The East Coast experienced many mild weather days this winter, which drew me out of my studio hibernation to paint in nature. Once upon a time my outdoor painting would consist of small watercolor sketches or pencil drawings. This time around I decided to try quick paintings using acrylic paint and graphite on paper, spending about 45 min to an hour on each painting.
A recent purchase and a new love, the Sta-Wet handy palette, helped make outdoor painting easier. This palette box preserves paints for an extended period of time.. The smaller version was easy to transport and keep paint fresh. My preference of paint brush is more scrubby in texture, short bristle brushes.. Sometimes you just have to make adjustments, when you can’t find what you need, I gave my brushes a hair cut..
Since I am painting on paper, I don’t need an easel, just a hard surface to paint on.. Most of the time I use picnic tables in parks, and or invert the lid to my sat-wet palette to place my paper on. Working small 8″x 10″ or smaller means less paint needed.
Reserve your time in nature……
Supplies I bring for outdoor painting: Reusable bag to transport my supplies, water bottle, water cup (I use an empty yogurt container) brushes, pencil, pre-cut watercolor paper (small various sizes) rag, clips (to hold paper together) Palette fully loaded with paint colors (I try not to bring extra tubes of paint) large ziplock bags to package up my palette and any loose materials. I use a rubber band to wrap around my palette to keep it from accidentally opening in transport.
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Oh hello darling, I miss you..
Yes I have been neglecting you old buddy, missed out on your ever changing landscape, your colorful words, exquisite taste of imagery, and inspiring ways.. You always had something new to say and I can always find an adventure or two at my fingertips…
Forgive me darling, my attention played on other playgrounds, it kept me away from hanging out with you.. I couldn’t resist your algorithm charm, I knew one day this gal would return to you with a spark of enthusiasm…
Have you missed me..WordPress? … huh?
Oh your silence is cruel..
My choice of play has been Instagram, and Facebook but I did miss writing… My goal this year is to get back to writing and posting regularly.. I really did miss reading my favorite bloggers posts, such a great community of talented inspirational people on WordPress.
Illustration: pencil on paper
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A year ago at this time I participated in my first art drop, randomly placing small works of my art around the city to be found. I had so much fun with the art drop last time, I decided to do another one. On my birthday, carrying 4 small paintings, I scampered around the city of Philadelphia, leaving my art behind.. This day I felt like a tourist in my own city.
Places I visited:
Schuylkill River Trail, Boat House Row , Edgar Allen Poe House
If you ever plan to visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, here is some fun information about things to do in the city.
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Sometimes the process of doing can be more therapeutic than the completion of the product. As I tore the decorative paper in pieces and glued it randomly on the board, at that moment I realized we may be torn on the inside but it would be alright, we can be fixed, one imperfect piece at a time.
Day 4 100 artworks challenge – Mixed Media, decorative paper, watercolor, acrylic, pen & pencil on wood panel
Day 3 of 100 artworks challenge Mixed media art
In my attempts to create art today I was scattered in thought and thus couldn’t begin my project. Decided to recycle an old watercolor sketch I found as I went through my papers. I sliced and diced the sketch and incorporated the piece into my project. Amongst the clutter of discarded art can be something reimagined, be open to new possibilities.
9×9″ wood, decorative paper, watercolor and acrylic
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Excited to be participating in the 100 artworks challenge. First time committing to a big challenge, it will be an opportunity to try new ideas, and techniques using mixed media. A 100 days of creative happenings!
9″x 9″ framed wood panel, with watercolor & acrylic paints and decorative paper
To find out more about the 100 artworks challenge.
Day 30 last day of November and for Art Every Day Month . Thanks to Leah Piken Kolidas for creating this challenge. It has been fun, and challenging to create something everyday, some days felt like an effort to pick up the pencil to draw. But I happily made it to the end, my last post of November: Doodling with inspiration on the mind…
Until next time… #aedm2012
As November is winding down I am trying to keep up with Art Every Day Month, I haven’t sketched for a few days (ok its been a week) so I am posting some previous sketches.
During a brisk walk in the neighborhood a little leaf less tree caught my eye, it was bare except for a handful of seed pods hanging neatly in a row.
This drawing idea came from a very small doodle I made while writing my morning pages.
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