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11-01-2010, 10:51 AM
Hello . . . I hope that this is the right way to do this. I am planning to finish up two sketchbooks in progress this month.
#1 Pentalic Nature Sketch 5 x 7
#2 Derwent 4.5 x 6
I will use various media since both books take washes ok.

Thank you in advance for looking at it!

Day #1 - Pentalic Nature Sketch 5x7
Autumn/Misty Tree
Various OP (Erengi, Neo, Dale-Rowley)

11-01-2010, 12:35 PM
Wow! This is a gorgeous beginning! Beautiful tree landscape. OP work so well on the Pentalic. Beautiful beginning - and yeah, it makes sense combining the two unfinished books into a thread since you're not bringing in 8 different sketchbooks on this.

11-01-2010, 01:23 PM
Lovely start Rainy!

Joan T
11-01-2010, 02:55 PM
Wonderful tree, Rainy!!! I love the color as well as the texture.

11-01-2010, 03:59 PM

11-01-2010, 05:25 PM
this is beautiful! ...love the texture and the "misty-ness" :)

11-01-2010, 05:30 PM
Cool tree. Definitely a dreamy quality to it.

11-01-2010, 09:02 PM
Oooh.... oil pastels in a sketchbook.... yaaaay :) :) :)

11-01-2010, 09:29 PM
Wow - a great ethereal quality to this! Do you put a fixative over the oil pastels when you're done, or use something else, or just leave as is?

11-01-2010, 09:45 PM
Thanks so much everyone!

John, I don't spray anything on them. When I do actual paintings I frame or store in acetate bags but sketches in a sketchbook, I just leave alone. I think Robert sprays his with something though. OP are just so fun! :)

11-01-2010, 10:24 PM
Nice start to November. OPs are fun, and your pic reflects your enjoyment.

11-02-2010, 12:37 AM
Day #1b - Pentalic Nature Sketch
Daniel Smith Watercolors

Went from Autumn theme this morning to Winter!
I put this in the sketch rather than waste a piece of wc paper so am adding it to the thread as 1b :D

Actually, this is the sample project for the Snowflake Triad from Daniel Smith which I purchased because I want to try to do some Christmas cards this year. The picture does NOT do the colors justice. . . the Cabo blue is a duotone gold/blue that is so pretty and the silver and pearl really shimmer.


11-02-2010, 01:08 AM
Great stuff! I love op's in a sketchbook too.

11-02-2010, 01:33 AM
This should make for great Christmas cards. Daniel Smith does a great job with their various triads. I think I own just about every DS watercolor they make...! :o

11-02-2010, 02:09 AM
Great start for the new challenge, very nice colors on the tree and snowflake.. I was thinking winter today too, and cut out a wooden snowman for a friend!!!

11-02-2010, 06:47 AM
have you seen this programme (http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/noflash.html)?

warning - it's a bit addictive!

11-02-2010, 07:56 AM
Thanks everyone. . . and that make a snowflake is cool, vhere. So many varieties!

11-02-2010, 08:17 AM
These are both lovely but I have to admit that the sheer colours and texture of the first takes me - it really is a dreamy, sort of otherworldly look! Lovely!

Joan T
11-02-2010, 03:20 PM
Great job on the snowflakes!!! I love the DS tirads. Someone suggested to me that I should do a tiny wc kit with just a triad to keep in my purse at all times. Sounds like a good plan, but I haven't done it yet.

11-02-2010, 10:30 PM
Nice start to the month Rainy! You're right to start thinking of Christmas scenes - it is coming up fast!

Interesting to see your oil pastels - never used them myself as they seem too "messy" for me but I love the colours you seem to get with them. I'm going to be watching to see what you come up with using them ;)

11-02-2010, 10:44 PM
Thanks all. . . have had some issues today both car and family so not sure if I will get to do a very nice sketch but will jot one in later before bed of some kind.

Jackie, that is kinda funny that you say OP are messy. . . for me its soft pastels that seem so messy! When I use them anyway. . . dust everywheres. :)

11-02-2010, 11:13 PM
:lol: I know about the dust - my soft pastels are in a box in the cupboard - didn't like cleaning the pastel dust off of everything when I'd done drawing! Ditto with the charcoal and hated having black fingers afterwards - I am a prissy virgo who doesn't like to get dirty or clean up ;)

11-03-2010, 01:14 AM
Day #2
Sakura Field Paint Box/Pen
Pentalic Nature Sketch
Practicing some various shapes of trees


11-03-2010, 05:36 AM
You've got a lovely little park full of trees. :)

11-03-2010, 11:44 AM
Good job on the trees! Willows are especially difficult to represent well, I think. As to soft pastels, I like the results I get with them, but they'll never be my favorite medium because of the mess. Amazing how one little speck on a light-colored carpet turns into a big polka dot...! :lol:

11-03-2010, 02:51 PM
I like them, too, John. But if any dust gets on the floor, the dogs track it everywhere around the house it seems. . . if I had an art room, I could shut them out but since I do my art in living room only, I have to be so careful when using pastels. But I've heard the pan pastels are not so dusty and got some of those in a swap but have yet to have a chance to give them a try.

11-03-2010, 04:32 PM
I agree about the messiness of soft pastels - I love Unisons and they do make a terrible mess! I wouldn't dare use them in the living room.

Are you doing these from a book?

11-03-2010, 05:28 PM
vhere, the outline/shapes were in an old book in a section on drawing that talked about seeing shape/form/negative drawing . . . I drew similiar shapes and added the pen work details and colors from imagination. Didn't have time to do much last night & I remembered seeing those shapes when I'd been reading the book earlier in the day and decided to embelish them :)

11-04-2010, 01:40 AM
Lots of stuff going on today to deal with so this was just a grab and doodle page before bed to get something down to fulfill the page a day. Sorry not better stuff!

Derwent Sketchbook
Gel Pens - few of my dog's toys left laying on the floor


Night all. . .

