Topiary Horses. I love googling ‘topiary’ to get inspiration for my stylized landscapes. Usually, I just scroll through the photos and then go off to do a painting but occasionally I’ll see something that I just have to paint from a reference. Fortunately, I was able to find a good Pixabay photo of these beautiful topiary horses, which are…[Read more]
These are cool Sandra! You are making me excited to try my new paper but I found that I have to learn to play nicely with my gouache first. That didn’t go as well as I would have liked this afternoon. Humbling but tomorrow is another day. I’ve been scrolling through YouTube videos this evening.
Thank you, Karen! Gouache does handle a bit differently from watercolor. It took me a few tries to get the feel for it. I’m going to have to be careful to switch back and forth quite a bit, or I’ll be constantly trying to use both of them incorrectly.
I am just starting to worry about that. I love my watercolor and original was going to use the qouache just to supplement in certain situations but have been intrigued by how some people can do some great plein air work in gouache. So much to try to master and have fun with! So glad that I have the time to play! 😊
Fortunately, the difference isn’t vast and I think after a while you’d adjust according to the medium without problem. But it will take a while. I’ll probably end up mostly using gouache on colored paper.
For our Doodlewash prompt of “Shoes,” combined with the Inktober prompt of “Tread,” I ended up with a fast and furious doodle featuring the bottom of my shoes. As many of you know, I’m trying new things this
Great selfie, Charlie! I had a brief fling with video games in the 1990’s along the time of Doom and Myst. I quickly determined they were bad for me – isolating me from my friends, making me feel stupid about myself – the whole magilla. Fortunately, I was smart enough to kick them out of my life. I’ve never regretted it, though I do like watching the trailers for the artwork.
This is fantastic, Charlie. Yes, looking at the bottom of shows can be kinda gross sometimes. I do try not to track unwanted stuff into my house. My Berks stay inside and some shoes stay by the door at least in wet weather. I try to cut down on housework as I’d rather paint.
I have four nephews and one young family friend that I can still see as young boys playing video games. I don’t know if they were in to the story kind, or the shoot em up kind, but now you have me curious. I guess I can kind of relate that to reading, which I did so much of as a kid. Stories are so powerful. And that’s to some degree what we do as artists.
What a remarkable view of yourself: feet up and relaxing, just as you should. It’s part oft he balance of life that we must maintain. And have fun with your own Ninendo Switch; my daughter and her youngest son have a blast with their system, playing against each other. They are using the game to be tool to unite them. You and Philippe will have to find game that will challenge each other!
For our Doodlewash prompt of “Rock,” paired with the Inktober prompt of “Sling,” we have a much younger Charlie with a slingshot. Thinking back, I’m not sure I remember actually owning a proper slingshot when I
You are the master of perspective and a composition that leads the eye from the front to the back of your painting. It almost feels like being on a roller coaster – you just shoot from the top to the bottom!
Great slingshot post Charlie. I remember making slingshots from tree branches and something stretchy but I don’t remember what we did with them. I would have been trying to keep up with the boys as I didn’t like playing with dolls. Brief glimpses of small town memories. Likely I’m just too tired tonight. I am just getting back from a solo round trip to see mom. 4 hours to Maine, 4 hour visit and 4 hours home. I got to see the last of the foliage and snow on the distance peck of Mount Washington. Pretty day for a ride even if it started and ended in the dark.
