Monday, May 23, 2011

I create a light (but not too light) a wash with these colors. First I mix a light wash of cobolt blue as shown here. Then I add small amounts of Davy's Gray until I get a greenish gray color (see the photo below on the left).

I then add a tiny amount of purple lake until I have a gray with a slight purple hue. I realize it is hard to see the actual color in the photo below. Just be careful not over do it on the purple lake.

Once I achieve the suitable coloring I select my escoda 5/0 1212 Kolinsky watercolor brush to paint over my penciled lines around and in the area that I will be painting yellow. You will have to keep stirring the watercolor mixture to keep it from separating as you work. Don't worry if the lines are on the light side. Let dry and erase your pencil lines. You could actually cover all the pencil lines of your sketch should you desire as this color will blend in well.

Good morning from Western Pennsylvania! We have finally had three beautiful sunny days in a row and I am truly grateful for all three. I saw on the weather that we are to have another week of rain (blahhhhhhhh!). I'm hoping it is not going to be another rainy summer.

I have a three new bookmarks completed with a fourth in the works but I had to put all painting on hold while I finished renovations in my studio. It has finally taken shape, but I still have to decorate and adorn the walls with some art as you can see by my previous blog entry.

The first bookmark is a gift for a friends daughter who is in the military and came to speak at our women's fellowship night. The second and third are surprise gifts for a friend.

If you ever have the opportunity, check out the 13 fold meanings of the folded flag that is presented to a fallen soldiers family. The meaning of each fold will touch your heart and leave a lasting impression upon it.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hi Friends!
Wow we have sunlight! It has been such a rainy spring here in Western Pennsylvania as well as many other areas of the US. Our yard was beginning to look like a pasture ready for haying.

We finally have finished with the renovation of my studio. Now I have the fun part of decorating. I temporarily put up a white valance until I decide what I'd like to put around the window. I'm considering grape vine with white tea lights and blue sapphire flowers and with some type of berries wrapped and draped over the rod. I have some blue sapphire silk with lotus blossoms on it that I brought back from a missions trip to China along with a hand painted rice paper and silk wall hanging that has John 15:5 in Chinese on the front with grape vines and two small birds. I have a brown vinyl wall lettering decor on order that reads "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life," hopefully to arrive in a few weeks.

My husband Daryl so kindly set up my new drafting table today that gives me lots more room to work. Overall I am very pleased with it. I've included some pictures for you. Will post more as I finish the decorating.