Venezia by Fabriano

These sketches are all in my new 9x12 Venezia Sketchbooks. the paper is wonderful for ink and takes watercolor washes very well
I am inspired by the techniques in one of my favorite art books Watercolor without Boundaries by Karlyn Holman. all the drawings I plan on will be cityscapes, or landscapes, many from photos I took while on a trip to the UK and France. There will also be sketches from photo refs around the world shared by my Wetcanvas art friends.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I haven't been diligent with my posts, so will add a few I have done in the past months.

a stork from the Netherlands

The 59 Rivoli is a building right in the heart of Paris that's full of nothing but artist's studios. There's a gallery on the ground floor that has a new exposition every 2 weeks. In the beginning, it was a squat that was started by artists looking for a place to work, live and show. The artists opened it to the public 6 days a week. It's now legalized and still open to the public who can come through and visit the artists. Unlike a gallery where you only see a small amount of the artist's work, at 59 Rivoli, you get to truly enter into an artist's universe where the work is actually created.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I haven't posted anything for a while,
this is a mixed media experiment:
I used a base of water souble wax pastels, then added ink and WC pencils touched up with a bit of watercolor
this is drawn -painted from a reference buy LiSilk from wetcanvas, this is her dialogue:

Bodie Ghost Town Mining Mill

In 1859 William (a.k.a. Waterman) S. Bodey discovered gold near what is now called Bodie Bluff. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880! By then, the town of Bodie bustled with families, robbers, miners, store owners, gunfighters, prostitutes and people from every country in the world. At one time there was reported to be 65 saloons in town. Among the saloons were numerous brothels and 'houses of ill repute', gambling halls and opium dens - an entertainment outlet for everyone.
On a daily basis miners would emerge from the mills and head for the bars and the red light district to spend their earnings. The mixture of money, gold and alcohol would often prove fatal. Newspapers report that towns people would ask in the mornings "Have a man for breakfast?"; Meaning 'Did anyone get killed last night?'
Some records show that a ";Wm. Body"; took a ship from New York, around the horn to end up in San Francisco. It isn't clear if that's the same man who was prospecting near present day Bodie. In any case, the spelling of the name was changed at some point before the majority of the people made their way to Bodie, and it stuck.
Today, even though Bodie is down a dusty, bumpy, slow 13 mile long road off of State Highway 395, it's amazing how many people are aware of this once glorious town. Approximately 100 buildings still stand in a state of arrested decay.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

a combo of reference photos, made form an easterbonnet of orchids and a group of colored bottles
ink and some watercolor crayons

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

This is a drawing of a fine old gentleman gorilla contemplating life.
reference is from justchaos (wetcanvas), an artist friend

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

North Yorkshire Dales...

In the beautiful old town of Skipton, with it's old fashioned narrow streets. Here is the Old Apothecary Shop

photo ref by oldrockchick from Wetcanvas