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05-24-2015, 01:43 PM
Lovely work. Like the landscape with the tunnel.

05-24-2015, 08:41 PM
Purr thank you! Glad you like that one. I've been a little unsure of it, you just made me feel better! The blazing white pavement brighter than the sky is a bit off compositionally but I could always add shadows of trees coming across from the left. Each sketch alearning experience.

Going to develop the blossoming apple branch to a larger painting too.

05-25-2015, 04:55 AM
Oh no, Debby. Pastels often do for me, especially if layered. This will look a lot better once I start layering and texturing it more with softer pastels.

Today two watermedia pages!

Ari Cat (from own photo same day)
7" square
Derwent Watercolor Pencils on
Stillman & Birn Zeta smooth watercolor paper.

You really caught the sweet and loving look in this one. All soft and melty :)

05-25-2015, 09:01 PM
Purr thank you! He does get so lovable and cuddly. He has so many moods!

This one was from a photo. Different medium, still experimenting with gouache.

Ari Cat in Gouache
7" square
Pelikan pan gouache on Stillman & Birn Zeta journal smooth white paper
Photo reference my own.

05-26-2015, 03:04 PM
Sweet Ari painting. :cat:

05-26-2015, 09:25 PM
Those are beautiful paintings of Ari. Two totally different sides of him: soft and gentle and then fierce. Very nice.

05-27-2015, 11:14 PM
Purr thank you! He has many moods. I love my fluffy boy no matter what he's doing at the moment.

Today I finally finished the irises!

Two Spring Irises
8" x 10" portrait
Holbein and Great American pastels
Cream color Canson Touch sanded pastel paper
Photo reference my own posted in May 2015 Pastel Spotlight.

05-28-2015, 07:39 PM

05-29-2015, 09:46 PM
Purr thanks!

05-30-2015, 04:50 PM
Rose and Ari Page
7" square
Pigma Micron 02 pen and Yarka Professional watercolor
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal heavy smooth white watercolor paper
From life or my own photo (rose).

Three days of pen and watercolor sketching, paint done all at once today.

05-31-2015, 02:39 PM
Delightful page of sketches.

06-01-2015, 05:46 PM
Purr thank you! Today's is a working page of sketches. I decided to do thumbnails for the Pastel Spotlight.

June Pastel Spotlight Thumbnails
9" x 12"
Tombow dual tip markers on sketch paper
Photo reference by DAK723 for June 2015 Pastel Spotlight challenge.

Joan T
06-01-2015, 08:43 PM
Robert - The finished iris is great! I like your page of thumbnails!

06-02-2015, 02:54 PM
Super page of thumbnails. Which did you decide on?

06-03-2015, 10:06 AM
Thank you! Haven't decided yet for sure, may do a few more or some color studies. Leaning to the thunderstorm to liven it up, or might actually add a large animal to one as close-up as the square one. Those two are my favorites so far.

More sketches from yesterday...

Quick Sketches
9" x 12"
Tombow dual tip marker on sketch paper.

06-03-2015, 02:00 PM
I have been away from WC for a number of weeks. It has been great catching up with your sketches.

06-03-2015, 03:04 PM
That wombat is so cute. Nothing on Ari, of course, but cute.

Joan T
06-03-2015, 05:21 PM
Cute critters...Ari included!

06-04-2015, 02:32 PM
Purr thank you! Yesterday I turned to florals, since I went out to the clinic garden. The orange poppies are bloomed out, replaced with some yellow and orange daisies, but I got a photo back when they were around and worked from that in the waiting room. Then I took my little journal out to the patient pick-up area for a variety of leaves and plants growing in that patch.

Orange Poppies
5" x 7"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Bockingford white watercolour paper
My own photo from SFGH garden.

Botanicals from Life
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pigma Micron size 01 and Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolour
Moleskine pocket watercolor journal.

No cats yesterday but maybe today.

06-04-2015, 02:50 PM
The poppy is beautiful and an interesting assortment of flora.

06-05-2015, 06:27 AM
Thank you! I have a lot of photos of most of those plants, so I might continue to draw them later and try to convey what they're like in a big mass. The red-green one covers a good third of the patch they came from in a big sprawling irregular bed that surrounds several others. It's pretty cool. I think I might manage to paint that bed with a texture, if I could get irregular alizarin patterns glazed over the bright green of the upper petals. Have to study the photo for that - overall if it was one wash it'd be the deep red-purple.

06-05-2015, 08:53 AM
Today's first sketch, probably not the last though! Am feeling pretty good so that's a real likely thing, at least sketching!

Large Paws
6" x 9"
Tombow dual tip brush pens on sketch paper
From pastel video on painting animals demo.

06-05-2015, 04:18 PM
Lovely flowers and plant material. Definitely big paws. :cat:

06-05-2015, 08:38 PM
And under the big paws, a rose from the Watermedia Challenge!

Watermedia Challenge Rose
6" x 9" approx.
Tombow dual tip pens on sketch paper
Photo reference by Vivien Maloney for June Watermedia Challenge 2015.

I'm having fun in this sketchbook!

Thank you for commenting on the flowers and botanicals! I'm into plants and cats right now. And landscape, need to do more thumbnailing and maybe a color study for that landscape...

06-06-2015, 12:59 PM
Tiger Sketch
9" x 12"
Tombow dual tip brush pens on sketch paper
Pastel demo photo reference of a young male tiger.

More sketchbook stuff! Working on the big cats is very different. I got his face a little too long but that's mostly changed the angle of his muzzle, he dipped his nose to see better.

06-06-2015, 03:32 PM
The tiger looks like he's trying to see the end of his nose. Brilliant. Lovely rose.

06-07-2015, 06:35 PM
Ari Page
9" x 12"
Tombow dual tip pen on sketch paper, life.

More sketches from yesterday and a row on the bottom from today.

06-08-2015, 02:40 PM
Always a pleasure to see a page full of Ari sketches.

06-08-2015, 03:12 PM
Purr thank you! Today I went back to my pastel Spotlight entry. At the request of a friend, I'm turning it into a demo WIP in the Pastel Gallery.


Looking at it at a distance, I need to adjust something with the values. Definitely wanted left side darker than the right. I broke up the straight shoreline with deliberate inlets and extrusions to slow it and make it more musical. Done from the middle left thumbnail on previous page.

Skyscape Color Study (Fixed)
5" x 7"
12 Derwent pastels on brown Bee Bogus Recycled sketch paper
Photo reference Pastel Spotlight #1 scene by DAK723

06-08-2015, 03:30 PM

Joan T
06-09-2015, 02:17 PM
Great job on the tiger...and the little kitty we know so well here! The pastel sky looks really good. I like the variety of colors in the sky and clouds.

06-13-2015, 12:41 PM
Purr! Thank you both! I'll probably have even more colors in the sky when I do the serious one on sanded paper.

Ari Gestures Page
8 1/2" x 11"
Pigma Micron Brush Tip pen on Stillman & Birn Beta Journal

Another page of Ari gestures, some a little better than the past - he's not always sleeping in these!

06-13-2015, 04:05 PM
A pleasure to see Ari sketches.

06-14-2015, 01:02 AM
Purr thank you! Goofing around today from imagination...

Storm Skyscape
8 1/2" x 11"
Yarka Professional watercolor on Stillman & Birn Beta journal 180lb paper.
From imagination.

06-14-2015, 03:00 PM
Very moody sky. Looks like the whole world in your imagination is leaning to the right. :)

06-16-2015, 08:46 PM
Yeah, like the wind direction changed. i noticed that after I was done, that the trees leaning like that are against the wind rather than with it. Ah well. it's what it is. Was doing it emotionally and that's a mistake. if they leaned the other way it'd suggest wind always blew with that storm and they were bending with it.

