After some time off, I’ve been back to work on getting the next set of mini’s ready for my next art fair on July 16, as well as working on a commission.
I’ve been drawing, drawing, drawing… I get into these drawing moods, and spent the better part of a week with ink pen in hand.
Then I got into preparation mode for summer painting – this meant cleaning up and re-organizing my travel palettes and making some watercolour opacity strips. Thanks to a great blogpost by Jessica Seacrest on travel palettes, I got my own in order, complete with making small legend cards to insert in the cases to help me remember what the colours are. I switched up a lot of my colours, and organized them into hues as best as I could. Then I went to work on making opacity strips, something I’ve been wanting to do since Shelley Prior introduced them in her classes. Taking a permanent black pen, like a Sharpie, draw a line down a piece of watercolour paper, then paint strips of similar hued watercolours full strength across the paper and write down each colour name and brand. In the Sharpie stripe, you’ll see if the paint is not visible (translucent) or you see some it (semi-opaque) or if you see a lot of it (opaque). I made 6 cards (reds, browns, purples, yellows, greens, blues) and attached them with a ring clasp. These strips are also handy when you can’t figure out a colour to use or blend – hold them up to your subject and pick the closest shades.
With all preparations done, I finally put brush to paper, and here’s the first mini of summer! Flowers! The photo source for this piece comes from the town of Bordighera on the Italian Riviera – this beautiful bouquet sat next to us on a green sideboard table at La Cicala, a fabulous seafood restaurant up in the old town. If you are visiting this area, an evening dinner here is a must!
I’ve got mini’s in the queue of New York City, the Cinque Terre, Guell Park Barcelona, Quebec City Canada, and some more Tuscany and Umbria, as well as some larger pieces! It will definitely be a working summer, so I best get back to it!