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No daily art yesterday. I was offline, the Internet folded up on me and I think it was the ISP server that was down, it lasted all night. So I didn't feel motivated to paint or draw, kept waiting for it to come back. This morning it did and I was finally able to get to the Weekend Drawing Event images posted by crispur2005 from Vanuatu Island, down near Australia.

4" x 6"
Da Vinci watercolor in French Ultramarine and Quinacridone Burnt Orange on Lanaquarelle cold press (Not surface) 300gsm/140lb watercolor block.

This one also became my entry in the Limited Palette challenge on Artistsnetwork.com -- I kept missing those challenges, getting good ideas but not doing the art before the deadline. Well, this one had a deadline of the 27th and I noticed in time. Challenge was to use one orange and one blue together, Burnt Orange did count as orange. So this was my twenty minute moment of zen. By the time I was painting, I managed not even to think in words and wasn't even visualizing, just looking and painting. Pretty cool state of mind that happens sometimes when I do Asian-inspired watercolor.

King Parrot
4 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Coloursoft colored pencils and Shade-Tex pattern template "Swirled Dots."
Wirebound ProArt sketchbook (the big 8 1/2" x 11" one).

Still intrigued with limited palettes, I used the six color Coloursoft set that I got free with a larger set of them a couple of years ago. Crispur2005 also posted a challenge with this weekend's WDE, to use something you have around the house to create texture. She used crumpled plastic food wrap in a watercolor for texturing. I don't have stuff like that around but I did have a set of texture plates that I bought and hadn't used yet. So I used that to give the whole thing an allover "stippled" texture even where it's fairly heavy in application. Turned out cool.
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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 26th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
I really love the outrigger. I've always loved the very simple, clean, elegant asian style and combined with the limited palette this is just beautiful. It gives me a sense of so much light reflecting off the water.
Jul. 26th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: simple
Thank you! That's it! That's why the water works, it looks like one of those really bright days where light's bouncing off the water everywhere and it would overexpose on your camera. Thank you for pointing that out. I was scratching my head for why that looked right when I knew the photo looked different. I just trusted that it did.

Paint the shadows and it shows the light.
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: simple
"Paint the shadows and show the light" exactly. :D You make my fingers itchy to do some art! They've been constantly putting off my transfer to the job with regular hours - I suspect a couple of managers are fighting over me like two dogs over a bone. The hell of it is - one of them doesn't even like me, I think she is just being spiteful because I got HER in trouble for giving me a (undeserved) shitty evaluation. So it has been - it will happen Saturday, now it's going to happen Wednesday... but really someday soon it will happen, and not long after that my life will finally settle into a routine with time for art, for writing, for home life...I'll even bring my art supplies home (I put them in storage). Well, I have colored pencils and of course, my beloved crayons :D
Jul. 27th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: simple
Oh that's good. I hope you get your schedule changed sooner rather than later, it sounds crazy what's going on. Good luck with it.
Jul. 28th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
Re: simple
It's gone beyond crazy. Pushing suicidal tendencies. Or at a minimum, my personal self destruct button.

OTH I had too much fun today doing a squidoo lens for coloring books for boys. I'm such a boy. :P

Jul. 30th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Re: simple
Yeah. Some jobs are just stressful by definition. Easy to get because they're hard to keep. Sounds fun on the coloring books!
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