Saturday, September 15, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
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
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
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
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
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
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
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.
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.