animals, Illustrations, Nature

Yellow Koi Green Waters

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I’m painting more fish these days.  These koi are imaginary and don’t hold true as anatomically correct.  That is another reason they are a respite from “correct” drawing and are like a little vacation for me.   Koi are valuable and bred for their size and beauty.  How wonderful is that?  I am having fun with this so I’ll let it be.  The original will have some gold leaf to sparkle it up a little.  That is the next stage so for now, this will do.  I will try to remember to post the embellished version when complete.

I used a fine black marker and a fine white ink over the darks to enhance the patterns.  I love painting the deep water with transparent watercolors and tried to use motion and several thin layers to give a feeling of depth.

Here is a print on textile.

miniatures, Nature, Plein Aire Painting

Miniature Landscapes of Imagination

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I have been pining for arches cold press paper since I used all of my supplies up since I’ve been in Mexico.  I scored a lovely small landscape pad and this is the first painting done with it.  It’s a dreamy landscape with a subtle pale palette.

This size is certainly small at 4×10 inches but it does put one in a mood to let your imagination soar and it makes me stop and think.  At least that is what it is doing for me. I hope to do more like this.  The size reminds me of handling delicate lace.  That is the mood it inspires.  My keyboard is also small.  I guess that makes everything relative.

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With the magic of digital helpers, here is the image on paper, metal and fabric.

flora and fauna, Illustrations, Nature, Odd Little Stories

California Live Oak Tree, WIP

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This new drawing and is part of a new way of working for me.  I am in the process of writing a story and want it illustrate it.  It takes place in California under a big live oak tree.  There are animal characters that will be placed under this tree.  The big difference about this drawing is that it is completely digital.  I am still pretty overwhelmed with the digital process because I am doing everything from scratch.  I am working on my Wacom Cintiq every day, and every day the environment gets a little easier.

By far the layers and brushes successfully keep me somewhat mystified and even though I am not new to photoshop, I am new to the amazing number of choices I have to work with on the Cintiq.  The tablet is still huge at 24″ and I am slow because I have to process the thoughts of how and where to find things on the interface.  Which of the new brushes do I use and deciding which colors.   Nothing is coming quickly and easily.  But today I feel I successfully captured the light of the California landscape here.

So at the end of today’s session, I merged all my layers into this one piece.  The next time I will add a new layer and that will be the beginning of the animals that I will be placing in the landscape.  I don’t know how I will figure out how to capture the specific point of view I am looking for.  But for now, I am happy.