Thursday, January 29, 2015

Splash of color

Ink with watercolor

From my art cache. Never know what I'll find in there.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Watercolor and ink Grapes
A few grapes in watercolor and ink.

Tree With some Watercolor

Tree with watercolor
Some kind of Conifer I suppose. The piece looks much better than the scan you see here. I really want a new scanner that can reproduce images as they are.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cat eye

Cat eye, ink watercolor
A sketch using ink and watercolor.

I like dry-brush techniques while using watercolors for detail. The wet methods are better for suggestive work. You can also use both in the same painting.

If you are using ink for your drawing, any watercolor technique works over the sketch, provided it's one of the waterproof inks, like 'India'. It should also be allowed to completely dry before paint is applied. If you use pencil, many wet and dry methods work well over light sketch marks.

However; if you use dense pencil with shading, your work can become muddy from the loose graphite flowing thru your colors.

To reduce this, I use a kneaded eraser to press down on the pencil strokes. This removes the loose graphite particles. Then use dry brush watercolor techniques. I try not to rub these areas too much with the brush. If the lines are over-worked, the graphite will lift and cause the muddy effect we want to avoid.

Doing the above still may not get you perfect results while painting over heavy or course pencil, but it can be made to look pretty good depending on your style and subject matter.

Friday, January 9, 2015


You would not like this Rabbit. He causes problems whenever opportunities arise.

It's really cold right now, and I'm hiding indoors. Maybe I can get back to the drawing board over the next few Winter days.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bamboo 2

Bamboo is green.
Bird Banner
This was a concept for a framed banner.
Scared Ghost

Who wouldn't be scared of their own grave.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Artist's Mask

Artist's Mask
This piece went on my business card.

Fence Post
 I like to do old things such as this, because it reminds me of my mom's work.