Today I sketched Ari. Quick life sketch was too close to the top so cut off part of his head, an ear. Then took a beautiful photo of Ari because the sun came out, all the lights were on and for the first time in a long time, his lovely eyes weren't dilated! So had to get photos! Then sketched in pencil meaning to watercolor and pen, but finished in pencil tones.

Ari Cat Sketches
9" x 12"
Pigma Micron brush tip and pen
Stillman & Birn Beta 180lb white watercolor paper, rough.
Life (pen) and my own photo (pencil).

Joan T
06-16-2015, 09:02 PM
Love all the sketches of your favorite model, Ari!

06-17-2015, 03:10 AM
Lovely Aris and brrr chilly storm!

06-17-2015, 01:23 PM
Purr thank you! Everything leans to the right in the storm, which is going against the direction of the usual prevailing winds. I liked the motion though. Those trees are getting it from both sides now, straining into the teeth of it like they yearn for the water.

Today a big breakthrough! I packed up my goodies to paint today at my clinic visit and then had an itch to paint in my Beta journal, which is much bigger than the Zeta at 8 1/2" x 11". The paper's rough, which makes for more absorbency and a different texture. I'd forgotten how sweet it was.

So I charted my Yarka Professional Watercolors Sequel set into it, a replacement for my former Original set that included Rose as well as my beloved Russian Green. It's a great set, lovely range, interesting colors. Then noticed Ari was in a sweet pose.

I sketched his outline lightly in pencil intending to ink him as usual when it hit me, I could watercolor paint him. So I lightened the pencil as far as I could and had a go. The results surprised me. My first watercolor cat from life!

Ari Cat from Life
4 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Yarka Professional Watercolors Sequel Set
Stiillman & Birn "Beta" journal rough white 180lb watercolor paper

And here he is on the page with the color chart too. See how luscious these colors are! I am inspired and tempted to repack the bag!

Yarka Chart and Ari

Really tempted to bring this full pans set with me...

06-17-2015, 02:46 PM
Lovely painting of Ari. Those colors are vibrant. As long as you can handle carrying them, go for it.

06-17-2015, 08:26 PM
You should publish a book of Ari sketches/paintings/drawings

06-18-2015, 08:54 AM
Oh wow. That would be a great idea sometime, sort out the best of them and put together a narrative. I'd have to reconstruct his long gone kitten pictures from memory. He was the world's most beautiful kitten! Purr! Thank you!

Here's some birds I did yesterday in Graphitints for him to chase!

Three Pigeons from Life
A5 size 5.83" x 8.27"
Derwent Graphitint watersoluble pencils
Derwent Watercolour Paper, smooth surface.

06-18-2015, 02:10 PM
Wonderful birds.

06-18-2015, 06:26 PM
Purr thank you!

Today did the charcoal sketch on sanded paper to prepare for Storm Skyscape for this month's Spotlight. It's wandered very far from the reference photo!

Storm Skyscape Charcoal Sketch
7 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Charcoal on (I think) Fisher 400 sanded pastel paper.
Photo reference by DAK723 morphed to my design.

Joan T
06-18-2015, 07:57 PM
Robert - Super watercolor of Ari! Great job on the birds and the stormy sky.

06-19-2015, 03:55 AM
Rob I have enjoyed looking through your pages. I will never tire of seeing Ari, some beautiful pieces of him.

06-19-2015, 02:14 PM
Purr thank you! He's my favorite model. This morning he took an epic lap nap for almost three hours, till a leg cramp forced me to move. Completely relaxed, molded over my leg, warm and snuggly, repositioning a little every couple of minutes without waking. I think that's how they stay in shape. They exercise continuously even in their sleep. It was cute when he was dreaming and twitching his paws.

He also snores and makes funny little noises in his sleep, more mumbling than meowing, soft and deep.

Today I was watching some YouTube videos that started with a graphitints review and led through to "basic tree shapes in watercolor" which turned out to be Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers. He used Hookers Green, but I used Burnt Sienna. That inspired me to fill a page with random tree shapes from memory done the way he did - fast sketch and wash. The artist is "The Mind of Watercolor" (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv6GKopxZztw6EqG6OoIGCQ) on YouTube, his name is Steve Mitchell and he has lots of good videos.

So here's today's stupid easy sketch, depending on how I feel, there may be more.

Tree Studies from Memory
8 1/2" x 11"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker - Burnt Sienna
Stillman & Birn Beta journal 180lb white watercolour paper.
Inspired by The Mind of Watercolor video on Basic Tree Shapes. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ttm6kldz-c)

I'd encourage anyone in this forum or the Watermedia forum to check him out, he's a good watercolorist who also loves watercolor pencils, watercolor markers and journaling.

06-19-2015, 02:53 PM
Great stormy sky sketch. Thanks for the info on a good instructional video.

06-19-2015, 04:29 PM
Decided to post! Here's this morning's first sketch done before I even took any pills! Ari was stomping around being a Very Big Cat and I loved the way he looked, had to sketch him fast!

Ari Cat Walking Life Gesture "Stomping"
9" x 3 1/2"
Gray Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pen on Bazic sketchbook.

06-19-2015, 10:09 PM
That last sketch of Ari, he looks VERY assertive. :) I checked out the videos by Steve Mitchell. Thank you for the link! I watched How to use a Fan Brush for Watercolor Painting. I know I'll be back for more watching.

06-20-2015, 03:53 AM
Lovely sketches of Ari from life and the pigeons too :)

The resident tiger has become a real lap cat as she's aged. And a chatterbox, especially if i'm on the phone

06-20-2015, 03:26 PM
Hope you got your pills and were able to do more sketching. Ari does look very big cat. :cat:

06-21-2015, 08:03 PM
Aww Vivien, your resident tiger is so cool. That's true of Ari too. More cuddling, more lap and more talking as he gets older. When he was young I used to call him the Silent Siamese because he communicated almost totally in eloquent body language.

purr yes, Debby, got antibiotics and they are working. Mildly queasy beats mind-blotting pain any day!

Here's more Ari!

Ari Cat gestures from life
9" x 12"
Tombow brush pens on Bazic sketch paper.

Ari Cat Bathing (progress, may get watercolor)
7" square
Pigma Micron pen.
from my own photo.

Going to add watercolor to that one, but posting it in pen anyway.

06-22-2015, 03:39 PM
Beautiful array of Ari sketches.

06-22-2015, 06:27 PM
Purr thank you! Naturally, today I finished.

Ari Cat Bathing
7" square
Pigma Micron pen and Daniel Smith watercolor sticks used as pans:
Quinacridone Coral, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Ultramarine Blue and Sap Green.
Stillman and Birn Beta journal ivory 180lb rough watercolor paper.
My own photo and life. Colored by looking at the sleeping cat.

06-23-2015, 04:57 PM
So sweet. :cat:

06-23-2015, 06:56 PM
Yesterday's marker painting from life and today's Pigma Micron life sketch! Purr! Thank you! He has been so sweet lately. Since it turned cold and rainy, he's been spending a lot of time cuddled on my lap. We both stay warm when he does, it's beautiful. He'll lay there and purr, then that will drift off toward snores and he'll just relax to boneless, sinking and redistributing his weight. I have picked up his leg to tuck it back under him sometimes and he doesn't wake up. Totally trusting.

Crouching Ari, Sprawling Lap Nap
8 1/2" x 8"
Pigma Micron pen and Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers
Stillman & Birn Beta journal heavy rough white watercolor paper. From Life.

06-23-2015, 09:15 PM
I really like crouching Ari. Maybe it's the color. Or, it could be the look in his eyes. :)

06-24-2015, 12:09 AM
wow i LOVE the one of Ari bathing! So colorful and great job. Love the pen sketch itself also.

06-24-2015, 08:31 PM
Purr thank you! The color may be a little off in some areas but I got his pose and expression - and he was actually awake at the time!

