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12-01-2012, 09:06 PM
My first time using one of the Ivory papers that Stillman and Birn makes. This one is a Extra Heavy Weight 180 lbs in a 5.5 x 8.5 size.

quick sketch with a sharpie pen. . . then I added some portfolio oil pastels on the top and smeared around with finger. I like that even though the paper is cold press, it does not have TOO much texture, so the oil pastels smoothed out very nicely. :thumbsup:


12-01-2012, 10:58 PM
Gorgeous color Rainy!

I think the ivory background will make highlights pop more!
I just got a Gamma (the light weight ivory paper) a few days ago, and am looking forward to using it. -Trying to tear myself away from the Epsilon and my fountain pens...

Isn't it interesting to find subjects that will look good on ivory paper? You made a good choice with the shiny blue shoes!

12-01-2012, 11:07 PM
Well, no matter the paper, those sexy blue high heels are great!! :thumbsup: Unique angle for a shoe still life. I prefer any soft/off white to bright white- it just glares at me I guess. But I have some, like Canson Mix Media, that I use and abandon now & then, for the heavy weight. (Frankly Strathmore 80 lb. does better with light waterbrush!) At 180 lb. I guess you can really use water easily. And acrylics? What are your plans?? Show us more!:wave:

12-02-2012, 02:18 AM
Great drawing of the shoes, Rainy! Aren't the S&B sketchbooks wonderful?

12-02-2012, 06:12 AM
lovely! and I love cream or ivory paper - I agree about the softness and lack of glare.

12-04-2012, 02:00 PM
Gorgeous shine on those shoes :) :) :)

12-04-2012, 09:49 PM
You captured the shine of the shoes so well... my cousin actually have high heels shoes in just that color! She is almost 180 cm tall, and in those heels she looks stunning!

12-07-2012, 02:18 AM
Great sketch Rainy, and oooooooooh, I want those shoes!

12-08-2012, 01:13 PM
Thank you very much everyone. Personally, I don't think I could walk in those shoes, but they would look great on my daughters.

Here is page two in my Delta. . . this was done plein air with a pen and two colors of watercolor and then some touch up when I got home with a bit of other media.

Joshua Tree

12-08-2012, 07:04 PM
Gorgeous, those colours look so vibrant!
I like the way you've filled the whole page.

En plein aire? How clean and dry that area looks! Great stuff, I live in a swamp half the year...trade you?:thumbsup:

12-08-2012, 07:44 PM
Very nice, Rainy! Joshua trees make such interesting subjects to paint and photograph.

12-09-2012, 04:57 PM
Thanks John and Dragoon.

Plenty of joshua trees around here and they are protected so you cannot take them down if they are on your property either.

12-09-2012, 06:04 PM
sharpie pen and sakura koi watercolor box


12-10-2012, 12:07 AM
Really like your last two pages, really look like mini paintings. BTW just went and read your blog and really relating to your last few posts. I wasn't able to leave a comment unfortunately.

12-10-2012, 03:21 AM
All three are lovely sketches. The Joshua tree is my favourite, I love the texture of the trunk.

12-10-2012, 10:46 AM
Really like your last two pages, really look like mini paintings. BTW just went and read your blog and really relating to your last few posts. I wasn't able to leave a comment unfortunately.

Sorry, Jacquip . . . I fixed the comments I think. I had turned it off for a while because I had been getting a TON of spam comments every day suddenly.


12-10-2012, 12:08 PM
I thought that I would share this. I have the book Artist Journal Workshop and on one of the pages Cathy Johnson does a watercolor pencil test page using only three of her favorite watercolor pencils. So I decided to do this also. I ended up adding a few tests of my own to hers. :thumbsup:

I don't have too many WC pencils but these are the red, blue and yellow I like to use most and the colors I got when using just those. I was happy with all the colors I could get!!!

Faber Castell Indian Red
Faber Castel Indanthrene Blue
Derwent Deep Cadmium

So today I am going to try a journal page using just these three pencils.


