Art With The Ladies – Another Address Day

So, some friends had seen the Colorful Painted Address that I’d made for our place and wanted to try it for themselves.  They both made gorgeous signs, and went home feeling very pleased with themselves!

Here’s the two of them hard at work

Lorna’s Sign

Gwen’s Sign

I love my studio, and I love sharing it with art buddies!

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Watercolor ArtDay With The Ladies

Another wonderful day in my studio with some creative, playful, fabulous friends!  2 have experience with watercolor, one has used watercolor 3 times.

Here’s my version of the Koi that we painted:

and Lorna’s

Jackie’s

Marilyn’s

The Group

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #30

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

30 Books Down, 81 to go….

The Watercolor Flower Painter’s A to Z by Adelene Fletcher

I watched an Instruction Video from SkillShare to do this Magnolia.  They’ve got a “two months free” thing going on right now, and I’ve watched at least a dozen Videos so far.

This turned out really well.  I went against my natural tendencies and worked very slowly, with minimal color, letting layers dry in between applications.  Jen, you would have been proud of me!

 

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #29

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

29 Books Down, 82 to go….

Practical Guide to Drawing by Vicenc Ballestar

The premise of this book is the simple yet true concept of “the more you draw, the better you get”.

I did a Draw/Paint-Along with Peter Sheeler, one of my favorite Ink and Watercolor Artists.

My sketch – I did it in pencil, then finalized it with indelible ink.  It took me at least an hour to draw this………

The colored version.

I’m pretty pleased.  This is very much outside my comfort zone because of the detail and the need for at least a small level of accurate perspective.

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #28

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

28 Books Down, 83 to go….

Making Journals By Hand by Jason Thompson

I am intrigued by this latest craze on the ‘net – making your own Junk Journal.  It’s such a good way to use up papers and books and ephemera, and costs next to nothing.  You take pages torn out of old books, atlases, newspapers, calendars, music books, etc, and embellish them in some way, and then hand stitch, glue, or machine stitch them into a cover, and Voila, you’ve got a new Journal!

I began by painting some old lightweight canvas fabric that I had laying around.  I used this for the cover.

I then stamped and spritzed and drizzled paint over pages from assorted “junk”, including empty envelopes……..  I used the sewing machine to stitch them into three sections, and then glued those sections into the Cover.

This is my very first attempt and I really love it.  I’ll be more mindful of color choices next time.  I’ll also use more small bits of ephemera that I’ll adhere to individual pages – things like stamps and ribbon and Decorative Tape, for example.

You will definitely see more of these being created over the next couple of months!

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #27

(As usual, click any image to see it bigger, in a new tab)

I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

27 Books Down, 84 to go….

How To Paint Watercolor Landscapes by Hazel Harrison

Man, I don’t even like painting or drawing landscapes, but here’s another book in my Library; apparently I was interested way back when…..

The artists in this book used really sheer pale colors, but I decided to do mine in Gouache.  Although it’s hard to tell in these photos, my mountains are actually awesome!

Here’s the Reference Photo

And what I did in my Journal.

Paul said he liked it all BUT the leafy-branch shapes at the top, so I tried to get rid of ’em – FAIL!

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Acrylic Paint Pouring – Chocolate, Pink and Gold…

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I’ve still been doing these Acrylic Pours on LPs, but I rarely post them here, I post them on my InstaGram account – @CherMcKittrick.

Having said that, this one was too delicious to NOT post!

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