View Full Version : Sketchbook in a Month Challenge: Rainy's Days

10-01-2010, 12:05 AM
Hello . . . this is my FIRST time to post an art journal so I'm a little nervous. I've posted pages here and there in sketch threads but this is real different I think.

Here is a photograph of the sketchbook I chose. Its a Art Alternatives watercolor journal. Its 122 lb. I've not used it before but hope it will be good. . .the paper feels nice and its a good size to carry with me easily and has a hard cover and an elastic like a moleskine. It has 56 pages.

And I'm just calling it Rainy's Days because I plan to use it to capture whatever strikes my interest that day :)

10-01-2010, 12:39 AM
Awesome! That's a great sketchbook to do yours in. Logging your thread now!

10-01-2010, 02:17 AM
LOVE the sketchbook, LOOKS like a fantastic and looking forward to seeing the work.

10-01-2010, 07:58 AM
it does look a nice little book

10-01-2010, 08:32 AM
What a lovely little sketchbook - it looks like it will be so enjoyable to fill with those things that come to your eyes and say draw me.

Joan T
10-01-2010, 12:41 PM
Rainy - Good for you. I love the title and that way you aren't limiting yourself to what you can include. I'll be watching for your sketches.

10-01-2010, 01:30 PM
Thank you everyone. . . there are beautiful cloud formations today so I think I am going to try and capture some of those when I get home from work. I've not really done skies much before so it will be good practice!

Vivien Maloney
10-01-2010, 01:47 PM
Rainy - Looking forward to seeing your sketches. I like the look of your new sketchbook and will be following it with interest. Nice title too!

10-01-2010, 02:12 PM
Lovely cover. Now ... go draw in it :) :) :)

10-01-2010, 08:07 PM
Good luck! You are going to have fun....!

10-01-2010, 09:08 PM
Glad you're jumping in...!

10-01-2010, 09:51 PM
Ohhhh clouds - I just can't make mine look like clouds - looks like you are inspiring me to try too!!!!!!

Good luck and looking forward to seeing the results!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-01-2010, 10:11 PM
Rainy, I have several of those- two of that size and two larger ones and I LOVE them! I completely filled up my first one and have started on my second. I carry one with me in my purse with a pen, a water brush and an altoids pallette and it's perfect. It takes ink and light wash wonderfully. Enjoy it!

10-02-2010, 03:30 AM
wonderful! looking forward to seeing what is on the inside!

10-02-2010, 01:21 PM
Hello everyone. . . thanks so much for the welcome!! You are making me feel that I can really DO this journal thing :)

So last night, day one, I got home a bit late and the trees were backlit against the sky in black and so here is what I did. I used my new tubes of M. Graham gouache, never tired that media before! I bought five tubes a few months ago but just now got around to trying them.

Rainy's Days Journal in a Month - PAGE 1/Oct 1, 2010
M.Graham Gouache - done from life


Today I'm in the mood to paint one of my dogs in this gouache, so that will be what I do for page 2 but probably won't be able to post it until Sunday night

10-02-2010, 01:30 PM
Ooh, how nice!!! It's so moody and expressive! I love the various intensities of dark in the foilage, and I love the clouds. Wow.

10-02-2010, 02:08 PM
This looks great! I love how deep it is.

Vivien Maloney
10-02-2010, 02:25 PM
Great cloud study Rainy!

10-02-2010, 04:56 PM
beautiful sky!

10-02-2010, 06:05 PM
Ooooh, WOW! I love this! What a great sense of atmosphere you got in this one. I really like gouache, yet I haven't used it a whole lot - this piece convinces me I'll need to get out the gouache for a couple pages in my sketchbook this month. I also like M. Graham's paints - in addition to being very good in my experience, who can resist paints formulated with honey? :)

10-02-2010, 08:04 PM
woo hoo - good one!

10-02-2010, 09:28 PM
Rainy this study is STUNNING!!!!! The colours are so rich and full of life and depth!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-02-2010, 09:34 PM
Beautiful sky.

10-02-2010, 09:38 PM
Fantastic! Hmm, I forgot about having gouache.

