Everyone loves baby animals

I’m sure a lot of people have heard that looking at baby animals will make you feel good inside.  I even read that it may increase productivity at work.  I haven’t tried that, yet, but I am ok with the warm and fuzzies.  One day when I had a few hours on my hands, I whipped up this picture.  It didn’t actually take 3 hours, but I took a lunch break for an hour somewhere in the middle of drawing it.  It is an oil pastel drawn on a 5×7 ampersand pastelbord.  I love using pastelboard when I use pastels.  I gave it to a friend and she requested a couple more, a drawing of a lamb and one of a kid (the baby goat variety, not a child lol).  Anyhoo, here is my picture of a calf in a field.

calf

Goodbye winter

I love that I can experience all four seasons in the state of Michigan, where I live.  I do not love that sometimes, winter decides to stay extra long.  This year was one of those years, and most of us Michiganders couldn’t wait until spring was finally here. Last week it was snowing.  Snowing.  In April.

Now that it is spring, I can look back and be glad I made it happy and mostly healthy through another cold winter.  Here, cardinals symbolize winter just like robins symbolize spring .  I’m posting this watercolor of a cardinal to say goodbye to winter.  Gorgeous sights like cardinals sitting on snowy branches are one of the few joys I get out of a nasty, cold season.  My inspiration for this was a photo I found on the website http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/.  I love that site to get photos to paint from if I can’t find one of my own to paint from.  I do like painting live scenes, however, I rarely paint things in one sitting.  Also, I never paint the same time every day so the lighting, shadows, and coloring change.  Anyway, here is my female cardinal watercolor to say so long winter, see you later this year at our usual time

Wintercardinal

Don’t Blink

Yes, Don’t Blink is from Doctor Who.  I love Doctor Who, and when I painted this watercolor, I was obsessed with weeping angels.  If you don’t watch Doctor Who, weeping angels are statues of angels.  They move when you are not looking at them and they freeze to stone when you do look at them.  I liked angel statues before that, but the tv show elevated my like into love, and that’s where the obsessing came from.  This watercolor is done with just one color- Indigo.  I liked the indigo because it reminded me of the TARDIS that David Tennant used on the show. If you don’t know what a TARDIS is, watch the show!  I don’t think I can accurately describe the awesomeness of the TARDIS.  Ok, I’m not really that pushy.  You don’t really have to watch it.  You just have to like indigo and/or like angel statues to appreciate my painting of an angel statue.

 Indigo Angel Statue

Pearly Whirly

Pearl was a miniature dachshund that was part of my parent’s household for many years.  Sadly, my little puppy-sister passed away last year. My folks do have two other dogs and a cute cat, but Pearl will be missed.    I called her Pearly Whirly, and I loved how she would snuggle with me in the morning when I visited.  My folks got up early, and I did not.  Apparently, Pearl wasn’t an early riser, either, so she would sleep with me until I decided to get up. My dad compiled a picture collage of pearly, and I thought it would be a good idea to give him a picture of Pearl for Christmas.    Here is a picture of the photo I used.  What a butterball!  I painted just the head and my parents loved the painting Pearly Whirly

Pearl

And below is the acrylic painting I did.  As with my other acrylics, I textured a lot and added lots of glazes.  This is the first picture I did of a pet, and I was happy with the results

Pearly Whirly

Again with the pears

Yes, I love pears.  Yes, it’s probably one of my favorite things to paint or draw.  They’re also pretty amazing to eat.   Lately, I’ve been craving this sweet pear and gorgonzola salad that I couldn’t get enough of last fall. There’s just something about the pears, blue cheese, red onions, and sweet Dijon vinaigrette that just plain does it for me.  Well, enough with the making myself hungry and onto the subject. This pic is actually of an oil pastel.  When I younger, I didn’t care for oil pastels, but I never had the use of Ampersand Pastelbord back then.  Pastelbord is wonderful!  It has a gritty feeling that they call tooth.  The tooth grabs the pastels, making it richer in color and easier to draw on than pastel papers. This pastel was done in the time frame of a movie.  Actually, it took less time than the whole movie, because I am a distracted movie watcher.  I get up, get some water, sit down, and get up again because I forgot my snack.  I also usually like to be busy when I watch movies.  Usually, I flip through magazines.  Drawing with pastels requires a bit more concentration than a magazine, so it is something that I can do only if I’ve watched the movie many times before.   And here is an ode to my craving, drawn while watching Zombieland

Lonely Pear

If I had a million blue Ball jars

No seriously, I wish I had a million blue Ball jars.  I might just settle for a crap ton of them.  I would photograph them and paint them and paint them some more and just go a little crazy with the paintings of Ball jars and use a ridiculous amount of run-on sentences while I do it.  As it is, I have several of these gorgeous aqua jars, and I will be adding to my collection when I can.  This painting with flowers was a gift for a friend.  Her bathroom was all aqua and purple, and I thought a photo of lilacs in a jar I came across would make a beautiful painting.  The painting is an acrylic 8×10 on canvas.  For acrylics, I use a variety of paint brands (mostly Golden, Liquitex, Dick Blick, and M. Graham), and I also use glazes and gel mediums.  For this painting, I added a gel medium to the background because I wanted a textured feel.  I glazed on top to bring out the texture, as well.

Lilacs in Ball jar

Fruits of my labor

Pears on a board

Okay, I know it’s a cheesy title, but this is about fruits.  More specifically, it’s about pears.  This is the first post in this blog so I wanted to describe the pear picture that I have in my header.  I love painting pears almost as much as I love eating them (they are so delicious!).  They are knobby and pitted and beautifully imperfect.  Capturing the imperfections, for me, is what makes a painting look real.

This watercolor painting was done on Arches cold press paper.  I blocked out the pears and the wood with masking fluid and masking tape while I worked on the background.  For the back ground, I painted blotches with my masking fluid.  Then I added many layers of color beginning with a light wash of yellows and greens.  I built up the color on the left with a couple layers of light paint.  Then, I painted a thick layer of green on the left, and put some crinkled saran wrap on top.  I left that to dry, removed the masking fluid in the background and added a couple more light layers of color.  I worked on the board next, and I did the pears last.  Both the board and pears were achieved with many light glazes of the watercolor.  I hope you enjoy!