Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Maple Leaf Botanical

I love gathering autumn leaves, pine cones, chestnuts, etc. Autumn is an amazing time of year. Suddenly the sky turns silver and the ground becomes a mosaic of gold, copper, reds, yellows, and all earthy ochres. If I take a stroll under the trees I come out with great bunches of colourful leaves, and other  such paintable treasures. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

After Dinner

I just love to sketch. Here's a little pen and wash I did after a lovely dinner at a friend's. It's very rough but I believe the sketch captures the mood of the moment.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cadmium Red in a Jar of Water

My pricy tube of cadmium red broke and was oxidizing. I squeezed it into a jar of water and keep it in a cool dark place (the fridge). When I need some cad red I scoop it our with a knife and add a little linseed oil. It's regular oil paint, not the water-soluble type,  so it never mixes with the water.