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April 3, 2006

EDM Challenge #61: Draw a Grouping

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Yesterday was a beautiful day in New York City and everyone was outside enjoying the early spring weather.  Central Park was full- many ball games, bike riders, walkers, runners, sun bathers and just plain folks sitting on the benches.  There were several beds of daffodils at the park entrance on E 86th Street and I stopped to sketch a few while I was walking with my granddaughter in her stroller.  I was delighted to see the EDM challenge for this week because I already had my grouping of 4 different daffodils and just needed to finish painting them today.  Within the next 2 weeks there will be many beds of tulips in bloom as spring definitely arrives in the Northeast.  I'm watching and periodically sketching one specific tulip plant that is growing in a flower bed in front of my building.  I can't wait to see what color it is!  This daffodil painting was going to be one of my series of Color projects since I'm exploring YELLOW this month.  Now there will be one less to add at the end of the month.

March 30, 2006

EDM Challenge #60: Draw a Car

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I sketched and painted cars twice already in 2006, so for this challenge I decided to use my Grandson Henry's toy New York City checker cab.  Since I will soon start my yellow month, as part of the Color Project that I am doing, it was exciting to get an early start. 

March 28, 2006

Green Color Project

 

March was the month for me to explore mixing green watercolor paints.  I continue to use Winsor-Newton tube paints and have a cool and warm color for red (alizarin crimson/cadmium red), blue (French ultramarine/winsor blue), and yellow (winsor lemon/cadmium yellow).  I also use burnt sienna, burnt umber, and neutral tint to expand the color choices.  It was fun to move from blue (January color) and red (February color) to green because mixing a secondary color before changing it further took more mixing and experimentation.  I try to choose items for this project to expand my color range and then to replicate the actual color to the best of my ability.  For new members of the EDM group, exploring one color for an entire month was inspired by Laura (of Laurelines) and I am now only one of several members who have followed her lead. 

February 28, 2006

February Red Color Project

                              

February was my month to experiment with my cadmium red and alizarin crimson W-N tube watercolor paints.  I made several more sketches, but these are representational samples of the type of paintings that were done.  The "lion" journal, which I purchased in Venice, was done using a watercolor mask. I was pleased with the process because it actually looks very similar to the handmade cover - imprecise sketching and painting.

February 26, 2006

January Color Series

                                       

Last fall Laura F. shared her 2005 color series with the EDM group.  I am such a novice with watercolor paints that I just made the change from student grade pan paints to Winsor-Newton artist grade tube paints.  This seemed like a great time to play with color mixing (my favorite part), so I used blue for January- a frosty cold winter month in the Northeast.  I am also just learning how to build a webpage with help from my home-grown, computer expert son so this is my first attempt to add 3 pop-up images to the page.  Hope this all works.  If not, he is visiting from Boston this weekend, so I'll be able to ask for HELP!

I just tested the entry and learned that the second and third images will open only if the one before is closed properly.  Sometimes the previous pop-up was still open and was actually hidden until I reduced the size of the window to see it lurking behind the page.  This is probably novice information for some of you, but my skills building and editing webpages is really at beginner level.

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