12-10-2012, 11:17 PM
Here is what I did using the watercolor pencils for color (red, blue, yellow only). Photo was a corner of one from inspirational photos. Quote from Robert Hughes who passed away earlier this year.


12-13-2012, 11:00 AM
Just more playing with the four watercolor pencils (I used a gray to draw, then the three red/blue/yellow for color). I'm getting slowly more comfortable trying to blend colors with the pencils. And sometimes more suggestion of color than true color seems to work ok.



12-13-2012, 11:35 AM
going beautifully :)

and a great Robert Hughes quote

Joan T
12-13-2012, 01:37 PM
Rainy - It is amazing what you can do with a very limited palette. These came out nice. I really like the sketches of the bagel and the green tea and toast.

12-13-2012, 05:53 PM
Really great tests and sketches with a limited palette.

12-14-2012, 12:01 AM
Thank you Viv, Joan and Debby.

One more in the test series. I did more ink this time and then just added color using the same old three watercolor pencils. Getting a bit tired of the testing so I think tomorrow I'll move on to playing with more of my fun supplies. I've convinced myself that I can get most colors I want with three colors, even when using watercolor pencils. :clap:

I blurred out the text since it was holiday related. . .


12-14-2012, 12:07 AM
I like it, Rainy. The colors are beautiful and it's getting me into the holiday spirit.

12-14-2012, 07:16 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2012/132279-owl1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2012/132279-owl2.jpg

12-14-2012, 08:51 PM
Hi Rainy
Was this wise old creature created with your watercolor pencils too?
I have really enjoyed these recent posts: paint tubes, poppy seeds, green tea, Christmas...
Thanks for sharing

12-14-2012, 09:16 PM
Thank you Steven.

Sorry for omitting. It started as quick pencil sketch, and then I couldn't resist throwing in those watercolor pencils on top since they were on the desk. Realized after that I lost definition on his other wing when added the color. :o

12-15-2012, 04:41 AM
Rainy, these owls are beautiful. You and some of the others here sure do give me a lot of inspiration to keep practicing. Thanks.

12-15-2012, 12:55 PM

a candle lit. . . sad day yesterday

12-16-2012, 02:33 PM
just a quickie while out with the dogs of my kokopeli weathervane


12-17-2012, 02:49 AM
That is adorable.
The owl is great, too, especially the glowing eyes.

12-18-2012, 10:59 AM
Wow, excellent work here since I last checked in! The owl is really well drawn - as much as I've drawn birds, I still struggle mightily at times getting proportions and details (bill structure is always a challenge for me) correct.

A couple questions:

1.) You mentioned somewhere earlier that you had moved to a new area, which must have happened when I was away from the forum. Where are you these days? I gather it must be somewhere in the southwest since you mentioned having Greater Roadrunners around...?

2.) Are you getting notices of new posts on subscribed threads, or is that functionality on the website still missing in action. I'm getting none at all, which I miss as a reminder to keep up with people.

12-18-2012, 12:07 PM
Thank John.

I am only subscribed to a couple threads and its set up daily, not each post, but it does work on both as of last night.

Yes, I live in CA still but now in the high desert at the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. We actually get winter here, snow even!

12-18-2012, 03:20 PM
a view of my spice cabinet


12-18-2012, 06:35 PM
Great sketch. I am envious of how tidy your spice cupboard is :)

12-18-2012, 07:23 PM
Great sketches, Rainy. Again you inspire me with your drawings of all sorts of things.

Joan T
12-19-2012, 10:53 AM
Thanks for sharing these. The candle one is very moving!!! I like that Christmas tree branch and cute weather vane. You have a bit of everything.

12-20-2012, 06:28 PM
Thanks Joan, Debby and Jacqui.


12-20-2012, 06:55 PM
Hi Rainy
Really like the pen and wash in these last two that you have posted in your reply.

12-20-2012, 06:58 PM
Very nice Rainy. Was the colour transfer onto the other page deliberate? Still looks good. Delicate touch with the pen.

12-20-2012, 07:22 PM
Thanks Steven and Jacqui.

The color on the page was pre-added except that I did add a touch of green to the tree leaves

Joan T
12-21-2012, 11:56 AM
Rainy - I like these on the pre-treated pages!!

