Painting Life into Still Life Painting

I’m definitely still learning how, but feel like I’m making progress. Definitely not my favorite subject matter, but I’m getting used to trying to breathe some life into them, and not let drab colors be drab. I figure if I can make a still life dramatic, it’ll be awesome to apply that to subject matters of greater interest to me. Really loving this art class I’m taking again. Can’t believe I waited so long to start one up again.

still life with bottles and box
Two classes to get this one done.

Holiday Cards!

I had a blast painting some holiday cards to give to my family this year. Things I learned while doing so:
1. Cards are hard to photograph
2. Watercolor paints make amazing cards
3. I love using watercolor paints with pens.

Check out a few!

And one new years card-

Loved painting the dress part of this.
Loved painting the dress part of this.

Weekend Watercolor Workshop

This past weekend I took a super fun workshop at Glen Echo and learned my basics in watercolor. I haven’t taken a class in it since a short workshop about 8 years ago at the community college my Mom taught at. So we started with veggies and fruits, and moved on to any outdoor scene we wanted to paint. I enjoyed painting the peppers the most I think, it’s amazing how many colors you see when you’re really looking.

This class made me take a step back and really consider my color more before applying them, since watercolors are not the most forgiving. I painted all weekend just using the three primary colors and mixed every other color myself. 

Posted in the order I painted them in:

Yellow pepper- first painting of the day.
Yellow pepper- first painting of the day.
An abnormal nectarine
An abnormal nectarine
First fuller painting of the day. Nectarine and bottle still life.
First fuller painting of the day. Nectarine and bottle still life.

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Plein air painting at Glen Echo. Painted all day Sunday.
Plein air painting at Glen Echo. Painted all day Sunday.
painting and scenery at Glen Echo
My plein air studio

NYC Subway Original Graphic Standards Manual

NYC Subway Original Graphic Standards Manual

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There’s a recent Gizmodo article that talks about an original NYC Subway graphic standards manual found in the basement of Pentagram. It’s awesome that the general public is interested in this (which the article notes), not just the design community. It’s all up online so we can see every page. It makes many other manuals I’ve seen look insufficient, that’s for sure. Pretty neat that the print design world is still so impressive to everyone. Check it out!

Hello spring! You’re finally here…

sunflower drawing
We’ve missed you warm weather… Went outside and played with oil pastels which are possibly as old as I am, or close to it. I received this card recently and immediately knew I had to play with painting it. Before I get the time though, oil pastels will do.