Today's finishes the page. From a photo of a Tennessee Walker my daughter's boarding for a month, pretty horse, photo is almost an anatomy diagram. Will be trying again, this is just a gesture.

Sketches, two Ari from Life and one horse from photo
8 1/2" x 11"
Pigma Micron pen, brush sepia (horse), W&N watercolor markers (top Ari)
Life and photo by my daughter Kitten used with permission.
I plan on a more serious sketch of that horse later, pose is almost anatomy diagram and the horse has an elegant build.

06-26-2015, 04:56 PM
Another go at the horse, another Ari from life and a dinosaur inspired by a video by Alfonso Dunn on YouTube. He's got over 150 videos up. I found him just surfing flowers in pen and watercolor but soon realized how many good videos he had on so many subjects! So I linked to him in the art image description.

Assorted Sketches
9" x 12"
Tombow Dual Tip Pens on Bazic sketch paper
T-rex inspired by YouTube video tutorial by Alfonso Dunn (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoBapgfK_m6G7airg1rdn8w). Check out his channel! Horse from same photo as previous horse sketch.

06-26-2015, 09:50 PM
Another page of sketches. Previous was yesterday's, this is today's. I'm getting back my daily art habit!

More Sketches, Most from Life
9" x 12"
Pigma Micron, Pencil, Soft Charcoal Pencil on Bazic sketchbook paper.
Ape skull from Alphonso Dunn video (followed in different medium).

06-27-2015, 05:37 PM
Big Pine Scene
8 1/2" x 11"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Beta Watercolour Journal (white rough 180lb)
Inspired by a sketch for today's Johannes Vloothuis watercolor demo. He did this tree a thousand times better. I just experimented loosely.

This was a fun experiment though and I'm really having fun with these markers.

06-27-2015, 06:33 PM
Oooo, I LIKE it!:thumbsup:

06-29-2015, 06:34 AM
Purr thanks! Next is another go at a dinosaur. Done yesterday, posted now.

Tyrannosaur Sketch
8 1/2" x 11"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker Burnt Umber
Stillman & Birn Beta journal 180lb rough watercolor paper.

Blocked this out and painted it without a reference, just a whole lot of documentaries viewed recently. Still need to improve but this cartoonish T-rex isn't that bad! Just not that detailed.

06-29-2015, 10:46 AM
More sketching...

Two Dinosaur Sketches
9" x 12"
Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens (Landscape Assortment) on Bazic sketchbook.

Then I found the little tiny Book of Ari and continued it from 2010:

Ari Cat Sketch from Life
2 1/2" x 4"
Brown Pigma Micron brush tip on Moleskine soft cover journal.

Ari Cat Grooming from Life
2 1/2" x 4"
Pigma Micron size 02 on Moleskine soft cover journal.

I seem to be on a roll for sketching today!

06-29-2015, 11:54 AM
Finished the little page...

Ari Cat page in the Book of Ari (Life)
2 1/2" x 4"
Pigma Micron size 02 on Moleskine soft cover sketchbook.

06-29-2015, 12:50 PM
love your sketches - you really have the posing down good.

06-29-2015, 08:30 PM
I agree with Zebby. I really like your sketches. :)

06-30-2015, 03:31 PM
Purr, thank you both! Back to sketching this morning. It's the last day for me to work on my pastel landscape so not sure if I'll finish that this month or just post it as a demo next month in Pastel Gallery. But here's today's sketch!

Stegosaurus and Camptosaurus
9" x 12"
Tombow dual tip brush pens on Bazic sketchbook paper
from video loosely.

06-30-2015, 03:32 PM
Dinosaurs and Ari and horse sketches, how can you go wrong? Great pages all around.

07-01-2015, 10:32 PM
Purr thank you!

Uploader isn't working for me so I'm attaching my page of Tree and Birds all from life today.

Pen and watercolor in a large Moleskine journal.

07-02-2015, 01:36 PM
Love all the little bird poses.

07-11-2015, 06:31 PM
Purr thank you! Four or five of them were hopping around while I waited for the van, so I kept sketching different poses from life and took a bunch of photos. They were so much fun!

Yikes. Ten days without art. So much for daily art - weather can knock it over so fast. But today I got back on it and did a stage in my pastel painting.

Storm Skyscape, June-July Spotlight (Underpainting Stage)
7 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Fisher 400 sanded paper
Derwent hard pastels set of 12 and colorless blender
Photo reference by DAK723 now abandoned to work from sketch and preliminaries. There comes a point it's easier to let the painting rule.

07-12-2015, 04:53 PM
Sorry about the weather. Glad to see you are back in the saddle. Looking forward to seeing the pastel progress.

07-12-2015, 05:19 PM
Sweet little birds :)

07-17-2015, 12:31 AM
Yesterday's clinic visit sketches. I didn't have time to go into the garden for any photos, but I did a tree from life with a black Prismacolor Watercolor pencil in my small Moleskine watercolor journal, then later in the waiting room pulled up a photo of those little birds from last time, enlarged it and sketched him about 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" (area shown in photo) in the larger Moleskine watercolor book.

Both are attached below. I really want to get back to daily art, but sometimes bad days get in the way. Occasonally good days do if I spend the time mat cutting and framing! But that's 'artish' and gets me inspired!

07-17-2015, 03:41 PM
Great pages. Bad days are bad days. Can't be helped. Hope the good days outnumber the bad ones.

07-18-2015, 02:04 AM
Sweet sparrow. I can imagine that as embroidery.

I'm just not neat enough to cut mats :(. I accept it nowadays ... I just can't do neat! Reusing an old frame for a pastel (big) for the exhibition this weekend turned the air blue! 3 times I did it before I managed it without seein a speck of pastel dust on the glass or mat ... Take it all apart and start again ....

Hope you have lots of good days

07-19-2015, 08:18 PM
I really like the sparrow. And I agree with vhere, it would be great embroidered, or done in counted cross-stitch. :)

07-19-2015, 10:44 PM
Purr thanks, Debby, Barbara and Vivien. I would love to see someone translate that into embroidery or counted cross stitch. I don't do those mediums but I'd be thrilled if someone who did copied it.

Drew today, penciled and inked a coloring design for an article I'm writing on Combining Prismacolor Products for a site on adult coloring books. Needed something original to color for the demo, so drew a snapdragon and a couple of coneflowers. Not posting yet, not till article's done with its stages, but I will after the article appears. Since it's for someone else he should probably get it virgin.

07-20-2015, 05:16 AM
That sounds an interesting project, do show us when you can

07-21-2015, 09:26 PM
Half done writing the article, or at least a third of the way. Got the watercolor pencils part done, on to the rest!

Painted today in watercolor...

Ari Cat Sleeping On Our Bed
7" square
Sakura Koi 24 color pocket box watercolors (pans)
Stillman & Birn Delta journal 180lb cream rough watercolor paper. From life.

07-22-2015, 03:40 AM
Like the 'our'!

07-22-2015, 12:16 PM
Purr thanks! He's back in our bed again turned the other way. Being a cat lover involves adoring the sight of a sleeping cat!

07-22-2015, 05:17 PM
Today's sketch finished the page in the little Moleskine with another watercolor pencils sketch.

Monochrome Tree and Mt. Fuji Page
3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils (Black and Indigo)
Pocket Moleskine Watercolor Journal
(Tree from life, Mt. Fuji from paused video.)

Much to my happy surprise, Mt. Fuji from this view wasn't symmetrical. It sloped decidedly shallower on one side and was absolutely lovely. I couldn't resist sketching it and indigo is such a lovely color for monochromes!

07-23-2015, 03:25 PM
Sweet painting of Ari. The mountain is lovely in indigo.

07-24-2015, 01:19 AM
Very interesting journal. I think I'll give it a bit of a try. I've got the pad; now I've got some incentive also! Great idea.