11-04-2010, 01:45 AM
Lots of variety here, snowflakes, trees and dog toys. Great stuff.

11-04-2010, 02:02 AM
interesting effect with the gel pens ;)

I always think any drawing is better than none Rainy - all the practise pays off!

11-04-2010, 09:29 AM
Thanks guys. . . today I will try to be more original than a bunch o' dog toys! But yep, at least I did something so I feel good that I kept up the challenge in some small way. :)

Have a great day everyone!

11-04-2010, 11:23 AM
Day 4
Derwent Sketchbook
Penquin based on photo by Paul444 in OP forum
Sakura Koi wc, two colors


Sorry the photo is dark/blurry. . . not time for another one before work.

11-04-2010, 12:46 PM
Great job on the penguin! And with only two colors as well. Raw or Burnt Sienna and Payne's Gray?

11-04-2010, 06:02 PM
Ohhh I love the penguin... that is an amazing job with only two colours and nice depth of colour on it too given someone else had mentioned that brand being difficult to get deeper colours with not long ago. :)

11-04-2010, 11:10 PM
Penguin! So cool. Amazing only using 2 colors.

11-04-2010, 11:42 PM
Thanks. . . John, not gray in this set. . . just black. I don't seem to have too much trouble pretty good color but not as intense as tubes or as the Yarka. Still I like the Sakura and the size is so compact and perfect its easy to take anywhere. Fits right in a pocket.

Here is my color chart of it (made when I first got it). And a better less dark pict of the penquin. And a photo of the kit now. . . you can see holes in some colors I used a lot.


Oops. . . the paints are sorta dirty from this mornings use. Gotta clean it up!


Weird. . . when I uploaded this version of penquin that I took not so dark. . . it changed the old image to the same one in the link above (maybe kuz I named it the same thing). Sorta interesting!

11-04-2010, 11:46 PM
Yes, Rainy, if you use the same name on the photo, it will replace. If you want to make sure it's a new or different photo, make sure the names are different.

11-04-2010, 11:52 PM
Nice sketches so far! Penguin is cute.... I want to pet it. O_O

Joan T
11-05-2010, 01:25 PM
Love your tree studies and that penguin. Keep up the good work!

11-05-2010, 08:34 PM
Love the colour on the penguin :)

11-05-2010, 11:24 PM
Love that penguin! All your sketches look great.

11-05-2010, 11:57 PM
Day 5 - Penquin 2
From OP Forum Pict from Paul444
Pentalic Nature Sketchbook
Pentel Oil Pastels

This guy appears to be contemplating the sky :)

11-06-2010, 01:00 AM
Maybe he's catching rain drops in his beak? Very cute penguin.

11-06-2010, 02:57 AM
The tree with OP is so effective but so far my favourites are the penguins.

The effect of the stones in the second one is terrific.

11-06-2010, 11:18 AM
Great stuff- Ilike the trees. Mine all look like one big green blob. Needs work... I solved the messy soft pastels problem- I only use them at my art group that meets Wednesdays at a local senior rec' center. Their cleaning crew does the floors! No mess on my floors at home! Hahaha.

11-06-2010, 12:34 PM
Haha Mr. Contemplating the sky. In the next pose what if he contemplates his (lack of a) navel :) :) :)

11-06-2010, 02:14 PM
The penguins amuse me as well! You have inspired me to get my op's out that I bought played with once and put up! I'm working in the same kind of sketchbook this month and they look great in yours.:crossfingers: Truly the second penguin is too fun, and I enjoy the way you did the rocks too.:)

11-06-2010, 07:20 PM
How cool that you are able to take a pastel class, Candace. . . I have been trying to get into one and they FINALLY added an evening one a the art center but they told me that they must get at least four people signed up for it to be a "GO" and so far only two of us. Classes start Nov. 15 so I'm crossing fingers for last minute signups!

EP. . . LOL!

Margo, so glad you are thinking of getting out the OP. . . they are fun. I like the cheapy pentels for sketching and can't beat that price! I'd not use them for any real paintings since they are not very lightfast, but for sketchbook they are great and quite soft.

11-06-2010, 11:51 PM
Day 7
Pentalic Nature Sketch 5 x 7
Daniel Smith Watercolors


My first attempt do a completely DS watercolor with no other paints and no pens, etc. I have lots more to learn of color and wc technique, but overall, I'm pleased with this first attempt.

BTW, I'm posting this for tomorrow's day because I have to leave at 0'dark o clock in the morning for the dog show and so might not have time to do one.

11-07-2010, 12:22 AM
This is excellent! Very nice modeling and color gradations.

11-07-2010, 06:43 AM
Thanks, John!

BTW. . . the colors that I used were:
Sap Green, French Ultramarine, Q. Rose, Q. Burnt Scarlet.

I like the share this info in case anyone is interested because it always interests me very much to see what people use since I'm just learning about color myself :)

11-07-2010, 11:02 AM
Thanks for the info about the colors. Daniel Smith has an amazing selection of watercolors - and fortunately or unfortunately I think I own just about all of them. Their collection of Quinacridone colors is wonderful for flowers. Since I do a lot of landscapes, and a number of those are high desert country, I have also used and like their Prima-Tek mineral-based colors, which work very well for rocks (not surprisingly). Most of them are granulating colors, so you get automatic texture in areas where it makes sense.

11-07-2010, 11:10 AM
lovely penguin!

11-07-2010, 08:18 PM
Beautiful rose.

11-08-2010, 10:26 AM
Day 8 - Baltic Blues Dot Project
Daniel Smith Watercolors


Thanks to all for your comments! Love reading them. . .

Joan T
11-08-2010, 12:17 PM
Your rose and your blue dots project came out super!!! Great color in both.

11-08-2010, 12:53 PM
Thanks Joan.

11-08-2010, 05:52 PM
lovely work Rainy - the Baltic Blues look wonderfully calming and relaxing.... ;)

11-08-2010, 05:57 PM
Hope you had a lovely day at your dog show - what breed(s) do you have?

