#oneweek100people2019 and new waterbrushes

Here are a few of the 108 people I sketched. It’s a fun challenge, and I always enjoy the possibilities! Carrying a sketchbook with me all the time makes it easy to accomplish.

I ordered a set of 7 waterbrush pens. They just arrived and I haven’t used them to write a review, but I certainly plan to! So keep your eyes on the blog!

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Daniel Smith Demo

 

The ATCs are tossed in the post for fun.  I’m in a group trade through Unity Church.  These are all sky studies to trade. It’s Mail Art ATC!

I attended a really cool DANIEL Smith demo Friday. This representive had some detailed information on the watercolor products they sell. I found the history of the company interesting as well. He is holding a piece of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise! The Kingman mine has been closed for years. So expect this color to disappear when their stock runs out.

 

 

24 Hour Global Sketchmeet!

24 HOUR GLOBAL SKETCHMEET April 20, all day – (this is an invitation to create and post on social media from a sister chapter in Buffalo) – “all the chapters who’d like to participate, at any time of day in their local area, simply sketch (even if not in a group) and use the hashtag #globalsketchmeet2019″ 

Texas …With a big T!

We spent about 2 1/2 weeks in Texas in March. When we left home in Kansas City it was a big 7 degrees. 2 days later when we arrived in Del Rio, TX it was 70! To settle in to our unexpected campground at Lake Amistad we found a dandy site with a lake view and Mexico a stones throw. Our reservations we had FELL THROUGH when the pipe line crews came in town. There wasn’t an RV Park with a site in town. The lake had a lot to offer but no hook ups. Thankfully we had our solar panel, a full tank of water, and a propane stove. I’ll say it again, I love our Airstream! Home away from home.

Derald was leaving for 5 days with his guide, Shane Davies of River Run Guide Service, to kayak fish for bass on the Devils River. I was in hopes of painting and taking care of our 3 dogs. It all started well. 2 days in our 11 year old Jack Russell, Woody, who now runs on 3 legs, has 1/2 his teeth, and thinks he’s as big as a Great Dane, fell ill. I knew from his eyes something was wrong. I was monitoring them all closely. My biggest fear was rattle snakes. Then of course there was hardly any area with anything vaguely similar to grass that didn’t have thorns. By the first day 2 of 3 dogs had thorns in their paws. Long story short, kidney stones. BIG Stones, as in SO LARGE the vet suggested surgery ASAP. I made the executive decision to proceed, after a few tears. Woody is technically Deralds baby. The last of the Jack Russel line his now deceased mother bred. The last thing I said to Derald before he departed on the trip was, I want to know where the closest vet is….just in case I need one. Thankfully I knew where to go. 2 nights and 3 days with the vet, Woody was ready to be released the day I picked Derald up from his trip. Surprise honey, your baby had surgery!

Thus the Big Bend leg of the trip was cancelled. I was more than ok to do that trip another year. My main concern was getting Woody home safely. Sorry, this story goes on, and on. Skip to the pictures if you want. Continued drama…we waited 3 more days for Woody to recover before we left Del Rio. One area looked suspicious, but had a scab. Another long story short. Unbeknownst to us Stitches had fallen out. The area started to look infected. Then we got the call from home. 10 hours from home, our son was having unexpected surgery the next day. We made it home, the day after his surgery. Derald immediately took Woody to our vet who cleaned the area out and stapled him shut, glad I missed that part. I went to see our son who was back home and very uncomfortable.

This was not the trip I expected. Everything has turned out ok. Woody is feeling better. Travis was on day 3 after his surgery, which is what nurses call ‘hump day’, as the patients improve after day 3. So hopefully tomorrow he will feel better.

Notes on Texas: Nearly every car and truck has very dark tinted windows. I know why, but it’s weird. There are LOTS of carports. Many houses have several! Again, a sun issue. I did not see one armadillo, snake or scorpion! Yeah! And the weather was great. The wild flowers wonderful!

I met some awfully nice people in TX. Not one of them thought a wall was a good idea. The border patrol I spoke with, and I talked to a couple every day, were not happy to be sent there for ‘more patrol presence’, they said it was really not necessary. There was no call for alarm. But they were happy for the OVER PAY. They were all staying in hotels. They commented on the extremely advanced drug smuggling by the cartel, and how ‘mules’ (people) used to carry drugs over for them, but was a method used in the past. Now they have submarines and ships and jets. Yes there are small amounts carried over, but not by the cartel. They are way beyond that. And looking at the thorns and cactus and underbrush, this alone would make it one tough trip. I can’t imagine the women with children trying to make there way to the USA, desperate for a better life for their families.

March USkKC sketch crawl

March 2, 2019. 10:00 -12:00

Bass Pro Shop

Would you like to sketch a fox, deer, largemouth bass, or a bear? You will have the opportunity at this March 2, sketch crawl. Freshwater and  saltwater fish, birds, and North American wild animal taxidermy displays are scattered throughout the store. There is a huge wall of windows upstairs overlooking the large pond.  This area will give you an aerial view of the floor plan displays to scope out where to sketch. This will also be the area we meet up.

The store opens at 10:00am. We will meet briefly on the second level by the huge window area to check in for a head count for lunch plans.  We will have a ‘throw down’ to share our work and trade The Artist Trading Cards at 12:00. *Location for this to be determined according to weather and group size! We hope you can join us for lunch in the cafe.

The store has several programs planned for this day.  At 12:00 they will have a

tank with live fish for a children’s fishing activity. At 1:30 there is a fishing program for women. So if you bring your spouse, kids or grandkids, you may want to check out the activities!

Studies

I wasn’t worried about the accuracy of the drawing at all, I was just trying to see the difference between pushing my values and colors with gouache versus watercolor. The top one is gouache and the taped one is watercolor. #josephstoddard

New book

Joseph Stoddard is an artist I admire. I recently ordered his book, and I’ve enjoyed pushing color as I copy his work. These are studies, just for learning purpose. The first one is gouache. The other two are watercolor. #josephstoddard. #gouache. #watercolor

Painting on watercolor hot press primed with gesso

When it’s too cold to go outside, open the refrigerator and find something to paint. BEETS! This started with a quick gestural sketch. My first pass was watercolor. Then I decided it needed gouache. I was much happier using the gouache. The perk of the gesso surface was I could wipe and lift areas.

My initial thought was a yellow ochre and grey background.