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01-02-2015, 12:49 AM
Yay, it's 2015! And what better way to start a new year of Daily Art than to turn to my favorite model, who helpfully posed very flat and still for all of about a minute and a half for me:

Ari Cat Sketch (on Rose Page)
8 1/2" x 11"
Pastel Pencil on drawing paper (rose is CP)
From life, he just posed by the door.

He was being beautiful (takes no effort for him) and I could not resist. Happy New Year! My artistic goal for 2015 is to improve my cat anatomy and cat drawing skills, so he helped me make a good start!

01-02-2015, 02:44 PM
Good to see Ari in your sketches. :cat:

01-02-2015, 03:47 PM
Purr thanks! Today's is from the WDE, again in pastel pencils. I'm waiting for some new supplies that aren't here yet.

Black Bird
8 1/2" x 11"
Pastel pencils on drawing paper
Photo reference by artbyjune for 1-1-2015 Weekend Drawing Event

01-02-2015, 05:30 PM
That crow? has attitude. You really captured the tilt of his head.
Do you use pastel pencils just like reg pastels?

Joan T
01-02-2015, 06:10 PM
Robert, you are off to a great start for the new year!!!

01-02-2015, 08:23 PM
Lovely way to start off the new year. Ali and the Rose are beautiful. The crow is showing some attitude. LOL They are such fascinating creatures.

01-03-2015, 01:15 AM
Happy New Year! Love the eye on that black bird.

01-03-2015, 02:13 PM
Great bird. No waiting. Draw, paint, draw, paint! :lol:

01-04-2015, 05:03 AM
love Ari - and the crow's a real character ;)

01-04-2015, 10:27 AM
Purr, thank you! Pat, in some ways I do use pastel pencils just like regular pastels. Once they go down I can blend them, overlay them, the texture is very similar and they combine well with other pastels. The main difference is how narrow the marks are, I am more likely to use linear marks with pastel pencils than with sticks.

Pastel pencils also work well if I'm trying to do something in pastels on a very small scale, like ATC size paintings. Then it's proportional and marks are very similar to what I'd do with a stick. On the Ari sketch I turned one pencil on an angle so I used the entire width of the point for a side stroke for the background, it worked well.

01-05-2015, 01:36 AM
Second black bird for the year. Nothing on the 3d, I just got sick and slept a lot. Very frustrating. I hate winter for days like that.

Black Bird 2
8 1/2" x 11"
Roche' pastels on paper
Photo reference by theodorablau

01-05-2015, 02:29 PM
Great bird pose, the stretched out legs to be able to reach down to the fruit.

01-05-2015, 06:27 PM
Purr thank you! Today's is a landscape, initial sketch for one anyway.

Winter Boulder
8 1/2" x 11"
Rembrandt pastel on paper
Photo reference by DAK723 for 2015 Jan. Pastel Spotlight

Joan T
01-05-2015, 08:07 PM
Looks good. You could develop that into something nice.

01-05-2015, 10:42 PM
Thank you! I think the lynx needs to be in there on the later version though, even if it's in the middle distance and not that detailed.

Tonight I did another, because of And The Next Sketch Is... thread! Could not resist doing Ari in primary colors!

Ari Cat in Primary Colors (and little horses in watercolor marker)
3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Accordion fold Moleskine
Watercolor on the cat (mingled primaries) and two brush pens on the horses
Cat from life, horses from Johannes Vloothuis watercolor demo

01-06-2015, 07:38 AM
Got up early today and sketched at 4am. This bodes well, might be a day for more than one sketch...

Humpback Whale Cow
8 1/2" x 11"
Mungyo standard pastels on drawing paper
photo reference from RIL by frangipani "Humpback 3"

01-06-2015, 08:53 AM
It's a very simple drawing and yet it conveys the wetness and color of the sea and this large animal. I wish I could have such economy of line to tell a story.

01-06-2015, 03:24 PM
Great animal sketches. Really like the whale.

01-07-2015, 08:09 PM
Purr thank you! Been trying for that poetic economy for some time now.

Red Bellied Woodpecker
5" x 7"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Bockingford watercolour paper (white) 140lb
Photo reference by mollerman from RIL

Joan T
01-07-2015, 09:49 PM
Nice work on this!!! Just enough detail and color!

01-08-2015, 07:33 AM
Purr thank you!

Did today's for Day 8 very early, got up at 4am actually. Back to pastels. I'm loving the RIL for inspiration this month, just going nuts on cool things there. Need to get in more cats though!

Rattlesnake in its Hole
8 1/2" x 11"
Cretacolor pastels carre' on paper
Photo reference from RIL by meriadoc

01-08-2015, 02:39 PM
Delightful little bird. Took me a second to find the snake in the sketch. But, I imagine that would be true in real life too. After all, it's hiding and doing it very well. Excellent job.

01-08-2015, 03:55 PM
Good sketches. What's the secret to achieving that poetic use of line like you did in the whale sketch?
The red bellied woodpecker is very good. We use to have some where I live but haven't seen any for a couple of yrs. beautiful bird.

01-09-2015, 08:48 PM
Purr thank you both! Going to be doing a WDE sketch next, oldrockchick included Dave the Cat in her photos so have something to look forward to as soon as my hands feel like working.

01-10-2015, 11:15 AM
Did the cat reference I meant to yesterday, now I need to do another one for today as well.

I took WIP shots. The first is my sketch after about 10 minutes:

Dave the Cat sketch
Pastel pencil on medium weight drawing paper

I let it rest for a while and came back an hour later for about half an hour.

Dave the Cat tabby markings and color
Pastel pencil on medium weight drawing paper

Came back after another break and finished in a last twenty minute session background and finishing details including white whiskers with a General's White Charcoal Pencil.
Dave the Cat finished
Pastel pencil (Stabilo Carb-Othello)
Cretacolor pastels carre' and General's white charcoal pencil
Medium weight drawing paper
8 1/2" x 11"
Photo reference by oldrockchick for Jan. 9 2015 Weekend Drawing Event.

Joan T
01-10-2015, 11:45 AM
Is Ari going to be jealous??? Love the WIP images too. Great job, Robert!

01-10-2015, 01:14 PM
Purr thanks! LOL yeah, he gave me this plaintive little sound and looked at me with his big blue eyes like he's saying "Dad why did you draw a foreign cat? You have me for a model?" He's still my favorite but I love tabby stripes and Dave is a special online friend.

Next up catches me up on the 30 in 30 challenge, day 10 is the Macaw!

7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal
Photo reference by oldrockchick for 1-9-2015 Weekend Drawing Event (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1369573)

01-10-2015, 02:11 PM
Robert, that cat is gorgeous. I love the background colour you have chosen, it compliments it so well.

You really can work with anything and everything. I admire how you kept the colours so vibrant for the parrot. I am trying to hold back a bit as I tend to overwork and end up with a muddy mess. It is a bit hit and miss at the moment, mainly misses. I ended up with quite a spectacular miss earlier this week, unfortunately on the same page as one that wasn't too bad.

Thanks again for posting pictures to enjoy as well as learn from.

01-10-2015, 03:56 PM
Oh that happened to me all the time, Sydney. I'd get something good on a page and then something else on it drove me nuts and came out awful. It was a long time before I got to where I was doing sketchbooks and journals that didn't have embarrassing pages in them - sometimes with some of my best work on the same page. It gets easier with time.

Thank you! I love working with different mediums. That's some of why I can stay focused to paint daily, going back and forth with different materials. Keeping vibrant colors from getting muddy got helped a lot by a class in the Pastels forums, "ESP: Still Life the Colourful Way." It solved a lot of problems even with paint mediums in how to keep colors intense.

One is to mix with near neighbors. Using a blue cast red and a red cast blue togethr gets vibrant purple. An orangy red and a greenish blue will make gray. Mud's not always bad though, if you use only a few pigments you can keep using the same mixture tinting it this way or that.

01-10-2015, 06:13 PM
Delightful cat drawing. Very pretty bird.

Glynda B.
01-11-2015, 07:09 AM
Love Dave the cat. What a nice kitty. I have difficulty keeping my eyes off that macaw. Really juicy colors that almost vibrate they are so pretty. You get a good scritch for all that work.

01-11-2015, 02:18 PM
Purr thank you! I love doing birds and fish, anything in nature that comes in those strong saturated colors.

5" x 4 1/2" or so
Winsor & Newton watercolour markers
Large Moleskine watercolor journal
Photo reference from RIL by Brindle

Went back to the markers for another brigth bird. I could see this becoming a series too. Some more WDE to come if I have time today, got an idea for the penguins for the same page.

01-11-2015, 02:34 PM
Nice, vivid colors! Your sketches sure brighten up the cold, gray days here. :)

01-11-2015, 11:56 PM
I think that's half of why I like painting creatures that come in vivid colors! I grew up in Minnesota and Chicago, both places noted for snow and long bitter winters, Minnesota especially. Snow and dry brown dead looking trees mean pain and near death exhaustion in a place I was hated by everyone for reasons that all made sense to them and longing for warm green places with flowers where people took you for who you were and laziness wasn't a crime.

I didn't fit the ecosystem where I was born.

So I wound up loving nature but also loving the green, the sea of green in summer or in tropical places absolutely thrills me. I'm still studying the nuances of jungles because I love jungle foliage and in some ways I'm disappointed with a lot of the ways painters have handled it. There's something about how the sea of green looks that photographers get more or less and realists seem to avoid and if I get it right, I will have some of the most powerful nature landscapes, it'll just be something great. I see it occasionally in fantasy paintings by good illustrators, James Gurney can get it and that's some of what I'm working toward.

