Pastel Clouds

This post is in continuation of my method in the artistry of drawing clouds. There is something so magnificent about the colours of the sky as the sun sets. I captured a little piece of it in this artistic creation titled, Pastel Clouds. Pastel chalk is tricky to use but I’ll share some things you can look out for when using it.

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Marble Water-Colour Painting

Marble

The marble, what a great opportunity to recreate a glass object! This post is a detailed guide on using water colour paint to create an image of a glass marble.

How’s your August going so far? Mine is going well. Since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated with marbles. Do you remember going through those small bags of 25 or 30 marbles? I took each one out of the bag and examined it. Looked at all the different colours, how they blended together or wondered how the colours all looked so separate from each other. And those Cat Eye marbles, what sorcery made them look that way? Why did they look like cat eyes? That lead me to creating this water-colour artwork.

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Dark Clouds Sketch

I’m back! It’s been a while. A lot has been going on and still is but, I missed you all and needed to write so here goes. I’ve been focusing on my socials lately and updating the website with some of my latest artworks. Things have been going well but I’ve missed writing. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok or YouTube, you probably haven’t seen my latest works. I’ve been posting video’s once a week either on Friday or Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet to my YouTube it would be great if you did.

I’ve been studying the clouds, this isn’t new though it began a few years back as me just taking pictures of the clouds and has now turned into sketches of clouds. You know me, I like trying different mediums so there will be a video and post all about chalk pastel clouds. For now though let us discuss the charcoal pencil sketch video below. It took a while to get it how I wanted it. There was a lot of adding and then lightening or darkening parts of the clouds for contrast. I know you want to see the video but don’t runaway yet though. Follow my art process first and then click on the video below.

Dark Clouds
Dark Clouds now Available on Redbubble

As you will see in the video I started out by adding a few of the clouds using my graphite pencils and smudging and blending them in. Tissue paper and Q-Tips are my go too’s for smudging and blending. I especially like using the q-tips for the small details. I started out by using the lightest pencils first and then added in the darkest parts with my darkest pencils.

As I got further into the sketch I then used my trusty charcoal sticks and a piece of paper to make sure I didn’t blend anything that wasn’t meant to be blended over. The sticks added in some really great contrast throughout the sketch. From there I again used my charcoal eraser and began removing some of the shading to brighten the highlighted areas. The charcoal sticks were used again to add in the finishing touches.

This artwork took time and every now and then I walked away and came back to it. While watching the video you can see subtle light changes on the paper I was sketching on that’s because I prefer to sketch using natural light. Most times when the sun goes down I pack up but with this one I was caught off guard.

Just like with writing, walking away is a great way to really knowing if you are on the right path. So don’t be afraid to walk away, do something else even if its only for a few minutes. When you get back to it there may be things you feel can be changed or even parts that you really love that you want to make stand out even more. Make changes or continue where you left off.

Check out the video and let me know what you think? Don’t forget to head over to the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery to see what’s new!

I will be posting every other week again. So, thank you so much for joining me today, stay safe and have a great two weeks ahead!

Whispy Tree (How to)

Each image on this page of my gallery was made using the process I have outlined in this blog post. The only difference is that I drew the backgrounds for all of the images above.

These steps are for a Mac computer.

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Cherries Sketch

Today’s post was meant to be all about how I made this design. Let’s be real though. I need a bit more time to figure out how the new Imovie technology works. As easy as it would be to use my old computer I really need to embrace the new technology and learn how to use this one. Alas, it will take time! I will get back to you all on this one.

So, Instead of going over my process for this artwork I decided to share this short time lapse video of me using watercolour pencil crayons. I have never used these before so this is a real novice video. It’s a learning process and we can learn together right? First, you need a container to dip your pencil crayons in as you go. If you don’t dip them the picture will be faded and won’t really blend as much as you’d like.

Whispy Tree
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Fine Feathers

Fine Feathers Available on my Redbubble Shop.
Time Lapse video on You Tube!

One of my favourite things as a child was finding a feather. If I caught a glimpse of one gently gliding to the grass, well, what a beautiful, magical day that would be. The brighter the colour of the feather, the better my day went. A red feather, I automatically knew it could only be from a parrot. Green, still a parrot! I was fascinated with parrots and all brightly coloured birds. Birds were everywhere, flying around or hanging out in trees with their friends.

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3 Virtual Treats

Hi Everyone, I hope everyone is holding up well. I want to brighten your day by giving you some lovely virtual treats! A lot has been going on and I’ve been busy drawing, doing time-lapse video’s so on and so forth. You gotta continue reading to get all the treats though so, don’t stop here, keep reading.

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Why is My Order Taking So Long?

selective focus photography of smiling woman beside christmas tree
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It was around November 2019 and all was well. It’s funny with the current state of things, everything really was fine. My friend Jannette noticed that she had made her first artwork sale. She waited for the website to update that the purchase had gone through. Fast forward to Christmas morning. It was one of Janette’s friends that had bought her artwork. He texted her wondering, why his order was taking so long. Continue reading “Why is My Order Taking So Long?”

My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape

black and gray cassette tape leaned on wall
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Hi, Today’s post is different than any post I’ve done before. Last week I decided to draw a picture of a cassette. This is the picture. Continue reading “My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape”