Capital Christmas

scan0202Actually, it’s raining today but this was the scene in recent weeks…so I’m keeping this blizzardy image in my mind. My inspiration for this image was artwork in the book, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. I love his breezy style–specially the Paris scenes in the rain and snow. Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Wishing you health and happiness in 2015.

Rose Bowl

scan0199A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling antsy and irritable and I realized I was having THRIFT STORE WITHDRAWAL–so I just had to go browse in one. That’s the only solution. Aside from browsing in more than one thrift store, which is what I did. Good thing because I found this sweet little bowl for two dollars. Perfect blog subject. It’s about 4″ tall and 6″ wide with a super smooth, glassy surface which I just could not manage to portray. It was a challenge–both to draw and to paint–which I would like to try again maybe after I watch some tutorials on painting reflective surfaces. The other thing is when I scan light watercolors like this, the scanner bleaches out the colors…it just doesn’t register the light tones. I tried manually adjusting to enrich it which helped– actually the color is richer here than in both my painting and the vase, which now seem a bit faded. I know, too much information, huh?