That and I love reef scenes, same reason, there it's turquoise and all the bright warm plant looking animals and fish. But whatever it is, I go looking for color in nature and want to do that kind of color but also have it come out true to the subject.

01-12-2015, 04:04 PM
Brilliant little bird.

01-12-2015, 07:34 PM
You caught Dave the cat expression. Wonderful job using the pastels. You really use them to advantage.

01-12-2015, 10:13 PM
Purr thank you!

Today a third WDE painting!

Penguin Cartoon (with Hummingbird side painting)
5" x 8" large Moleskine watercolor journal
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
photo reference for penguins by oldrockchick for 1-9-2015 WDE
for hummingbird by Brindle from RIL

I didn't realize it for a moment but I'm glad I photoed the whole page - now it looks like the hummingbird is staring at the penguins drawing like "I can't believe that." Cartoon world. THe birds made this one up, I just drew it. Their poses were each so right for the caption I literally couldn't decide whose it was. One doing the stupid weird bird trick of vanishing head down the middle of his back and the other nose in the air snooty. I just gave it to both of them.

01-13-2015, 07:51 PM
Darling penguins. Cute caption.

01-13-2015, 09:19 PM
I love the captioned penguins!

01-14-2015, 04:03 AM
Penguin Cartoon (with Hummingbird side painting)
5" x 8" large Moleskine watercolor journal
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
photo reference for penguins by oldrockchick for 1-9-2015 WDE
for hummingbird by Brindle from RIL

Forgot to post yesterday's art. Didn't draw yet for the 13th and will do someting later to catch up.

Joan T
01-14-2015, 09:52 PM
Love the hummingbird...awesome colors!

01-16-2015, 06:59 AM
Purr thank you! Ack, three days without so much as a doodle, been sick, weather got me down and then I had to go out on a day my back and hip were wrecked. Which meant wrecking them worse and spending yesterday sleeping 20 hours like my cat. At least I remembered to feed him.

But I picked it up again today.

Bedhead (Ari cat from Life)
5" x 8" large watercolor Moleskine journal
Winsor & Newton watercolour markers plus white gouache whiskers and Pigma Micron brush pen (eye detail and lettering)
From life, he posed for this without grooming himself first and he does stretch that long and that flat. He's not as fat as it looks, that's loose skin.

01-16-2015, 01:12 PM
Yay, two pages today... oh maybe more, hope this lasts. How I feel is so variable and I'm catching up for losing three days now. Well, now I only ave to catch up for two.

Three Ari Cat Sketches
9" x 12"
Charcoal pencil and white charcoal pencil
My own photos of Ari.

01-16-2015, 02:44 PM
Love your charcoal sketches and love how they fit on the page. I really should start to take notice of how I set out pages.

01-16-2015, 03:41 PM
Ari is so fluffy and full of expression. :cat: You capture him so beautifully.

01-17-2015, 01:17 AM
Purr thank you, Debby! Sydney, I sympathize. Several years ago I went nuts bashing my head out on exactly that frustrating thing. I'd do one great sketch on a page and all the space around it was too much but none of it large enough to add another. I started studying Leonardo's pages and other sketch pages by any artist that was good at layout. Eyepaint is incredible at layout, if you look at her WDE drawings where she puts in something from every reference in a two page spread the layouts are incredible. But I saw them when she first started out and she worked up to that gradually. Don't lose hope. Page layout has a long learning curve.

I've finally gotten to where if I do put only one sketch on a page usually it fills that page nicely. I have yet to reach the point where I can make them actually overlap like Leonardo and STILL have the page come out balanced and gorgeous. Right now I need space around every drawing or painting.

Third artwork of the day. I'm now short only one for 30 in 30 though I hope tomorrow I can load more than one painting to my link. The uploads are only open for one day after, so I might have missed two anyway by being sick for more than one day.

Still, this came out pretty awesome to me! I love this color.

Coral Painting
5" x 7"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
white Bockingford watercolour paper 140lb Not surface.
Inspired by undersea documentary, painted loosely to design generally following the forms of the animals rearranged to my composition. These animals seemed so perfect for a monochrome near-abstraction.

01-17-2015, 11:32 AM
Today's painting! Pastels again, combining two references for my Pastel Journal's next page.

Blackbird on Winter Cattail
7" square
Terry Ludwig pastels, Carb-Othello pastel pencils, Cretacolor Pastels Carre'
Stillman & Birn rough Beta watercolor paper 180lb
Photo references by theodorablau and DAK723

01-17-2015, 03:35 PM
Great sketches. The bird on the grasses is terrific.

Joan T
01-17-2015, 06:02 PM
Great job on the coral and I love the simplicity of the last one...just super!

Sorry you got sick! You did really well catching up...hope you can post them.

01-17-2015, 06:07 PM
love your cat sketches. one of my favorite subjects to sketch.

Shannon Expat
01-17-2015, 10:32 PM
Love that blackbird.

01-18-2015, 01:27 PM
Purr thank you! I got to post one of my three make-up artworks but unless she does a post at the end for make-up artworks that's it for the official challenge. Missed too many days in a row. So if she does it again next year I'll kind of try to get ahead early and be able to post something on missed days.

Here is today's for Day 18 - so happy to get back to pastel and work larger!

First the sketch, charcoal pencil and white charcoal pencil:

If he wasn't spotlighted by a beam of sunlight, he'd vanish. But he looked up to watch something twirling down. Cats are easily distracted!
Bobcat Looking Up
9" x 12"
Pastels on Bee Bogus recycled paper
Photo reference from RIL by stalksthedawn

He is up on my sketch wall now, sitting up in his sun patch forever watching a dry leaf twirl down or a cheeky blackbird chirp at him. I loved that pose, not the usual cat face pose but one I've seen so many times from Ari. Actually might be a butterfly or something right above the picture since it looks like he's just moving his right paw for an upward swat! I think I'll enjoy living with him. Love having more cats on my walls! At last visitors can see that I'm the cat artist.

01-18-2015, 02:50 PM
So delightful, the little bobcat.

01-18-2015, 03:30 PM
Today's painting! Pastels again, combining two references for my Pastel Journal's next page.

Blackbird on Winter Cattail
7" square
Terry Ludwig pastels, Carb-Othello pastel pencils, Cretacolor Pastels Carre'
Stillman & Birn rough Beta watercolor paper 180lb
Photo references by theodorablau and DAK723

I really like this one. This would make a terrific note card! ::hint hint:: :wink2:

01-18-2015, 07:57 PM
Wow, thank you both. BLR, I didn't think of that. I could do it though, and it's in my journal. I could go back to Deviantart and post some of my recent ones, be a little selective and do cards and prints and mugs.

And here's today's second art, not really part of 30 in 30 because it's drawings. But still a nice double spread page of sketches!

Double Page spread of Little Ari Life Sketches
5 1/2" x 7"
Pocket accordion fold Moleskine journal, assorted Pigma Micron pens
Plus a live cat laying around being lazy.

01-19-2015, 02:04 PM
Hey Rob, if you do note cards,let me know. I want to buy some. :)

01-19-2015, 06:05 PM
Ari looks so serious with his paw raised. :cat:

01-20-2015, 01:00 AM
Will do, Barbara, thanks! He does, Debby, I love all of his expressions. I've lived with him for nearly 15 years and he's so complex and interesting a being, so deep in his thoughts sometimes.

Today's daily painting is pastels, though I was tempted to do it in watercolor and pen instead.

9" x 12"
Cretacolor pastels carre' on paper
Photo reference by gnu from RIL

I hated the background till I saw it in thumbnail. Some things just don't look cool when my nose is right on top of it.

01-20-2015, 01:34 PM
Gorgeous fish.

01-20-2015, 03:08 PM
Oh, those Ari's sketches are as wonderful as ever :)

01-20-2015, 07:59 PM
Purr thank you!

Calico Lady
7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal smooth heavy white watercolor paper.
Photo reference by birdlady for A&W Fur, Scales & Feathers Challenge

More kitties!

01-21-2015, 02:58 PM
Adorable with 2 colored eyes.

01-21-2015, 11:41 PM
Purr thank you! That was the first thing I noticed about her, bicolor eyes and very complex facial markings! She was fun to paint.

Today's painting is in the same markers again, very colorful!

Sea Turtle
7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal heavy smooth white watercolor paper.
Photo reference by lisilk from Reference Image Library.

I found the reference on my way to the dory one and didn't do it because it wasn't "scaly and bright colored." But mentally flagged it to come back later because it fascinated me. Played with the background a lot making the bottom recede and washing out different strokes to get the blue and green mixture. Really wished I had a good teal or turquoise marker.

Heh, going to wind up getting the large set of these eventually, I know it.

01-22-2015, 10:11 AM
Love the immediacy of your response in the sketch of the Calico Lady! Must stop by more often!

01-22-2015, 01:26 PM
Great sea turtle. Hard to get turquoise with limited colors.

01-22-2015, 02:19 PM
Your turtle looks quite happy. Evidently, he's pleased with his surroundings. :)

01-23-2015, 11:27 AM
Purr! Thank you! Oh I had fun with both of these, the markers are so fast and expressive. Pastels are also immediate gratification, why I love them so much.

Silver Fish
8" x 10"
Henri Roche' pastels on pink-gray Strathmore Artagain paper
Photo reference "Out on the Reef" by lisilk from Reference Image Library.

