View Full Version : Cafe Michaelangelo Chat for MARCH 2011

03-01-2011, 08:12 PM
Wow, Feb. flew by........we are planning a trip to Germany in a couple of months so now I'm working thru a watercolor Landscape workshop book....so I'll be ready for the Alps

03-03-2011, 07:08 AM
A trip to Germany! Terrific! Please bring back lots of watercolors to show us and some photos for the paint a long.

The terrible February is over and I'm feeling much more optimistic. Painting up some new tiles for the shop and trying to get more stuff done here. I'm actually taking the many books off the shelves and dusting them...of course stopping to read a few. :heart:

Here is a sketch of a little girl:


03-03-2011, 02:27 PM
oh, Janet....feeling optimistic and dusting books?.......not me!!! I hate dusting books....but I did spent my morning cleaning bathrooms and moping...sigh. - sweet sketch

03-05-2011, 01:58 AM
Where has the time gone????? Robin trip to Germany sounds awesome. I agree with Janet, want to see lots of pics and paintings. Lovely sketch of the girl Janet.

I have been so busy with my course. But having a BALL!!! Trying all these new things never even thought of before. Is awesome. Just very very time consuming. No idea how anyone doing full time could keep up. Trying to create new characters at the moment. Should try and post some of my sketches for you to have a look at.

I keep dropping by and love seeing what's going on. Keep well and creative.

03-08-2011, 02:25 PM
A trip to Germany!! WOW. That will be fabulous. I have never been to the continent (except a quick week in Spain...and nowhere near scenery or galleries). I hope you get the chance to take a lot of photos and do lotsa sketching!!

I finally managed to take ny sketchbook out on my morning walk to the park... I even opened it...and did a quick fumbly sketch of a house in the distance. At least I think it was a house, I took my specs, but forgot to put them on. You can guess at the result.

I am happy though as I think to myself...at least I have started the 'habit'. Roll on summer and days out to sketch.:clap:

03-10-2011, 07:09 AM
June - that is good news, .....daily sketching is a strong base.....I think sketching is really THE only base .......happy, happy:clap:http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2011/88676-doodle108.jpg

I've been observing my feelings of late....and I've decided they are devious..If I ignore them and proceed the results have potential. Sometimes looking at the work a day or two later reveals what I could not see. Example - last night I was SO tired but wanted to hold the pen and make marks so I did. It looked inconsequential . I put it away and went to bed. But this morning......there is a little "gift" here........Thanks to the Gift Giver!

03-11-2011, 01:10 PM
Oh Janet - cool, I mean COOL avatar!!! a lino cut?

I want to say AGAIN how thankful I am for you all here. Sometimes I'm afraid I'm sliding into sucumbing to mediocarity...but then I think of you all my fellow artists whom I enjoy and would not mind emulating and I am much relieved of my fears........each one here has a style and lives it, growing and sharing.....we make each other strong.....THANKS for the time and sharing you give......:heart:http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2011/88676-trees109_copy.jpg

03-11-2011, 01:40 PM
Janet, very cute girl sketch there.

Jacqui, you must be learning lots! Keep it up.

Robin, sketch lots when you are in Germany. Very nice trees!

I'm in tsunami zone and we're on tsunami alert at the moment. My daughter insisted on going to school even though all schools are closed except high schools. We're waiting for the tsunami warning to pass. The delight of living on a coast and earthquake zone at the same time.

Didn't do too much these days. It's been very busy at home and I just got promoted and can't surf at work anymore. It's tiring.

Creating with colored pencils is a bit more brain wrecking than doing it with black and white. I've sat on this piece for two days for choice of color to round it up with.

Prismacolor pencil

All on Pentalic 70 lbs heavyweight sketchbook 5.5 x 8 inch

Added Yarka Professional watercolor and Stabilo woody and Faber Castel Polychromos violet to darken.


this one was a photoshop of the first draft amd added colors digitally.


Some Yarka watercolor quick sketch of flowers at my home.


These are based on an ad from a ladies magazine. Prisma and Sakura Koi watercolor.


03-13-2011, 06:32 PM
We're safe here in California. No more tsunami threats for now.

Today, I got to improvise a bit.

Lamy Al Star fountain pen with extra fine nib
Private Reserve Velvet Black ink
Photo reference: Mom at 85 by OzonaLori.

I hope OzonaLori would not spot this rendition of her mom or she'd have a scare. Apologies OzonaLori but it's too good not to improvise on it.

While this Private Reserve Velvet Black ink is colorful once washed, it has a problem of being permanent once dried. I can't further dilute or lift it with a waterbrush in the washed parts. Have to be very careful where you lay your colors.


Yarka Professional watercolor
Daniel Smith watercolor
Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencil
Derwent Graphitint colored pencil
Academie Heavyweight 80 lbs sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch full page

The Yarka watercolor stains badly and you can't really lift it or erase it. Daniel Smith, with some colors, you could lift it with a wet brush or even erase it with an electric eraser.

Faber Castell Polychromos comes to mind at once to do details on top because it colors smoothly and unintrusively. Still trying to get used to this Derwent Graphitint after two years. :lol: Definitely if one wants obvious strokes, this pencil will show it all.

"The Three Trings on Christmas Eve"


03-14-2011, 09:32 AM
Slinky's with personality, Robin. Love it. Trees are on my mind lately...and here you made some nice sketches.

Good work Sandra, and thanks for letting us know the tools that you used. Your funny characters always bring a smile, and the men standing is a good sketch. The Three Trings :lol: A perfect Christmas card. :heart:

03-14-2011, 09:46 AM
Robin, my avatar is one of many black magic marker designs I made in anticipation of turning them into linocuts, that I hope I get to cutting some day. In other words it's a cheat :lol:

03-20-2011, 11:44 PM
hello all -

Sandra - lots of work posted - glad you are keeping on. Congrats on the promotion at work.

Janet - ha, that is no cheat. It will make a good print.

The other lady that sat with my ole pal quit. So I've been covering the extra days........don't get anything much done. My hubbie even moped the floor for me last week:angel:.

03-22-2011, 08:06 AM
Finally finished the tiles for Etsy. I got crossed-eyed working so small 4"x 4" tile. I call the series Drinking Ladies, and here's one of them, with martini.


Strange snow showers yesterday....can hardly wait for the few days of spring we get. :D

03-23-2011, 08:21 PM
Janet - this is wonderful. I hope you will sell alot . Again , this is super I LOVE it.

03-26-2011, 02:57 PM
Janet, this is so classic. Very good piece!!!

03-27-2011, 05:23 AM
Janet, I love that drinking lady!!

04-01-2011, 03:37 AM
One of our new projects for April- 'women in hats'- is in the main wetcanvas art project system. But discussion will be here in classical projects forum. Just a bit of a change to see if we like this venue and way of doing it!!