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House

House
mixed media in art journal

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Sketch

Sketch for a Painting

This is the sketch for the red boat painting. I’d intended the stars to be the Pleiades, more or less. I thought I might be able to use a stamp to create them, but that didn’t work, so I painted them freehand.

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Red Paper Boat Under Stars

Red Paper Boat Under Stars
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches

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Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water

I made this sketchbook three years ago and finally finished it.

Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water

Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water
8 x 6 inches, 24 pages of Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, single needle Coptic bound with black waxed linen thread

Radish
Radish

You are what you are
You are what you are (sour AF)

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A Chest of Drawers

A Chest of Drawers
mixed media on canvas (collage, acrylic, and buttons)

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Anjou Pear

Anjou Pear #gouache #paintings #paintsketch #sketchbooks #artjournals #scumbling
gouache on 140 lb Canson cold press watercolor paper

I had been planning on going to the animal shelter yesterday after work. So of course, on my way to work yesterday morning, the brake warning light on my car came on. Instead of looking at dogs, I dropped my car off at the auto shop. They called this morning to say that there’s a broken rear brake line, leaking rear differential, and a broken brake caliper slide, all of which will cost about $500 to fix.

I’d like to stop hemorrhaging money soon, pleaseandthanks.

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Yes, Another Pear

Anjou Pear
gouache on 140 lb Canson cold press watercolor paper

The background color is a little off on this. It’s not that bright and minty. I’m too lazy to scan it, though.

The paint is some old cheap-ass tubes I need to use up.

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Anjou Pear

Anjou Pear #painting #paintsketch #gouache #artjournal #sketchbook
M. Graham and Schmincke gouache on 140 Lb Canson cold press watercolor paper covered with tissue paper coated with Daniel Smith transparent watercolor ground

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A Test

Clear watercolor ground test, dried 24 hours. This was not a thick application, but it needs to be thinner, to avoid opaque sections. Not tragic!  This is why testing is good. #artjournal #sketchbook #painting #testing #watercolorground

Close up. Clear watercolor ground test, dried 24 hours. This was not a thick application, but it needs to be thinner, to avoid opaque sections. Not tragic!  This is why testing is good. #artjournal #sketchbook #painting #testing #watercolorground

I pasted a piece of textured kraft paper into my journal with acrylic medium. I covered that with a thin coat of Daniel Smith transparent watercolor ground. After drying 24 hours, as recommended, there were still opaque streaks. So next time, I’ll know that thin is not thin enough. Must apply even thinner!

Schmincke and M. Graham gouache on textured kraft paper treated with Daniel Smith transparent watercolor ground #artjournal #sketchbook #painting #testing #gouache #watercolorground

I’m really happy with the way the finished product handles, despite the streaks. I think it will be a nice addition for collaging elements into journals that you later want to use wet media on. The ground also comes in opaque white, if you don’t want the underlying surface to show.

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Tearing Things Up

Bosc Pear #art #artjournal #paintsketch #gouache #sketchbook
M. Graham and Schmincke gouache with acrylic on 140 lb Canson cold press watercolor paper

I started this one by blocking out the negative space with acrylic. Then I used M. Graham gouache for the pear. I had everything just about how I wanted it, and was burnishing off some of the paint from the highlights. Aaaaaaand I rubbed off about a square inch of the top layer of paper. Oopsie!

I used a little bit of acrylic to glue down and cover the skinned bit. Then I went back over it with a little more gouache.

The background acrylic has a layer of Schmincke gouache over the acrylic.

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