12-21-2012, 12:16 PM
Great owl and hanging Christmas ornaments. And I like the ones on the toned paper too. I had done some toned paper a while back, and have forgotten about it. I like the effect, and should do more of that myself.

12-21-2012, 05:49 PM
The spice cabinet is well done...but has a critical flaw. Where are the five or six bottles of various hot sauces? They are a must for any kitchen. :D

12-21-2012, 06:27 PM
Very cool tree.

12-21-2012, 07:00 PM
Thanks Joan, Michelle, Debby and John.

LOL, John. The tabasco and louisiana hot sauce is in the other cabinet with the soy sauce and tamari :-) I don't have but two kinds right now! I do use the cayenne pepper in the space cabinet an awful lot though.

12-23-2012, 04:41 PM
Cool sketches Rainy. Shall I take it you finally got to move to the country? If so are you enjoying it as much as you thought you would?

12-23-2012, 05:05 PM
Margo. . . yes! The dogs and I now live on about two and half acres -- we are about a mile and a half on a dirt road from the nearest two lane blacktop. Its so much nicer than where I had lived before!! Have to plan store outings now, but that's ok.

Here is something I did in sketchbook while playing with some new Hydrus watercolors that I got myself as a Christmas gift. They are a bit different than the two Radiant watercolors that I have. But I opted not to get more of the Radiant as they are not lightfast. I'm going to give the Hydrus a test on the new Zeta paper samples I got next. . . this was in the Delta - notice how flat the page lays on this book when using across the spread. LOVE that.

Oh, the page had some color already on it using neocolor 2 (it was a prepared page) and I added the text quote (which I think is from Ghandi) with the computer after I took the picture.


12-23-2012, 05:13 PM
Lovely, Rainy!

12-23-2012, 06:15 PM
Gorgeous colours and beautiful painting.

12-23-2012, 06:20 PM
Delightful flowers.

12-23-2012, 07:33 PM
Always nice to "get" a present you actually want! Great tryout.

Hmmm...sounds like our living arrangements are similar. Definitely a trip to the store for me, 20 miles for basic stuff, 50 for anything exotic or fun. It becomes an adventure. I'm sure the pooches are in nirvana, mine is.

Have a great holiday and have fun playing with your self presents.

12-24-2012, 12:33 PM
lovely :)

12-25-2012, 01:03 PM
Thanks everyone. . . and Happy Holidays!


12-25-2012, 05:25 PM
Lovely sketch Rainy, hope you have a great holiday too :)

12-25-2012, 10:00 PM
Thank you, Jacqui!

Had to try to draw this guy real quick (used watercolor pencil, just the same four I had in my little kit). . . he had a beanie cap on and a goatee with rubber bands. Very unusual.

It was done on a prepared page so he didn't have tattoo on his face or anything, that was just already on the paper.


Joan T
12-26-2012, 11:23 AM
I love that page iwth the flowers!!! Nice sketches in different mediums. I like ghat goatee!

12-26-2012, 02:07 PM
Great sketches Rainy. The fellow with the swirls on his face reminds me of my DH's paintings. He tends to paint shaman type fantasy characters with tatoos on their faces.

12-26-2012, 05:18 PM
sketch with uniball pen from television show


12-26-2012, 06:12 PM
Nice group of sketches! It's so fun to find a real 'character' to sketch, like goatee guy here, isn't it?

Joan T
12-27-2012, 11:44 AM
That's great that you can sketch from the tv. I find the pictures change too fast for me.

12-27-2012, 02:20 PM

12-27-2012, 02:22 PM
Marvelous portrait from the TV. What's the drink? I really like how you got the look of bubbles without a lot of detail.

12-27-2012, 04:21 PM
That drink looks awesome. Love the detail in the ice and reflections. Yummy.

12-27-2012, 06:19 PM
Thanks Jacqui and Debby

a USED lemon


12-27-2012, 08:17 PM
The lemon looks great. I have a lot of experience with the look of used lemons right now, just harvested a shopping bag full off the tree and juiced them. Have frozen the juice in ice cube trays so I'll have juice handy for the next year I think... lol

12-27-2012, 10:21 PM
Thanks Jacqui and that is a great idea for preserving the lemon juice!!

