Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Old barns and buildings are fun to get into the detail because they are so full of textures and linear shapes. Various pencils, pen and ink, watercolor washes - are some of the the tools of texture to get your fix.
I did this sketch primarily with watercolor pencils. Then I used a very small and pointy watercolor brush sideways (after dabbing the excess water off first) and lightly dragged it across the pencil in one direction, with the grain of the wood. The pointy tip can get into the tiny dark cracks for detail. Later, I went back in with watercolor washes to add more variety of color and contrast.
I drew this free-hand without tracing. Working on my accuracy! (That is, my accuracy of asymmetry!)
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
A little history:
Waterman (William) S. Bodey discovered gold here in 1859. The town was named after him and misspelled. By 1879 Bodie had a population of 10,000 and was known for wickedness, badmen and the worst climate out of doors. Killings were almost daily events. The firebell (behind the falling buildings here) tolled the ages of the deceased when they were buried.
In 1962 Bodie became a state historic park. If you look in the windows you can see old bottles, furniture and peeling wallpaper. I have heard that it is spookey on a windy, dark day, but it was so beautiful there, I did not see any ghosts!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wishing all my blog friends a very happy holiday season, full of love, peace and joy. May we all have a very good New Year too!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
TODAY it is totally buried! It has been snowing all day. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Look at the snow we had last night!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
My sketches are detailed studies in my sketchbook - for practise and for reference for later paintings. Once I am very familiar with a subject I would like to paint it in a looser style or in a single stroke that suggests a petal instead of drawing it.
Friday, December 3, 2010
These little gems are related to seahorses. The sea dragon grows bony prongs from the spine, ribs and head that trail gauze-thin ribbons resembling seaweed. If they are not moving, they are totally camouflaged by the real seaweed. To move around, they beat transparent fins along their neck and back which gives them the look of drifting seaweed. They can grow to a foot long.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I love the ocean and walking on the beach, feeling the sand squish between my toes. My head is always bent down, looking for treasures cast up by the waves....it is an addiction that does me no ill...