decide. Using “yes” or “no ticket stubs participants can vote on three objects and determine if they are or are not works … More Is it art?
This week in Jane LaFazio’s online class Sketchbook & Watercolor: On Location we are sketching at the museum. Our assignment was to use our Tombow pens and draw in some type of museum. This week, we learned to draw with the Tombow then use a Niji waterbrush to create washy watercolor-like effects. I went over to the Oakland … More Sketchbook Watercolor – At the museum
I’m taking Jane LaFazio’s online class Sketchbook & Watercolor: On Location. This week we’re drawing and painting in the coffee shop. I went to a local bakery coffee shop and got a beautiful apple tart and cappuccino. I sat at one of the outside tables and started with the cappuccino since I knew the foam … More Sketchbook Watercolor – On Location
Inspired by Danny Gregory’s video The Art of Breakfast…I got his book Creative License and started drawing in my sketchbook daily with just black ink on plain white (cheep paper so it’s not too precious to make mistakes on). Observing closely. Recording what I see (not what I think I see). Not going for perfection. … More Visual Journal Basics – Black Ink/White Paper
As a follow-up to the warm landscape collage, I decided to try for a cool beach scene. A few weeks ago I went on the Coastal Trail hike in San Francisco from Land’s End to Mile Rocks Beach. As I turned the corner I saw that some previous beach walkers had created some cool rock … More Cool Beach Collage
I’ve continued with the sketchbook pages of everyday objects and am now adding watercolor to the sketchbook drawings. I’m taking an online class with Jane LaFazzio whose work I love. A major objective of the class Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style: ON LOCATION, is to go to places like the local coffee shop, a museum, aquarium or … More Watercolor pages in my sketchbook
One of the final color study assignments in Jane Davies’ online class Unlocking the Secrets of Color was to create a warm landscape collage using our painted papers and the techniques we learned in class. I chose a few of my warm collage papers and some warm images that I liked. The dark plant on the white … More Warm Landscape Collage
Check out the great textured collage papers I created in Jane Davies’ online class Unlocking the Secrets of Color!
I’ve been sketching just about everyday for the Sketchbook Challenge. The latest sketches are of some orchids I got over at the farmers market for $8. They’re such a joy to look at, so I thought I should try drawing them. The flowers have intricate detail and great subtlety, so how do you draw them? … More Orchids from my sketchbook
Last month I joined the Sketchbook Challenge, an online group that shares sketchbook pictures based on a monthly theme. I thought the challenge would be a great way to get ideas and inspiration and try new techniques. Also, since I tend to sketch just occasionally, the challenge seemed the perfect way to make sketching more … More Everyday Objects