Art Collaboration

Yesterday I was painting on my demo paintings so that I could reuse them my stepdaughter Aranna was drawing in a sketchbook and interrupted me to tell me I should do something similar to her favorite things.

I told her if she drew it for me so that I could understand her idea, I would do it. This is her drawing:

Anime style art
My stepdaughter Aranna composed this drawing for her commission.
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And here is my impressionist interpretation of her Anime style.

 

The Best Art App for iPhone and iPad

When I was using Sketchbook Pro, which I’ve previously lauded as one of the best art apps for iPad, I’d get lost in my work – I loved the app, it did essentially everything I asked it to. But my exported videos would show when I’d zoomed in or out, which meant there was a lot of blank gray space in my videos. And when I was busy working, when time disappeared and things were going great – ZAP! suddenly the app would shut down and I could lose hours of my work.

So I kept looking for a great art app that would let me use my tablet or iPhone just like a sketchbook and I finally found the One. I use it with a regular tablet pen.

The Procreate Pocket interface, which is the iPhone version. The iPad version has more functionality for the bigger screen. I own both apps.
The Procreate Pocket interface, which is the iPhone version. The iPad version has more functionality for the bigger screen. I own both apps.

Procreate

All the illustrations commissioned by Diamond Montessori were executed on the Procreate App, which means it more than paid for itself - it also paid for the cost of a new device! 
All the illustrations commissioned by Diamond Montessori were executed on the Procreate App, which means it more than paid for itself – it also paid for the cost of a new device! 

My favorite app – the one that I use a lot, that I’m using to create my tarot cards, that I use to create all my digital illustrations – is now exclusively Procreate. Even when Procreate suddenly shuts down, all my work is automatically saved. And every stroke I make is recorded so I can export my whole drawing process as a video when I’m done- here’s a truncated version from the Temperance tarot card I posted to Instagram:

More small changes #tarot #temperance #art #process #procreate

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Top Five Books For Learning to Draw and Paint

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Betty Edwards
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Betty Edwards

Wouldn’t you love to be able to express yourself freely in line and color while still depicting representational, realistic subjects on your canvas? Edwards has dozens of exercises that will be a creative catalyst to have you going from stick figures to realistic accurate portraits in mere months.

Being Visual by Bette Fetter
Being Visual by Bette Fetter

Being Visual : Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers
Bette Fetter 

Discover how children learn to draw and learn to teach them in a way that lets them draw freely and expand their visual thinking. Fetter is both an artist and a Montessori teacher.

Color and Light by James Gurney
Color and Light by James Gurney

Color & Light
James Gurney

I’ve loved James Gurney’s art since I ordered a Dinotopia book from Scholastic in fourth grade. He’s a master of articulating the way color and light change the objects we’re all familiar with, from the way light filters through trees to the reason why telephone wires look black in front of the sky and white in front of dark buildings. You’ll have to get this book to learn more 😉

Figure Drawing for all its worth by Andrew Loomis
Figure Drawing for all its worth by Andrew Loomis

Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth 
Andrew Loomis 

From the golden age of illustration comes the advice from a master artist who breaks down the complexities of the human body so that you can memorize them and understand the anatomy. Absolutely necessary for anyone whose work depicts a human figure.

Anatomy for the Artist Jenő Barcsay
Anatomy for the Artist by
Jenő Barcsay

Anatomy for the Artist
Jenő Barcsay

If you know the bones and muscle structure of the body you can draw any pose from memory. Drawing from memory frees up your compositions and allows you to create more directly from your imagination. This book is the replacement for classical art instruction, as this kind of figure drawing is no longer taught in most modern art institutions as postmodernism made this virtuoso knowledge appear obsolete.

The Paint Nite Process

This May I started teaching for Paint Nite Seattle and I love it. I am so delighted that I have dozens of people to paint with every week and I feel so proud of them when they’re taking photos with their finished paintings!

Paint nite Seattle

On Tuesdays I’m at Casino Caribbean, which has an excellent menu of Chinese food; black pepper beef with bok Choy is my favorite. Our servers are fun and friendly and they remember my drink and make everyone feel happy. They put the Master Painting up on the big screen TVs and projector so everyone can see it! I think that helps everyone get good results and it’s a fantastic time.

Jet city Adeline's paint nite seattle
The Jet City Adeline’s painting – a big group of 11 at one of the events at the Harmon Tap Room!