07-24-2015, 05:44 PM
I love that you sketch and paint Ari so much, I am always glad to see him. I never get tired of sketching my dog either. The bed is also shared unless he has muddy paws. He doesn't always remember that though.

I still have a long way to go with sketching trees. I feel like I should be able to give it a go but it isn't working out yet.

I hope the article is going well and the weather is treating you well. The weather here is very unpredictable. Rain all day today.

07-26-2015, 04:31 PM
LOL Sydney! Yeah, I can imagine, a dog's not that worried about muddy paws. My cat never goes out so I don't mind his jumping on anything. If I had a kitchen counter he'd probably perch on it inspecting my food while I prepare it. He has to sniff everything I eat to tell 1. if it's fit for my consumption and 2. if it's yogurt or butter, the only two human foods he'll eat. If it's yogurt or butter I put a little on a spoon for him to share. That kept him out of the butter dish, it seems to taste better to him as a gift.

Definitely have a go at sketching trees! It may help to sketch a familiar tree over and over trying to get it accurate. I usually have a few favorites either visible from a window or in this city, down where I wait for the van.

Send us some of your rain, California could use it!

Jon, go for it! Looking forward to your results!

Debby, thank you! I love those watercolor pencils.

Finished my article and prepared all its illos, sent it off, got it back this morning and made the requested corrections. Once it's online I'll link to it and post the art!

Then today finally got back to pastels. I saw the photo of this tan cow on Karen Margulis's blog and asked her permission to sketch her in hte comments, she said yes, so here's my version of the Tan Cow!

The Tan Cow
5" x 7"
Derwent pastels on soft light orange Canson Mi-Tientes smooth side
Photo by Karen Margulis used with permission, from her trip to France.

07-27-2015, 02:43 PM
I visited Karen's blog to see the photo you used. The blog is great, I will go back to read more.

I love the light you have got here. I can still be a bit one dimensional with my work i.e. i concentrate on one aspect such as shape, colour or tone and forget others. However, when I think about other people's pictures that I love, it is almost always the light that appeals to me.

07-27-2015, 03:30 PM
The cow looks very content. Love the light aspect.

07-28-2015, 12:41 AM
Thank you! Sydney, a lot of the light effect boils down to paying attention to shadow shapes and light direction.

Some videos and books literally suggest sketching a little sun symbol, circle with rays, on the border of your landscape for where the light is coming from. This is a really useful trick! All shadows will fall in the direction of those rays, if it's on the left side then all the shadows wil be to hte righ of what casts them. Nothing breaks a sense of reality worse than having some trees in the forest mysteriously pasted in from a world where it's morning instead of afternoon because their shadows are on the wrong side!

And no mistake is easier to do in sketching and painting than putting shadow shapes on the wrong side of some form. Both cast shadows and modeling shadows can suffer from it.

If you have a drafting table, you can tape a piece of string to the table outside your paper and move it around from that pivot point to get the shadow directions right. Once you get that, it's pretty easy to keep light consistent, even if combining photos.

Also, with forms you don't have clear shadow shapes on, you can make a little model with kneaded eraser and place it under your desk lamp at the same angle it would be within the painting. This is something I got from James Gurney's blog, it's how he pants dinosaurs. He models toy ones and sets them under his lamp, though he gets more realistic and paints them accurately and makes them little artworks themselves. I make temporary ones out of kneaded eraser. This gives me a good idea of shape of modeling shadows and cast shadows without the distraction of color.

I should write an article on that myself with a few example kneaded eraser forms! lol

Didn't work on my pastel but sketched along with the Mark Menendez video on basic drawing. No matter how used to these basics I get, t's still good to go back to them! Ari sneaked in at the end. He was being too cute!

Sketches from Mark Menendez Drawing Video
8 1/2" x 11"
Conte' sketch pencil Pierre Noir on Bazic sketch paper
from exercises in a Mark Menendez video and Ari Cat from life.

07-28-2015, 12:53 PM
Making a model is a great tip. Thank you.

07-28-2015, 05:20 PM
That is a great tip about using a small model to get the shadows correct. :D

Nothing wrong with sketching some basic shapes. Tho' I am glad to see Ari made it onto the page. Makes it more interesting. :cat:

07-28-2015, 06:38 PM
... I am glad to see Ari made it onto the page. Makes it more interesting. :cat:Me too! To see that face peeking back at me from the page :) :) :)

07-28-2015, 11:56 PM
Purr! Thank you!

Today I framed three paintings, my Colourful Cherries and two gorgeous ones by Colorix that I'd kept stored till I had frames for them.


With this everything on my walls is framed. The framed print under them is a salvage frame with a cheap print that I'll turn into a cork board or something like that for an easily removable sketch wall feature.

Tomorrow I'm going out, so I'll surely sketch!

07-29-2015, 02:31 AM
Nice :)

Your cherries look great

07-29-2015, 04:37 PM
Great wall of art.

07-30-2015, 12:44 AM
Thank you! Got some sketching done today as planned! Wound up using watercolor pencils and pen/watercolor.


Sparrow, Palms, Iris Page
5 1/2" x 8"
Pigma Micron 01 and Daniel Smith Watercolors (Palms)
Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils on Large Watercolor Moleskine Sketchbook.
All from life except sparrow from my own photo.

07-30-2015, 02:49 PM
Great sketching. Those palm trees are something with the dead fronds hanging down.

08-01-2015, 01:01 AM
Thank you! I love the palm trees and see them everywhere when I go out. One of my happiest reminders this isn't just summer, it's California! I finally got in a good sketch of some. Often I pass them in the van and only see them for a few moments.

Today at long, long last, that pesky Stormy Skyscape is finished! I will be writing it up as a tutorial for people who are more abled and don't have a five minute thumbnail session as a day's work health problems. i don't often prepare that fully for a given painting. I'd much rather go alla prima, like I was doing plein air whether in or out, start it and finish right away. That way I can just do a series if something bugs me. When it's as much work doing a preliminary as a painting, maybe I'm better off just painting!

Of course when I do that, I visualize thumbnails and decide things at the sketching in stage. If I do pure Colourist that usually takes a session for each stage, or 3 and 4 are a combined session since final details are so easy sometimes. More often a stop, wait for it, then a short session to finish.

Stormy Skyscape (June-July Pastel Spotlight)
7 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Pastel on sanded paper
Photo reference by DAK723 posted in June 2015 Spotlight challenge

Tutorial will be written for my Rob's Art Lessons blog, so I'll post about that when it's done. Tonight I'm just happy to have finished the painting!

08-01-2015, 03:54 AM
Lovely colours

08-01-2015, 03:35 PM
I agree. Lovely.

08-02-2015, 07:38 PM
Thank you! Today's was a much easier pastel sketch I wanted to do days ago, then did with my newest pastels!

Bright Pear
5" x 7"
Caran d'Ache Soft Pastel on "Oyster" Canson Mi-Tientes paper
From life on reflective surface

08-03-2015, 01:20 AM
Ari cat from life
8 1/2" x 4"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on sketchbook paper.

08-03-2015, 02:08 AM
I love your work Robert, and it sure looks impressive frames.

You last sketch is just adorable!

08-03-2015, 02:04 PM
Luscious pear. Sweet Ari sketch. Fun trying out new supplies. :)

08-03-2015, 08:21 PM
Rob, your pear looks quite luscious. :thumbsup: And Ari looks so darn cute. :cat:

08-06-2015, 08:02 AM
I just went through the whole thread. I love it because it so full of inspiration and the love of art. It makes me want to try something like this as well. Hopefully I will be able to begin an art journal with the beginning of my summer vacation next week!