Might try another fish in more detail on different paper. Love the pastels, hate the paper!

01-23-2015, 11:52 AM
like all your latest sketches and your fish remind me of Rainforest Cafe where I always ask to sit by an aquarium so i can be entertained.

01-23-2015, 02:57 PM
Oh cool! Thanks, Zebby! I love aquariums too, that sounds like an awesome place to eat. There was a Chinese restaurant I used to go that had several large ones and I'd always sit by one of them.

More sketches, did the fruits group in upper left a while back but then a friend asked me to combine a camel and crocodile for a Camel-Croc so I went ahead and put another pear and an Ari life sketch to fill the last space. Hope she likes the Camel-Croc.

Sketches in pen on paper including Camel-Croc

01-23-2015, 03:54 PM
I daresay you've created a new species of animal! CamelCroc. LOL He looks happy. In fact, ALL of your animals are happy critters. :-)

Joan T
01-23-2015, 04:45 PM
Wonderful recent animals, Robert! Love the bobcat...so nicely lit!!!

01-23-2015, 06:47 PM
Great imagination. Who'd have thought of combining a camel and a crocodile?

01-23-2015, 09:41 PM
Hee hee! Not my idea, a friend sent me a PM and asked me to do it because a friend's nickname was Camel-Croc. So I had a go with it. Almost gave it little five toed croc feet too but went with big-toed camel feet.

More cat studies!

Ari cat life sketches and Smilodon fatalis from imagination.
5 1/2" x 7"
Double page pocket Moleskine accordion fold paper.

01-23-2015, 09:48 PM
He should be wearing Crocs. LOL

01-24-2015, 12:01 PM
OMG that would have been funny, YES! Oh I wish I'd thought of that! Two pairs of Crocs on its feet, just too much!

Yeah, I do seem to do happy critters. It's mostly my love of cats, but doing wildlife puts me in a good mood. And reef colors. Of course reef colors. Here's another reef sketch. Shark hasn't got mouth gaping with teeth, changed reference because medium didn't allow quite that much detail. So it's a mellow happy shark...

Reef Shark
3 1/2" x 5"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn watercolour paper

I had a lot of references but all of them either had mouth shut or lots of teeth showing and I really didn't want that when I didn't have a fine enough tip to do the teeth justice. Departing from references so as not to break copyright, when it's videos or something else not from RIL I don't want to go copying the photo. Just a shark gesture.

Something like my cat gestures but scalier.

Shannon Expat
01-24-2015, 12:08 PM
I like this last one. I think I should add water colour makers to my list of art wants.

01-24-2015, 02:19 PM
Love Ari in the grooming pose. I rather like your mellow, happy shark.

01-24-2015, 02:22 PM
I love how you use the watercolors. Did you use them for the coral, too? Who'da thunk it....a mellow shark...lol He does look quite happy. Maybe he just found a school of unsuspecting fish.

01-24-2015, 03:09 PM
Purr thank you! Yeah, I'm loving these watercolor markers. I got out the more fugitive ones just for sketching in my sketchbook, where I don't need to wash them out as much. This page of sketches was with Tombow Dual Tip markers.

And yes, I used the WN watercolour markers for the coral too, for everything in the painting. They wash out beautifully and I can get really interesting effects dotting in colors in the shadows and washing them out into the mix.

Sketches page
8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow dual tip pens on medium weight drawing paper.
Ari is from life, the rest is from ideas or photo references by Johannes Vloothuis, vaguely copying details of his painting and changing some. I really like how Ari came out in this one, it's one of my best Sleeping Ari sketches.

01-25-2015, 12:04 PM
3 Fruits from Life
6" square
Terry Ludwig pastels
Pastel Premier sanded pastel paper Medium grit Italian Clay color.

Today's painting for my 30 in 30 challenge. Wow. Had fun with this all morning, got up at 4am and pilled and got my act together and started painting. Set up the fruit on a white cloth so I could play with light colors to lay it flat, got out all my Terry Ludwig pastels and afterward cleaned all my Terry Ludwig pastels. Washed myself head to toe sponge bath because I got dust all over me, serious dust, but it was so worth it.

Yes, the orange was that huge and the pear that puny, wasn't a really big Red Delicious apple either. The orange is pushing the edge of grapefruit size and is going to be incredibly tasty. All of them will cause I'm happy with the painting.

01-25-2015, 12:59 PM
wow you started painting at 4 a.m. - I'm finally getting to sleep at that time. My mind finally gives up the fight and surrenders. Anyway - i really enjoy your sketches and the fruit would be a good breakfast! nice job.

01-25-2015, 04:13 PM
The fruit does look good enough to eat. Enjoy.

01-25-2015, 04:46 PM
Purr thank you both! Zebby, it's because most days my daughter calls me to hang out while she's milking goats and doing other dawn farm chores around her house - and her time zone is off so that comes out to 4am for me, so I sort of got used to it. Even when she doesn't call I've been crashing early and waking up at 4am, which is weird for a night owl. Sometimes it's midnight or two and I wind up enjoying the night that way, just odd.

Page of sketches with the Tombow pens again. Not wasting the W&N markers on that drawing paper when I can't really wash them out...

8 1/2" x 11"
Tombow brush pens on medium drawing paper.

01-25-2015, 09:01 PM
I really like the red-winged blackbird. A harbinger of Spring. :)

01-26-2015, 12:12 AM
Yes! They migrate, I've seen them all my life and probably gone most of their route too. That's so cool, Barbara! Thank you!

01-26-2015, 02:00 AM
i like the redwing blackbird too - i just took photos recently at the lake, well in autumn that is. Haven't seen them this winter. I have some friends that really like their Tombow pens - i've always wanted to get some but never have yet. Enjoyed looking at your sketches. Nice dad you are to get up with your daughter's phone call to keep her company.

01-26-2015, 04:55 PM
Wonderful blackbird.

01-26-2015, 06:36 PM
Grew up on a farm that had a couple of low, wet areas in the pasture. One could always find RWBBs clinging to cattails. And their call is very distinctive.

01-26-2015, 08:32 PM
Maybe I'm crazy, but I LOVE the thumbtack!!! The simplicity and restraint is gorgeous.

01-26-2015, 09:13 PM
Thank you! So glad my page of sketches is a hit. Most of that red wing blackbird was from memory. there was a place next to my house as a kid that was a sort of marshy bit with lots of cattails. Flocks of them used to fly through there and perch on them and sometimes pluck the fuzz out of them.

The best moments of my childhood were alone with nature or with my dad as he talked about natural history.

Holiday Ornaments
6" square
Rembrandt and Henri Roche' pastels
Stillman & Birn Beta journal heavy rough white watercolor paper.

Another page in my Pastel Journal. I really love how that's shaping up. Taped in the tracing paper barrier and then added one to the next page too.

01-26-2015, 09:45 PM
Hi Robert - loved the softness of that pastel - so beautiful. and 6" square - I don't think I could work on something so small - i'd need a huge magnifying, glass...I enjoyed your remembrance of your favorite times being alone in nature and times with your dad.

I had a visual of myself while reading that - myself, playing alongside the side of our house, near the cellar doors that led downstairs for shelter during tornados - and me with my candyland game pieces acting like they were my imaginary friends. And all that took place very close to my favorite ever all time tree ...a weeping willow...where my sister and I would play house under.

see what your art did for me tonight - ...thanks

01-27-2015, 02:56 PM
Wow, thanks! So glad that brought back some good memories! They sound like good memories, childhood is full of imaginary friends. Old weeping willows are incredible, I remember some on the school grounds where I used to hide from the bullies and try to do prehistoric crafts with the broken strands.

Today did this pear from the little green one in Three Fruits, it's got a funny shape. But pears often do!

Heavy Metal Pear
6" square
Henri Roche' pastels on Uart 400 sanded paper.

Then relaxed doing this sketch landscape from imagination.
Landscape Sketch
8 1/2" x 11"
Mungyo Standard (student) pastels on medium weight drawing paper.

01-27-2015, 05:00 PM
You're on a roll. Great ornament still life. Pears are odd fruit, but they make great drawing subjects because of that. Besides, they taste good. :) Wonderful landscape.

01-28-2015, 12:54 PM
Pears are so much fun to draw that whenever I get one, I have to at least sketch it once. I love how they taste and love the variety in their shapes. Certain apples are cool that way too. Purr thank you! I think I'm going to start doing a series of skyscapes, lots of different skies with different types of clouds and colors. I've been meaning to for a long time now.

Today's sketches and some cat sketches from yesterday and some nude figures. I'll need to put the butt icon on the thread but it was fun. I was inspired by one pose I saw briefly in a video, did that from memory, the rest entirely from imagination or from a book of photo references of figures. The cats are from life or my photo (Pretty Kitty is from my photo of my neighbor Eric's cat, that's her name, Pretty Kitty. Gray Persian and she's got twice the hair of Ari while being about a third of his size. Inside all that fluff is a five pound tiny cat with a very flat face.)

Cats and Figures
7" x 5" two page spread
Pigma Micron brush tip pen
Pocket Moleskine thin paper journal

If I don't paint something more colorful today, this will be today's Daily Painting for 30 in 30, but I have hopes of doing something in pastels instead. I do love my Unisons and have gotten at them now, moved the stack of stuff off them and cleaned them all!

:cat: I had trouble figuring out how to mark the thread with the butt icon. Finally got it but only see it when post is open for edits.

01-28-2015, 02:31 PM
Great pages.

01-28-2015, 03:26 PM
Purr thanks! Something brighter for the day's challenge...

