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Ajijic, flora and fauna

Ajijic Plaza Umbrellas

AjijicPlaza copy-web.jpgThis is a small scene in the downtown Centro Plaza in Ajijic, Mexico. It’s a relaxed and sometimes very busy place.  Weekends find artisans selling their wares, musicians playing their instruments in festive songs. Generally it’s a busy but festive place. You can get and ice cream and sit on a bench and people watch or meet friends for lunch at nearby restaurants.  Food carts await and taxis sit at their stations ready to bring you anywhere you want to go.

The atmosphere is always friendly and there’s always the sound of laughter of happy children running in and out of the gazebo.  It’s a wonderful place to share with friends.  Flower are always blooming Ajijic Plaza umbrellas  against a clear blue sky.

Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing, Places, street scenes

New Mexico Street Scene

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Street scene in New Mexico. Truthfully, it could be any town u.s.a.
It’s the colors that make it all about the southwest.  And don’t forget the planters with big agave spikes reaching upward.   I don’t know about you, but I love strolling down this kind of place.

This artwork is for sale through my online shop.

Illustrations

This is a drawing/illustration for a coloring book. This is my version of the world I would like to enjoy while I color.colorbook-girl-forest-web..jpg

The process of taking a line art illustration that has been drawn by hand on to a piece of white paper is more difficult than it would appear.

I would love to spend days coloring the line art with different pallets, depending on my mood.  But actually, that’s what artists do all the time, don’t we.

Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing

Illustrations for fun

secret-place-webI have been illustrating since I was 10.  It is just something that I have always done; like cooking.  Many people told me that illustrating was not as legitimate as painting. ugh.

Now, fast forward many years later and I  realize I was on target after all.  Don’t believe what you hear and little of what you read.  I will always illustrate and it’s fate that I combine several styles. I am a mix and have always been a mix.

Here’s a work in progress.  Check back to see  how she goes. wip-colorbook.jpg

step by step, how to

Rachel’s value study from the refrigerator

rachel-value studyA jug of maple syrup, a jar of capers and a fresh pear.

A value study using pencil sketch, neutral tint in light, medium and dark mixes.  Then a few touches of glazing with transparent colors once the preliminary was very dry.

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flora and fauna, Plein Aire Painting, step by step, how to

Coto pool and painting outside plein aire style

W-N-travel-paletteLovely sunny day. Quiet here and wanting to be outside, coto-pool-webmy friend and I set out to spend an hour with our mini palettes and brushes and small watercolor pads. This is the wading pool in my (coto) community. It is complete with great healthy palm trees and singing birds.
It is important and joyful to paint outside. It is a liberating experience. Tiny brush, tiny palette, tiny view of a huge scene. Plein aire paintings are super honest. Perhaps because you have to be quick before the moving sun changes your view.
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Notes on Drawing from Life

   Here are a few notes given to my students from my watercolor class. I have started teaching here in my little Mexican community in San Antonio, Mexico. If you are interested in this series of “Painting from Life”, feel free to email me at paintsdaily@gmail.com.

simplify<study line art

check out Picasso early line drawings

Stay loose, don’t worry about details.

Speed draw whenever you can.

Use the timer on your cell phone.