The Harmon Tap Room at 204 St Helens in Tacoma is also wonderful. The staff is always singing along with the music and they are friendly and helpful and always make sure I eat before I leave and that my sound system is working perfectly. The food is totally comfort food and the place always smells like bread because they brew onsite!

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We will be painting this July 1 at Famous Dave’s!

And next month join me at Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que in South Center and will be painting Nile Sunrise.

 

 

New Brush Pens From JetPens.com

image I love getting mail, especially new art supplies! A good brush pen is hard to find, so when my friend posted one of her lovely drawings on Facebook and divulged her source I ordered a sampler. They arrived promptly from JetPens.com and they were not excessively packaged. One of them came with one ink refill, the other ones appear to be disposable. I’ve loved calligraphy since forth grade when I ordered a Scholastic calligraphy book that came with nib pens and started a small trend in our class. I only wish I spoke Mandarin and Japanese. image image image image image

These are the kind of brush pens that make the best lines.
These are the kind of brush pens that make the best lines.
I love this pen. ;)
I love this pen. ;)
I love the calligraphy and so I copied it the best I could from all the packaging. Apologies - the only foreign language I speak is English.
I love the calligraphy and so I copied it the best I could from all the packaging. Apologies – the only foreign language I speak is English.
I bought this sampler of pens from JetPens.com despite being unable to interpret the words because a friend had told me about them and she has the clear understanding.
I bought this sampler of pens from JetPens.com despite being unable to interpret the words because a friend had told me about them and she has the clear understanding.

Watercolor Mastery ToolKit

I love painting with watercolor, so I’m sharing with you the master painter’s list of watercolor supplies – beyond tempera paint. Its easy to paint beautifully with these art supplies.  Tempera paint never mixes into water as beautifully as the sumi-e ink in the opening sequence of Marco Polo, for example.

So spare yourself the disadvantage of poor materials and pick up some Windsor and Newton watercolors and the other supplies on this list.

ART SUPPLIES FOR WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Art supplies

You can buy all of these Art Materials on Amazon. Listed in no particular order.

Painters’ Tape

Tape the edges of your paper for a clean edge and your paper won’t slide around. Painters’ tape is better than masking tape, which will work if you must paint now.

painters tape
Painters tape provides clean lines on your painting surface

Watercolor Paper

I bought Bee Paper 100% Rag 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pack, 50 Sheets per Pack from Amazon and was pretty happy with it. I trust Fabriano brand – Fabriano Studio Watercolor Pad 300G 50 Shts- any thick quality watercolor paper will do.

watercolor paper
Watercolor paper by Fabriano. I also love Arches for commissions and special occasions.

Artist Quality Watercolor Paints

watercolor paint set by Reeves
Reeves watercolor paint set. Upgrade to Windsor & Newton
watercolor paint
A travel kit of watercolor paints by Windsor & Newton. 

 Cheap but Good Brushes

Loew-Cornell Brush Set Value Pack

watercolor brushes
Inexpensive nylon brushes are fantastic.

Nylon brushes are the best ones, this pack has a variety that includes nylon as well. I buy cheap ones at Wal-Mart (the only thing I actually to Wal-Mart for, although I inevitably end up getting other things too :p).

Sketchbook

Draw it first in your sketchbook and make sure your painting will be a success.

I love a good sketchbook and Canson is a very reliable brand.
I love a good sketchbook and Canson is a very reliable brand. I like to pay $8-$10 for a good sketchbook and I always buy the hardcover black ones when they’re on sale.

Canson Universal Sketch Paper Pad 5.5 x 8.5 “: 100 Sheets

Oil Pastels

Oil pastels are dust-free and provide a beautiful outline to fill with fun watercolor washes.
Oil pastels are dust-free and provide a beautiful outline to fill with fun watercolor washes.

Sakura 25-Piece Cray-Pas Junior Artist Assorted Color Oil Pastel Set
The drawing won’t disappear when you start painting, because these pastels resist watercolor. $5.29

Art supplies for watercolor painting

Alpine Meadows Acrylic Painting

With this painting, the smooth, cool blue sky contrasted with the textured wild flowers and fluffy white clouds create depth and a feeling of being on top of the world.

mixing a gradient with acrylic paint.
Paint a stripe of pthalo blue at the top of the canvas. Add white the closer you get to the middle and then mix in more blue and then a little yellow to make teal.I gradient mixed with acrylic paint for a sky.