California Hillside
8 1/2" x approx. 6"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Beta journal heavy rough watercolor paper.
Photo reference my own.

01-28-2015, 06:21 PM
And one last sketch for the day as I waited for the van. This fern is one I've drawn before, but I always liked it.

Fern from life in Winsor & Newton watercolour markers with wash.
California Hillside and Fern Page 8 1/2" x ''!
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers on Stillman & Birn Beta journal

01-28-2015, 10:12 PM
Nice tree sketches! enjoyed your latest.

01-29-2015, 02:07 PM
Purr thank you! Today's the next to last day of 30 in 30 challenge, so I decided to do something extra colorful!

Rainbow Lorikeet
6" square
Rembrandt Pastels on Uart 400 sanded pastel paper
Photo reference from RIL by RubyRedDog2

01-29-2015, 03:04 PM
The hillside is lovely. The parrot has such personality. :)

01-29-2015, 03:29 PM
I love the brilliant colors and the way they stand out against the green background. :cat:

01-29-2015, 08:37 PM
Thanks! I had fun with the grumpy lorikeet, looks like he's stamping his foot demanding more seed, now!

Still in the spirit of goofing around, I've got another pastel landscape from imagination. This one's lousier weather but more dramatic painting!

Stormy Sky
8 1/2" x 11"
Pan pastels on medium weight drawing paper

I played with the Pan Pastels Colorless Blender to get the mid tones on the sky, laid it on thick under it and then swiping black and brown and violet and blue over it got very soft versions of those colors. The darkest passages were laid on later in about three goes up on the sky, the stuff on land didn't have blender under it.

01-30-2015, 03:58 AM
You've been busy! And lovely warm colours o a snowy day here.

01-30-2015, 12:46 PM
Purr thank you! Going to do a few fruit studies now, just debating on medium... today is the end of my 30 in 30 but the start of 3 artworks a day for 5 days challenge on Facebook. So I need to do fast fun artworks.

Oh wow. Yeah. I've got that cool Bogus paper I could use and put these up on sketch wall if I do that...

In the mean time, a nice little painting of Ari from life from my Pastel Journal.

Ari Cat from Life
7" square
Cretacolor Pastels Carre', Carb-Othello pastel pencils, Rembrandt pastels, General's white charcoal pencil, General's Peel & Sketch Charcoal Pencil
Stillman & Birn Beta journal heavy rough white watercolor paper.

This one he only held the pose for 10 seconds, I sketched mostly after he moved. But I got his pose. Then put him in the corner by the door to simplify it instead of sitting in front of my walker and a bunch of stuff. The fun of being able to rearrange things in a painting even if I can't rearrange them in life - there is no way I can convince that cat to HOLD a pose even if I like it!

01-30-2015, 01:37 PM
Second artwork of the day, a pear study in four WIP stages!

Step 1 charcoal pencil sketch and first flat colors:

Step 2 blended from Step 1 to make smoother surface:

Step 3 getting the colors right. Background is more nuanced.

Finish (step 3 and 4 combined because I usually do!) Vertical and horizontal variations in the pear, step 4 is finishing touches stem and flaw and tweaks.
Pear Study 6" square on Bee Bogus Recycled Rough paper
Rembrandt pastels, from life

01-30-2015, 02:15 PM
Cool landscape. Ari looks so regal in that pose. Luscious looking pear.

01-30-2015, 02:24 PM
Third painting of the day, an orange from life in Rembrandt, Pan Pastels and Terry Ludwig pastels. I love that Sunset set. I think I used almost all the sticks in this little painting.

Orange On Gold
6" square
Pan Pastels Gold Metallic, Rembrandt and Terry Ludwig pastels
Bee Bogus Recycled Rough sketch paper

Purr thanks Debby! He does! I wonder why he never holds that regal pose for long, he's much more often a flop cat or a Rowdy Cat!

Shannon Expat
01-30-2015, 07:38 PM
Love it!

01-30-2015, 09:21 PM
They're all wonderful, Rob! I would say I don't know which one I like best, but I"m a crazy cat lady so Ari wins hands down. :)

01-31-2015, 04:53 AM
Good to see stages, the warm colours in the background are lovely and the orange on gold is great. You made me consider buying a pan of gold ...... SO expensive though :(

01-31-2015, 09:44 AM
I love your pastel pictures. I used hard pastels a long time ago but never used them like you do. You inspired me to have another go. I dug out my hard pastels, was given pastel pencils for my birthday and used some birthday money to buy a very small set of soft pastels. I just wanted to have a play to see how they all work. Unfortunately I received my practice paper but the actual soft pastels were out of stock. That was 2 weeks ago and I have no idea when and if they will be back in stock. i have plenty to play with really but once I have ordered something I just 'want'.

As an aside In reading through all the previous threads in this forum I have read many started by you and have taken notes on a number of them. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge and findings.

01-31-2015, 12:33 PM
Oh purr thank you!

Barbara, I know the feeling, only one thing I like more than a picture of Ari. It's the real one on my lap purring.

Vivien, it's not that bad considering the amount of pigment you get though. They hold about a stick and a half compared to other pastels and last forever. I'm hooked on my pans, after the initial expense they are just too useful and permanent. For one color it's not bad at all - that or a Starbucks? The metallics are extremely useful metallics, they go on smooth and bright and are easily worked over with anything else. Also go well over watercolor.

Sydney, wow, thank you! So frustrating that your pastels were out of stock, it may take a while, depends on where you ordered them. Don't they at least give you a date they expect to restock? Wow, thank you. I post like mad and go off at the keyboard sometimes, love posting in depth and I'm so grateful to hear it when people enjoy those posts and use them!

Today's art - three pieces for my 3 in 5 Challenge on Facebook. This is Day 2, I need to pick another artist to tag and post all three of these...

5" x 7" on 8 1/2" x 11" plain paper
Carb-Othello pastel pencils

Gray Cat from Istanbul
4" x 5"
Pastel pencil on paper
Photo reference by jlloren for Weekend Drawing Event (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1371351)

Tabby Cat from Istanbul
4" x 5 1/2"
Pastel pencil on paper
Photo reference by jlloren for Weekend Drawing Event (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1371351)

So there it is, Day Two of 3 in 5 Challenge, two down, three to go! Mine will actually feature new drawings and paintings each day, because, I think I can.

01-31-2015, 01:33 PM
Good to see you doing so much art these days. They are wonderful.

02-02-2015, 12:57 AM
Purr thank you! The cold knocked me over today, didn't think I'd paint at all so posted three good paintings to the Facebook thing and tagged a friend. But late in the evening played with my Kindle and came up with this. Finally learned how to save an image in a way it exports to my computer!

Digital Skyscape from Memory
800 px by 50 pixels, original is larger.
Sketchbook Mobile app on Kindle Fire

02-02-2015, 02:19 AM
You are selling me on trying a gold pan pastel Rob!

Nice series.

Sorry you weren't well. The cold makes my arthritis worse as well. When I had the flu and was at my worst, in bed most of the time, the pain went. When I started eating and moving again, back it came.

02-02-2015, 01:33 PM
Stay warm. Seeing lots of interesting techniques with people using the digital apps on various types of tablets and phones.

02-02-2015, 02:29 PM
So sorry you were under the weather...hope latter you start to feel some better.

playing with your tablet great colors and you don't have to get messy either.

Here's a sketch I did PI 30min on 12X9" sketch paper


02-02-2015, 03:42 PM
Purr thank you! The cold knocked me over today, didn't think I'd paint at all so posted three good paintings to the Facebook thing and tagged a friend. But late in the evening played with my Kindle and came up with this. Finally learned how to save an image in a way it exports to my computer!

I love the vivid colors! Isn't technology amazing?

02-02-2015, 05:21 PM
Nice sketch, Dana! He doesn't look happy though. Maybe the weather's got him down.

Purr thanks Debby! It's not bad outside, been mostly in teh sixties, just that when I catch a cold it's so rotten. My room gets very warm though. Cat is imitating a furry rug and that's how hot it is - when he sprawls I know it's not fever that makes me sweat.

Barbara, thank you! Yeah, I love it. Between the Internet, teh Kindle ending the problem of Not Enough Bookcases, phone/tablet cameras mean I have one with me and actually get to take photos - never got into photography before digital because of cost and difficulty of getting film and having it developed, my life's tons better. Before all this I was typing novels on a typewriter and making a typo meant retyping the entire page. Because I hated trying to line it up perfectly to type over correction fluid.

Yet I did my entire humongous first novel on one, feel like an ancient craftsman when I think of what kids doing Nanowrimo have now!

Today's sketches I'm back to 3 in a day - 3 pages that is. I did get back to the challenge after all.

Pear Sketches from Life
8 1/2" x 11"
Charcoal pencil on medium weight sketchbook paper.

Fruit Sketches from life
8 1/2" x 11"
Pastel pencils on medium weight sketchbook paper

Two Pears from life
9" x 12"
Rembrandt pastels on Bee Bogus Recycled Rough sketch paper.

02-02-2015, 11:48 PM
Purr! Just charted my new markers in the back of the Big Beta, I have a hard cover one 8 1/2" x 11" that's not pastels-only, it's multi media. Funny, the first page in it is a plein air sketch of a church in Pitt Artist Pen brush tip markers, also archival! This is going to be fun!


Zeta paper acts a little differently and I haven't decided if I like smooth or rough paper with them. I'll find out tomorrow! Maybe try with pastels as a combination, since they're so vivid they'll also do great underpaintings.