What? No reference photos at all? Awesome work, Charlie! I love the expression on your face showing that you were aiming at something. I have terrible aim with things flying through the air, but as you said, I don’t care to be good at those things. I’ll take felt and a glue gun any day!! I’ve enjoyed seeing the double versions of your Doodlewashes every day this month, too! 😍
Great article and drawing, Charlie! I had a slingshot (of sorts) when I was about 10, made of a strong part of a branch in the shape of a ‘Y.’ I remember trying to hit a spider on a web, though fortunately for the spider my aim wasn’t the best. I completely missed it but managed to break one the neighbour’s small textured louvre windows… Oops! Went straight into our house to advise Mum what had happened, saying ‘Mum, I think I’m in trouble…’ Had to go around to apologise to the neighbour and offer to pay for the window. Needless to say, that was the end of the slingshot…
Thanks so much! 😃💕 Oh wow… I adore your story! That’s awesome… I remember times like that as a kid. Sounds like your slingshot days were cut short quickly, and that I’m now thankful I only tried to hit cans. hehe
Ahhh, you discovered what I discovered a few months ago. If I make up my own sketches, there isn’t anything to compare it to. It was like a weight was lifted off my pencil. Very good on your perspective of your young self!
Ha, the look on your face. I think I’d be the same! Thankfully, I don’t remember anybody owning one of these growing up. With my handy co-ordination skills, I feel like it’d be more likely to come back and hit me than the target.
Charlie, great sketch of a fun tool of childhood, from the tin can’s point of view! It was replaced, in my childhood, by the Red Ryder BB rifle, a much more accurate tin can destroyer. But you decided to follow your interests and moved toward the creative arts. Your plan of life has been : Follow your joy!
10/19/19 Rock This prompt reminded me of an afternoon many, many decades ago and a hot summer afternoon project that involved a walk through the creek to scavenge for the perfect rocks to paint. Then a wonderful afternoon spent sitting on the lawn in the shade of an ancient black walnut tree with crayons, rocks and our imaginations. The rocks are…[Read more]
Such beautiful rocks! A beautiful memory too. Although, it did bring up memories for me of the old black walnut tree that grew in my grandparent’s front yard, and the many, many (many) burrs that had to be pulled out of my feet. You’d think I would have learned not to go barefoot at Grandma and Grandpa’s!
Fantastic, Sandra! I also picked up casein to use as under painting for gouache. Last weekend at open studios I met an artist that paints with casein on muslin and does fantastic very large paintings that took my breath away. Johniene Papandreas from Peterborough, NH. ASPACEBETWEENBREATHS.COM
For our Doodlewash prompt of “Sloth,” combined with the Inktober prompt of “Misfit,” I ended up with this little drawing. I’ve always loved sloths and find them to be remarkable creatures. They have the
Your sloth is adorable. You know the prehistoric sloth was about the size of an elephant. They’ve slimmed down a bit, but the fact that they still exist is proof that doing their own thing has worked and worked well.
A baby sloth! Who would have “thunk” it? Such an ugly animal made into a lovable little beauty! And, me too…I’m a slowpoke and I basically do everything whenever the spirit moves me. I’m hoping your great watercolors etc. will move me to get back into painting. I’ve been more into writing for the past few years but your lovely works are motivating me to “move” again. Thanks for the inspiration.
Thanks so much, Carole! 😃💕 Glad you liked this little sloth… I’m playing with perspective this month so this was a fun and funny challenge. I hope you will be inspired to DO some watercolors! I love writing as well, so I just do a little of both each day! 😉
I love your sloth! Sloths are a difficult creature to paint/draw because if they aren’t done right their faces look flat and one dimensional. But, you nailed this in every way capturing the cuteness and cuddly looks of our sloth friends! I relate to your words too and feel like the sloth is my spirit animal.
Adorable sloth – and one in motion! Of course, you will take the path least taken, Charlie. It’s fantastic!! I was fortunate to see sloths in their natural habitat last May in Panama – you have captured the image of one I saw perfectly!
Misfit Sloth for Inktober – the poor sloth may seem a misfit but they’ve been around since prehistoric times – maybe sloth isn’t so bad after all. #PostcardsForTheLunchBag #DanielSmithArtistMaterials #Inktober2019 #ZensationsChallenge #DoodlewashOctober2019 @Hahnemühle_USA #ZebraPenUS 18 Misfit Sloth – Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Ha…[Read more]
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