Rock Studies

As promised, I worked on rock studies this week. I found a variety of rocks including some semi-precious stones.

Here are a couple of studies looking at line and value.

And a color study. I suddenly remembered that I have the names of each type of rock somewhere and I need to add that to my documentation.

Here are a couple of texture studies. I have a few more of these in the works.

And here is what I think that Montana river rock would look like as cobble stone. It is interesting what you can come up with when you examine things closely!

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Aspen Tree Studies

I am still working on tree studies and really having a good time. Using a variety of paint techniques to create texture and trying to recreate what a tree looks like from a distance and up close.

This is a painted representation of the bark of the aspen tree up close. Lots of layers here.

Here’s a gelli plate print that happened to turn into an aspen grove. Just added a few more trunks. Every printed piece of paper I look at, I see trees 🙂

And this last one is of the upper branches of the aspen tree. It was supposed to be looking up into the branches but the viewpoint isn’t exactly as planned. I think I got the angles of the branches wrong. But I still like it. Next up I am beginning on rock studies.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Aspen Leaf

I’m continuing to work on tree studies. Here’s an aspen leaf in colored pencils.

After comparing to the photo below, I see that I still haven’t gotten it dark enough but I think I am going to leave it the way it is.

Hope you have a good weekend!

Aspen Tree

I have been working on my homework for Level 3 Art and Design.  The last couple of weeks has been doing a tree study.

Here’s the tree I picked to study.

Here’s a look into my sketchbook. I am really enjoying this study and now I want to do a bunch of different trees. I guess I will see how much I can get done before I go back to class in December. What have you been working on?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Jellyfish and a Leaf

This is another sample that I started in class and then added more layers of paint when I got home.

This is done with one of the thicker mediums so you can mound it up and give really big texture. I decided after I took the photo that I need to add another coat of a gloss medium on top to make it look more like water.

And I wanted to show you this gorgeous leaf that I found while I was in Washington state at my class. It is a huge leaf, bigger than my head. And the colors and details are just gorgeous, aren’t they? I am definitely going to do a color study of this leaf. Have you found anything spectacular lately in nature? It seems I can always find something that catches my eye!