The watercolours look fun but I luvvvvv what you've done with the OP penguin! So sweet!

11-08-2010, 06:05 PM
Thanks all. . . I did have fun at the shows. My youngest won the grand champion select ribbon both days.

11-08-2010, 06:06 PM
Wonderful blue period piece...!

11-08-2010, 09:30 PM
Gorgeous blues. So calming.

11-08-2010, 09:35 PM
Looking good!:clap:

11-09-2010, 12:51 AM
very nice watercolor sketches.... the penguin, rose and clouds are great!

11-09-2010, 10:41 AM
Page 9 - Derwent Sketchbook
Acrylic and pen

This was an experiment with some old tubes of acrylic I'd found in a box some time ago. It says Liquitex Acrylic Artists Colors on it, not sure if its student grade or what, but this is just sketchbook anyway! I was trying out how it went on, etc. Very thick stuff! I don't know if that is because its old or is how acrylics just are.

Anyway, after it dried, I drew this little scene in micron pen.


11-09-2010, 04:55 PM
Very nice, Rainy! What an interesting and unusual combination of media.

11-09-2010, 05:42 PM
Very cool! I rather like this one, what a successful experiment :)

Now, what else have you got hidden away to try out?! If you are anything like me....... just found a whole boxed set of gouache the other day that don't look like they've been used - if they have, I musta barely squeezed the tubes :lol:

11-09-2010, 07:57 PM
Oh, this is a very cool experiment. Don't know about thickness in acrylics. But, I think you can thin them.

11-09-2010, 10:48 PM
Thanks all. . . tonight I did another experiment with gesso in the sketchbook . . . I hope I like that since I did it on five or six pages and now I'm stuck with using them that way. So that will be upcoming when they are all dry and ready! Some pages I tried to get smooth and on other I gave texture on purpose.

11-10-2010, 09:52 AM
Day 10
I am posting two today as the first one was just doodles done while I was on the phone last night and not really paying much attention to what I was doing! Hm. . . looks like I'm getting in the holiday mood I guess!

#1 Pencil on Gessoed Derwent Sketchbook


#2 OP on Gessoed Derwent Sketchbook


11-10-2010, 11:32 AM
I really like how the OP's look on the gesso! Yet another thing I'll have to try now.

11-10-2010, 01:13 PM
Thanks, John. I do think the OP went on the gesso much nicer than on the sketchbook paper w/o the gesso. And it was EASY. I used a foam brush and with just one dip of gesso on it, then blotted on a plate, then added to page. . . I did I think it was six pages. Very cheap treatment. I purchased the smallest container of the Golden gesso to experiment with and I think it will last for a while! :)

11-10-2010, 03:21 PM
Love all your experiments. That blue scene is wonderful. The ink boat drawn on the acrylic surface rocks :)

11-10-2010, 06:02 PM
Those are fun doodles. A lovely landscape. Keep sharing your experiments, please.

Joan T
11-10-2010, 06:06 PM
That op landscape is lovely!!! Keep trying new experiments. I like what I'm seeing.

11-10-2010, 11:38 PM
yay! great experiments - did you like the texture of the gesso?

I think it would be good under the acrylic paints too - did you try that one yet?

Your op landscape is lovely ;)

11-10-2010, 11:46 PM
very good sketches... I like what you did with the Acrylic's on page 9... very crafty mix, great piece of art work i think. :)

I have tried Acrylic's and pens before, but had trouble with the pen ink smearing on the acrylic.

11-11-2010, 08:15 PM
Thanks very much everyone . . . I did like the gesso, Jackie. I really like it for OP, but also it was so much easier to get good darks with the graphite on the gesso. . . do you find that to be the case for you also?

Chuck, I like the Micron pens. Did you use them? I've never had them smear. I do also have some other pens from Prismacolor and those do dry slow and thus can smear.

Day 11
Daniel Smith Dots


Sorry the picture came out so blue at the bottom. . . when I tried to correct that in PS, the top part got too bright and horrible so I just left it as it was.

11-11-2010, 09:41 PM
Lovely daffodils.

11-12-2010, 02:32 AM
Some terrific pages.

The rose is stunning, baltic blues great, The bot on the acryllic looks like fun and I like the way it turned out.
And the pencil on the gessoed pages.

pastel goes well on gessoed pages too. I sometimes tint the gesso with acryllics.

11-12-2010, 10:15 AM
This one is pretty bad, but its in the book so posting it. . .my dogs were wrestling under my table and knocked over my water glass and some got on it which I had to blot off and well. . . its a mess. But I can't blame it all on that as I really was not doing too great with this one even before the mishap!

I may do another one tonight to make up for it!

Day 12 - WC in Pentalic

11-12-2010, 10:54 AM
:) I can just picture the dogs ....

you are way ahead of me! I've been working on canvas and am way behind with the sketching

11-12-2010, 10:57 AM
More nice DS watercolor pieces! The dots are a good way to see what your favorite colors are before committing to a full tube.

11-12-2010, 01:09 PM
Yes. . . I agree, John. I wasn't thrilled with any of the colors on the Orchard project so much. I love the Quin colors and one of those was in the daffodils, so that was more to my liking. Going to do the Kingfisher tonight, I already drew the outline in my book this morning.

11-12-2010, 03:41 PM
Good stuff Rainy, yu might not like the last one but the colours are brilliant.

Yes - I found the gesso with graphite a good mix - a lighter grade pencil did quite well on the gesso.

Selina Designs
11-12-2010, 04:24 PM
wow Rainy; I just caught up with this thread and you are doing some great work!! I love the penguins and the trees, but the acrylic and pen boat is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your sketchbook....it is great inspiration!

Joan T
11-12-2010, 04:35 PM
Rainy - Your daffs came out super!!! I like the branch. Your shading showed it's roundness well! Keep up the good work!

