Monday, March 24, 2014

#9, #9, #9 One Watercolor (Um Every Two Weeks?) a Day

Maybe it's a cop-out but I've decided to just enjoy the process of the exercises in One Watercolor a Day and not make myself crazy. So I'm on #9.  I took a walk to Washington Square Park on this gray, 28° spring-day. Pigeons provided just about the only color but it was beautiful and iridescent and I'm smiling as I write this.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

#8 Seeing the Color

Exercise #8 in One Watercolor a Day-  This little succulent had some subtle coloration going on in its leaves. Hmm, or are they petals? It's really hard to find color these days in gray Chicago!
One Watercolor a Day! I'm not even doing these at a rate of one a week but I'm having a good time with this book.

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

The Monday sketch group that I monitor at Holy Name Cathedral was working on sketching a still life today. We did a set up from some items that people brought with them.

Because of the extreme cold in Chicago this winter the last couple of times we've met indoors at the Cathedral rectory. Today, though, is a beautiful day! Next meeting it's back to "out and about"!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Food Glorious (Good) Food!

 Good Food Festival is right around the corner again. It's the 13th-15th of March this year. Last year one of my images was used on the the button that identified the exhibiting local farmers. This year I've been asked for another veggie illustration for attendees. Here's the one they've chosen. I'm delighted!

They will also be using the farmers' button. A rerun post from last year  – this is an onsite sketch of a demo by Rick Bayless  and the button.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#7 Play with Your Food

These were such fun to do!. The seventh exercise in One Watercolor a Day was to freely draw and paint the color, form and volume of some foods that catch your eye. I used watercolor and TomBow markers. I will do more of these I'm sure!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#6 Catching Up – Almost!

Navy Pier from Lake Shore Drive
I had an early appointment the other day on Lake Shore Drive. Well, actually my husband did, I just went along for the walk. This is what I saw. It almost looks as cold as it felt!

The task at hand was a layered landscape using glazes.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Resisting #5!

Exercise #5 involved using masking fluid or wax crayon to save the white of the paper. I never use a resist method when I paint but I had so much fun doing this I think I'll reconsider!

I know it's a fish knife  but we use it for butter and cheese just so I can see and use it often. I just love it. I found in a local shop called P.O.S.H.