Wednesday, November 17, 2010

LaFazio lesson 5 - shoes 1

LaFazio lesson 5 - shoes 1
Originally uploaded by MaryO 2
Continuous line drawing with water soluble pen. Brushed the line with a little water to add an ink wash. Hot pressed paper, 5x7.

LaFazio lesson 5 - shoes 2

LaFazio lesson 5 - shoes 2
Originally uploaded by MaryO 2
My red suede loafers. Pen and watercolor wash on hot press paper, 5"x7".
Added the white stitching with WC pencil.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lesson Four - Tweaked

It just didn't look finished to me, so I added the name of the flower (thanks, Barbara!) and gave the background a bit of color and the leaf a little more definition. I like it better now. Wish the photo didn't look so gray!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lesson four - Flowers

I had hoped to get several examples done for this lesson. I love painting flowers and some of the tips and instruction that Jane has given the class have help loosen me up (not as much in this piece, actually) and helped me get back a little confidence.
Next lesson is on shoes! I'm not as exited about that, but you'd think I would be, considering the number of pairs resting in my closet!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Continuous Contour Pen drawing

Lesson three from Jane LaFazio's Sketching/Watercolor;Journal Style. I chose something simple because drawing directly with pen is intimidating for me. I'm much more the "fiddle around with the pencil til it looks right" kind of artist. But this was such fun, maybe because it was continuous contour and I didn't expect perfection. I think I'll want to do more of this, it really loosened me up better than anything else I've tried.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It has been awhile, but I'm back!

I'm taking yet another online class, this time with Jane LaFazio. These photos are from the first two lessons. I'm learning a few new things each time, painting a little differently than I would ordinarily, and having a great time. I'm actually beginning to loosen up a bit and learning to handle the watercolor a little better I think. These are all on hot press watercolor paper, 5"x7".

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Background practice

Another lesson from Laure Ferlita's class. Utilizing my earlier border and background designs. I'm having trouble photographing these pages. My scanner is misbehaving and I can't seem to get a good shot with my camera from these pieces on watercolor paper. Guess I need to read my camera manual, huh???

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More class work

Well, it's getting me into the studio! I hope this will become a habit, because I have enjoyed playing with pencils and paints again. My skills are still quite rusty, but I think that probably has as much to do with my age than anything. My hands don't always want to do what the brain says they should these days. Have to admit, the brain is a bit slower now too, but it still recognizes sloppy work when it sees it! ;o)
The first is a prototype for a wine label I've thought about for awhile and seemed to fit one of the projects Laure gave us, a study of borders. The second is a collection of border ideas that were fun to play with. I plan to do more of these to keep as a reference.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm Ba-a-a-a-ack!

It has been too long awhile since I've posted here, and just as long awhile since I've done anything "postable" in my studio. I've been entertaining the mother of all artist's blocks (well it has been that overwhelming for me, anyway) and I feel like I'm starting all over again.
Albeit with some trepidation, I signed up for a class with Laure Ferlita and am finding that the lessons are just the right challenge without being too intimidating....which I think was Laure's intent in setting this class up. Anyway, though I've been very slow about keeping up with the class, I have accomplished a few things and here is a sample. I'm very bravely posting even the "oops" factors, so have fun finding them! LOL!! Some things turned out better than I expected and some things didn't..........