Think pink!

Surprisingly pink entryway

Surprisingly pink entryway

I finally got back to work on this massive looking wooden entryway located in Germany.  I have always like the pink facade combined with the huge wooden doorway.  The last time I looked at it was before the Christmas rush, so now that I’ve caught back up, I thought I’d get back to it.  I didn’t really have much left to do, but I deepened the colors some as well as the shadows.

This exemplifies what I like most about Old World architecture – the use of vibrant, unexpected colors.

We have been having a little bit of wildlife excitement here the last couple of days.  This year’s crop of coyote puppies has made its appearance.  I think they are denning across the lake as the mother hangs out past the far end of the dam just outside of the woods.  The boldest 4 of the 6 puppies (!) have crossed the dam and come to hunt and play in our back yards.  I am surprised the parents let them roam so far away.  It might take them 10 seconds to get over here if there was trouble, but I guess they are not too worried about us after all this time.  I took some pictures, but even with my telephoto lens, they hung down too close to the lakeside for really clear pictures.  If some manage to turn out, I’ll post them.  The last time they appeared in 2013, we saw them every afternoon for about 5 days.  I hope we get to see them at least that often.  These are younger than the 2013 group we saw early that July.

Dino lino for my 400th post

Raptor dinosaur

Raptor dinosaur

I’ve been fiddling around with the German streetscape the last few days, and decided I needed a slight diversion.  I had taken some pictures a few years ago at a outdoor dinosaur display park off of Interstate 65 in Kentucky. There is a large tyrannosaurus rex standing by the highway as advertisement (it is in the park) and I had always wanted to visit and maybe take some reference photos.  We stopped one day on a trip to Atlanta and had a very nice outdoor walk among life size dinosaurs with John’s camera clicking away.  I rather enjoyed myself and it was well worth the admission price.  There was also a small store where you could buy real and synthetic geologic souvenirs which were actually interesting, too.

Khaki dino linocut

Khaki dino linocut

Unfortunately, we had trouble with his camera and it wasn’t until recently that I finally managed to get the pictures downloaded.  I have been intending to do a more boy themed linocut for some time and this seemed to fit the bill.  I made the standard black one but wanted to maybe do a colored one, too.  I slapped red, yellow, and green on the glass and rolled them together, hoping to get something more multicolored.  It ended up as a slightly khaki color and more uniform than I wanted, but is not bad.  One more thing to play with.

German streetscap

German streetscap

I think I have finished the German streetscape and am ready to list it.  I added more depth to the lower areas and street and more green to the background trees.  I do have to play more with developing a foliage technique so maybe the next thing is to just make some circular file art to throw water on in various ways.and see what happens.  I don’t usually post the final redo since I’ve posted about it so much before, but this actually looks somewhat different and I thought you might like to see how I altered it.

I can’t believe this is my 400th post.  Thanks to all of you for supporting me in this artistic life journey.

 

Watercoloring the German streetscape

Streetscap with watercolors added

Streetscape with watercolors added 

This drawing has quite a bit more color added to it than the previous one.  I started with painting the red timber trim and flower boxes and then moved on to the walls.  I left the upper area white but darkened the lower areas.  The brown building on the left also provided a nice contrast.  I grounded the building by darkening up the street.  Unlike the road in the last one with the brick patterns, this one has nothing to distinguish it.  I may decide to darken it up a little bit more.

I decided to get bold with the sky this time around.  I discovered that if I put some ink lines on another sheet of board and then wet them, I had a light watercolor to add quickly to the real painting.  I wet the sky area pretty well with clear water and then loaded up the brush from the prewatered lines.  I quickly dabbed the wide brush into the sky area and moved it around.  Prewetting the sky with plenty of water seemed to let the ink wash act more like watercolor and not just stain the board wherever I touched it.  I’m pleased with the effect.  Some of the pinks appear along with the blues, giving the sky some texture.

I’m not happy with the green foliage between the buildings so I’m just letting it sit a couple of days before I make any adjustments.  Maybe I’ll add some yellows to it.

Second Germany Streetscape

German streetscape

German streetscape

It’s been a busy July. I had picked out the next experiment drawing for the Speedball pen last week, but with the holiday weekend activities, I didn’t get around to drawing it until Tuesday.  These buildings have complicated exteriors so it took some time to pencil it out and then delineate with the pen. Once again, I decided to go with a more flowing, less structured drawing.  I think this style lends itself well to the Speedball pen characteristics.  It will sit until tomorrow so I can look at it with fresh eyes before I add the water to it.

Also using up studio time this week is a very different kind of commission. Remember the dragon block print that I cut up to make a set of 4 bookmarks? Well, I had someone want me to make up 7 more sets for her.  She is giving a talk on Chinese culture in the fall and wants to hand out the bookmarks to the participants.  What fun for everyone.  I made up the prints yesterday and today I will start the added watercolor.  It will take a couple of days to finish the painting, cut them and then get the lamination done.  It’s a busy week, which is good because with all of our rain, I can’t get out to weed.