I did this watercolor as a gift for a friend and wrote the following poem around the edges of the mat.
White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field
Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn't darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us —
as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones.
One of my favorite artists as of late is Roz Stendahl and well she loves gouache and urges others to try it. Soooo - I went for it ;) Schmincke Gouache is her brand of choice and after looking locally to no avail so I had to order them online. I am figuring them out - playing around. I find that they are for me a cross between watercolor and acrylics.
I have been taking Mary Ann Moss's Online class Full Tilt Boogie which I love BTW and LOVE Mary Ann - she is such a hoot - I like to refer to here as Miss Happy Hands and if you have ever taken one of her classes you will know why ;)
Anyway, here is one of the journals that I made in the class. I am using it as my daily morning journal and have gone through and color copied my watcolor journal sketches to add to it.
Well, I just can't wait so I am starting the new Class Tomorrow! So SIGN UP TODAY!
If you are dying to take the class but just can't afford it but your soul really needs it I will as usual be GIVING AWAY 2 FREE workshops. Just leave me a comment. Winners will be notified by tomorrow so make sure to leave me your email.
The Daily Sketchbook
This class combines all of my favorite things : watercolor, drawing, pen and ink, washi tape, collage elements, and journaling all contained in a 7x10 moleskine to take with you anywhere!
This class will include video demos, techniques, prompts and much more!
Scenes from my journal this weekend. It was about EXPERIMENTATION! I think experimenting is crucial as an artist to broaden our view and scope. Of course we often go kicking and screaming because we are so comfortable with what we already know and love. But I want to grow and stretch and become better. Soooo ...
I have been doing a lot of pen and ink sketches with my fountain pens and new technical varieties. I also ventured out into a new medium - whoa Nelly!! GOUACHE!! Roz Stendahl an artist I greatly admire is a lover of the stuff so I thought I would give it a go! It's sort of like learning to ride a bike. I am a bit wobbly and unsure ~ but I will persevere my friends!
My latests obsession with pens ;)
my first attempt at gouache - such an adventure and will be updating you I am sure ;)
125.00 this includes everything you will need except a watercolor journal - you can either bring your own or purchase one from me.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DRAW TO TAKE THIS CLASS!!!!
Learn how to do quick pen and watercolor journal pages! Grab a small watercolor journal and head out to Malibu for the day to learn fun and flirty watercoloring journal techniques that you can take with you ANYWHERE!
Bring your lunch and head on down for some sketching overlooking the sea!