11-12-2010, 10:38 PM
You've got to love it when the dogs are so very "helpful"! LOL I've had a few mishaps courtesy of mine - a 5 strong mob of flying feet and legs - wrestling and it's not easy!

The daffs are absolutely lovely! One of my favorite flowers!

11-12-2010, 10:56 PM
The tree branch, even with the mishap is lovely.

11-13-2010, 12:23 AM
Chuck, I like the Micron pens. Did you use them? I've never had them smear. I do also have some other pens from Prismacolor and those do dry slow and thus can smear.

I don't have the Micron pens, it's Staedtler pigment liner, guess I'm going to buy some Micron Pens :).

Great job on the flower and branch...very nice colors on the flower. :thumbsup:

11-13-2010, 09:50 AM
you have five also WYSIWYG!? I thought I was the only person crazy enough to have that many critters in the house :) Can be like a herd sometimes. . .

Thanks everyone. Doing one more DS dots to finish up the pentalic this morning and will post in a few.

11-13-2010, 11:41 AM
Day 13 - Pentalic Nature Sketch - Kingfisher - Daniel Smith Dots

I am in love with Indigo blue :)


AND that finishes up the Pentalic 5 x 7! It can now go on my shelf with the others. :clap:

11-13-2010, 11:44 AM
Another really nice watercolor project, Rainy! Kingfishers are a favorite type of birds for me. Here's a color mixing hint since you brought up Indigo. For a really nice, rich, bluish black I mix DS Sepia and Indigo.

11-13-2010, 11:48 AM
Good stuff, congrats on completing a book!!

11-13-2010, 11:51 AM
Thanks, John . . . I will add Sepia to my wish list too. :)
And glad you think the kingfisher came out ok as you know birds! I don't think I've ever really seen a kingfisher in person! They look pretty.

11-13-2010, 03:32 PM
An extra page I just did today . . . more experimenting.

Derwent Sketchbook using the old acrylics I found (Liquitex).

I know NOTHING about using acrylics so probably did this all wrong. But when I posted before having used them as the background, someone said I could use water to thin them so I did that here to see what they were like with some water added to them.

So here is the brocolli that is on the counter for dinner :)


And now I am off to the library where maybe I will pick up a book about acrylics so I can learn how to play with these some more. Don't want them to go to waste! Except that I might have to also buy a brush since the only one I have for this media is quite large. Impossible to get any details with it! :)

Have a great day!

11-13-2010, 04:47 PM
Well, this is about the only way I like broccoli - nicely painted to look at...! :lol: (Yes, I reluctantly eat the stuff.)

Now on the other hand, brussel sprouts are a different story. (Funny, I love these whereas a lot of people don't.)

Nicely done, Rainy.

11-13-2010, 06:07 PM
Congrats on the finish of a sketchbook. The kingfisher is cute.

Nicely done on the broccoli. (If we are voting, I like broccoli, but it has to be cooked. :) )

11-13-2010, 09:22 PM
Thanks. . . I like brocolli cooked or raw. In tonight's case, its for broccoli salad YUM

One more in sketchbook for today, this is Pentel OP on gesso page in Derwent sketch and is from imagination

11-14-2010, 05:21 AM
John you like sprouts? shudder! I on the other hand love broccoli :) and this is a good sketch of one

Yes, you can use acrylics with water at any thickness of paint at all - vary it within one painting and you get a much richer range of marks and luminosity and more fluid marks

11-14-2010, 12:43 PM
Day 14 - Derwent Sketchbook

More playing around with acrylics. Tried putting some in gesso for some funky backgrounds. These are quick sketches and sorry, but I only have a few colors and also only one acrylic brush which is pretty big so details are hard. They are sorta fun :)

IN this one, the glasses were based on a book from the library, but the background is just from imagination using gesso and a small sponge.


This one is supposed to be a chocolate donut that my daughter was eating. Striped background I did with my acrylic brush dipped in the gesso and then in the acrylic paint.


I only have a few more pages in this book til its done. Then I'm going to crack open one of my new visual journals!

11-14-2010, 07:32 PM
Like your experiments. The glasses are vibrant. The "supposed to be" doughnut, looks like a chocolate doughnut to me.

11-14-2010, 11:17 PM
Here is a third one for today. . . Derwent sketchbook with watercolor using the 66 daniel smith test dots of various colors as a sampler messing around with the colors and then some pen added to make this hydrangea.


btw . . . this is not really a watercolor paper book, its smooth paper but it takes light washes ok. Still not the same as watercolor paper as I had to be careful not to get too wet!

11-14-2010, 11:43 PM
Nicely done, and nicely varied, pages here!

11-15-2010, 12:01 AM
very good sketches... the chocolate doughnut looks delicious....

11-15-2010, 03:05 AM
Lots of colour here, good sketches. :clap:

Now I feel like a cup of tea and a chocolate donut!:D

11-15-2010, 08:30 AM
Morning all. . . thanks for your comments on all my experimental ones from the weekend. I only have three more pages left in the Derwent book and have already finished the Pentalic so I know I will complete my goal for Nov of finishing those two books :)

Here is Day 15 quick pen w/wc parakeet

11-15-2010, 12:26 PM
Rainy I have enjoyed perusing your experiments. Love the rose makes a nice avatar. The acrylics with the boat very cool grunge background. You can thin the acrylics with a bit of water or gel medium etc. Liquitex has 2 lines Basics, which are student grade and the artist grade which is heavy body, ie thick. Love the glasses very Van Goghish background, makes me think of Starry, Starry Night. Have to try the op's on a gessoed ground haven't, done that. With your inspiration I got mine out, first go was disaster but got more layers and blending on subsequent pieces, just using erengi, the Senn's stay in the box till I have some idea what I'm doing.

I'll check back later to see what you've been up to, as you seem to have endless cool ideas.


11-15-2010, 12:41 PM
Thanks Margo. . . hope you share you OP soon

btw, forgot to say that the parakeet is Sakura Koi watercolor box

11-15-2010, 05:12 PM
Nicely colored bird, and of course I love that subject matter! :o You got very good intensity out of the Koi watercolors.