10-03-2010, 02:24 AM
excellent job on the back-lit sky... can't wait to see your dog sketch..... :)

10-03-2010, 02:43 AM
gorgeous landscape, love the sky and mountains, the tree line detail stands out beautifully against them

WC Lee
10-03-2010, 05:03 AM
that is a wonderful sketch :)

10-03-2010, 11:59 AM
Rainy, your day one painting is awewome! I love the evening feel you captured beautifully! - Can't wait to see your next one!

10-03-2010, 01:26 PM
I like that moody atmosphere

10-03-2010, 09:38 PM
Hello. . . thank you everyone for your comments on my first sketch! I decided to try the gouache again. Since my sketchook is quite small (5 x 3.5), I felt like I was sketching a miniature painting :) I don't have the hang of the medium yet at all, but fun to play with it.

This is my 'special needs' dog Tiny Dancer laying on her blanket on the sofa and staring down at a toy on the floor she can't get (because she won't get off sofa by herself). It kept her occupied so she stayed pretty still for me.

M.Graham Gouache
Day 2 - Tiny Dancer

10-03-2010, 09:42 PM
Aww... she's cute.

10-03-2010, 10:38 PM
Love the landscape! You have me curious about gouache now. (Just when I thought I did not need ONE more art supply...) Great effect.

10-03-2010, 10:48 PM
really nice pet portrait...love the look of the gouache

10-04-2010, 12:09 AM
Love the pooch - looks good!

10-04-2010, 01:42 AM
Great job on your gouache portrait, nice looking dog...

10-04-2010, 03:02 AM
ahhhh! special needs?

10-04-2010, 11:06 AM
Hello. . . thank you everyone for your comments on my first sketch! I decided to try the gouache again. Since my sketchook is quite small (5 x 3.5), I felt like I was sketching a miniature painting :) I don't have the hang of the medium yet at all, but fun to play with it.

This is my 'special needs' dog Tiny Dancer laying on her blanket on the sofa and staring down at a toy on the floor she can't get (because she won't get off sofa by herself). It kept her occupied so she stayed pretty still for me.

M.Graham Gouache
Day 2 - Tiny Dancer

Great painting of Tiny Dancer. The shading on her white markings is excellent. Poor little pup, that's cool that you take care of her with her special needs. What's her problem?

10-04-2010, 11:25 AM
very nice cloud formation. the sky behind the clouds is interesting as well. You captured the dog too. Keep up the good work!

10-04-2010, 01:14 PM
Thanks everyone. . . I didn't do anything in sketchbook yesterday as I decided to attend/join the local pastel society! It was a fun meeting with a demo by a local artist. I will try to catch up tonight after work.

For those who asked, Tiny was born with some neurological damage so she learned to walk really late as a pup and although she can walk and even run now, she has poor balance, esp. on uneven ground. She doesn't jump on furniture (or people!) and stairs, even a few, are super hard for her. She's a sweetie tho. . .

10-04-2010, 02:33 PM
she's obviously found a loving home with a great quality of life :)

10-04-2010, 04:37 PM
She looks like such a cute pup from your painting. I have a lot of respect for people who take in and care for special needs animals so I'm glad to hear that she's got such a nice home :)

10-04-2010, 06:15 PM
lovely stuff - those colours are so rich and your story is a good one, I am sure Tiny is grateful to have found a loving home :)

10-04-2010, 09:05 PM
How lucky Tiny Dancer found you or vice versa.

10-04-2010, 09:15 PM
Tiny Dancer chose well :)

10-05-2010, 01:07 AM
Great work on Dancer - how nice she posed for you~

10-05-2010, 01:20 AM
Hello all. . . thanks for your comments. I have to get on the ball since I missed yesterday and did only one tonight! Wowzers, three pages down and 53 more to go! Yikes.

I tried playing with the Inktense pencils today. I do not have a good touch with them so far in my experiments. I got the shadows between the onions too dark (it was lighter before I added water, really :) - but the good thing is I actually kinda like how the onions themselves came out. So I am happy. Maybe I will try again tomorrow. .. night all.


Rainy's Days - Page 3 - Derwent Inktense pencils

10-05-2010, 09:43 AM
These are all fabulous... the first one just took my breath away tbh but Tiny Dancer's portrait has to be my fav. What a lovely little soul!

10-05-2010, 10:40 AM
good morning. . . did another quick sketch of Tiny before work. . . my pad is too small so I ran out of page and her face got cut off :(

Rainy's Days - Page 4 - Derwent Inktense
Tiny Dancer #2

Joan T
10-05-2010, 12:27 PM
Great portraits of Tiny!!! She's so cute! I like the way your onions came out. The inktense pencils are good for onions because when the paper is dry you can always add more texture over it. Good work!

10-05-2010, 01:19 PM
Thank you, Joan and WSYIWIG!

10-05-2010, 03:08 PM
cute sideways glance :>)

10-05-2010, 04:27 PM
very beautiful onions...can really see the papery skin texture

and the look in Tiny's eye says it all! :)

10-05-2010, 07:04 PM
I like the crop of Tiny - sometimes the little "mistakes" ending being cool.

The onions are neat - know what you mean about the Inktense - still coming to grips with mine. I think all water soluble pencils are a little unpredictable - some become darker with water and others disappear. Sketchbook experiments are the way to go to find this stuff out! ;)

10-05-2010, 10:50 PM
Yummmy onions! and another great dog pic!

10-05-2010, 10:57 PM
The onions look great - and I know onions! Well, not so much from painting them, but they go great with just about everything food-wise...:) . Don't know if I've mentioned, but I have two Labs - geriatric ones, unfortunately, so getting to that tough time for dog people. One is 14 1/2 with a torn ACL, so he basically sleeps most of the day. The other just turned 14, but she is still gung-ho and gets really upset if I don't walk her everyday (who is the boss here?). We had a rescue Lab before our current two. I lost the previous dog to old age and decided to look at the shelter. I fell in love with Lady (she came with the name, I'm not that unoriginal) but she was 7 years old and I almost didn't take her for fear of getting totally attached and having her die at 10 or something. Well, she apparently was very pleased about having us for her new family, because she lived to be 17 years old - unheard of for a Lab. She was a celebrity every time we went to the vet the last three or so years of her life. We'd walk in and the vet would say, 'Look here, Lady's still with us!' :)

10-05-2010, 11:36 PM
Rainy's Day's - Page 5 - Derwent Inktense
Birds around a puddle


Thanks for your comments all!

Wow, 17 is a good old age for any dog, John! That is wonderful. . . glad you decided to adopt Lady. We had a farm collie named Lady when I was growing up. She was a great dog so that name seems well suited to wonderful dogs. :)

10-05-2010, 11:40 PM
You are on a roll Rainy, like this last one - it's quite whimsical.

10-05-2010, 11:43 PM
Very nice job, Rainy! And their pose gives me a chance to give yet another bit of interesting info about birds...although I may be the only one who cares! :lol:

Virtually all birds (except, for some strange reason, pigeons) cannot drink like people do. We can drink 'upside-down' because of the involuntary muscle contractions in our esophagus during the swallowing motion. Birds, however, require gravity to allow water to run down their throats and into their stomach. So when birds other than pigeons drink, they scoop up water in their bill and then raise their heads and tilt back, like the bird on the right is doing here, in order to swallow the water. They repeat this until they're done drinking. Pigeons can lower their heads to the water and swallow like people drinking while leaning over a drinking fountain.

So there you have it - that info and a buck will get you a cuppa coffee...

10-05-2010, 11:50 PM
Hey, cool info on the birds, John! I've seen them doing that and never realized/thought about why but now I know. TY. I love animals and nature, so stuff like that is very interesting to me. I just wonder why pigeons are different. Hm. . .

Jackie, you are so right. . . and I should test out the pencils before using them probably. Actually I do have a swatch test for all my products somewhere but I didn't pull it out and so didn't know it would go so dark. But as you are right, its what sketching is all about. . . discovering how to use media and exploring subjects. I needs LOTS of practice on both. :)

10-06-2010, 12:51 AM
Wonderful drawings from onions to birds. Cute expression on Tiny.

10-06-2010, 01:51 AM
Rainy's Days - Page 6 - Derwent Inktense
My carved wood halloween ornament that I put in my window tonight



10-06-2010, 09:02 AM
Thanks for comments on the drinking birds! I realized that I forgot to post the outside sans packaging so here is the outside of my little book. . . working on another page now. Everyone's books are so varied and interesting. Love the ones with themes.


10-06-2010, 10:24 AM
Rainy's Days - Page 7 - Sakura Paint Box
"Your Hand in Mine" - Complete trust


10-06-2010, 10:29 AM
Tiny's paw in your hand is a wonderful sketch, haven't seen a composition like that before. I think the crop on your last sketch of her worked out well, it looks like she's kind of being coy. Your onions also look great :)

10-06-2010, 11:55 AM
oooh, I love those onions!

10-06-2010, 02:40 PM
beautiful sketches Rainy
the paw in hand is touching and the coloring/shading is perfect :)

10-06-2010, 03:24 PM
Thanks you Denyalle, Epoh and Leslie. I had fun doing the watercolor paw and am now thinking about doing that one larger and adding more details of her.

10-06-2010, 05:51 PM
Rainy's Days - Page 7 - Sakura Paint Box
"Your Hand in Mine" - Complete trust


Immediate favorite! :) I just love artwork that shows the bond between owner & dog.

10-06-2010, 06:20 PM
Thanks, Rachel! I feel that way also when I look at art!

10-06-2010, 06:43 PM
Great stuff Rainy!

10-06-2010, 09:27 PM
Pumpkin decorations make me smile.

Great composition of paw in hand.

10-06-2010, 09:33 PM
Your second portrait of Tiny is fab! I like them all but your love for Tiny really shows through in your portraits!

10-07-2010, 01:40 AM
Tiny certainly must be a special dog - it shows in your artwork of her.

10-07-2010, 11:13 AM
This one did not come out as I envisioned. Running late this morning and hurried too much!

Rainy's Days - Page 8 - Sakura Koi Field Box
First Beach


10-07-2010, 11:26 AM
Hi Rainy!

What a sweet puppy, and she is so lucky to have a Mommy who cares for her so well.

Your cloud formations are beautiful - we don't get those clouds too often, but it's been nice having them cool off the temperature this past week. You're doing a great job handling the gouache.

OOPS - I almost missed seeing page 2 - you're doing really beautiful work in this journal. My most, most, most favorite is the one of you holding Tiny's paw! That is just adorable and I love her tiny little toenails.

Very nice work!


10-07-2010, 11:47 AM
Perhaps this one was not as you envisioned it to be, but it looks really good! Seastacks and skies with character are such a wonderful subject, especially in moody light like this. Well done!

10-07-2010, 06:10 PM
Hi Jean and thank you! I, too, am liking this weather. A great cool summer!

John, thanks! I am glad you think so esp. since you do watercolor so well! :) Watercolor is one of the harder mediums for me, so I decided to try to explore it more in this book and maybe get more comfortable with it. I figure that is what a journal is for is to learn and explore :)

10-07-2010, 11:07 PM
Even if not how you envisioned, it's a delightful painting.

Vivien Maloney
10-07-2010, 11:35 PM
Lovely work here Rainy! Tiny's portrait is gorgeous and her paw in your hand is so precious!

10-08-2010, 12:16 AM
You did pretty good for being in a hurry, I like how the light seems to be hitting the trees... good job!

WC Lee
10-08-2010, 03:34 AM
wonderful sketches of the onions and Tiny :) she has found herself a very caring owner.

10-08-2010, 03:47 AM
Great sketches Rainy, I love the one of the birds around the puddle - you really caught the moment. I like the ones of Tiny too.

10-08-2010, 05:35 AM
You still exercised your creativity and that is good I reckon! :)

10-08-2010, 11:34 AM
Good morning all. . . here is my quick painting this morning of some colored bottles on the table. I took it outside to get a photo in good light and Tiny wanted to assist.

This is Tiny supervising while I take a picture of the sketchbook :wave:

Rainy's Days - Page 9 - Sakura Koi Field WC Box

10-08-2010, 11:53 AM
good glow and transparency :)

10-08-2010, 06:36 PM
Rainy's Days - Page 10 - Pencil
a quickie at work on lunch


10-08-2010, 07:16 PM
Good work on the bottles and the quick portrait! Tiny did a good job supervising. My yellow Lab Bekka also supervises pretty much everything I do - keeps tabs of me every minute I'm in the house. Dogs are great...!

10-08-2010, 08:13 PM
Delightful tale of Tiny supervising the photo. The bottles are great. Your quick portrait is lovely.

