A day in Winter Park, Florida

Food and Urban Sketching

Winter Park, Florida is an idyllic place for sketching, shopping, and eating. It’s my favorite place to visit. Yesterday, I braved the chilly (for Floridians) temperature and took some photos, ate lunch, and visited a cafe to do some urban sketching.

I also love trains, and there is always one rolling through…

Studio tools and Nikon D3200

Remembering to grab the D3200 once in awhile seems to be a challenge for me. Also, updating technology to match current downloads and camera firmware can be time consuming. (Dear Santa, I would like a full format camera, but I don’t use it enough apparently, so I really don’t deserve such an expensive present.)

And it’s like 50 degrees outside in Florida, so I think I will skip the running and lift weights instead. LOL

My creativity today starts with two studio shots… have a warm and happy Wednesday. 🙂

Floral Abstract Painting

Contemporary flowers

This 14×11 inch mixed media was painted on heavy paper with acrylics, pastels and pencils. I wanted to create a layered piece with vibrant colors, yet maintain some quiet resting places where the linear design meandered in and between.

Additional drawn elements and mark making are the way I add depth and detail. I have combined drawn motifs with paint for many years; it is so much fun to go back into the painted layers and discover more imagery through line and patterns.

“Kaleidoscope ”

This original is currently available in my Etsy shop.

September watercolor leaf illustrations

The colors of fall…

We don’t necessarily get the brilliance of fall leaf color changes as seen in our more northern states, but we do have the varied yellow-brown, and brown-yellow combination. Mixed with other brown-yellows. Yes, you get the idea. But we have palm trees year-round and no snow blizzards, so who am I to complain about our limited leaf color palette?

So on my daily walks I have been bringing home the rare yellow-brown variety to sketch. 🙂 Happy Labor Day to all my fellow Americans. Enjoy the day… rest, play, create, and love. Cheers!

 

Miniature Paintings

Small Format Art using Golden Acrylics

Yesterday I finished working on some tiny canvas paintings. I’ve painted in miniature format for many years, and it’s always fun to return to the 2 to 3 inch zone to brush up on some editing skills. You just can’t fit it all in; a minimal approach becomes necessary.

Small brushes are great to use for painting this small, but the corner of larger brushes can also work and help facilitate a less fussy technique.

These small works shown here are acrylics on stretched canvas with painted sides, and I’ve just added them to my Etsy shop.

(Golden Acrylics)

Abstract painting in the Hobonichi

Hobonichi planner books and paint…

Nothing makes me happier than good, strong well-behaved paper. And for a mix of journaling art styles, which include calligraphy ink work occasionally, I find the Hobonichi can really take a lot of my abuse.

Several layers of acrylic paint? No problem for my Techo.