11-15-2010, 07:38 PM

Love all your experiments - favourite is the glasses with the swirly background - those swirls are super and very van Gogh for sure! The watercolours are beautifully jewel like in colour, the hydrangeas are lovely.

You are progressing through finishing off the sketchbooks really well, amazing how we can manage to do it when we really put our minds to it - what a great feeling it is too when we start a new one......... :lol:

11-15-2010, 10:10 PM
Thanks, Jackie and John.

This background was the brush dipped in gesso and then two colors of acrylic. The drawing is graphite with some Koi WC added for the tube colors.

I tried to add some thinned down black on the tube areas in wc too and it beaded up on the gesso. . . weird. So I wiped it with a paper towel and left it like this.

11-16-2010, 10:41 AM
Day 16 - Acrylics on gessoed Derwent sketchbook
chili peppers


For tablecloth, I dipped the brush in the gesso and then in some acrylic to try to create the patten/texture of the cloth.

I really couldn't get the green I wanted for this using the blue/yellow I have and so I'm debating about purchasing a few more tubes of acrylic to get more colors I want to play with. And a smaller brush too.

11-16-2010, 01:47 PM
Those peppers are gorgeous. The dark green is harmonious so it doesn't really matter if it wasn't true to the peppers themselves.

Different blues and yellows make different greens.

Like your acrylic tubes too and the background showing through.

11-16-2010, 06:00 PM
Rainy, I think the peppers came out great, including the green ones. The color you have for them (at least on my monitor) looks just fine for jalapenos, to name one.

11-16-2010, 07:59 PM
Marvelous seeing your experiments. The bird is so cool. The ghost paint tubes is a fun idea. Your peppers look great.

11-16-2010, 10:31 PM
Nice colors on the parakeet, also like how your using backgrounds.... the peppers look realistic... great job! :)

11-17-2010, 01:38 AM
you have five also WYSIWYG!? I thought I was the only person crazy enough to have that many critters in the house :) Can be like a herd sometimes. . .

Yep... my mob include three Australian Shepherds, a mad Border Collie and a Maremma live with plans for another puppy in the new year. I won't mention the cats, house-bunnies, fish or bummer-lamb who thinks he's a dog. LOL

You're doing really nice with the acrylics, they are heaps of fun ime and you have come up with some really creative ways to use them with the gesso! I love the vibrancy of the hydrangea as well... we're waiting on ours to bloom atm!

11-17-2010, 10:48 AM
thanks all. . . well, I only had one page left in the Derwent sketchbook and I just doodled on it while eating breakfast. I plan to crack open my new Strathmore Visual Journal watercolor book tonight.

silly doggie doodles

11-17-2010, 05:38 PM
Okay, I was going to say the chillis are my favourite so far, but the doggie doodles make me smile, so I'll just have to say that everything is good!:D :clap:

11-17-2010, 05:41 PM
Great doggie doodles. Congrats on a finished book! Have fun with the new one.

11-17-2010, 06:19 PM
you need to write a story to go with that little character :)

11-17-2010, 06:41 PM
The doggie doodles are great. The one with the water hose or faucet reminded me immediately of one of Gary Larson's (The Far Side comic strip creator and artist, now retired, unfortunately) outstanding dog cartoons. It shows a guy dog standing on his porch drinking the full output of a garden hose. Mrs. dog is standing at the door, front paws on hips with a disapproving look on her face, saying to her hubby, "So, going to go run around the neighborhood with your pals this afternoon, huh?!" :)

11-17-2010, 07:22 PM
Hi, Rainy. It looks like you are having fun with all your experiments. I really liked your penguins and your peppers looked great. Looking forward to seeing more.


11-18-2010, 09:34 AM
Good morning. . . thanks everyone for your comments. I didn't crack open that Visual Journal last night as I decided to work on a few of the atc cards I still need to complete for my exchange. But I do have it out and ready here on my desk. . . I'm thinking about if I want to give it a theme of some kind this time (inspired by John's portraits and Seejay's swamp journal maybe).

If I do decide to do a theme, then I may start a new thread for it since its a different book of its own and I am sure won't be finished in Nov! But gonna think about that today and hopefully get started on it tonight one way or the other.

Joan T
11-18-2010, 03:51 PM
Rainy - These are all so great, but that donut and the chilli peppers are awesome!

11-18-2010, 09:37 PM
like the dogie doodles, reminds me of comic strips too... very fun to look at :)

11-18-2010, 11:11 PM
Thanks everyone!

I found on the shelf a 9 x 12 Pro Art sketchbook that has some pages remaining in it, its probably about 2/3 full. So I decided to try & see if it would take washes figuring I could use it for rest of Nov. and then break out the new one for next month fresh :)

This is using Sakura Koi paint box. The picture was on a grocery store flyer and I drew very loose in pen and then added the color. I used as light wash as I could with watercolors which means that I didn't get as good darks as wanted in larger areas but it didn't buckle too much. I know this book is not really meant for washes. . . but it might work ok. What do you think? Sorry the pict came out sorta dark


11-18-2010, 11:26 PM
Great fall still life.

11-19-2010, 05:59 AM
Rainy - wow Wow WOW - love how you are experimenting so much. I really like the paint tubes the doggies are such fun and the pumpkins great. Congratulations on the range of subjects and media you are tackling - good stuff!

11-19-2010, 09:42 AM
Good morning everyone!!

Here are a few more pages of Sakura Koi watercolors in that Pro Art sketchbook. The pages are sorta crimpled, sorry. In a way, knowing its not good paper or a 'nice' sketchbook is sorta freeing as I am just slapping on paint more freely I think. :lol:

First is based on a library book picture and second one is partly from an newspaper circular and party from imagination.


11-19-2010, 08:57 PM
Aww, sleeping kitty.

The translucence on the glassware is great.