02-03-2015, 04:22 AM
Really lovely series of pears :)

02-03-2015, 05:47 PM
Purr thank you!

Today was Day 5 of the 3 in 5 challenge! It's over! I made my side goal 4 out of 5 days, so it was a serious success counting Health Permitting. Can't believe I just did twelve pieces in five days. I'm busting the limits, maybe after this I will keep up sketching more whenever I'm not completely under the weather.

Two Pears from Life
7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal

Ari Cat Relaxing
7" Square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta Journal
My own photo from 2-2-2015

Mosques of Istanbul
7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb white smooth watercolour paper.
Photo reference by jlloren for Jan. 30, 2015 Weekend Drawing Event

02-03-2015, 10:54 PM
And a digital sketch that I did to test the "Drawing Pad" app, which I think was a free one. It seems designed from kids, you have a schoolroom kind of menu display and then a wooden tray of kid art supplies, markers, crayons, colored pencils and stuff like that to choose from and choose by color of item. Each has a different texture.

Cardinal from Imagination
digital by Drawing Pad app on Kindle Fire, Crayon tool.

Up till now I had trouble saving anything in the Drawing Pad app. When I restored the factory settings on the Kindle, I lost all the sketches in the Album and I didn't know how to save anything out of it - export anywhere except to "Share" when I sure didn't want to post bad test sketches to Facebook without commentary. Or unfinished bad test sketches.

It's stupid easy to use, the hard part was exporting, which "share" I guess now means "share with other apps in this machine." It downloaded every image in my Kindle to get at it but I did manage to download it for posting. Hopefully it won't do that every time!

That's not a hole in its head, it's a white eye highlight with a very blunt tool.

02-04-2015, 02:04 PM
Awesome amount of art. :D They are wonderful.

02-04-2015, 09:00 PM
Purr thank you! It was a great day! Today's more low key, stupid cold seems to have gone back to the drippy stage and I'm wiped out by chronic fatigue. But got in a tiny page of cat gestures anyway. Definitely from life. I almost didn't do anything but he came up and posed in front of me so I had to draw him!

Ari Cat Compact Pose Life Sketches
3" x 5" approx.
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers Raw Umber and Ivory Black
Pocket Moleskine accordion fold sketchbook.

02-05-2015, 05:07 AM
:) well worth doing even with drippy nose and fatigue

02-05-2015, 02:54 PM
I'm sorry to hear you are fighting the cold still. Ari is inspiring. And isn't that what muses are for? :cat:

02-08-2015, 02:36 PM
Ari is still very inspiring! He was also sweet and solicitous during all four days it got so bad with fever and nausea that I wasn't even up to sketching him. Lots of lap time when I was up and shoulder cuddling when I laid down, much therapeutic purring and snuggles and he even washed me several times. Nothing helps getting over something like your cat trying to wash it off. There is something magical about that attention.

I still have it but it's dropped back to drippy ugh instead of mind blotting nausea, aches and fever. Ugh. I have to go out on Wednesday too and that's going to be a thrill, probably a nice chance to catch a new bug just as this one's letting go. Yech. Not feeling real thrilled but the shot always gives me energy, maybe enough to actually fight this off. I hate winter.

Today I got so fed up with not painting that I did pastel from imagination.

Wildflower Scene
5" x 7"
Terry Ludwig 14 color "Best Loved Basics" set
A 70% alcohol wash on first layer
Uart 400 sanded pastel paper

Inspired by Karen Margulis's landscapes with wildflower meadows. I should have broken the symmetry but it's already matted, learn for next time.

02-08-2015, 03:12 PM
I adore the painting of Ari.

Another lovely pastel landscape from you. Glad you are on you way to recovery and hope you manage to avoid picking up anything else.

Can I just ask what the alcohol wash is about? I know very little about pastels and they are my current challenge.

02-08-2015, 03:26 PM
Sure. For the first layer I scribble in some basic color per area, using red and red brown for the green areas of forest and meadow. Red brown behind the forest and bright hot pink under the meadow, blue behind the sky, light violet behind the distant hills.

Then I took 70% Rubbing Alcohol from the drugstore and used a fairly big watercolor brush to slop it on, dissolving the pastel strokes into a thick opaque gouache-like paint to fill each of the areas. I did a WIP explanation of it in the post in Pastel Studio & Gallery if you want to see how this looks in progress.

Normally I do a "dry underpainting" using hard pastels, scribble heavily and then finger blend it smooth. The alcohol wash sets it in hard and restores the paper tooth completely. It's like working on colored paper after the underpainting and the pink and russet made the greens look brighter because flecks show through the greens.

02-08-2015, 03:26 PM
Glad you are on the mend. Hoping you can kick the bug to the curb and not pick up another one. The landscape is lovely.

02-09-2015, 08:18 AM
Thank you Robert. I had a look at the pastel forum and at your WIP- i understand now. Getting to be madness though. I have 9 tabs permanently open on my ipad and 6 of them are Wet Canvas.

I havent posted for a while because I have been finishing a coloured pencil piece. I finished it today so will be back to quicker sketches for a while. I have a bigger piece planned but need to wait for spring for the subject matter..

I might use this time to really have a go with my pastels. Still no sign of my soft pastels yet. It is only a small set of 6 but I don't want to get carried away with buying lots if I end up not really getting into them.

Thanks again for your explanation.

02-09-2015, 08:53 AM
Debby, thanks. Cross your fingers. I don't feel like it's going away, it hasn't reached that point of knowing it's on the way out. More that indefinite ugh that means it's going to linger. Too much congestion, too much dripping, it's like I can't remember what it was like not to have a cold. It's not at its worst and the fever's gone, the worst days are gone but each day I don't know if it'll do that again. I'm sort of losing hope till better weather is at hand, especially when I have to go out on Wednesday and that will mean both exertion and exposure to other people in the waiting room. I had a hard time last time and the time before I wasn't sick but this whole winter, most days I've had one bug or another. I don't kick them easily because of the chronic fatigue and lack of body energy, they linger longer than they do for other people and it's seriously getting annoying.

I'm working on a WIP of some cherries, will post it up in Pastel Studio as I keep going on it and see how that goes. Hopefully will finish today.

02-09-2015, 04:52 PM
Why not wear a mask in the doctor's office. Ironic that that is where you go to get better and end up catching everyone's nasty germs. LOL
I love the little landscape with the bright colors. They warm up these cold blah days.

I'm still working through my Crayon Book. One of the exercises uses pink and brick red. I might post it in February Spotlight. It's using a sphere and creating blending and shadows. Nothing fancy at all.

02-10-2015, 01:20 AM
I can't stand to wear a mask, especially if I'm having trouble breathing. It's the same reason why though I should get glasses, I never get around to it. Aside from that I'd have to actually buy one, when I really don't have the money. I was broke in record time this month just getting groceries and a couple of necessities got left off the list.

Oh coolness, that exercise with pink and brick red sounds great! Go ahead and post it in the Spotlight, that's neat! I can see the crayon book exercises would go so well in pastels!

Today's painting! I love how it came out, it was incredibly long to do it. Partly from how down I was feeling, might have worked faster if I wasn't sick. But I got it right by being slow and careful. Total about 8 hours of work.

Colourful Cherries
5" x 7"
Terry Ludwig pastels on Uart 400 sanded pastel paper.
Photo reference by sirbonetta posted in February 2015 Pastel Spotlight.

02-10-2015, 02:13 PM
Luscious cherries. Now I want some and they aren't in season yet.

02-10-2015, 06:20 PM
Purr thanks Debby! LOL so do I! I painted them from a reference but every time I look up to see them on my wall, I want about a pound of real ones in my fridge! Maybe two pounds!

02-10-2015, 07:40 PM
looks good enough to eat, beautiful!

02-11-2015, 05:25 AM
Beautiful cherries Rob!

02-11-2015, 01:05 PM
Purr thank you! I'm still surprised at how well they came out. Hard to top that when I've done my best! But here's today's humble little life sketch of some fruit in three earth tones.

Three Fruits in Earth Tones
7" square, from life
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb smooth white watercolor paper.
Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna limited palette.

02-11-2015, 02:00 PM
Not as edible looking, but it looks like what it is, a painting of fruit.

02-11-2015, 08:35 PM
Purr thank you. Yeah, it would be hard to top those pastel cherries! That one's a quick sketch with a bit of atmosphere, the cherries a serious painting that I spent all day on - about 8 hours on one 5 x 7" painting using every trick I know to make it vivid and true!

Lots more sketching while I was out. My cold's gone down to a very minor cough and though my back went out, I still felt good otherwise. Also colossally frustrated from all those sick days!

Two Pigeons and a leaf from November
3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Pigma Micron pens and watercolor
Pocket Moleskine watercolor journal.
The pigeons are from today, while I waited for the van. The cock with a violet-green neck is fluffing his neck feathers out and bobbing to impress the hen who's looking at him, interested but skeptical. Heh, maybe that's a Valentine card image, pigeons courting!

Fruits from Photo, Trees and Leaves from Life
8 1/2" x 11"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Beta hardbound journal 180lb rough watercolor paper.
Pears and orange from my own photo, leaves and trees while waiting for van.

Flowers from Life
3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Pigma Micron pens and Daniel Smith watercolors
Pocket Moleskine watercolor journal.
Little cerise flower growing in the lawn with some of its leaves and what looked like a garden hybrid fancy purple foxglove both done in the garden before it was time for the van to arrive. The garden smelled wonderful today. Something with a fabulous odor was blooming.