Here is the finished gradient from dark to light in the middle and then back to dark.

how to paint a cloud with acrylic paint
Then create a small cloud near the top by painting a white horizontal line and stippling white dots into a bubbly cloud form.
painting a horizontal line with acrylic paint.
Here it is step-by-step, first the irregular horizontal line brushstrokes and begin stippling dotted brush strokes upwards on the cloud.

 

The middle of the cloud should be tallest so stipple most brushstrokes in the middle.
The middle of the cloud should be tallest so stipple most brushstrokes in the middle. If you use your fingertips you can get a good effect.
painting a mountain in acrylic.
Using blue and yellow, with a little bit of red to make it darker, Paint a wavery line for the mountains’ edge from left to right, peaking in the middle right hand side of the canvas.
Fill it in with the pthalo blue and yellow mixture of acrylic paint.
Fill it in to the bottom with the pthalo blue and yellow mixture of acrylic paint.
Stipple a tree trunk crookedly straight line with a blend of black, red, blue. blue.
Stipple a tree trunk in a crookedly straight line with a blend of black, red, and blue. It should be most narrow at the top and widest at the bottom.
Some short, curved lines - like the bristles of a mascara wand- become the branches of a tree.
Some short, curved lines – like the bristles of a mascara wand, become the branches of a tree. Add downward strokes for small branches. Alpine trees are short even when full grown.
Stipple green on the branches to create foliage.
Stipple green on the branches to create foliage and needles.
Fill out the spaces on a tree.
Fill out the spaces on the tree with green dots. Add more white and yellow to the little bit of blue to get a light green.
Stipple red and yellow dots and let it blend with green.
Stipple red and yellow dots and let it blend with the green for variety. These are the Indian paintbrushes, arnica and lupines of the alpine meadow. Mix red, blue and white for purple flowers, red and white for pink flowers. Pick your favorite colors!
Keep going adding more green and even some white Until the whole alpine meadow is covered in flowers.
Keep going adding more green and even some white until the whole alpine meadow is covered in flowers.

Co-Creating at its Best! Fact

Esther Hicks Wayne Dyer
I read this book from start to finish all in one go and I’m sure I’m going to read it again because it was wonderful.

I love Esther; everything she writes is wonderful. I always enjoy listening to the sound of her pleasant voice, when I want to feel better. I listen to her guided meditation as often as I listen to the ones from WalksWithin.com.

So I was really sure I would like this even before I read it. And it did not disappoint; it exceeded expectations and sent me immediately to a high flying disc. While silently reading next to my husband I would start laughing and the only way to get the joke is to read this book.

Wayne Dyer is a very intelligent and articulate person so his conversation with Esther is so interesting and she playfully and hilariously answers his question. I would love to hear the audiobook version of this conversational book.

My favorite part is when Esther tells the story of focusing upon blue glass, butterflies, and feathers and after a short time all of these things arriving into her experience just like Pam Grout talks about in E-Cubed. I would love to see so many butterflies and feathers as well!

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.

hay house

chapters

barnes and noble

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E Cubed is a Magic Book

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This magical book is right up my alley. It’s everything fun about magical thinking!

It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s full of silly and simple experiments … and following Pam Grout’s thoughts will put a smile on your face, and more. My favorite parts of this charming book are not the experiments (which are wonderful), but the anecdotes from people who did the experiments in E-Squared (the first book) and had heartwarming and incredible experiences. I could read those all day long!

The experiments are also effective – the proof is in the pudding. I see Nissan X-terras EVERYWHERE now, and think of Pam almost every-time. Why does a truck remind me of Pam? Read the book and find out!

One caveat- if you do an experiment and get no results, it’s very likely that you did not actually focus on the experiment like Pam requests. Try more meditation if you have trouble focusing.

This book is for people who like to have fun and feel happy! I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.

amazon

barnes and noble

chapters

hay house

Instagram Art Update

I post regularly on Instagram so here are some of the paintings I’ve recently photographed.

 

Day two of posting three paintings a day: Kitten Contemplation sold for $97

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Three Art Pieces in Five Days: b. Kitten Curious acrylic on canvas board $3500

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Three #Art Pieces for 5 days! Day 1: a. Mini Autumn Tree in a Gold Frame $25 free shipping

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#Kitchen #Painted! Artlovelight.com

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