Showing posts with label watercolour painting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watercolour painting. Show all posts

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Today I made myself get out my paints and brushes. It is strange to say, but I feel better now. At least I painted. It is a start.
Stage one
Reference photo and stage two

Stage four...I am still working on it.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


It's been a busy July although I have no idea where the time went and I am feeling unproductive and my introvert nature and the heat of the days has me staying in the shade and watching too much TV. My apartment gets uncomfortably warm at the end of each summer day when the sun beats down on the roof above me from noon to sunset. I have been giving too much focus on keeping my little dog cool. Our walks are in the early morning. She can not be outside for long before her little body turns into a furnace. Both of us are now gaining a little weight due to fewer walks because of the temperature. I have six fans running all day long and I expect the electric bill will be higher than usual. I know sunny days are good for the spirit but the heat is definitely not something I can easily adjust to. Perhaps it is my age. Yep. I suppose I can blame it on my age.
Last week I enjoyed celebrating another birthday and I am grateful for still being on this amazing planet. My family and friends treated me to dinners and brunches, and there are flowers on my table and cards on the wall. I treated myself to a new box of watercolours which probably are not the best paints because of the reasonable cost and I am thrilled to have this palette at my disposal. It waits for me to start. Now if I can just make myself get out the water and the brushes.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jacob in Watercolour

A few years ago I painted this portrait of my grandson Jacob. He's now looking older and taller and he plays football in high school as one of the biggest players on the team. I didn't like this at the time I painted it but now I think it works as a likeness.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chugging Along

Yesterday I received my book proposal back in the mail. A very nice letter from the editor informs me respectfully that the story doesn't fit their current picture book needs.
I have to admit it is lovely to know so quickly about how they feel about the book idea. A no is hard but not unexpected.
I was thinking about re-doing all of the illustrations and I am so glad I didn't spend more time on it.
I am working on a new idea now and it is refreshing to get away from the pig characters because I was not really happy with them. I am kind of glad they never had a life out there.
I have been helping a friend with her book of poetry over the past few weeks. And I am working on a new picture book idea and getting back to writing.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Ducks in Painter

I took a break from vector drawing yesterday and went into Painter. These ducks are from a photo reference I took recently at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver.
I used the watercolour brushes with a bit of pencil line. I recorded each step and I think I will make a short slide show of the process.

And last night I went back into vector drawing and the results, a parrot drawing and a wolf drawing are posted on my other blog paintingpuppies.

The New Year has begun of course and along with everyone else I have been giving a lot of thought to assessing the past year and looking forward with new goals.
Among other things, I hope to keep growing and learning and my blogs help me to stay motivated. I thank you dear people who do stop by from time to time. And I love to receive your comments.