02-11-2015, 08:45 PM
I love the pigeons. You could put little 'thought' bubbles above their heads and write something funny. The one on the right has a great facial expression. I'm guessing he's the male. So he's putting on a show and all the female can think is, "Meh." :lol:

02-12-2015, 02:33 PM
So glad to hear you are feeling better. Lots of art while waiting for your ride today. Great selection of sketches.

02-12-2015, 03:35 PM
Purr thank you both! LOL Barbara, yeah, I almost want to! That was about how it looked to me. He was displaying all through the flock and the hens with smaller heads would look, and then go back to looking for seeds or crumbs or whatever. If I hadn't been going somewhere I'd have gone back upstairs for bread ends to feed them. Tempting to go out sometime just downstairs with bread ends and try to attract them.

02-12-2015, 05:39 PM
I especially love the fruit, trees and leaves page. The page fits together well shape and colour wise and the whole thing has a lovely warmth to it.

Joan T
02-13-2015, 08:53 PM
Robert, I'm finally getting around to catching up on what you have been posting here. Great sketches!!! Glad you are feeling a bit better. You have to be careful.

02-17-2015, 12:53 AM
Purr thank you! Yeah, Joan. Not much I can do to avoid it though, when the weather gets bad I get whatever comes around.

Finally broke the doldrums with another watercolor marker painting. Whew!

Tree Study
6 1/2" x 8"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers (Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Umber)
Sample of Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper

02-17-2015, 02:30 PM
Like the complementary colors on this one.

02-17-2015, 07:11 PM
Purr thank you! I had fun with it.

Joan T
02-19-2015, 09:12 PM
Nice tree study, Robert! Someone recently made me a hand-made sketchbook from Fabriano Artistico paper which I really like!

02-20-2015, 03:36 PM
I really like these watercolor sketches. They look so effortless and yet when *I* tried it it was incredibly complicated. LOL I hope to overcome it by going through my books i.e. Painting/Drawing with Right Side and others.

In the meantime I will live the watercolor markers vicariously through you. :)

02-22-2015, 10:36 PM
Purr thanks!

Joan, I got this as a sample when I bought some other stuff. I liked it and bought a couple of Fabriano Artistico blocks. I can't even remember which art store put it in with my order, if it was Jerry's or Daniel Smith or Blick, but it came when I bought other stuff. One sheet white and one cream or warm white. Beautiful paper. I got the bright white on the blocks and love it, this seduced me away from Always Arches.

Purr thanks Barbara! Yeah, a lot of the Effortless comes on days like today. If I am really fighting to be able to do art at all, I turn to the markers and wash technique and it's easier than regular watercolor, easier and faster than pen and watercolor. Regular watercolor without the pen lines is anything but easy. I get bogged down in the washes, I get it too light, I wind up either intricate layered glazes realism with a nearly dry brush wet on dry, or I experiment and it comes out awful.

But the markers go FAST! Today was nearly like yesterday, no art, but I'm up to having a go with the markers. So let's see what I can get.

Well, this may be a great cat sketch from life or a terrible one. He moved while I was doing him so it's half life half imagination. I wanted to finish it to fit the page nicely but he's been in that curled up tight position before and if I stuck to the one he was in he'd have gone off the page wrong. Cut off at a funny angle.

Gee it helps to paint and draw the SAME cat all the time!

Ari Cat from Life and Memory
7" square
Black Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker and water brush
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb smooth white watercolor paper
Live long hair color point model who moved halfway through and then walked away before I did his body, so pose is half concept to finish the composition but accurate because I know this cat better than I do my own hand! One thing came through this time, the relative lightness of his paws and tail to his mask, which has always been darker!

Yeah, it's the fuzzy boy again. I love him. When it's a bad day head right for my comfort zone. He posed. Sort of. At least gave me a pretty look and then moved!

02-23-2015, 03:37 AM
Lovely :)

My students this afternoon are looking at animals and fur ..... I have lots of cat sketches to show, don't remember ever drawing a dog with never having one! I love the fur and fluid shaoe of cats :)

02-23-2015, 04:10 PM
Beautiful sketch of Ari. :cat:

02-23-2015, 06:27 PM
Purr thank you! Oh I tried on cats when I was a kid, but didn't get good results. When the cat walks away and stops posing it's still fresh in my memory, that happens in about half of these life sketches and I wound up deciding a pose that I've drawn many times before in other media. Mostly with other brush tip pens or sketch pencils.

Today I finished the Colourful Rose!

Red, Red Rose aka Colourful Rose
6" square
Terry Ludwig pastels
ClaireFontaine PastelMat, white
Photo reference by DAK723 for February Pastel Spotlight

Joan T
02-24-2015, 11:13 AM
Nice sketch of Ari even if it was partly from imagination.

The rose is beautiful. It looks like it would feel as smooth as the petals on a real rose!

02-24-2015, 02:02 PM
Beautiful rose.

02-25-2015, 12:17 AM
Wow Rob, what a start to the new year! There are some really beautiful gems in here… Love your studies of Ari as usual, and those birds are getting better and better. I'm sorry you have had the flue so bad. Me too got a streak of it, and usually I only have the flue like 3-5 days, but this one took me 2 weeks to fight of!

02-25-2015, 11:36 PM
Purrr thank you! Jenny, thanks, sounds like you read the whole thread!

Yuck flu, had it 3 times this winter and all of them really long. Or cold or something. It's been the worst winter for getting sick that I've had in a decade, I'm really tired of it. And still getting some kind of allergy reaction to something, probably dust, though today's better.

Two more cats for 30 cats in 30 days!

Yesterday I sketched Ari from life for 30 Cats in 30 Days, but didn't post him because the page isn't full. Here he is:

Lazy Sphinx (Ari cat from life)
About 2" x 3" in black Winsor & Newton watercolour marker
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb smooth white watercolor paper.

Then today I sketched a tree similar to many I saw on the way to my appointment and added a little black cat stretching up to claw it and tell the neighbors it's his territory. Action pose from memory:

Little Black Cat Clawing San Francisco Street Tree
7" square in Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb smooth white watercolor paper.

02-26-2015, 05:05 AM
Well remembered!

02-26-2015, 02:21 PM
Great kitties, from life and memory.

02-27-2015, 02:53 PM
Purr thank you! Here's another one!

Ari Cat from Life In Lap
2" x 3" approx.
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker
on Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb smooth watercolor paper. Drawn and painted while he dozed in my lap without moving, had to move very careful so as not to disturb him!

02-28-2015, 03:24 PM
I see this is a frequent pose for Ari. :cat: Lovely.

02-28-2015, 06:25 PM
Oh, a very frequent Ari pose! He lays around a lot. Most of the sleepy ones are repeat ones and so I get a lot of practice with them!

Today's, I caught him laying on my jeans on the seat of my power chair, one of his favorite haunts! Then finished the page with some saplings from imagination from a lesson by Johannes Vloothuis.

Sketches of Ari Cat from Life and Saplings from Imagination
7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb smooth (Hot Press) watercolor paper.

03-01-2015, 03:33 PM
Love seeing sketches of Ari.

03-04-2015, 12:07 PM
Purr thank you!

Today's isn't an Ari portrait, it's just a silly Cat-Toon!

"Why I Like Painting Pears" cat-toon
3 1/2" x 5 1/4" Moleskine pocket accordion fold journal
Pigma Micron size 02 and Brush Tip pens.

03-04-2015, 12:39 PM
Love your sketches, the cats especially!

03-04-2015, 02:22 PM
That's very clever. I never saw that cats and pears had so much in common. :cat:

03-04-2015, 04:35 PM
-I love it!!

03-12-2015, 01:35 AM
Purr thanks! I've seen them in Pear Pose so many times and just hadn't connected it till it tickled my funny bone. Even cats that aren't fat slump into it sometimes!

Today at last after a long sluggish fight with the cold, I sketched again. Snappd a photo of some azaleas in the patient drop-off area and then decided to work from the photo in the waiting room because the light outside didn't inspire me to sketch the city. It was a grayish kind of mucky overcast light and a lot of houses on the hills, didn't feel like trying to render lots of houses. Was in more a flowers mood.

Azalea blossoms
7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal smooth 180lb watercolor paper

I love color and some days after a horrible long miserable winter all I want is color and flowers and spring!

03-12-2015, 01:50 PM
Lovely spring flowers. :) It's almost officially here. Spring that is. However, where I live, we call it the season of mud. The snow is melting and there is rain. The ground is just soaked.

03-12-2015, 09:10 PM
Robert: I'm so glad you're feeling better! Those azaleas are so cheery I'm sure they played a big part in your recovery. :)

03-13-2015, 02:26 PM
Purr thank you!

Today's isn't an Ari portrait, it's just a silly Cat-Toon!

"Why I Like Painting Pears" cat-toon
3 1/2" x 5 1/4" Moleskine pocket accordion fold journal
Pigma Micron size 02 and Brush Tip pens.

Really like this!

03-14-2015, 11:06 PM
Oh purr! Thank you! LOL Viv, yeah, I managed Extreme Simplification there - but it works, I have seen that pose SO many times.

Today I started my Pastel Spotlight painting, this month's theme is Violet. Love the Spectrum themes - every single one, I've come up with a painting that was one of my best ever. Don't know if this tulip will be it but I also plan to get one of the floral references with sanded paper.

Tulip WIP
7" square
Pan Pastels on white Colourfix Suede
Photo reference by Blackhorse

03-15-2015, 02:08 PM
Brilliant color on this one.