10-08-2010, 10:03 PM
hehehehe what a great little supervisor! I like your bottles - vibrant colours! Always enjoy seeing portraits - great range of tone you've achieved :thumbsup:

10-09-2010, 12:39 AM
Good job on the bottles, the light reflection makes them shine... the quickie sketch looks great too.:)

10-09-2010, 01:40 AM
Hi Rainy,

Tiny Dancer is just STUNNING and so perfect, as is #2!!!!!!

The Onions are wonderful, perfect shape and colouration!!!!!

The Birds Around the Puddle is WOW!, Perfectly captured!

Giggled at the Trick or Treat pumpkin - LOVE it!!!!

Ummmmmm WOW - The Your Hand in Mine is STUNNING and such a powerful message!

First Beach is FANTASTIC!!!!

LOVE the Bottles, but LOVE your assistant more - so cute!!!!

EXCELLENT Portrait!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-09-2010, 12:09 PM
Love your juicy bottles.

10-09-2010, 02:03 PM
Thank you so much everyone!!!

I did this one last night while watching television.

Rainy's Days - Page 11 - Pencil


I was trying to do some lost edges here, not sure if I accomplished it? The watercolor paper in this book is rather a lot of texture for pencil and not the greatest surface for it.

Have a great weekend all!

10-09-2010, 05:32 PM
BTW. . . after I did this drawing it seemed like I could not have done as far into the book if it had 56 pages like cover said so I numbered each page. The book only has 29 pages!!! The cover (which you can see a pict of on my first post) says 56 pages. So I'm guessing they are counting if you use both FRONT AND BACK of every page. Is that normal for a product? It seems like a bit wrong. . . what do you think? :(

10-09-2010, 06:14 PM
That seems weird. Usually, it's how many sheets of paper in a pad or book. But, then I remember composition notebooks tell you 80 pages and they are numbered for you front and back, so it's only 40 sheets of paper. I guess this is a case of buyer beware.

Your portrait is splendid.

10-09-2010, 08:31 PM
Oooh, portrait :)

Yeah, I see some lost edges mostly around the hair, and neck

10-09-2010, 09:28 PM
Wonderful portraits! You've got really good tone going on with them :)

Vivien Maloney
10-10-2010, 04:52 AM
Terrific sketches! The portrait is excellent.

10-10-2010, 01:53 PM
Rainy's Days - Page 12- Pencil


10-10-2010, 05:31 PM
good work :)

10-10-2010, 05:54 PM
Marvelous portrait. Excellent job on the expression.

10-10-2010, 06:14 PM
Great sketches - those onions look so real - and I love the reflections you captured in the puddles!

10-10-2010, 06:20 PM
Well done Rainy! Yes I can see lost and found edges (or hard and soft if that is easier terminology!) and you've achieved a great range of tones again. The last portrait is dark and mysterious and suits the guy's expression perfectly ;)

10-10-2010, 06:55 PM
Oh gosh, you've done awesome on them - people are hard work! The shading is very nice and appropriately moody in the second!

10-10-2010, 10:14 PM
The portraits are wonderful! I don't think the watercolor paper texture creates a big issue, looking at the results - just a bit different.

10-10-2010, 10:18 PM
Hi Rainy

FANTASTIC portraits, and I think you HAVE achieved the lost and found edges and very moody second one!!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-11-2010, 02:16 AM
very nice portraits, the textured paper looks great on these portraits...:)

10-11-2010, 03:32 PM
That's certainly a troubled facial expression.

10-12-2010, 02:51 PM
very nice! I really like your crows and the hand holding the paw.

10-12-2010, 10:19 PM
your work is great, really like the hand and paw sketch, really captures a sense of trust and love

10-13-2010, 11:31 PM
I love the little landscape and the birds!!

10-21-2010, 01:14 PM
Thanks all. . . I am behind since I was driving cross county and back for 10 days! So will try to catch up this week. Went back to doing quick sketches of playing around with shadows on faces. . .

Rainy's Days - Page 13
2B Pencil

10-21-2010, 02:28 PM
You have some great stuff in your little sketchbook, Rainy. I love "your hand in mine". In fact, I'm still smiling over it. :-)

10-21-2010, 06:24 PM
Not happy with this one but its a page in the book so here it is . . . done with some watercolor pencils based on photo snapped from van on my trip.