08-07-2015, 02:33 PM
Wow, thank you! I love the new pen, it makes my cat sketching so much more expressive. Purr thanks JJ! Debby, it's so great playing with my new supplies. 59 more colors of Mi-Tientes to try out! Thank you, Barbara! Ulla, thank you! I can't wait to see yours. What a great idea to start it at the start of your vacation!


Today I finally painted this month's Spotlight. I had planned a more elaborate painting but when I started, my hands ran away with me and it became much more simple and powerful. I loved the reference and may use it again.

Pink Milkweed in the Mist
9" x 12"
Unison pastels on Flannel Gray Canson Mi-Tientes (smooth side)
Photo reference by DAK723

08-08-2015, 01:53 AM
Ari Cat and Apples Page
8 1/2" x 11"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on paper, from life. All of it.

Another happy page of cat sketching!

08-08-2015, 07:03 AM
Nice studies Robert :)

08-08-2015, 03:47 PM
Lovely flowers. Can't go wrong with a page of cat sketches. :cat:

08-09-2015, 04:23 PM
Purr thank you! Today back to pastels and color!

Colourful Tomato 2
5" x 7"
Caran d'Ache Pastels on Moonstone Canson Mi-Tientes
From video demo Pastel Brands Matter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQgXuMI1eKY) by Charlotte Herczfeld

08-10-2015, 06:01 PM
Two Apples from Life
6" x 9"
Color Conte and Caran d'Ache Soft Pastels
Canson Mi-Tientes Moonstone color smooth side

Had fun with 48 Color Conte re-housed in an old 24 color box by breaking all the sticks. Hard pastels on unsanded paper with last details in soft pastel at the firm end of the spectrum.

08-10-2015, 06:52 PM
Luscious produce. :)

08-10-2015, 08:25 PM
Thank you! I'm going to eat those soon. They are Gala ones, some of my favorites. Here's a second sketch for today inspired by the Next Sketch Is... game:

Sketch from Life with Sleeping Cat
8 1/2" x 11"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Paper

Interior view. I just thought of sketching a yawning Ari for the interior of his mouth. Wish I'd thought of that first!

08-11-2015, 02:14 PM
Sweet sketch of the sleeping Ari.

08-13-2015, 03:28 PM
Purr! Thank you! He's stretched across the end of the bed being cute again.

Colourful Peach
5" x 7"
Unison pastels on Canson Mi-Tientes, from life.

I've eaten the model already. Mmmm it was tasty!

08-13-2015, 05:39 PM
That peach just glows. I love how you applied that colour, you make it look very easy.

If you keep going at this rate you will have to restock that Mi-Tientes soon!

08-14-2015, 02:12 PM
LOL Sydney, these are just still getting going on the pad a friend gave me! I haven't really begun carving up the big sheets yet and sorting them into the lovely big plastic tub my friend sent me. They're going to be wonderful to work with.

What I might do is cut a bunch of 9 x 12" sheets and stack them with a clip in an empty 9" x 12" pad, that might make it very easy to use the new paper. Also sorting the stack into the same order as the sample sheets will help for reordering.

She's Not Evil, She's A Lady
Elegant, leisured and shady
Innocent and sweet to see
Beautiful assured and free...
8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn "Beta" journal 180lb watercolour paper, rough
Photo reference by Valri Ary, don't cats have the Innocent Look down pat?

Even late, I had to do the WDE this time. The cat was irresistible!

08-14-2015, 02:17 PM
Great peach. Lovely lady cat.

08-14-2015, 03:03 PM
Purr thanks! I loved her as soon as I saw the reference! Then finished the page with a memory sketch of some geraniums for that inspirational Next Sketch game!

Geraniums from Memory
8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Beta journal 180lb rough watercolor paper.

If I don't have something I usually just sketch for it.

08-14-2015, 04:37 PM
Iris-Wisteria Page
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Prismacolor watercolor pencil (Wisteria)
Pigma Micron pen and Daniel Smith watercolor (Iris)
Large Moleskine watercolor journal.
Both are from life. Watercolor on the iris done today, pen work on Wednesday while I was out at the clinic.

Today's just getting seriously productive!

08-15-2015, 09:49 AM
Oh my, how beautiful!!! They are all wonderful but, my favourite is your blue kitty!

08-15-2015, 11:17 AM
Thank you, laudesan! That rocks. I love the blue kitty too, she's black and had the loveliest blue highlights from the blue sky reflecting on her. Gorgeous cat. Reading another thread I found out her name is Marsha.

Today I started doing the Weekend Drawing Event - it's way up in all media challenges and there's good references this time. I mean to do several so watch for updates today!

Greek Waves
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow brush pens (Landscape set and 1 from Grays)
on Target medium weight Drawing Book sketch paper.
Photo reference from Invitation photo by Qty for 8-15-2015 WDE.

08-15-2015, 05:34 PM
And another WDE sketch with the same Tombow pens...

Ionian Rock
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pens Landscape and Grays on sketchbook
Photo reference by Qty for 8-15-2015 Weekend Drawing Event (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1385999)

08-15-2015, 05:34 PM
Great day for you Robert. The flowers are gorgeous. Love the ocean scene.

08-16-2015, 04:22 AM
Love your waves Robert. Very vibrant can almost smell the salt. Hugs to Marsha. The last of my beautiful cat family died a few months ago, and I haven't the heart to get another one. I had five gorgeous kitties. They all lived to good ages, two of them making 20 years. The youngest was 16.

You sue know how to use those Tombow brush pens. I have one :D black. I liek using it with a water brush.

08-16-2015, 06:17 AM
That peach is luminous! And nice movement in the water too.

Joan T
08-16-2015, 12:11 PM
Robert, sorry for not visiting in a while. Great recent sketches...especially that wave and the rock.

08-16-2015, 02:03 PM
Wow, thank you! Joan, welcome back! I noticed you posting all over and it's so cool. Purr thanks Vivien! PURR saw you posting lots of new stuff or maybe I just missed those threads earlier. You're an inspiration!

Aww JJ, that's so sad. You have the memories. Ari is fifteen and I feel so lucky that he's still in good health.

Purr thanks Debby!

One more WDE at least. Had to do the cats!

Greek Cats in an Abandoned Campground
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip brush pens on sketchbook
Photo reference by Qty for 8-14-2015 Weekend Drawing Event
Of course I had to do the cats! All three of them!

I liked this reference and especially the relationships. Whether the sitting cat is their mom or just their bossiest sibling, she seems to be the one in charge while the two lazy ones enjoy their sun bath together. Had to sketch out this scene and block it in with pencl before using the pens this time, not something I always do.

08-16-2015, 02:28 PM
Great kitty scene.

08-17-2015, 01:33 AM
Purr thank you! More tomorrow. I've also been doing ATCs for the Animals ATC Exchange, but will try to do at least one sketch besides the day's ATC to have something to post. It's a bit exhilarating now that I finally started.

08-17-2015, 01:56 PM
And here's another cat, one everyone knows so well! Plus another WDE still in the Tombow pens! My lovely lazy sketch supplies that come out so bold and cover so much space with such strong scribbles!

White Rose and Ari Sketch
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pens on sketchbook
White Rose by Qty for 8-14-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

Ari is from my own photo. No penciling under him or I wouldn't have cut off his ear with the rose oval. He's just got a very large, fancy, flat earring, right?

08-17-2015, 02:53 PM
Musky on the Porch of his Den
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip brush pens Landscape and Grays
From imagination and familiarity with cats.

08-17-2015, 03:27 PM
Great sketches. Awesome to see you being so prolific. :cat:

Joan T
08-17-2015, 09:33 PM
You are really getting a lot done...and so many cats. I hope Ari doesn't get jealous. LOL

08-18-2015, 07:36 AM
You are on a roll. Loving the kitties.. My favourite........... Greek Street Cats.

Thanks Rob. The heart heals eventually, but................