Joan T
03-17-2015, 09:27 PM
Robert, I had to laugh at why you like pears! Great colors in the recent pieces!

03-20-2015, 10:48 PM
Purr thank you! Another session on the tulip and I've got the background loosely established. Will ad more detail with TErry Ludwigs and more color!

Tulip stage 2
Rembrandt pastels over previous stage with Pan Pastels on white Colourfix Suede paper.

03-21-2015, 03:00 PM
Ooh! Looking good.

03-21-2015, 09:05 PM
Wow! What a difference. I love the rich colors.

03-22-2015, 04:52 AM
Luminous :)

Joan T
03-22-2015, 08:47 PM
Love the richness of the tulip!

03-22-2015, 08:50 PM
Purr thank you! The finish went much faster than I thought. Sorry the photo didn't work out right... it's somthing in the camera. I adjusted as best as possible but the red petunias are actually red-purple like the reddest bits in the tulip with cold pink highlights also the top has a more pale yellow cast and is slightly brighter. This comes close to how it looks.

Tulip, Marigolds and Petunias
7" Square
Pan Pastels, Rembrandt and Terry Ludwig pastels
Art Spectrum Colourfix Suede coated white pastel card
Photo references by Blackhorse and DAK723

03-23-2015, 02:10 PM
Lovely finish.

Joan T
03-23-2015, 06:48 PM
I love how you finished it, Robert!:clap:

03-28-2015, 03:32 PM
Purr! Thank you!

This one is just a sketch. Was going to be a life sketch but could not find a good place to sit by the plant. So got photos and started on Wednesday out by the van pickup spot. Then finished today at home.

Jonquil Sketch
8" x 10" (cropped from 9" x 12")
Pastels on brown sketch paper from my own photo.

03-28-2015, 06:30 PM
Trees from Life
5" x 7"
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers on Bockingford paper

Not my best but it was plein air and interrupted.

Joan T
03-28-2015, 08:46 PM
Robert - Good thing you took some photos of the daff so you could finish it. Nice trees. I really like the trunk on the one on the right.

03-29-2015, 01:48 PM
Hate being interrupted while being creative. The trees are lovely. The daffodil is beautiful.

04-08-2015, 08:29 PM
Reading Claudia Nice today on the van, I got inspired by a little tree that was sprouting a few new small leaves - and still holding a fair number of last year's crumpled brown dry ones! Then got some photos of trees and houses and things, chose one to draw and paint in the waiting room.

Leaf and Tree Page
3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Pigma Micron size 01 and watercolor
Twig with new leaves and old from life, tree and shrubs from my photo.

This is a page in my small Moleskine watercolor journal. Getting somewhere in it, may have to order a new one when it's past halfway full!

04-09-2015, 03:48 AM
Nice one and the daffodils were a welcome breath of spring. They aren't an easy shape to capture.

04-09-2015, 03:19 PM
Love Claudia Nice's work. Wonderful branch telling the story of old and new. Great tree.

04-11-2015, 06:28 PM
Hi Rob, Great tree and branch!

04-12-2015, 10:09 PM
Purr thank you! Slightly getting back up to speed, today I sketched with 152 Crayola Crayons, just goofing around in my sketchbook! Not the fancy sketchbook, the one I got last Christmas. It's got a lot of full pages for being so new, I was surprised at the date on the first page!

152 Crayola Crayons test page
8 1/2" x 11"
Crayola crayons on sketch paper, from memory/imagination

Detail with foxglove, tomato and daisy.

Lots of fun! Surprising how good the metallic and glitter colors looked, also a bit surprised at how many close matches there are in color. I could do a box of 8 magenta and its cousins and maybe have some left over, as opposed to more values and degrees of muted color. Some of the regular colors are so bright they compete with neons. But they're fun and it's not hard to mute colors by overlaying.

04-13-2015, 01:51 PM
Yeah, crayons. :D

04-13-2015, 02:45 PM
Yep. Every now and then I have to prove to myself that I can do something with the supplies that bugged me as a kid. Back to watercolour markers!

Rose from April 2015 Watermedia Challenge
7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers on Stillman & Birn Zeta journal
Photo reference by KreativeK

Joan T
04-13-2015, 10:40 PM
Love that rose with the markers, Robert!!! Awesome crayola sketches.

04-14-2015, 02:35 PM
Lovely. I have never gotten the hang of markers.

04-21-2015, 11:19 PM
Thank you both! Debby, it's odd but I never really did either until they came out with archival ones. Pitt Artist Pens were my first real go with markers that came out decent, after that I got their Big Brush ones and now the W&N ones are even better because they wash. The more I use them the easier it is to get the effects I want. But I know people who can use the chisel tips of something like Prismacolor or Copic ones to great effects.

I think some of it is finding brush tip markers, I'm so into round brushes! Chisel tip markers are more like small flats.

Today I started my Spotlight pastel!

Atmospheric Apples, Stage 1
8" x 10" landscape
Photo reference by Ivyleaf RIL
Rembrandt pastels on Strathmore Artagain non sanded paper.

Got two stages done:

Colourful Apples, Stage 2
8" x 10" landscape
Photo reference by Ivyleaf RIL
Rembrandt pastels on pale grey Strathmore Artagain non sanded paper.

04-21-2015, 11:23 PM
Just got rid of double post, must be crowded online tonight!

04-22-2015, 02:12 PM
Waiting to see the grand finale. :) Looking good.

Joan T
04-22-2015, 09:47 PM
Good start on these, Robert.

04-22-2015, 11:50 PM
Thank you! I packed light today, just my Zeta journal and a tin of 12 Graphitint pencils. Too light, since I forgot my water brush and had to rely on a pocket brush an a bit of water from the water fountain. Still, that had its discoveries. I might use an old fashioned brush a bit more often now!

Trees from Life
7" square
Derwent Graphitint (12 color set)
Stillman & Birn Zeta watercolour journal 180lb smooth white paper.
Sketched in a moving van, washed later with travel brush, not waterbrush.

04-23-2015, 03:15 AM
Nice one. I do occasionally use water brushes when it's convenient but real brushes and water are so much nicer to use :). I love Graphitints and the XL blocks of them.

04-23-2015, 02:39 PM
I just want a nice seat under those trees so I can get lost in a good book. :) Great job.

04-23-2015, 02:49 PM
Oh those big Inktense blocks sound like so much fun, Vivien. Are they anything like the Cretacolor ones? I've been tempted to those for years now.

Purr, thank you both! I love doing these and may do some more from the photos. Or since I'm home branch out into other media.

Next time I need to remember to grab that good travel set I got at Cheap Joe's right before the move - two steel water cups and water bottles and 12 color palette in a leather zipper case on a long shoulder strap. It's not that heavy and it's the best thing I have for using loose water when I'm out. That and put some napkins in it to dry the cups afterward.

I bought that on a lark but I use it at home even more than when I'm out, because on bad days I don't even have to cross the room.

04-25-2015, 04:45 PM
Started this from life on Wednesday the 22nd, just finished from memory. Pen work mostly from Wednesday.

Wisteria Trunk on Fence
7" square
Pigma Micron pens and Daniel Smith watercolors
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb smooth watercolor paper.

04-26-2015, 02:25 PM
Cool shapes in that trunk/vine.

04-26-2015, 07:41 PM
Thanks! I've loved it ever since I first saw it, this probably won't be the last time I paint it. It's started blooming again, I caught a couple of photos and of course have last year's and the years before. It's a lot of fun.

04-27-2015, 02:20 AM
In answer to your query, The Inktense blocks are great for drawing bolder marks and picking up pigment for large washes. I use them alongside the pencils. I think you would love them Rob :)

04-27-2015, 03:03 PM
Oh! Oh those are the sticks, yeah, I had a set of 24 when those first came out. Great for blocking in broad areas and getting fine detail, a lot like the Prismacolor Art Stix in use but Inktense. Wanted the holder for them because I'd stain my fingers though. Way cool! for some reason was imagining big flat blocks like the Cretacolor ones.

Today got to Stage 3 on the apples!

Colourful Apples In Perspective (Stage 3)
8" x 10"
Rembrandt and Unison pastels on Strathmore Artagain light gray pastel paper
Photo reference by Ivyleaf from RIL (for Pastel Spotlight 4-2015)

The Ugly Stage. I'm now studying it for what the final details should be and will use Ludwig pastels for those.

04-30-2015, 12:05 PM
Finished the Apples! On the last day of the challenge. Wow.

Three Colourful Apples
8" x 10"
Rembrandt, Unison and Terry Ludwig pastels
Strathmore Artagain unsanded pastel paper, pale gray
Photo reference by Ivyleaf from RIL

04-30-2015, 07:28 PM
Luscious looking apples. Great job.

04-30-2015, 08:26 PM
Purr thank you! This month was tough but I got them done on time for the challenge! They're framed and up on my wall now.

05-02-2015, 09:24 AM
Today's sketch in watercolor with a big squirrel round was an experiment. I used Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Ultramarine together for a mingled neutral and tried painting Ari in 20 strokes or less. Had to stop and used exactly 20 strokes when it might have been improved with more layers and some deliberate value changes. Very frustrating challenge. I'd have done better trying it with a watersoluble pencil and then wash it in two or three strokes.

Ari from life
7" square
Daniel Smith watercolor sticks as pans, Quin Bt. Orange and Ultramarine
Squirrel round brush, Stillman & Birn Zeta smooth paper

05-02-2015, 12:35 PM
And then I did my Pastel Spotlight WIP just on the second day of the month. Much better than procrastinating all month on it!

