You’re a Hoot

….day 4 of Sketchbook Revival with Tamara Laporte

In one of today’s Sketchbook Revival classes we meet Tamara Laporte. I’ve watched some of her classes before but I think this is the first time I’ve completed an assignment. It was a lot of fun and I think I may go back to her site and try some more.

This owl was first sketched with pencil and then watercolour was applied. Along the way marker, ink, pencil and acrylic paint pens were used to add detail.

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I’m Losing Track of the Days – Here’s Wednesday’s Wacky Bird

….on Thursday with a bonus bird for Winnie

Some days I don’t even get out of my pyjamas until noon and I don’t get moving until dinner time. I’m not depressed but I am under a lot of stress. Our daughter and her husband are looking for a house and the buying market is absolutely crazy. I’m not talking about just Toronto but north, east and west of the city the bids are going $100 000 to $175 000 above the asking price. How young people can afford to buy a house these days is beyond me.

I digress. This post is suppose to be about Kevin’s wacky bird for Wednesday. I know it’s Thursday but I think I felt compelled to tell you why I’m so late. This is Armchair Bird.

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Earlier in the week, Winnie was down in the dumps. Her mother told us that even the most random thoughts would make her cry. On Tuesday she started to cry when she found out that Pluto is not considered a planet. I know it’s old news but she’s only five. To cheer her up she requested that her papa draw her a bird that looked like a parrot and that it be called Bonkers. So here is Bonkers the Parrot. By the way, it did the trick.

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While Playing With Water

…..I made another painting

In yesterday’s post for Water, Water Everywhere I literally played with water to come up with some photos for the challenge. In doing so I laid down some watercolour on paper and overlapped it with other colours and water to make it run together. When I was done I took the paper that I was laying colour and water onto and decided to add more colour and marks with ink, pencil and paint. Here is what I came up with.

From this……

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….to this.

One Liner Portraits Plus

over the years I’ve played with one-liner portraits with limited success

One liner portraits literally involves drawing a face without lifting the pen off the paper. After doing that I added detail with paint and more mark making. These were a lot of fun to do and are somewhat similar to Picasso’s abstract portraits that made him famous.

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An Artful Weekend

….two more intuitive abstract art pieces in my sketchbook

I’m experimenting with my intuitive paintings in my sketchbook. I find I’m less inhibited and am willing to take more chances with my mark making and use of colour than I would be if I used a good sheet of watercolour paper. I will definitely go back to watercolour paper at some point because the quality of the paper makes a difference to the final outcome as well.

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Purple Rain Bird

my version of Prince as a bird

On Saturday I took an on-line class with Mark Brewer from Etchr Labs and learned about sketching characters and adding watercolour. All of us in the class did the same bird. It was fun and because it was a Zoom class we could see everyone’s work at the end of the hour.

Now Kevin thinks I should take over Wednesday’s Wacky Bird. Too much pressure and besides I wouldn’t want to take away the joy he gets from drawing his lovely birds. Maybe I’ll contribute once in awhile.

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