08-19-2015, 11:18 AM
Purr thank you! Ari doesn't get jealous of cat paintings, just of this one other cat in the building who hissed at him. They take turns hissing at each other. I'm not sure what's up with that, what they're arguing about. But we both enjoy cat videos on YouTube.

08-20-2015, 02:31 PM
Today did another Animals ATC, got seven done and seven to go! Halfway done! And did a sketch for The Next Sketch Is thread.

Twilight Lightwell
5 1/2" x 5 1/2" approx.
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Derwent Graphitints
from my own photo out of the bathroom on the left's window.

Glad to have something to post! I added the cat, never saw one in that window but they ought to have a cat. Anyone living downtown in a city ought to. Unless they're allergic. Cats are good for health and sanity. Mine is in my lap purring on me right now.

08-20-2015, 02:38 PM
Of course you had to have a cat in the window. :cat: Marvelous sketch.

08-20-2015, 09:32 PM
Really nice sketch. I've heard of the Derwent Graphitints but have never seen a drawing using them. Love the colors. Is that Ari's girlfriend in the window?

08-21-2015, 05:35 AM
Love your aceo.

I am going sketching tomorrow Yay!

08-21-2015, 10:27 PM
JJ, thank you! That's not an ACEO though, I haven't been posting those. Yet. That's in my watercolor journal, leaving me a narrow space to put another sketch. Maybe an Ari sitting up or at least laying vertical on the page.

Barbara, I love the Derwent Graphitints. They're tinted graphite pencils from Derwent and ever since I first got them, they've been fantastic. They always make anything I do with them a little moody, grayed and sparkled with graphite and not just pure color. Aww no, I just made up the cat in the window. Ari's little female friend is in the hallway, not across the light well in another building adjacent to ours! Also she's a gray Persian so she looks different. Hmm... that's what it is, my cat's sneaking off to see his mistress...

Purr thanks, Debby! I think if I develop this further as a painting I'll add pigeons in too, but need to do more pigeon studies.

08-22-2015, 03:14 PM
Vase of Flowers
3" x 5 1/2"
Pigma Micron pen and Daniel Smith watercolors, from life.

Full page with Twilight Lightwell to the left:

Yay painted something postable after today's ATC. Done 10 only 4 to go!

08-22-2015, 08:04 PM
Love the colors in your vase of flowers and fruit.

08-22-2015, 10:53 PM
JJ, thank you! That's not an ACEO though, I haven't been posting those. Yet. That's in my watercolor journal, leaving me a narrow space to put another sketch. Maybe an Ari sitting up or at least laying vertical on the page.
My mistake, I read that wrong. I saw ATC and thought this was one. (note to self quit speed reading)

Your flowers are super..

Joan T
08-23-2015, 08:32 AM
Both the cat in the window and the vase of flowers are great. That first one is such a "city" view.

08-23-2015, 08:06 PM
I love the vase of flowers!

08-23-2015, 09:03 PM
Robert, you have to write a murder mystery now, to go with the cat picture "The Cat Who Saw Everything". Looks just like the cover of a 1930's mystery novel. I say that because I love all kinds of mid-century art and illustration, from book jackets to album covers to posters.
The flowers are beautiful, I think the white ones (are those callas??) add a lot by letting it breath, If they had been pink or yellow, it would have lost some of it's zing.

08-24-2015, 01:14 AM
Thank you! JJ, glad you got to go out sketching!

Joan, that's what I thought as soon as I looked out the window. It could've as easily been Victorian London as contemporary San Francisco, except for the air conditioner. Archetypal city! Glad you liked the flowers too.

Barbara, thanks! I love that setup and will definitely do it again, maybe with different fruit though. I left out the modem next to it.

Floyd, that's an interesting thought. Graphitints always do that, give a sort of eerie pulp novels look to anything I do with them. I always loved those great old illustrators too. Not sure if those are callas because I had callas when I was a teen and they were quite different, but they are sometimes called that. Very popular flower for Art Nouveau with their graceful shape.

08-24-2015, 02:15 AM
San Francisco is an interesting place, but I haven't been there since 1968. Quite a trip, I had to go with my dad to pick up some refrigeration equipment, and we had to go past Golden Gate park. You know the old pictures of the hippies and the love buses, that most people think are just television? It was all true, there were hippies with flowers and love beads, everywhere, lying on the sidewalks, living in painted buses, smoking strange herbs, trying unsuccessfuly to sing songs of peace. I think they were mostly college students on break. In the summer, a good many of them made it up farther north where we lived, Grass Valley (I think they liked it because of the name) and took over the sidewalks there. That was a long time ago.

08-24-2015, 04:10 AM
agreeing that you have to write that book!

There was a detective (?series) written from the viewpoint of the cat that I read many years ago. It was good. Disney made a sugary, sentimental version of it that was nothing like the book :( Can't remember the title of either! and the there is Jenny by Paul Gallico - used to love his books even though they always made me cry!

08-26-2015, 11:16 AM
Floyd, that sounds so cool. I wish I'd been there, my youth would have been a lot more pleasant and I'd have started my art career much younger. Possibly less disabled now given the better health care in California. I was in the Midwest at the time desperately wishing I was there.

Vivien, you too! LOL - yeah, I may have to do a novel with a Graphitints illustration. It's just much more likely to be science fiction because I don't write the mystery genre, mostly because I don't read it. The genre expectations run right across most of my tastes and beliefs, as I think about it I haven't ever done a vengeance novel. It just doesn't grab me. Thrillers sometimes but usually SF so that I don't need to know much about guns or cars or that sort of research. I make it up and keep it consistent.

But the lightwell is an interesting starting point for a suspense thing, now you have me thinking about Rear Window. I could do something like that... and maybe have the cat as a point of view... it would definitely have a cat in it!

Remember the coloring article I was talking about that I couldn't post the art? It's up! It came out great. So here at last is the artwork too! Previous stages are in the article.

Floral Demo for Prismacolor Products Article (http://www.thecoloringbook.club/review-prismacolor-coloring-products-tips/)
8 1/2" x 11"
Prismacolor Premier, Verithin, Art Stix and Watercolor pencils on paper
From memory and my own photo.

Also an Ari cat sketch I did while working on the ATCs. Couldn't resist the fuzz boy, got the photo when I snapped the last two ATCs yesterday. Animals ATC Exchange art is done. Now all I have to do is mail it, which I'll need to go through my stamps and address envelopes, find out if I need more and then send them all at once.

Ari cat from life,
Pentel pocket brush pen in pocket Moleskine notebook.

08-26-2015, 03:23 PM
I'm a big fan of science fiction. My dad always had piles and piles of science fiction paperbacks. All the classic stuff from back when it was new. I've read just about all of it. I've read just about all the later fantasy stuff too, big fan of Tad Williams. What about a science fiction mystery, like Asimov, but with a cat instead of a robot?

08-26-2015, 03:36 PM
Brilliant flower piece. Love the fur-ball pose.

08-26-2015, 09:09 PM
Robert, it doesn't have to be a crime story or science fiction, what about a children's story about a kitty (the white one) who sees another kitty (like Ari) through a window and they 'talk' to each other. Lots of opportunity for kitty sketches. And it doesn't have to be long.

I don't know, but I love the white kitty you drew. :cat:

08-27-2015, 08:01 PM
Love the floral, Robert! It's awesome.

Are you still writing? I finally had my first novel published, it came out this week. Woot!

08-27-2015, 08:15 PM
Rainy - Congratulations!:clap:

08-28-2015, 07:55 AM
I love cone flowers. Cute kitty!

08-28-2015, 01:57 PM
I just checked the prismacolor article from the flowers. Wow, great job on that one!

08-28-2015, 06:58 PM
I am still writing and I have one story concept, series concept that would fit this - basically urban fantasy involving magical cats, they have a tradition of their own and telepathy to make it easier to give them sarcatstic dialogue.