Daffodils stage 1 - just laid down some rough color.

Daffodils stage 2 - blended the first layer to work over it.

May Daffodils
8" x 10" landscape
12 Winsor & Newton half sticks pastels
Bee Bogus Recycled Rough Sketch Paper
Photo reference by DAK723

05-02-2015, 02:27 PM
Even with you not being happy with the 20 stroke painting, I can still recognize Ari. The daffodils are beautiful.

05-02-2015, 03:36 PM
Love your work Robert -- the daffs are beautiful.

05-02-2015, 05:17 PM
Purr thank you! Yeah, I did still get his likeness and his cuddled up pose. He stretches and condenses a lot. ElasticCat!

05-06-2015, 02:49 PM
African Tree
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Pigma Micron size .02 and Winsor-Newton Professional Watercolour
Borden & Riley Drawing pad 90lb paper.

Sketched from a documentary on Netflix, sometimes it feels like I'm more used to African landscapes than my own. They're fascinating.

I rearranged what was in my Winsor & Newton Field Box, took out three pans and added one so it's back to 12 colors and has the sponge dock again. The extra pans kept popping out. Kept in the Quinacridone Gold and Permanent Rose that I'd added. Took out the Burnt Umber that I'd replaced the Raw Umber with, took out Yellow Ochre and replaced that with Quinacridone Gold, kept Indigo (sub for Neutral Tint) and replaced Winsor Yellow with Transparent Yellow, which I bought a half pan of it on my last Blick purchase.

Now thinking of getting an 8 color Cotman Mini field box, replacing all the Cotman half pans with the three removed colors (W. Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Bt. Umber), get five other colors with at least one red and some blues and Green Gold. That'll stand on its own because Quinacridone Red is purplish-mid red, Green Gold is a favorite, Indanthrene and Antwerp blue were ones I wanted to try and Cobalt Turquoise always intrigued me. It'll stand on its own or both can flip open giving me a nice 20 color pockets palette.

I think I also ought to pick up some extra Niji Waterbrushes too since I use that so dang often. I might put the Cotman colors into a mints tin or something to give away as a starter when I meet someone interested in paining. It seems a bit high just to get the little case, they no longer have the 12 color Sketchers Box but the 8 color Mini is pretty cool and the 14 color Compact case while awesome is a bit larger, not sized for small pockets.

I'm horrible, buying extra supplies all the time. Eh, the Cotman colors can just be what they are and get put into some sort of container for later. Should have nabbed several of the Sketchers Boxes when they had them though. Cotman ones were only about $12-$!4 when they had those.

05-06-2015, 05:54 PM
Love the purple shadows. We are all supply junkies. :lol:

05-06-2015, 07:28 PM
I'm a supply junkie and this web site is my enabler :lol:

05-06-2015, 08:19 PM
Hee hee hee purr! Thanks, both of you! I feel better about my hugely stuffed Blick cart.

View of San Francisco Street from Life
7" square
Pigma Micron pen and Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal 180lb smooth white watercolor paper.

Actually penciled this waiting for the van, inked on the van while it was moving - smooth lines at stops, squiggles and loose marks during motion. Then watercolored outdoors at the clinic garden.

Meant to do a pastel painting in the clinic garden but once again foiled by lack of good places to sit where I'm not blocking the sidewalks but facing something I want to paint close enough to do it. Still wound up getting lots of photos and painting this outdoors.

05-07-2015, 02:40 PM
What a process to get your sketch done. Sometimes you just have to work from photos and memory. This is a great urban sketch.

05-07-2015, 05:41 PM
Nice one :)

05-07-2015, 08:38 PM
Ooh, I really like the sketch, Rob. I love the colors AND the bird sitting on the light pole. :)

Joan T
05-08-2015, 08:48 PM
Great sketches lately, Robert. I love the daffs and that outdoor street scene! Love your idea of what to do with the Cotman pans.

05-09-2015, 10:36 AM
Purr thank you! Cotman watercolors are very good quality student ones. They border on artist grade and I think most of them are lightfast. They're just not quite as fantastic as the WN Professional (formerly Artist) ones.

I have a set of 24 full pan WN Artist watercolors a friend bought me way way back in 1998, it's still good and I used it for today's start of a pastel painting.

Flowering Tree underpainting
5" x 7"
Winsor & Newton Artists' watercolour
Pastel Premier X-fine grit white sanded pastel paper.
Photo reference by DAK723

05-09-2015, 02:51 PM
Looking forward to seeing the next step.

05-10-2015, 09:03 PM
I'm with Debby. I want to see where you are going with this.

05-10-2015, 09:07 PM
Flowering Trees
5" x 7"
Holbein pastels and Winsor & Newton watercolor
on white X-Fine Pastel Premier sanded pastel paper
Photo reference by DAK723 for May 2015 Pastel Spotlight

I didn't like all the dried brown trees and bushes so I turned them into flowering ones too and fluffed out the skimpy yellow forsythia to full bloom. This was a fun little painting, only two steps since I worked each area by area but loads of fun!

05-11-2015, 02:38 PM
Looks like spring. Lovely.

05-11-2015, 03:32 PM
Wow! What a change from yesterday! It's so pretty and cheery, much different than the damp, drab and dreary day here in Michigan.:thumbsup:

Joan T
05-11-2015, 09:34 PM
I like seeing the change from the underpainting to the finished pastel! Nice!!

05-15-2015, 06:37 PM
Purr thank you! I've got it on the wall now and it's growing on me, looks much better across the room than right under my nose. Tons better than the little landscape I replaced with it. Looks like I got out into a nice park while it was blooming and goofed around plein air almost.

Ari Cat Life Sketch
7" square
Derwent Graphitint pencils on Zeta journal smooth watercolor paper.
Eyes are lightly washed, just the blue and not the dry black pupil.

When in doubt, sketch my cat!

05-15-2015, 09:07 PM
Second sketch page!

Ari Cat from life and Irises from my photo
9" x 12"
Tombow dual tip brush pens on Bazic sketch pad

My cat always inspires! Also the Tombow colorless blender works well picking up color from tip to deliver clean tint strokes in Ari's eyes, love that blender pen. These are fun like my WN markers but not lightfast. So I used the cheap sketch pads my friend sent me a whole pack of, going to be using like with like. They may not be PH neutral or anything but the paper's got a good sketch texture and it's liberating that there's so much of it!

There's something cool about being so stocked up I don't need to worry at all about whether it came out well. And working fast, that was not a slow cat gesture!

05-16-2015, 03:50 AM
Nice feel of Spring. The crab apple tree in my garden looked like that for a couple of weeks .... Then it was windy and it's all gone. It was spectacular this year so I'm hoping I have lots of crab apples on it in the autumn, they look a pretty apricot colour from a distance.

And Ari lovely as always :). I like Graphitints and the XL blocks of the too.

05-16-2015, 12:19 PM
Oh yeah! They're always like that, intense with so many flowers there's no leaves, just flower color for foliage - and then storms of petals blow off or come tumbling down and it's gone one day. Like they all shed them at once. Good luck on your crab apples! That sounds like a beautiful tree and if it fruits heavily the way it looks as they ripen can be just as spectacular.

Purr thank you! He posed for me yesterday and if I can't think of anything to paint I will paint my cat!

05-16-2015, 01:44 PM
Lovely Ari sketches.

05-17-2015, 10:13 PM
Purr thank you!

Here's continuation of the irises - start of the pastels version!

Spring Irises (WIP stage 1)
8" x 10" portrait
Holbein pastels on cream color Canson Mi-Tientes Touch
from my own photo posted in Pastel Spotlight May 2015

05-18-2015, 09:26 PM
And more of my cat...

More Ari Sketches
9" x 12"
Tombow brush pen on sketch paper
Life or my own photo.

05-19-2015, 01:36 PM
Love the Ari sketches. :cat:

05-20-2015, 01:18 AM
Purr thank you! My home carer seriously suggested I should do a cartoon with him. I'm tempted...

Iris Stage 2
8" x 10"
Holbein pastels on Canson Touch
My photo and memory.

Ugly stage of the current pastel...

05-20-2015, 02:28 PM
A cartoon staring Ari would be awesome. Go for it! I guess colored pencils aren't the only media that has an ugly stage.

05-20-2015, 09:43 PM
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.

Two Irises from Life
7" square
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers
Stillman & Birn Zeta journal smooth heavy watercolor paper.

I'm on a theme! Irises and Ari!

05-21-2015, 06:30 PM
Nothing wrong with a theme. :cat: Ari looks very comfortable. The irises are lovely.

05-23-2015, 03:10 PM
Purr thank you! He does! Right now he's under the bed avoiding being sketched again! lol

So I sketched some fruit on top of my fridge and a flowering branch...

Fruit from Life
9" x 12"
Holbein pastels on gray Canson Mi-Tientes

Flowering Branch and Derwent Pastel Tests
9" x 12"
Derwent Pastels on plain white drawing paper, imagination.

05-23-2015, 04:41 PM
And another sketch done during Johannes Class, inspired by the tree in his demo painting...

Archway, Walls and Tree Scene
9" x 12"
Derwent pastels on white Canson Mi-Tientes paper rough side
Loosely after a Johannes Vloothuis tree in class.

Joan T
05-23-2015, 05:22 PM
I'm a bit behind here. Great pieces, Robert!!!

05-23-2015, 09:49 PM
Purr thank you!