This week was pretty fun. I found a lot of inspiration online that sparked a few of this pieces. I also made some art for a specific purpose, which I normally do not do. My husband and I are teachers and attendees at the most awesome photographers retreat ever, Photo Field Trip. Last year we gave away some ukulele songbooks that I made, and this year we wanted to give away some of my art as prints! We are doing 3 letterpress prints and 3 digital prints do give out to whomever wants them at Field Trip. “Loverprint” (graphic design pun for you) is one of the letterpress pieces that will involve overprint to create the extra colors. Will definitely post pics once I have the prints!
“Omen” | Feb 5, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Noodle Doodle” | Feb 6, 2016 | Digital Painting
“loverprint” | Feb 7, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Carrot on Plaid” | Feb 8, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Hello Banana” | Feb 9, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Thumbs Up!” | Feb 10, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Pink Pizza” | Feb 11, 2016 | Digital Painting
This week’s pieces were produced by sort of a random assortment of inspiration. There are more plants (of course) because I bought new plants (of course — I am slightly obsessed with house plants right now. I have gone from zero to sixty with house plants. Let’s hope I don’t kill them all). On Saturday we shot a wedding in Tahoe and Snow Tracks was inspired by the view of the parking lot from our hotel. I visited a friend in Cobb Mountain and her son said I should draw a waffle, thus It’s a Waffle. I’m on an “OK” kick and OK Trophy just cracks me up. The last two of the week were done very late at night in an, “Oh crap, I need to draw something today.”
Rainbow Hands” | Jan 29, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Snow Tracks” | Jan 30, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Split Leaves” | Jan 31, 2016 | Digital Painting
“It’s a Waffle” | Feb 1, 2016 | Digital Painting
“OK Trophy” | Feb 2, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Pink Monster” | Feb 3, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Cactus in Yellow Pot” | Feb 4, 2016 | Digital Painting
This week there was a lot of doodling, experimentation, and play. As I often do, I was struggling with what to draw and I decided that when my mind goes blank, I would focus on things that I love to eat. So you’ll see a few of those this week. I also brought out the real paints this week and did something completely new. I wanted to use my raw pigments that I had brought back form India so I needed some Gum Arabic and an eyedropper from the art store. I ended up playing with the eyedropper all evening! I started making tiny droplets of water on the paper surface, then touching my loaded brush to the water. The pigment would be sucked in to the drop and swirl around. The gradients of color within the drop were beautiful. I experimented for hours with the different behaviors of the water. The whole thing felt very science-y which I loved. So Rainbow Droplets is technically a photograph and not a painting, but it is definitely an idea that deserves further exploration. When it dried, the water soaked into the paper before it could evaporate, making the drops hard edges turn soft and the colors to turn very flat. I might try this again but dry it under a heat lamp so that the water will evaporate faster before it has a chance to soak into the paper. I also played a lot with a new digital brush (as in Sprinkle Sun, Doodles, and OK!). Its a great bush for making quick sketchy drawings with a lot of character.
“A Million Tiny Macaroni” | Jan 22, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Sprinkle Sun” | Jan 23, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Doodles” | Jan 24, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Chocolate Chip Cookies” | Jan 25, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Rainbow Droplets” | Jan 26, 2016 | photograph of raw pigment watercolor
“OK!” | Jan 27, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Milk with a Straw” | Jan 28, 2016 | Digital Painting
I got sick this week so I missed a day. Branching out and trying some different brushes in my digital paintings. Thursday’s painting is some flower sketches I did for a client’s invitation design. Super excited about that one! I also took a weekend trip to Tahoe, so you’ll see how that influenced the work.
“Swirly Snowflakes” | Jan 15, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Electric Saguaro” | Jan 16, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Wintertime in the Mountains” | Jan 17, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Pastel Flurry” | Jan 18, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Ice Cream I Love You” | Jan 20, 2016 | Digital Painting
“California Wildflower Sketches” | Jan 21, 2016 | Gouache
This week my obsession with houseplants grew and I went to LA with my husband to do some museum-ing.
“Tiger & Lion” | Jan 8, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Play Clothes” | Jan 9, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Pretzels on Blue” | Jan 10, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Plant Wall” | Jan 11, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Y” | Jan 12, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Balloon Dogs” | Jan 13, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Confetti” | Jan 14, 2016 | Digital Painting
Happy new year! This year I decided that I would paint or draw something everyday. And I decided that I would share them all here, once a week. My husband got me an Apple Pencil for Christmas and I have been loving it. Most of these are digital paintings done in Procreate on iPad, but on Wednesday I got to have a fun painting date with my friend Rosaura of Pigment and Parchment. We experimented with the raw pigments I brought her back from India. They are amazing! The vibrancy of the of the colors was almost unreal.
“Snake Plant” | Jan 1, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Banh Mi Ingredients” | Jan 2, 2016 | Digital Painting
“Mac and Cheese on Plaid” | Jan 3, 2016 | digital painting“3D Clouds” | Jan 4, 2016 | digital painting
“Plaid Cacti” | Jan 5, 2016 | digital painting
“Saguaro in the Sun” | Jan 6, 2016 | raw pigment watercolor
“Dwarf Orange Tree” | Jan 7, 2016 | digital painting
It was a very windy day and I had been watching the palm trees blowing in the breeze. Also, earlier that day we’d been swimming in the ocean and I liked the look of my toes sticking out of the water.
Materials: Koi Watercolor Field Set
Slightly obsessed with all the leaves I’m seeing here. Especially those big ones with all the holes in them. Not sure what they are called but I love them!
Materials: Koi Watercolor Field Set, Pencil
I’m in Maui! Inspiration is everywhere! Just no enough time to paint everything I want. I grabbed a bunch of bananas and a pineapple and sat down on the terrace of our condo.
This is my table as I was painting.
Materials: Koi Watercolor Field Set