Birds and Circles Page
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Large Moleskine Watercolor Journal

08-28-2015, 08:15 PM
Love that idea, Rob!

08-29-2015, 02:11 AM
Impressive line control. I understand that it is quite tricky with the brush pen.

08-29-2015, 02:56 AM
You have to write that!

nice fluid birds and fun to to an article like that :) multi talented!

08-29-2015, 05:38 PM
Wonderful birds. I also vote you have to write that story.

08-29-2015, 11:17 PM
Thank you! Oh it's crazy tricky with that pen. Here's something that was worse than that with that pen.

Rose Mandala (original design no reference)
3 3/8" diameter (art) on 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" page
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, Prismacolor Colorless Blender Marker on large Moleskine watercolor journal.

Demo for my next colored pencils article "5 Tips for Colored Pencil Shading." Original design. Progress images and clean downloadable image will appear with the article.

08-30-2015, 06:56 AM
Gorgeous Robert

08-30-2015, 01:57 PM
Beautiful mandala.

08-30-2015, 03:58 PM
It's beautiful, Robert!

08-31-2015, 01:55 AM
Purr thank you! I wasn't so sure about it at first but as I colored it I came to love it.

Joan T
08-31-2015, 08:33 PM
The floral and the mandala are lovely!!

09-01-2015, 03:49 AM
pretty mandala :)

09-01-2015, 10:50 PM
lovely, vibrant mandala!

09-02-2015, 01:49 AM
Wow, thank you! I think this design really worked!

Started 30 in 30 again today. This time I mean to try to actually do something every day. But, eh, may want to get ahead by a few in case I miss one. Almost missed today because tired, but that made this come out very jazzy and concise, not local color exactly, not literal color, using line on purpose, playing with color and a familiar form!

Pear from Life (Spotlight 9-2015)
6" x 9"
Cretacolor Pastels Carre' on Light Green Canson Mi-Tientes smooth side.

09-02-2015, 05:14 AM
Now that's how you use color! This say's so much more than just, "Hey, this is what a pear looks like!" It's talking about color and line and mood and form, within the context of the literal shape of a pear. It's just right for the size of paper, it makes a bold statment without crowding. (I've been looking for a soft green paper like this, to use with earth colors. I may have to order some of this! The Bockingford eggshell is pretty good, but not exactly the right color.)

09-02-2015, 11:16 AM
Thank you! Yeah, that's about how I felt. I've done pears realistically so many times, I'm used to that. I know the form so I was able to play with it.

09-02-2015, 03:56 PM
Lovely colors in the pear

09-02-2015, 05:03 PM
Always fun playing with color! Lovely pear.

09-02-2015, 10:12 PM
Love your pear. It is jazzy! :)

09-02-2015, 11:20 PM
Thank you! I think a lot of these are going to be color studies, different harmonies, familiar shapes. Always starting with the paper color and then dancing off in the direction it does!

Pears and Orange from Life
6" square
Cretacolor Pastels Carre' on Oyster Canson Mi-Tientes

09-03-2015, 03:29 PM
More fun colors. :)

09-03-2015, 08:58 PM
Love all your fruits! Nice summery topic. :-)

09-03-2015, 11:27 PM

09-04-2015, 05:15 PM
JJ, Barbara, Debby! Thank you! I'm having fun with those. Yesterday was a sick day partly caused by forgetting my pills, so no pastel. 11pm I did my Day 3 art, an Ari Cat ATC very much like the ones I sent some Animals ATC folks:

Ari Cat ATC from Life
2 1/2" x 3 1/2" Pentel brush pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on WC paper.

09-04-2015, 09:50 PM
What a good model he is 😽

09-05-2015, 09:11 AM
Aaaaaaaaaaaw. :) xx

09-05-2015, 05:16 PM
Super you were able to get a sketch of Ari. :cat:

09-06-2015, 01:22 AM
Day 4 and 5

Pink on Pink Rose
6" square
Winsor & Newton pastels on Dawn Pink Canson Mi-Tientes, life.

Ari Cat ATC life
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Stillman & Birn Beta Paper

09-06-2015, 05:03 AM
Both are super!!!.

I did briefly think about sketching my girls cat, But Mirabella has only speed Gogogogogo.. :lol:

09-06-2015, 05:53 PM
Lovely sketches.

09-07-2015, 02:05 AM
Purr thank you! When I posted I was dead tire and didn't comment, but I'm keeping up. Joints or not. Today is day Six:

Archaeozoic Random
4 1/2" x 5"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Large Watercolor Moleskine.

I could have added washes, didn't think of it at the time. It started out to be an abstract somethng like a zentangle, then the leaf-fish shape emerged and then I did the trlobite and decided to complete it, danced around adding ancient life forms.

09-07-2015, 08:43 AM
Good for you. Where there is a will......

09-07-2015, 02:49 PM
Great montage of ancient life.

09-09-2015, 02:36 PM
Purr thank you! I'm currenly 1 day behind and glad Leslie gives 48 hours to post. My goal is 30 pieces up and going to try to catch up and get ahead today, so, cut lots of ATC pieces that'll go fast.

Day 7 art done on the 8th
Cenarth Falls Snails
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Beta paper 180lb white rough watercolour paper.
Photo reference by oldrockchick

Day 8 art done today on the 9th
Sea Dream
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker, Pthalo Blue Red Shade.
Stillman & Birn Beta paper 180lb white rough watercolour paper.
From imagination, inspired by first marks.

09-09-2015, 04:50 PM
Darling snails. Interesting seascape.

09-09-2015, 07:12 PM
Purr thank you!

Second piece of the day, caught up again! Pure watercolor experiment in abstraction. Didn't intend a primary scheme but it happened.

Abstract City
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Daniel Smith watercolor on 180lb S&B Beta white rough paper. No reference.

09-09-2015, 08:02 PM
Rob, when I first looked at the one sketch the first thing I saw is a mouse. :lol:

09-10-2015, 06:07 AM
These are great Rob!

09-11-2015, 07:54 PM
Purr thank you!

Oh, didn't put yesterday's in!

Water Lilies ATC
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Rembrandt pastels on light grey ClaireFontaine PastelMat
Photo reference by oldrockchick for 9-4-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

This is today's...

Harley Cat
2 1/2" x 3 1/2" vertical
Pigma Micron pen, Daniel Smith watercolor
Stillman & Birn Beta paper, 180lb white rough watercolor paper
Photo reference by Justjean for Weekend Drawing Event 9-11-2015

All caught up again! Wow. Managing to stay on course with it. Today's art is even on the first page at Leslie Saeta's blog!

09-12-2015, 03:19 PM
Congrats, you're almost half way there. Great kitty.

09-12-2015, 11:45 PM
Purr thank you! Lots more coolness in WDE photos, also a Spotlight cat to do somewhere in here!

But today's is Ari cat from life. I got ahead and so relaxed on a home care busy day.

Ari Cat Washing ATC
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Stillman & Birn Beta paper, from life.

09-13-2015, 03:32 AM
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw very cute!!!!!

09-13-2015, 01:52 PM
He is a very fastidious kitty isn't he:)

09-13-2015, 03:50 PM
Sweet. :cat:

09-13-2015, 10:49 PM
Oh purr! Thank you!

Today's is a candle on a Fire theme. Entered Blick's "Elements of Nature" contest and meant to do a wildfire - but the candle happened, closer to my mood. Shed a little light.

Red Candle ATC
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers on Stillman & Birn Beta paper
No reference, memory and interpretation.

09-14-2015, 12:00 AM
I like your candle on fire a whole lot Robert. :)

09-14-2015, 06:14 PM
I like the candle! One definitely knows it has a BIG flame. :) Tell me more about the contest. When will you know the outcome? Will they be uploading the entries? Good Luck!

