Sunday, October 21, 2007

Barn scene

Barn scene
Barn scene,
originally uploaded by Donn2006.
Finally added a sketch to my Canson sketchbook. This barn scene was done with watercolor pencil, pen and ink. Colors are darker than shown. They scanned light.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Cherry tree

Cherry tree
Cherry tree,
originally uploaded by Donn2006.
A cherry tree painting I did for Kate's Watercolor 2 class. This chapter was on fruits and veggies. I choose cherries!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Purple Cornflower

Purple Cornflower
Purple Cornflower,
originally uploaded by Donn2006.
My latest attempt at painting flowers. I'm not much of a flower drawing or painting person, but did the best I could. This was for Kate's Watercolor 2 class.


originally uploaded by Donn2006.
An exercise done for Kate's Watercolor 2 class on flowers and textures. Done on Fabriano Artistico 140# paper. M Graham watercolors except for leaf which was Susan Scheewe's Spring Green.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

This is an attempt to lighten the background trees a bit from the original. It lightened it, but I'm still not completely happy with it.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Bus stop!
Countgry Bus stop!,
originally uploaded by Donn2006.
An exercise in Kate's WC 2 class showing lichen, moss, and weathering.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Homework fir tree trunk 2

Homework fir tree trunk 2
Homework fir tree trunk 2,
originally uploaded by Donn2006.
A homework assignment for Kate Johnson's Watercolor 2 class. This fir tree sketch done on Canson's 140# CP paper. Wet in wet for the sky, dabbing for the trees, spondge for most of the grass and wet on dry on the tree trunk.

Monday, July 30, 2007

View of Alaskan mushrooms. This was from a photo taken by Dabs of items in her garden. She lives in Alaska. They must really grow them big up there! Not sure how tall these are, but the leaves around it indicate they are quite large.

Found out these are called Amanita Muscaria or Fly Agaric mushrooms and are poisonous. The cap on these are about 5 inches in diameter. They get larger. As they age, they get redder on top. (Thanks to Dabs for the information).

Done in Prismacolor colored pencil on Strathmore Bristol vellum paper. It didn't turn out like I wanted it to, but I was too tired to do any more to it.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Another attempt at using colored pencils. This was done with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore Bristol vellum paper. I never really cared for colored pencils until I started learning more about them on Wet Canvas. And the types of paper they used. I will say, the Bristol vellum paper is sure different and better to use than the sketching pads I have. Hope to try it on Stonehege paper next. It was interesting using my own colors instead of what was suggested.

Pueblo scene was from a kit by Ann Kullberg. I could not use her suggested colors because I didn't have them, so used what I had. My next attempt may be using her suggested colors since I have since acquired the Prismacolor 120 colored pencil set.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

This was one of the July challenges with the Wet Canvas(WC) Colored Pencil group. We were give 4 pictures to choose from. Photo came from the WC reference library and was called Tahiti Rose.

This is my first attempt at really doing any type of drawing with Prismacolor colored pencils. I was determined to try and see if I could do anything with them because in the past, I just didn't like what I put down. I've had these sitting for some 15 years, gathering "dust"!

After laying down the various colors, I used a stomp and Prismacolor blender to do the burnishing. Interesting since I never did it before!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Here's another one of my favorite subjects, penguins. This was done with sumi-e ink, brush, and Chinese watercolors.

These guys seem to be having a lot of fun. With the hot temperatures we're experiencing here, I'm ready to join them!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

This sunset was done with sumi-e ink and Chinese Watercolors.

It was done in my journal and the ink really buckled the paper. Hopefully, if I try this again, it will be on rice paper.

A little flower painting I did using Chinese Watercolors and Chinese brushes.
This was done in my journal and not on rice paper, so the effect isn't the same. I'm just trying to use up my journal so I can start a watercolor journal.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Another attempt using the Pentel Pocket Brush pen. Our monthly theme on Kate Johnson's alumni group is for the month of June, honoring Dad.
My Dad used to do a lot of fly fishing before he owned his own restaurant. I never learned how to use the fly rod, but did my share of hooking fish with a spin rod and cane pole! My dad passed away over 30 years ago. This is in tribute to him.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My newest attempt at Oriental brush painting. The top part is a practice session doing the pine needles.

The bottom pine tree was attempted using this technique. I ran out of room at the top and it ran into my pine needle practice.

This was done using the Pental Pocket Brush pen rather than Oriental art brush and ink.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Another sample using the Pentel Pocket brushpen. Interesting what can be done waiting in a doctor's office!
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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Here is a very quick 2-3 minute sketch I did from John Pike's Painting Watercolors project 4, oriental style.

Used Pentel Pocket Brush pen and Yasutomo sumi-e watercolors.

Paper used was a piece of scratch copy paper I use in my printer. This was a quick fun one to do.

Monday, March 19, 2007

This is my contribution to the March "Green" theme on Kate Johnson's Coffeehouse. Couldn't get it uploaded to the regular album nor my album. Tried 3 different days. No go! Oh well, so much for Yahoo!

Just a variety of things done in green.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Wheee, what fun! Just like kids, like to slide down a hill!

Another penguine drawing using Pentel pocket brush pen and Chinese watercolors.

Pandas and Penguins are my 2 favorite animals to paint with the oriental style.

Sentinels of the Night. Done with a new Stabilo CarbOthello water soluble pastel pencils. The initial drawing was just like regular pastels. I blended them with a Q-tip. Instead of fixing it with a fixative, I applied a light wash of water over the entire drawing. Some additional blending came as I applied the water.

A very different medium. Will have to see how much more I can accomplish with wetting the colors more.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

This week's Silly Saturday was the number "203". So, thought I'd put my sketches up.
Done with a Pentel pocket brush pen.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

This is a sketch for our Mardi Gras theme in Cathy Johnson's students group.
Top half was done with Derwent's Inktense pencils. The bottom half with Reeves gouache.
An interesting use of art materials.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Here is a sample I did using the new Pentel Pocket Brush pen I just received. Used Marie's Chinese Watercolors for the color.

The bamboo was made by laying the pen on it's side, giving the effect of the roundness of the bamboo. Enjoyed this new pen.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Another of my Panda drawings. Using Pentel Pocket Brush pen and Marie's Chinese watercolors.

Here is another painting done with the Pentel Pocket Brush pen, Derwent Inktense pencils and Marie's Chinese Watercolors. These watercolors are artist grade.

The Marie's Chinese Watercolors are not made by the same company as the western Marie's watercolors.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

This is an Hourglass style mountain dulcimer. This one has 4 strings. Some come with 3 and as high as 6 strings.

This one was handmade for me by Ken Hamlin in 1984. It is one of several music instruments I have.

It's been a long time since I played this one. The mountain dulcimer is usually played with the instrument laying across your lap. The noter is used to slide along the fretboard and you strum the instrument. It's a lot of fun.

My other musical instruments I have include a Yamaha electronic keyboard and several Penny whistles in different keys of C, D, and A.

This little seascape was done with Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils. Paper was in an Academie Sketch book, paper weight unknown. The paper did buckle a little.

Trying out my new Memory Brush Pen that I just got. Not quite as loose as a sumi-e brush, but close.

The Chinese calligraphy shown is actually my name. The top one is my first name and the meaning is "Grand, splendid, Glory".

The middle one means "agree". This is the first 2 letters of my last name.

The bottome one meaning "thought". This is the last 2 letters of my last name.

This was provided to my my Chinese artist Ning Yeh.