She Wolf Portrait

She Wolf Experiments

She Wolf Experiments

The last two days I’ve experimented with new art supplies. I bought a new Kuretake watercolor palette. It took a month to get here from Japan. So, I was anxious to try out the colors. I decided to use a portrait reference from the Julia Kay Portrait Party group on Flickr. I did a quick pen sketch and used the new palette to color it.
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On the Willamette

On the Willamette

On the Willamette

I did this small study today to test out how watersoluble markers work on a smooth gessoed panel. It’s like working with a limited selection of watercolors. Also I discovered that ink just sits on top of the gesso. It does not stick or sink into it. So, if you apply a second layer, it tends to lift the previous layer instead of building up to a darker more opaque color. The color remains transparent and shows the texture and streaks in the gesso underneath.

6×6 inch (15×15 cm) Sintra PVC gessoed panel, Arteza Real Brush pens, and Arteza flat waterbrush.

Jim

Daffodils in the Woods

Daffodils in the Woods

Daffodils in the Woods

I’m looking for a way to do plein air paintings without carrying brushes or water or wet media. I did this small study to see how tempera paint sticks and brush markers handle on canvas panel. I laid in the major areas of color with the paint sticks first and then I added detail with darker colors using the brush markers.

Reference Photo - Daffodils in the Woods

Reference Photo – Daffodils in the Woods

Tempera Underpainting

Tempera Underpainting

5×7 (12.5×17.7 cm) canvas panel, Mod Paint Sticks, Arteza Real Brush Pens.

Jim

Camellia Bush

 

Camellia Bush

Camellia Bush

This bush is in our backyard. It’s in full bloom. I’ve been glancing at it throughout the day thinking about how I’d approach sketching it with paint sticks dabbing on the pure color. Finally, before dinner I found the time to sit down and try out my plan.

Fabriano Studio Watercolor hot press 140 lbs 8×10 inch (20.3×25.4 cm) paper, Mod Paint Sticks.

Donnottar Castle Scotland

Donnottar Castle

Donnottar Castle

Sketching from Google Street View. Testing tempra paint sticks on smooth paper with water.

Strathmore Mixed Media 400 Series 9×12 inch (22.9×30.5 cm) paper, pencil, Mod Tempra Paint sticks, Arteza flat waterbrush, ArtGraf Viarco 6B water-soluble pencil, Kuretake #13 brush fountain pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink, and Molotow 2mm empty pump marker with Dr. Ph. Martin Pen-White ink.

Yachats Trees Block Print

Color #7 - Black

Yachts Trees Final Print

This is a seven color hand-pulled print 6×6 inches (15.2×15.2 cm). There are 10 prints in this edition.

Some projects take a long time to complete. I worked on the first six colors over the course of several weeks last Spring. Then the project sat on the shelf for six months until I figured out how I was going to print the final black layer.

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Birches Block Print

Birches Block Print

Birches Block Print

I made this print from a printing plate made out of card stock. I used scissors and an Xacto knife to cut up card stock and I then glued the pieces to another piece of card stock using Elmer’s white glue and then glued the whole thing to a thin sheet of wood. I sealed the plate by painting it with a thin coat of acrylic gloss medium. Here’s what the plate looked like before I inked it up for printing.

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