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George

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I got a late start but decided I would take part in Wet Canvas’ All Media Event. It’s a pretty interesting activity. Reference photos are posted over the weekend and you have a half an hour to select one and two hours to finish your piece (unless you don’t, and then you can post it [...]

Illo Friday – Robot

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Robots don’t work all the time, you know. Sometimes they go for walks in the woods with their kids. And pick berries and stuff. So, if you’re camping and you see glowing red eyes in the bushes … just remember, it might not be bobcats …

Yellow flag

Friday, April 21st, 2006

A recent entry in my ‘purely botanical’ sketchbook. This yellow flag iris is quite commonly planted around bogs or ponds. This one grows at Descanso gardens near a pond with a weeping willow. This iris, native to Asia and Europe, became known as the French fleur-de-lis, and the word “flag” may refer to a non-English [...]

Three Sisters at the pool

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Descanso Gardens changes by the season, the day, sometimes by the minute. Especially when the morning sun is weaving and dodging through the dense canopy of oak trees. Yesterday I was so captivated by the morning light that I spent the first hour there shooting photos for reference. In the Japanese garden, one of my [...]

Spotted Nubian – Illo Friday

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Click to enlarge I got busy this week and missed the chance to do something for Illustration Friday. So here’s something done earlier this year that wasn’t used for any previous project … If you’re a regular reader, you know that I very seldom do any graphite drawing. I don’t have any negative feelings about [...]

Arroyo Twilight

Monday, April 17th, 2006

I think I tend to be a little too conservative with color. It’s a rut I’m trying to get out of by occasionally getting experimental and pushing the colors far beyond realism. So, today my husband and I went out for a little “golden hour” painting time – the last 25 minutes of the day [...]

Ripley again …

Monday, April 10th, 2006

It’s been a few weeks since Ripley has made an appearance here and she was calling that to my attention earlier today. So here you are. Because I know someone will ask, I will answer it ahead of time – I did not paint this from life. In fact, here’s the secret code to to [...]

Pasadena spring

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

A watercolor sketch of a local streetcorner, influenced in part by a recent demo I saw by Joseph Stoddard, who is, himself, a student of Charles Reid. I think I’m going to be leaving the Niji waterbrushes behind for plein-air sketching, or else I’ll be using a lot more water for juicier washes.

Still pursuing camellias

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

I’m still in search of the secret of shiny leaves. So here I am, Day 2, after a night’s sleep. (See the day before yesterday for my first attempt, in watercolor.) This is an experiment in acrylic, suggested by Cynthia on the botanical art list. I have very little experience with acrylic – my practice [...]

Some leaf and flower studies

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Last night, an art friend mentioned the book Botanical Illustration by Siriol Sherlock, and I pulled out my copy and read a little before going to bed. Big mistake. I turned fitfully and dreamed of impossible leaves and flowers and woke up in about two hours, probably due to Ripley snoring. But once awake, I [...]

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