11-19-2010, 09:18 PM
These are all great! My favorite, though is the group of pumpkins/gourds. I think a lot of paper will take a light watercolor wash, and can be flattened out later if it became necessary. I haven't tried ironing paper yet, which people claim works well (no steam, obviously - and referring to watercolor paper). What I have done that worked well was to clean a flat surface (like a kitchen counter) and make sure it's dry. Then I laid the good/picture side down on the surface. On the back (top) side of the paper, I wet the whole sheet - not dripping wet, but fully damp on that side. Then on top I put a couple of magazines that weren't important, and on top of them I put a big stack of books, covering the whole surface. Waited until it was dry and it came out flat as a board. This was, however, with watercolor paper.

11-19-2010, 11:22 PM
here is the full page that had the lioness on it. . . queen of the beasts. . . sleepin
Very quick sketches with sakura koi wc box. The paper is definitely crinkly from the water! Maybe I will see what happens if I try to lightly gesso this paper, just for grins :)


Joan T
11-20-2010, 12:11 PM
Love your sleeping cats. Don't worrry so much about the paper wrinkling. They look fine on the screen. You are right that sometimes you work a little more freely when the paper isn't quite what you wanted...sometimes the results are real good.

11-20-2010, 02:29 PM
Thank you, Joan. I think you are right. . . I will deal with the paper the way it is. Better that way! I know this now as I tried putting some gesso on one page and did a lioness again. The watercolor beaded up as if I was using Yupo (which I tried one time and did not like at all)!! :eek:

Here she is. . .

11-20-2010, 04:00 PM
I love the lioness theme you have going, Rainy. I noticed a new avatar, so I think you must be loving it too. We learn from our experiments, don't we? If you didn't try something new, you wouldn't have that new avatar. Keep having fun.


11-20-2010, 07:43 PM
There is a nice look to these wcs. :clap:

Only worry about the paper if you put holes in it - a few wrinkles is nothing!:D

11-20-2010, 08:55 PM
Nice work on the lionesses! They always look so lazy and benign when they're sleeping...looks can be deceiving. There is a local zoological park near my house that has cougars and now one of each naturally-occurring color variants of Bengal Tigers. I went there to sketch the cougar one day, and wound up just on the other side of the fence from the Bengals, who came up with a bit of curiosity to check me out. (They had warning signs up to stay away from the fence, obviously for safety reasons, but also specific warning signs about territorial 'spraying'...the tigers pee to mark territory and more than one photographer got engrossed in what they were doing and had one of the tigers give the camera gear and photographer a soaking (supposedly the stream can travel as far as twenty feet - :eek: .) Anyway, the massive rippling muscles and the immense size of the cats' paws was really intimidating even though I was safely on the right side of the fence.

11-20-2010, 11:14 PM
very nice paintings..... the pumpkins look great and the lions look so relaxed. :)

11-21-2010, 12:27 AM
Thanks Chuck, John, Doug and Chris. John, twenty feet! Wowzers. . . I will not be getting close to any big cat enclosures next time we go to the animal park! Doug, I did decide I liked the third lioness best so far because the colors I used were more varied. I want to try a few more though. . . haven't gotten one I'm totally liking just yet.

Spent most of today with my youngest daughter shopping and getting ready for the family dinner on Thursday. We are having pumpkin cheesecake this year instead of the regular pumpkin pie. . . does that sound delicious or what!? Hope it turns out well.

Anyway, we were watching some scary movies tonight and I doodled this gal during the shows. . . it was semi-dark in the room, so not the greatest effort. . . came out more manga-like with those big eyes!

"Face of Fear"
Graphite, Pro Art Sketchbook

11-21-2010, 03:34 AM
Very good lioness pictures.

The portrait is scary. I don't think the eyes are manga like so much as showing fright.

11-21-2010, 11:50 AM
Thank you Debby.

Day 21 - Koi WC in ProArt sketch (sorry, more crinkled paper alert)

Here I tried to do some birds with only using a tiny bit of pencil to get in an outline of the main shape but all wc for all details. I rather like the standing bird. His colors got a bit wrong as some of the colors blended on the paper, but I think his expression came out though :)


11-21-2010, 11:59 AM
Nice job on the birds! The standing bird looks like a Lazuli Bunting although with the blended colors it's a bit hard to tell.

11-21-2010, 01:36 PM
lovely relaxed feel to that lion

I do use steam - ironing crinkled watercolours with a steam iron on the reverse side - it works :) You need the dampness.

11-21-2010, 01:45 PM
That looks like a face full of fright. I think it turned out fine. That standing bird looks great. You really did a good job on it.


11-21-2010, 07:21 PM
Rainy - love the colours on the lioness - beautiful! The birds are neat too, your face is lovely - not seeing or feeling any fear though! I am seeing Manga with the eyes.....

Just a thought with the gesso and watercolour - what about gessoing the BACK of the paper and painting on the ungessoed side - would that help?

I iron my sketchbooks flat when they wrinkle! Just make sure you put a clean sheet of paper either side of the page you are "ironing" - it works a treat! ;)

11-21-2010, 08:58 PM
Yes, Jackie! I thought that too when I turned on the lights and looked at that girl. Manga. . . oh well, see if I had been TRYING to draw manga, probably would not have had success so there ya go :lol:

I was reading a library book and it suggested as an exercise that you pick a single subject and draw that each day for a week. Each day you fill a whole page in 10 minutes with quick sketches of the subject in different poses as possible. By the end of the week you should have improved at drawing that subject quickly. So I have decided to try that and see if it helps me. . . I chose DUCKS. We have a lovely duck pond near the house and if I can improve at drawing them quickly, then it would be a fun place to sketch.

So. . . here is my first day of 10 minute ducks (actually 10 minutes did not go by as quickly as I had thought it would! I was rushing at first and then had more time and no space for more ducks). Done with a Primsacolor .05 pen which I don't like as much as Micron but it happened to be what I grabbed.


