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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Lakeside Ruins

I based this drawing on a blurry photo I took at dusk. It was more of a pen test than anything else, really. This drawing is of a certain place on the shore where geese like to gather. There is a crumbling stone wall and the remnants of an old foundation next to a grassy […]

My Thoughts on Noodler’s Inks

As promised in my last post, here are my thoughts on the Noodler’s Inks that I recently purchased. I bought the Lexington Gray and the Bulletproof Black, both of which claim to be waterproof. Here are my conclusions: I really love the Lexington Gray and think that this will be the main ink that I’m […]

I Jumped on the Noodler’s Flex Nib Bandwagon

A few weeks ago I ordered the Noodler’s Flex Nib pen after reading a number of reviews online (see reviews from Nina Johansson, Cathy Johnson, and Roz Stendahl). I actually ordered two pens, in Lapis Inferno and Vulcan’s Coral, mainly because I wanted to be able to use two different colored inks. Also, so many people […]

June Roses

This is the watercolor that I’ve been working on here and there over the past few weeks. I was orginally painting white roses, but I made the shadows much too gray and drab. I ended up repainting the roses this much deeper mauve color. The color does work better, but now the flowers seem much […]

Greeting Cards

I am attending a wedding later this summer. Instead of buying a generic card, I decided to paint my own, making it a part of the gift. I feel that it is a big risk and also an imposition to give someone artwork unless you are positive they will love it. Painting a greeting card, on the other […]

Exit Through the Gift Shop

After seeing it on my list of recommended movies on Netflix for months now, I finally watched Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary directed by famous graffiti artist Banksy. I really didn’t know what to expect from the movie, but I did enjoy it, and got quite a chuckle. The film follows Thierry Guetta (aka […]

New Zealand: June Virtual Paintout

After taking a break from the Virtual Paintout for five months, I decided to give it another go. This month, the location is New Zealand, which is a great place for finding beautiful landscape scenery. I’m really happy with how this painting turned out because it seemed so easy for me to paint, which is […]

Nature Sketching Update

This past weekend I went outside and attempted nature sketching again. I am trying not to expose myself to a lot of chemicals, which makes repelling mosquitoes kind of difficult. I read somewhere that mosquitoes do not like the smell of vanilla, so I tried using some vanilla perfume that I have from the Body […]

Pottery Class, trying something new

This past Saturday I took a three hour workshop, Learn to Use the Potter’s Wheel, at the Worcester Center for Crafts. It was something that was on my mental “bucket list” and I’m glad that I took the opportunity. I have always loved watching videos of pottery being made, and thought it would be a […]

Salvage Operation

While looking through my paper collection yesterday, I found a pad of watercolor paper that had an old drawing in it, from over a year ago. I had made an ink drawing of a Mexico City street, originally intended for the Virtual Paintout, but I had abandoned the whole piece because the drawing had many […]