Thursday, October 28, 2010

Look Up

On a hiking forum, someone told the story of how they were walking along the trail when they heard a *snort* from overhead. Looking up, they saw a Mama bear glaring down at him, with a cub visible a little farther up the tree.

Now in this situation, what's the first thing you do? If you answered 'grab my camera', then you might be a hiker. "Look Up" is a quick study, loosely based on that photo. I like it enough that I'm probably going to do again in a larger format.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Santa brought me a set of Artists Trading Cards last year. They're little - 2.5"x3.5" - and can be pretty much any medium (paint, pen, etc.) as long as it's permanent. You can trade the cards, or some artists are popular enough that they can sell their cards. I signed up for a card exchange this month. The theme is Autumn. Here's my first card, I can do up to three. It's the smallest thing I've ever tried to paint before, so it was quite challenging.

Sometime in November all the entries will be put into a hat and then I'll mail my card(s) somewhere in the world to the new lucky owner of an original Ted. And I'll get someone else's card(s) in the mail to start my own collection.

Update: Ok, I finished the other two.


Perfect Tree (in my dreams).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Abstract Planter

Saw this planter in front of a building downtown and did a quickie abstract, mostly to play with the bright and vibrant colors. Watercolors and waterbrush in a 3"x5" Handbook sketchbook.

Tropical Fishing

Watercolors and a new travel-sized waterbrush. Going for loose, definitely achieved that. 8"x5".

Country Road

Did this over the course of three lunch breaks at work. Watercolors and regular brushes on 3"x5" Handbook sketchbook.