Wednesday, May 4, 2011

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day 4

Day 4 of the challenge is to draw your favorite place. Well, I wanted to paint it instead, so I got out my watercolors for this one. Also, I tried to make my own watercolor using pigment, gum arabic and water. The color of the ocean is painted using this handmade pigment.




I think I need to add some more gum arabic to get it a little more adherent, and to make it more transparent... it looks a bit muddled, don't you think? I had to lift out areas of it with a paper towel. To be fair to my painting, it looks better in real life than in my photo of it. Anyway, it was a fun process, and I'd like to make more of my own paints in this way. The problem is that pigment is a bit more expensive than a tube of watercolor or acrylic. So I have only two pigments at the moment. I had another three jars of earthen clays, but I can't find them yet. They're somewhere...... 


Check out Allison's blog to see the work of the other participants! It's cool that there are a few other people doing the challenge, and they're not girls! As far as I could tell, most bloggers were women, but it looks like there are some guys out there... very cool! I like what they've drawn, too... check it out! 

5 comments:

Terriaw said...

This turned out really beautiful! It looks like a photograph, maybe even better. I can really feel the movement of the water in this scene. Love the horizon too. Well done, Shari! This makes me excited to work with watercolors more this summer!

shari said...

Thanks, Terri! I love painting in watercolors!!! I think you'll enjoy it, too... it's so organic and it's more forgiving than you'd think.

Suki@Fantabulous Design said...

Shari, you're so energetic to do lots of challenges. I wish I had a lot of energy like you! may be I'm aging :P Good to see you feeding us with all your creativity.

shari said...

Suki, you can't be older than me! I was born in the '60's!!

I'm glad you're enjoying my drawings, though... it's been interesting, and it makes me happy to do something creative every day. :-)

xox

life is happy most of the time. said...

soooo pretty! you are such a multi-talented artist my darling! this one needs a frame and to be hung on the wall!! xxxx

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