Art

Watercolor butterflies

This past weekend, I went out, surrounded myself with nature, and sat down to paint.  I didn't really know what I was going to paint, so it was fun to end up with these simple watercolor butterflies.  I started with Daniel Smith Indigo, then let my intuition guide me in picking additional colors to mix in the wet washes.  The last step involved dropping little bits of Tibet and Moon gold for that special magic.  I was delighted to find that the outcome was as pleasing as the process!

 
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April Sketches

I'm excited to show some of the watercolor sketches that I made this month. For some reason, I've been feeling particularly tired. I'm happy that I managed to keep up my art practice! 

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Next week is "Golden Week" here in Japan and I took a couple of days off of work so that I could not only celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary in some special way, but also enjoy a nine day staycation. I'm looking forward to taking time for spring cleaning, some much needed rest, and of course, watercolor painting! 

Latest Sketchbook Painting

I spent my whole night working on this painting in my sketchbook. The inspiration came from a picture on Sktchy and although I had made the drawing a while back, I decided to finally paint it. I got to use a couple of my new Daniel Smith watercolors, Indigo (PB60, Pbk6) and Pyrrol Scarlet (PR255) together with some old favorites (DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna, DS Lapis Lazuli, and Schmincke Cobalt Blue Light). I finished it off with Finetec/Coliro gold details. 

 
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The Perfect Sketchbook 2017

In case you haven't heard, The Perfect Sketchbook B5 has just been relaunched as a limited edition. If you're not familiar with it, it's a high-quality watercolor sketchbook made with Fabriano Artistico, one of my favorite 100% cotton watercolor papers. Originally the product of an Indiegogo campaign in 2015, it was designed by Erwin Lian and produced by Bynd Artisan in Singapore. I just completed my first one and I have to say that it was a very pleasant sketchbook to use!

There are still some available, so if you're interested in watercolors I would definitely recommend buying one before they run out!

The Finished Painting: Second Sight

I wanted to take a moment to show the painting that I made for the art show mentioned in the last post. It's called Second Sight, and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

 
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I have to say that I'm really glad that I attended Ash's book release party. I had the opportunity to hear Ash's powerful reading of her poetry, look at beautiful artwork, and meet other interesting Portland folks. I also felt deeply touched by the kind feedback I received on my painting while at the show. My painting will be up along with other lovely pieces until April 30th, so if you happen to be in the area, definitely stop by!

UPDATE: As it turns out, my painting sold! I'm not sure who bought it, but I was filled with joy!

March Life Drawing

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Last night, I went to a life drawing session for the first time in two years. It's something that I've been meaning to do for quite a while. Although websites like Croquis Cafe are helpful for figure practice, the experience of drawing from life definitely has something special about it. It's easy to make excuses to avoid going to life drawing sessions, so I'm proud of myself for finally just doing it. I was a little rusty, but I found that all the gestural practice for the "one week 100 people" challenge really helped me with the 1-minute poses. It also felt nice to be surrounded with other artists for a change, as most of the time I work on my paintings while home alone. I'm sharing my favorite from last night: a sketch done during a 30-minute pose on Arches hot press paper. I'm hoping to make it a habit to go once a month, so stay tuned for my next report!

"One Week 100 People" Challenge

This past week, March 6-10, I participated in the "One Week 100 People" Challenge. Created by renowned urban sketchers Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes, the challenge involves drawing 100 people in five days. I decided to participate at the last minute, as I figured that it would be good practice for me.

My tally came to 46/100 people. Even though I didn't make the final goal, I was quite happy that I gave it a try. I knew from the beginning that I would have to make faster paintings than usual. This forced me to try new approaches that I wouldn't ordinarily have tried, thus pushing me out of my comfort zone. Let me share some of my favorites with you:

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