Orchid for #WorldWatercolorMonth

Miltonia orchid
Miltonia – 5×7 – Daniel Smith watercolors on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico hot pressed extra white

Already bending the rules a little, this is a watercolor sketch done near the end of June – but posted in July!

One of the main goals of watercolor month is to raise awareness of the need for art education and supplies for students through the Dreaming Zebra Foundation. I’ve put this link in my sidebar so you can check that out too.

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Palm Trees for #WorldWatercolorMonth

July has been declared #WorldWatercolorMonth and it seems like a fun idea to me. I’ll try to post a watercolor every day in July but don’t know if I’ll succeed. If you want to join in or want to know more about it you can go here https://doodlewash.com/world-watercolor-month-july-2016/ on
Charlie O’Shields blog “doodlewash”.

Ranch Palms - watercolor
Ranch Palms – 5×7 – Daniel Smith watercolors on 140 lb. Arches Cold Press

Prints

Recently I discovered a website that allows artists to upload their work and make it available for the public to buy as prints. They will even frame it! They will do giclee prints on stretched canvas as well as paper prints and there are a number of good quality papers to choose from. The frame selection seems limited, but it could be that I haven’t seen all they have yet.

My page has three galleries – Landscape, Still life and Animals. If you click on the gallery link on the right you will be able to go there and see what I have so far. If there is anything anyone would like made available, just let me know either in the comments or via email and I’ll see if it’s something that can be done.

If you are interested in making your own gallery there, it wasn’t hard to do [and it’s free], but do recommend that you get your images ready – they need to be higher resolution than 800×800.

Red Flag
Red Flag

 

“A Trip Down the Loxahatchee”

“A Trip Down the Loxahatchee” by Jim Snyder will debut on Nov. 21 when the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum holds the “Lighthouse River Rendezvous.” The annual fund raiser will unfold along the river, at the foot of the museum, on  Saturday evening starting at 6:00 pmhttp://www.jupiterlighthouse.org/jupiter-events-november.php

This coffee table book is made up of paintings and photographs by local artist of the Loxahatchee River and will be for sale in local gift shops.  Some time ago Jim asked me if he could include this painting in the book and of course I said yes.  It’s a small pastel painting that I did on location.

Loxahatchee River
Loxahatchee River

 

 

Walnut Ink

This is a walnut ink drawing/painting of my friends antique buddha called “The Scholar” – also an appropriate submission for the “Illustration Friday” topic of “old”. He’s a wooden carving and as I understand it they were found in Buddhist Temples. The walnut ink is fun to draw and paint with. It’s also easy to wash out areas that you might want to change. Definitely will be doing more with the walnut ink. 🙂

The Scholar
The Scholar – walnut ink

The Yearling

I was looking for a piece of paper a couple of days ago and found this charcoal drawing tucked into the pad. It was done as an exercise, following the contest guidelines for a contest that I didn’t enter.  It’s fairly large for this type of thing and would make a good double page spread. The idea was to illustrate a part of “The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, that hadn’t been done before – in black and white. This is from a section of the book that talks about the boy, Jody, his father and dog watching twin bear cubs playing in the trees. I’m very familiar with these tall and skinny pine trees in Florida, so I thought I could capture the scene.

the yearling - charcoal
the yearling – charcoal

Show

Show,don’t tell; is a writers chant. It’s hard to grasp sometimes and I found this post by Andrew Reynolds that I wanted to share that breaks it down better than most that I’ve seen.

He also said that, when giving a critique, he doesn’t just tell the person that they need to show not tell, but he shows them how to do it with an example. That’s the ultimate show don’t tell.

Andrew Reynolds post on Today’s Author:

http://todaysauthor.com/2015/06/17/showing-not-telling/

Of course this makes me feel like I should show you something so here is some hand lettering I’ve been working on: Mokie grafitti

mokie letters