PS. I now know that prismacolor ink bleeds thought the ProArt sketchbook really badly. Tomorrow I will try the Micron and see if its better.

11-21-2010, 09:09 PM
Nice job on the quick ducks! I would try this except I don't think we have 10-minute ducks in our area - they don't get this far north I'm told...:) .

11-21-2010, 09:16 PM
The water colored birds are lovely.

Your page of ducks is inspiring.

11-22-2010, 12:27 PM
really lively :)

11-22-2010, 05:35 PM
More nice pages. :clap:

You are lucky to have those willing duck models handy.

Sounds like a good exercise to speed up / improve ... and at the end of the week you have spent over an hour observing and studying the subject. I'll have to remember to try this now and then, thanks for sharing.

11-22-2010, 09:26 PM
I love the colours and soft, sleepy expressons on the lions. Although even in sleep they carry sort of an aura of power about them. The little ducks are fun as well, looks like the pond has a few different types as there look to be some wildtype mallards, some domestic pekin types and a runner duck looking one. My fav is the little standing bird though, he's just so charming in expression! :)

11-23-2010, 01:03 AM
pumpkin cheesecake sounds good.....
hey like your face portrait, maybe her eyes came out wide because of the scary movie? Great job
The birds look great, very nice blending of colors....
It will be interesting to watch your 10 minute ducks progress...:)

11-23-2010, 02:02 AM
Good evening all. . . sorry, didn't do the ducks today. I got home from work late and so I just did this little bird today.

Day 22
Koi Watercolor and some micron pen in ProArt sketchbook

11-23-2010, 02:45 AM
Nicely done! A House Sparrow (male)...:) .

11-23-2010, 10:01 AM
Thanks, John.

Here are the ducks #2. . . did this with a regular generic ball point pen with a bank logo on side.


BTW . . . I know I got proportions wrong on some of these. . . oh well. five more tries to go.

Joan T
11-23-2010, 01:01 PM
Love the lion! Great job on the face, but your birds are really awesome!!

11-23-2010, 04:11 PM
yes your birds really are lovely :)

11-23-2010, 04:41 PM
I like your watercolours Rainy - the colours are nice and pure. The sparrow has a great sense of light to it too.

11-23-2010, 08:40 PM
The sparrow is delightful. Really nice.

The duck sketches are full of life.

11-23-2010, 08:58 PM
Aw, the little ducks chubby cheeks are too cute but the sparrow is just delightful!

11-24-2010, 09:59 PM
Day 24 - Ducks # 3 (of 7)
China marker in proart sketch 9 x 12

11-24-2010, 10:10 PM
Love the ducks, Rainy! Especially the 'bottoms-up' pose so typical of dabbling ducks...!

11-24-2010, 10:58 PM
Theat Sparrow looks great, your color bending and tail shadow pops him right out.
Like the duck sketches too, that China marker works really good. :thumbsup:

11-24-2010, 11:48 PM
More great duck sketches. These are really good.

11-25-2010, 12:50 AM
Rainy, your birds are fab and that book must have been right because you ducks are awesome. I think that is a great idea sketching the same thing for a week. I'm going to try that out, thanks for sharing that tip.

Joan T
11-25-2010, 04:35 PM
Your last page of ducks is great!!! I think your shading on them is perfect. It pays to focus on one thing for a while. It really makes you see what you're looking at and focus.

11-25-2010, 05:10 PM
Rainy that bottom left duck is adorable!! They all are excellent!

11-26-2010, 12:23 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

My daughter and I took some of the dogs to the park today and sat at the duck pond, but with the dogs there, all the ducks kept going to the other side of the pond . . . so the top duck was a quick sketch at the pond while holding a dog leash in one hand. We gave up and stowed the sketchbook and took the dogs for a hike. I drew the second image from a photograph at home to fill the page.


Ducks #4
Day 25
Top one is china marker, bottom one is pencil.

Thanks for looking. . . I'm sure you guys are sick of ducks.

11-26-2010, 03:01 AM
i Especially like the day 24 ducks and the bottom two above. Those really stand out from the page

11-26-2010, 10:14 AM
I'm not sick of ducks at all - I'm a poultry nut who at points has had upwards of 60, so feel free to post away and love your sketches! LOL Very impressed with sketching with a dog on lead too... two of mine I could do so with, two would be wagging so hard every time a person was near drawing would be impossible and the last would be assuring me she COULD walk on water while rounding the ducks up!

11-26-2010, 07:57 PM
Not tired of ducks at all. Amazing that you sketched while attached to a dog. These are looking better and better.

11-26-2010, 11:45 PM
Hello . . . well, I didn't yet do ducks today. I will try to do some tonight from pictures and post tomorrow but here is one for today anyway. this was done as an exercise from a book. They gave a simple outline sketch only and assignment was to then use imagination to add watercolor to it. Since the sketch gave no clue as to shadows or colors, that was a bit daunting but I gave it a shot. Used a waterbrush and had serious trouble controlling color with that. . . I really need to practice if going to use that.

Day 26
Sakura Koi WC and pencil

11-26-2010, 11:55 PM
That last set of duck look great.... the wc book project sounds like a fun experiment...:)

11-27-2010, 02:21 AM
Good practice to do the watercolor. The waterbrushes get easier to use with practice, and they certainly are handy in a number of situations.

11-27-2010, 09:28 AM
That's a rather cool idea - workbooks with basic sketches you have to then personalize! Neat! I take it waterbrushes are a brush that self-wets somehow? Water in the handle or something?

11-27-2010, 11:43 AM
Wsiwig, yes, its a brush with water in the handle. The one I used tends to gush sometimes more than others so hard for me to control the water. It was first few assignments that had the sketch drawing only like that but I got my perspective off when I drew it bigger (its in a 9 x 12 sketch, and the image in the book is tiny like maybe 3x3 or smaller even). Perspective is not my strong suit and I should probably do a whole sketchbook on buildings and street scenes to get better at that! Maybe one day.

