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Water Soluble Verses Regular Graphite

I have to admit, this sketch was a lot of fun.  There are definite benefits to working with water-soluble graphite as opposed to regular graphite pencils.  For anyone who has ever used graphite, they will know all-to-well the shiny effect that graphite can create; with water-soluble this is no longer an issue.

While working with water-soluble graphite, I was pleasantly surprised by a couple other great results.  This medium grants the ability to create fine detailed lines.  It also allows areas to be worked into a darker value.  Drawings can be rendered quickly creating either a loose water paint feel or a more rigid real life look.  The only drawback is that it is very difficult to remove graphite from highlighted areas after water has been used; therefore, plan ahead.

I think I might have to do one more drawing using this medium; I would like to experiment a little more before I move on. 

 

 

Paper Used:  Canson Mixed Media

 

If you have any comments or questions regarding water-soluble graphite please feel free to comment below, I am always happy to talk about art.

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Planning for New Art Pieces

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Freedom…

It is always the drawings that I do on scrap paper with an everyday pencil that seem to produce the result I am looking for.  There is a certain freedom that comes from knowing that this is not the final piece.  For this reason I do a lot of my planning on tracing paper.  I know I can be hard on the paper and still erase without breaking down the tooth of the surface.  The funny thing is, however, that because I am more relaxed I erase less; the lines tend to flow uninhibited. Tracing paper also enables me to see proportions and layout before I have committed them to art paper.

As I sat down this morning to plan images for a watercolor or water soluble graphite (I haven’t decided yet), I quickly came up with this simple sketch.  I wanted something uncomplicated and loose that I could try finish with a couple different mediums to see which result I like best.

For those that have been asking why I have not blogged anything for a while I will try be more diligent in blogging as I play.  Thank you for keeping me accountable, it is good to know there are people out there that miss seeing the artwork.

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Pallet Art and Wire – Recycled Wood

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Pallet Wood and Wire

Summer has been speeding by so fast that I did not think I would get another pallet art piece completed, but here it is.  Similar to the last piece I wanted to incorporate a new medium as part of the design element; this time I decided to use wire.  This wire has the same aged feel as pallet wood, so I thought the two would complement each other well.  It took a little experimentation in order to manipulate it into a design I was happy with, but I found the wire fairly easy to work with.

As for the saying that I used, it is one of my favorites.  I believe the dreams and aspirations that I have sometimes come as soft little whispers.  They were given to me with a purpose.  All I need to do is slow down, listen, and move forward in confidence.  That should be simple enough; but sadly, that is not always the case.  Sometimes I crash through life-things are loud and chaotic, drowning out the beautiful whispers of my dreams.

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Rock Solid Memories

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I like that my family enjoys the beautiful Canadian outdoors.  Sometimes, however, little bits of this beauty manage to come home with us from our hikes and other outdoor adventures.  Yes, I have rock collectors in my house.

It is a shame when hours go into selecting the rocks with the best color, coolest shape, or intricate designs only to be thrown into a box and stuffed on a shelf in the garage somewhere.  This summer that box came off the shelf.  With a little trial and error, I was able to come up with soap dishes.

These soap dishes are visible memories of our amazing West Coast adventures and a great addition to our home decor.

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Time to Recycle – Pallet Art

 

Pallet Clock

Another fun summer project completed. This 22 x 16 inch recycled pallet wood clock now graces my kitchen area.  I thought of adding more design and decoration to the face, but I really enjoy the simplicity of just having the roman numerals.  Maybe when I tire of the look I will add to it for a different feel.  I guess only time will tell. 😉

Keep posted for more clock projects.

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Moments – Summer Charcoal

[su_heading size=”16″ margin=”30″]”Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.” -Corita Kent [/su_heading]

 

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The older my children get the more I find they talk about childhood moments, and many times I am surprised by the moments that have had the most impact, or the ones that hold the greatest memories for them.  It is those moments and the moments with other family and friends that mark time and have helped me become the person I am today.

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Snow Leopard – A Time for Rest

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When life gets busy and schedules seem to spin out of control just breathe.  Remember life is pretty good – actually, it’s pretty amazing!  Each day will always be too short for all of its ambitions.  Slow down and breathe in the rhythms of grace.

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Education

Rembrandt Lighting – Art Study

Summer Study

Have you ever looked at a painting and been absolutely mesmerized by how the artist was able to command the mood with the use of lighting?  After visiting numerous art galleries in Europe last year I knew I needed to take some time to study lighting more.  Now is the time.  With the busyness of the year behind me, I can once again focus on art study.  My plan for the summer is to study the works of Rembrandt who was a master at manipulating light.

RembrandtSelf Portrait – Rembrandt (public domain)

As the summer progresses, I hope to post pieces with some of the different lighting techniques that Rembrandt used. I have a goal and I have a plan; let’s see where it takes me.