10-21-2010, 08:05 PM
Wow. Page 13.. just... wow

10-21-2010, 08:18 PM
Wow on the portrait!! That's amazing! also, the watercolor pencil piece is lovely! But the pag 13 portrait- stunning.

10-21-2010, 08:42 PM
Awesome portrait. The sky is lovely.

10-22-2010, 01:02 PM
Page 15 - Old Boat
Pencil and Koi WC box (to get the look of the old fungus on the boat I wanted to show)

10-22-2010, 01:06 PM
Wow! You may not be that fond of that landscape, but I like it a lot. The only reason I can see for your not liking it is the texture in the sky, and that's tricky with watercolor or watercolor pencil. Getting a smooth wash in irregular areas with soft edged clouds isn't easy, it takes a lot of experience and multiple techniques.

The old boat painting is magnificent! That one really shines, the perspective and foreshortening are spot on. The wood texture's beautiful and the composition is fine. Great sense of aging on the wood and the painted bottom of the boat, the graying green is wonderful. Well done!

10-22-2010, 05:49 PM
Magnificent boat. The wood grain is excellent.

10-22-2010, 05:55 PM
Fun green on the bottom of the boat. Love the woman looking up.

10-22-2010, 09:06 PM
Thanks Ep and Robert.

Page 16 - Pencil
Need to fix some of the shading more but I'd already taken the picture. . . so here it is. . . still trying to catch up!

10-22-2010, 09:21 PM
I like that Old Boat sketch! The portraits are nice too...

10-23-2010, 01:37 AM
Interesting new portrait, great strong values and good light. He seems a little familiar but I can't quite place him - lousy with celebrities and he might not be one, just someone who vaguely resembles one.

10-23-2010, 11:07 AM
well done :)

10-23-2010, 04:43 PM
Good job. Who is it?

10-23-2010, 10:56 PM
its supposed to be my boss but the eyes and nose are both a bit wrong I think so it only sorta looks like him . . . :(

10-24-2010, 06:26 PM
Page 17 - DS watercolor

10-24-2010, 07:28 PM
Page 18
Lilacs - DS watercolors

10-24-2010, 07:57 PM
Those watercolor sketches look great, excellent colors too. great job...:)

10-24-2010, 09:27 PM
Oh, I love both of these watercolor sketches. Very nice!! The lilacs are lovely.

10-24-2010, 10:24 PM
Page 19 - DS watercolor
doodling to getting into halloween spirit. . .

Blood Red Moon

10-25-2010, 08:17 PM
Fabbo! Your watercolour of the lilacs is lovely - I like the way you painted in the negative shapes at the bottom. Halloween is creeping up on us lol!

Joan T
10-26-2010, 03:11 PM
Great job on the recent pieces. Love the flowers and that Halloween sky!!

10-26-2010, 05:46 PM
Cool blood moon. The sky is wonderful.

10-26-2010, 09:23 PM
cool Halloween image, a great way to get into the spirit of it.:)

10-26-2010, 11:46 PM

Rainy's Days - Page 20
Koi Watercolor Box and Pencil

scene outside my office at picnic lunch table area


I'm going to have to do two pages a day to finish. . . 8 more pages to go. Lost so much time when on vacation. I will do it though :)

10-27-2010, 09:58 AM
Wow, you've done a lot of work since I last checked in - great job! My favorite of the more recent ones is the watercolor with the silhouetted trees and the multi-color sky washes - this has a very nice graphic feel to it. The others are great as well. I've driven (or ridden motorcycles) across the country and back and that is a long trip - hope it was an enjoyable one. I love driving non-interstates in areas I haven't explored before.

Vivien Maloney
10-27-2010, 10:35 PM
You've been very busy since I last visited! I love the variegated washes in the sky and your silhouetted trees. Frame that one, it's a winner!

10-28-2010, 12:09 AM
Page 21 - Pentel Oil Pastels
Done for OP Challenge from pict posted to that forum by Hal


10-28-2010, 01:42 AM
Excellent. The plant in the rocks and the car.

10-28-2010, 01:45 AM
Liking the watercolour sketch - very nice. Congratulations on being so near to the end.... :)

10-29-2010, 01:36 AM
thanks Jackie and Debbie!

more playing around with some cheapie Pentel Oil Pastels. . . some shells I had from the beach



10-29-2010, 03:03 AM
Your Pastels look great, the shading on the sea shells are perfect, they look 3 dimensional.:thumbsup:

10-29-2010, 03:55 AM
I agree the shells are amazing. But I just love the scene outside your office, a beautiful composition, colours are great.

10-29-2010, 06:18 AM
I love the OP stuff, especially the shells, which I never would have guessed is OP. Clearly cheapos in your hand are better than artist grade in mine!

10-29-2010, 10:48 AM
Thanks very much. . . a few more pentel OP done real quick this morning



10-29-2010, 12:00 PM
Rainy, these are great. I love what you're doing with oil pastels. The red sports car is spectacular. I'd have major problems with its proportions, you got it true and also got the shiny texture just right. Beautiful shells and vegetables too.

Pentels are great for sketchbooks. They're not lightfast but they've got a wonderful firm texture without as much crumbling as some of the other cheap ones, and of course they're loony cheap, a big box costs about as much as one or two sticks of the good artist grade brands.

Joan T
10-29-2010, 01:22 PM
Great sketches of the shells and veggies...but I love that awesome red sports car!!!

10-29-2010, 05:21 PM

I've never been very successful using op's on their own like this

10-29-2010, 08:21 PM
The shells are magnificent. Great job on the apple and pepper.

10-30-2010, 12:18 AM

Here is one from WDE with the pentel. . . not enough colors in this set to do it justice and I have decided that I really need to use a larger sketchbook next month. This one is so tiny :) BUT I only have three pages left to go!


10-30-2010, 04:56 AM
I like the limited colors, gives it a sort of mysterious quality

10-30-2010, 08:36 AM
Nice work on the sea shells, the red car, and the sunset.

Selina Designs
10-30-2010, 01:32 PM
Rainy, thanks for posting all your work- it's such an inspiration! I've never used op's; but looking at your success with this journal makes my want to try them. I especially love the shells - you have captured all the delicacy of them perfectly. And your sketches of the tomato and pepper are absolutely life-like - you are definitely improving yourself in this month. I am "new" to the forums (returning after a long absence) and it's so refreshing to see other's new work.

10-30-2010, 08:52 PM
I think those colors work very well with your last sketch, the blend gives it a nice atmosphere. Great job!

10-30-2010, 09:04 PM
The water on the last sketch is magnificent.

10-30-2010, 11:15 PM
Thanks so much everyone. . . I thought I had three pages left, but really I had only two because the other one is the back flap (different paper). SO . . . here is my next to last page. Only ONE more to go tomorrow.

This is pen and watercolors.

10-31-2010, 01:23 AM
Rainy, your sunset is fantastic. Even with your limited palette of Pentel pens, you captured it so well and gave it a gorgeous look. I love the water texture. The second landscape is gorgeous too. Great surf, and a beautiful sea effect as well as the penwork on the vegetation. One page to go! You're gonna do it! Yay!

10-31-2010, 01:25 AM
your OPs are wonderful! ...I want to reach out and touch them they look so real

and I quite enjoy the limited colors on your sunset, like Greeble said, there is a mysterious quality to it

and I just love your pen and watercolor! wow...it's beautiful :)

10-31-2010, 02:53 AM
Great work on the group posted since I last looked! The veggies are outstanding, as is the last seascape, which I really think came out great. Good job on the challenge!

10-31-2010, 07:18 AM
Ooh, you did such a great job with the water! What a lovely landscape! Yay, you only have one page to go!

10-31-2010, 02:06 PM
I did it!!! Finished a sketchbook in a month. . . :thumbsup:

Rainy's Days - Page 28
Daniel Smith Dots

Thanks everyone for the encouragement throughout the month. You guys are AWESOME!

10-31-2010, 05:04 PM
Great finish! Yay! Congrats.

The shoreline sketch is wonderful.

Jack-o-lantern finish is great.

10-31-2010, 06:55 PM
Congratulations!! I really like the Halloween finish - you had a productive month!

11-01-2010, 12:04 AM
Great finish! Congrats! You'll join us doing a "page a day" in November, yes? :)

11-01-2010, 01:54 AM
congrats RainySea... that last image looks great!

11-01-2010, 01:03 PM
well done :)