Here are my ducks from last night. . . but I sorta messed them up. I did them in Caran Technalo pencil and then this morning I decided to try adding water (since its a water soluble pencil) to soften it. . . well, the back duck which I did first got totally messed up. Oh well, learning process anyway :)

Day 26 - Ducks #5

11-27-2010, 12:12 PM
More good ducks!

Here's something I do with the water brushes when I use them that might help. Rather than squeeze the handle when the brush is actually on the paper, I put the brush over the palm of my hand, squeeze to get water into the brush, and then if it 'burps' extra water, it happens in my hand rather than on the piece. I can then make sure the brush has enough but not too much water and then put the brush on the actual piece.

11-27-2010, 03:20 PM
Rainy -- Your sketches make me smile. I almost feel like I know you. From the little cartoons, to the doughnut, the penguins, and that bird on the stump that's kind of tilted... I was smiling all the way through! Very expressive and sweet, funny and full of life. I love your work!

11-27-2010, 07:36 PM
great ducks :)

11-27-2010, 08:00 PM
Rainy, your ducks are looking wonderful! I'm with wysiwig: a poultry nut. I love seeing them!

11-27-2010, 09:38 PM
Catching up with your ducks etc, very nice! :clap:

I use waterbrushes sometimes, but only because of convenience - they either get too wet or are too dry, it never seems to be just right!:D

11-27-2010, 09:54 PM
I saw the street scene and thought you'd given up on ducks! Glad you didn't. Given that you were only given an outline for the street scene this is a great interpretation. The ducks are delightful.

As an aside to John, that's a great tip for using a water brush, thanks.

11-28-2010, 12:27 AM
Day 27
Ducks #6 - pencil

Thank you everyone . . . great tip on the waterbrush, John.

11-28-2010, 02:13 AM
Still enjoying seeing your ducks.

#5 - great texture
#6 great character.

11-28-2010, 02:22 AM
Yet more good ducks! I'm going to have to get out and sketch some ducks here soon.

11-28-2010, 02:59 AM
Rainy, your picture of the mean duck made me smile - I used to have a real mean duck (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79686) if you care to look. I hope your one didn't attack you!:D


11-28-2010, 03:56 PM
Can't get enough ducks! And I love the colour you used on the houses, so warm!

11-28-2010, 04:45 PM
hehehe sweet duck/mean duck - I like it! They can change from sweet to mean pretty quick too ;)

11-28-2010, 05:25 PM
You've captured the expressions on the sweet and mean ducks extremely well. I'd be backing away slowly from the second one.

11-28-2010, 11:19 PM
Great job on the ducks, like their looks.... I think I might check into the water soluble graphite's too, sounds like a interesting medium to try.

11-29-2010, 12:14 AM
Thanks everyone for all your comments. Much appreciated!!
I am glad you are not gotten tired of ducks, but this is the last day of them.

Day 28 - Ducks #7

Decided to do the last duck in some color so after I sketched one, I did it in watercolors (Sakura Koi wc box)


Last page of doing ducks. . . I have a beautiful persimmon sitting on the table that is begging me to draw or paint it tomorrow.

11-29-2010, 09:03 AM
Good morning. . . sorry. Having trouble uploading, computer being wacky so gonna reboot and try again.

11-29-2010, 10:33 AM
First. . . the last duck is on the previous page. . . posted him last night and then it changed pages. :)

Day 29
Persimmon - Koi WC Box


And now I can eat it! :)

11-29-2010, 01:39 PM
Love your duck in colour but that persimmon - Wow!

11-29-2010, 03:39 PM
are Persimmons the same thing as Pomegranates?

lovely glowing sketches

11-29-2010, 03:47 PM
thanks. Persimmons are sweet and don't have all those seeds. . . I had never had one until a few years ago and now I love them. We get organic ones from the little privately owned store down the road. Yum. BTW. .. unripe ones make you pucker. . . I had one once, ack. . . weird.

11-29-2010, 03:57 PM
The last duck is gorgeous. I think you've got them down. Will you ever draw/paint another?

The persimmon is very pretty. My grandmother had a persimmon tree in her back yard. Never did learn to like the fruit. It was a holiday tradition to get her persimmon pudding. :rolleyes:

11-29-2010, 06:33 PM
Heading for a nice colourful finish!:clap:

Persimmons - they need to nice and soft and sloppy from what I remember.

11-29-2010, 06:37 PM
Beautiful colours in the last two - your watercolour work is lovely and vibrant! The colour in the persimmon is mouthwatering - never tried a persimmon myself, might have to put it on the "To Do" list :lol:

11-29-2010, 07:55 PM
Really nice color work on the duck and the persimmon!

11-29-2010, 08:50 PM
Those of you who are persimmon newbies, be sure you try a ripe Japanese persimmon! They are sweet and delicious. I was given an abundance one time, so I sliced them and put them in my dehydrator- the result was like chewy candy! Yum!

I LOVE this little painting of a persimmon! It glows!

11-30-2010, 02:02 AM
Thanks Leslie, John, Jackie, Chris and Debby!

Well, tomorrow is the last day and for some reason that last day thing is hard for me. . . last month I did just doodles on the last page! Don't know what I will do tomorrow morning yet. Loose ends. . . I do have an idea for a theme for next month's journal though. :)


11-30-2010, 11:33 PM
Very nice sketches, like how you did the shadow and light reflections on both. great job... I never tried persimmons, but I've been told you have to eat them at the right time of the year.

11-30-2010, 11:42 PM
I got extremely lazy today. . . I just did one item from scavenger hunt in my journal real quick just now before bed. The last day was like that for me last month, too! Guess I'm not one for finishing with a flourish!


12-01-2010, 02:12 AM
It works. And you did finish. So, yay!

Joan T
12-01-2010, 12:00 PM
Love the detail in your "mean" duck. Great job on the wc one. Now that isn't a duck coming next...a persimmon? Love the color and shine. I've enjoyed your sketches in this journal.