12-28-2012, 03:12 AM
That drink makes me wanna have one! It looks like a kipirinja or kaipiroska.... Cheers and Happy Holidays!

12-28-2012, 09:05 AM
Impressive sketches!!! Keep them coming.

12-28-2012, 11:50 AM
Nice job on the drink - always a challenge to get that 'liquidy' look, especially in a quick sketch!

12-28-2012, 12:45 PM
Since I haven't really used them, I tried out a set of Cretacolor Aquastic which I had for a long time.


and here is the mushrooms by themselves as I'm not real fond of how the opposite page came out!


12-28-2012, 04:30 PM
Very nice toadstools, great colour and shine. Really like the bg on your opp page.

12-28-2012, 05:28 PM
Interesting sketching a used lemon. Great job. The toadstools are great too.

12-28-2012, 07:14 PM
I like the way you did the green cocktail drink. Those ice cubes are great!

Joan T
12-29-2012, 11:48 AM
The cocktail came out great...your shading on the ice is super! Love the lemon in the little dish too. Wonderful color in the mushroom sketches!

12-29-2012, 12:14 PM
Love the color on these pages, especially "holiday cheer."

12-29-2012, 07:51 PM
Thanks Joan, Julie, Michelle, Debby and Jacqui.


12-30-2012, 02:34 PM
drawing from video in pen


Joan T
12-30-2012, 02:46 PM
Rainy - These are great!!!

12-30-2012, 03:25 PM
Great sketches.

12-30-2012, 04:34 PM
Wonderful pages, don't know how you manage to draw from tv or video but you do a great job.

12-30-2012, 05:51 PM
another from a video. . . sorta scribbly
added some color/text after with a watercolor pencil and waterbrush


12-30-2012, 08:38 PM
Eerie is a good name for that sketch.

12-30-2012, 09:35 PM
Great use of those pens and the pause button on the remote!

12-31-2012, 10:44 AM
This one was from splotches of ink that I just let dictate what I put on the paper. came out kinda funky. . . but it was fun anyway


12-31-2012, 03:16 PM
Great job of making the ink splotches work for you.

12-31-2012, 05:57 PM
Eerie was very Alice in Wonderland. These last two have a real fantasy element to them. I like them. I find that using preprepared pages tend to dictate what goes on them too, funny about that.

01-03-2013, 05:09 AM
I love your two latest pages Rainy! The spontaneous color splashes seems so full of life!

01-03-2013, 09:51 AM
really cool pages, I love this style of sketchbooking, I've tried it, but mine always look pants, I'd love to make one that looks this good, I shall just have to keeptrying. Hope you keep making more lovely pages thru' 2013...

01-05-2013, 10:36 AM
Thanks Scatty.

I did the doors from inspirations picts in bed last night off my ipad in pen, gonna add some color and text to the page later after errands and some more detail on wall. One more page spread left in my S&B Delta after this page is done.


01-05-2013, 05:02 PM
Nice job on the doors. Love the hint of the stones on the wall.

01-06-2013, 05:12 AM
nice one

01-06-2013, 10:03 AM
Thanks Viv and Jacqui

Added some color and words (but blurred those out). colors look darker in person, flash faded it out


01-06-2013, 12:25 PM
Looks great with color added.

01-06-2013, 05:48 PM
Very nice job with the colours.

01-06-2013, 09:05 PM
Last page in this Delta series book! This was just messing around practicing with pen lines.

Overall I think this book served the purpose I hoped it would which is to get me back into sketching every day! I finished the book in just a few days over a month both back and front of pages so I'm happy with that as a start. Thanks for all who looked and commented this month!


01-06-2013, 09:51 PM
Isn't it a great feeling to finish a sketchbook. It has been a pleasure following your progress here. Great sketches to finish with.

01-07-2013, 02:24 PM
Delightful sketches to finish the book. Congrats.