09-14-2015, 07:35 PM
Cool candle.

09-14-2015, 11:59 PM
Purr thank you! Contest is a random drawing, but all the entries can be seen on the Dick Blick website. I think if you watch he big display and thing on the front page it cycles through sales and current contest and school stuff. I closed the tab or I'd have the URL.

And yeah for a candle it's pretty wildly on fire!

Rose from Life
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers on Stillman & Birn Beta paper.

Really bad day for chronic fatigue. Saved by the markers from a long long nap and general foggy day.

09-15-2015, 05:53 AM
Roses are my second favourite flower. Beautiful Rob..

09-15-2015, 04:27 PM
Lovely rose.

09-15-2015, 08:00 PM
Love the rose

09-15-2015, 08:03 PM
Link to your entry: http://bit.ly/1K98Uln

09-16-2015, 06:30 AM
Good Luck x

09-16-2015, 01:17 PM
Purr thank you, Barbara! I hadn't posted it yet on WetCanvas. Oops!

Winter Dreams
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker Raw Umber
Stillman & Birn Beta paper 180lb white rough watercolor paper.
No reference, memory and design.

Yesterday's came late right before I went to bed, just a memory of pines and snow, but I was so tired all I did was upload to Leslie Saeta's blog and then crash. Think I might have gotten it onto mine too, must check.

09-16-2015, 05:14 PM
Snow is good. :)

09-16-2015, 08:09 PM
Purr thanks! I like it best when it's hot out and I dream of cooling off. This one was also thinking of old sepia tone photos.

Today's is from life! My home care guy bought me some really great fruits. He's got an eye for the pretty ones, the big green pear, a gigantic peach I couldn't resist eating already, the two strange plums. A clementine and the tiny pear were from my lunches. A friend gave me several milk glass plates so I have one out to paint things on... and here it comes!

Pears, Plums and Clementine on Milk Glass (from life)
8 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons
Stillman & Birn Beta journal 180lb white rough watercolor paper.

I left out the potholder under it, the other plate under the potholder, the black microwave that was the dark background and the big red coffee can next to this. Just painted the pretty stuff. Love how the plate curves up like a bowl and is semitransparent.

09-17-2015, 04:43 PM
And today's is a bold abstract! The more I look at it, the more I like it!

Primary Abstract
4 1/2" x 8 1/2"
American Journey watercolors Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson (Quinacridone) and Joe's Yellow (warm).
Stillman & Birn Beta journal 180lb rough white paper.

I did not chicken out on this one, used paint right from tube and a BIG brush!

09-17-2015, 06:36 PM
Great fruit plate. Bold colors are good. :)

09-18-2015, 03:49 PM
Purr thank you!

Today's is a WIP - 6" square pastel for my 18th 30 in 30 ... also posted to Sept. Pastel Spotlight. Weather's starting to turn good! I love the light today, it was so much fun doing this!

Stage 1 - local color underpainting in Blue Earth pastels on Light Green Canson Mi-Tientes

Stage 2 - modeling and some background in Great American pastels

Silver Tabby in a Garden
6" square
Blue Earth, Great American and Girault pastels
Light Green Canson Mi-Tientes pastel paper
Photo reference by SweetHuia

09-18-2015, 04:57 PM
You draw cats so well!

09-18-2015, 09:54 PM
Ari's going to get jealous. LOL

09-19-2015, 07:28 AM

Love it!! :clap:

09-19-2015, 07:44 PM
Purr thank you! LOL - naw he doesn't get jealous, he likes watching cat videos with me and looking at cat memes.

So here's another from the WDE!

Star Cat
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Pen and watercolor, photo reference by KreativeK

09-20-2015, 03:46 AM
I really love this.

09-20-2015, 04:58 AM
Very cute

09-20-2015, 03:13 PM
Sweet. :cat:

09-20-2015, 07:36 PM
Very much a 'movie' star cat. ♥

Joan T
09-20-2015, 09:47 PM
Love your cats and that still life with the fruit!

09-21-2015, 01:06 PM
Oooh purr, thank you! I loved the lighting Star Kitty had. She really does look like a star getting ready for her Glamour Shots!

Yesterday's art done today, Day 20:

Dancing Chrysanthemum ATC
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble sticks
Light Green Canson Mi-Tientes pastel paper, smooth side.
No reference other than memory of Chinese traditional art.

I'll post again later, have the one I started yesterday in progress!

09-21-2015, 03:14 PM
And finished! In Sennelier oil pastels, which made it challenging. I wasn't sure I liked it, then when I stepped away I loved it.

Red Peonies
6" square
Sennelier Oil Pastels on Stillman & Birn Beta journal heavy white paper.
Photo reference by Ural Jones, used with permission.

09-21-2015, 03:52 PM
Lovely, lovely flowers.

09-21-2015, 08:49 PM
Purr thank you! Added a watercolor version at the bottom to fill the page. If I don't draw tomorrow I'll use it, otherwise it's just an extra.

Red Peonies Page
8 1/2" x 11"
Includes oil pastels square painting and watercolor oblong bas de page derived from oil pastels painting. Just something simple and colorful to fill the page!

09-21-2015, 09:00 PM
Your Chrysanthemum is stunning! Cats and flowers/fruit seem to be your forte.

09-22-2015, 12:05 PM
They're what I've been into lately. The big red peonies one was very planned, something I learned in landscape painting but have been applying lately in flowers and fruit. Maybe I'll go to reptiles and birds and butterflies again. I like using bold colors and of course love cats! Anything with bright local color is likely to catch my eye!

Joan T
09-22-2015, 04:51 PM
The OP flowers look 3-D! nice!!!

09-23-2015, 03:34 PM
Beautiful flowers.

09-23-2015, 11:43 PM
Purr thank you! Today's is just a simple watercolor color example, showing complementary pop. Tried to make the blue-green leaves muted but the camera really brought out the blue in the mix.

3 1/2" x 5"
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, from imagination.

09-24-2015, 07:14 AM
I do love your florals Rob.

09-24-2015, 07:51 PM
Thank you! I always liked holly on holiday cards. This year wll be putting up some new sketched or painted holiday decorations!

Today's is day 24 of 30 in 30... still keeping up!

Nectarine (from own photo)
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Daniel Smith watercolor on pocket Moleskine watercolor journal.

Joan T
09-24-2015, 08:37 PM
Robert, the holly came out nice...nice vibrant colors on the last one!! Love your shading there.

09-24-2015, 09:11 PM
Good for you

09-25-2015, 02:29 PM
The holly looks wonderful. And the holly leaves I've seen do tend towards the blue side of green. Luscious looking nectarine.

09-25-2015, 07:30 PM
Purr thank you! i remembered the holly leaves ran to that color, though I'll be doing one from a reference later and try to get how glossy the leaves are next time. Maybe pen and watercolor to get the sharp points of the leaves too and the way the edges tend to be yellow-gold-ish.

Today's art is great. Serious felinity from the WDE. May go nuts this weekend on my wde thread, two more cats, whale sharks, banyan trees on rock wall, goshawk, oh loads of coolness! But first the toughest cat to ink!

7" square
Pen and watercolor
Stillman & Birn Delta journal warm white 180lb rough paper
Photo reference by jlloren for September 25 2015 Weekend Drawing Event. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1388946)

09-25-2015, 09:12 PM
Wonderful job, Rob! Beautiful big cat. And I like the illusion of movement.

09-26-2015, 07:55 AM
..............just gorgeous!!

09-26-2015, 12:13 PM
Thank you! I loved the reference, that pose just grabbed me with that careful slow stalking balance, cat was in a torsion pose, spots rippling all over giving him form... he was too cool!

Start of today's WDE sketch, same journal, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen...