June 27, 2011

A Week In Orlando

We spent last week in Orlando Florida for Father’s Day.  Our daughter, Leela lives and works in Orlando as a video game artist.

We went to Sea World, our favorite theme park. It’s the animals that draw us there and the clean caring environment that we enjoy. The killer whales thrive here and the research work and rescue work scientists do helps preserve them and the other animals in the wild.

The sketches all were done from life at Sea World on 3.5”x 5” 60lb 400 series Strathmore Sketchbook paper.

Sea World Sketches below were all done using Memory ink brush pen, sepia ink and waterbrush

Shamu Stadium

Relaxing and eating barbecue at the Voyager Restaurant while it rains 

Eating barbecue again at the Voyager Restaurant


Sting Ray
Sting Ray

Sea Lions settling down for the night
Harbor seal, smaller, shorter flippers, rounder
Sleeping Sea Lions
We also visited Lake Eola and ate at the Relax Grill, on the lake, fabulous hamburgers.

These sketches below were drawn in a 3.5”x 5” 60lb 400 series Strathmore Sketchbook. This sketchbook is my portable journal, I have used it for many years and I don’t mind jotting down any information on any subject I need on it, it’s so all purpose and strong enough for ink washes.

 fountain pen, sepia ink & waterbrush

fountain pen, sepia ink & waterbrush

Stabilo Brown Ink Pen & Waterbrush
Fountain Pen, Blue Ink & Waterbrush

Fountain Pen, Blue Ink & Waterbrush

I watched some of the Casey Anthony Trial last week, going on in Orlando. I find the trial interesting, although it is distressing, trying to process this trial and all the sorrow.  For people outside the country, Casey Anthony is on trial accused of killing her daughter and pretending the nanny kidnapped her. The 3 year old was missing for a month while Casey was out partying until she announced her daughter was gone.

Casey Anthony, Piccadilly Sketchbook, Pencil

Cindy Anthony, 3.5”x 5” 400 series Strathmore Sketchbook


Dr Werner Spitz, Piccadilly Sketchbook, Pencil

People are sitting still for a long enough time on TV in court, or on an interview like Charlie Rose on PBS to give you an opportunity to practice sketching portrait's. In this live TV situation people are not static and this offers more of a challenge than drawing from a photograph, it keeps you quick and decisive. 

I would have worked as a court room sketch artist, I knew other artists that did, but I have frequent chronic migraines and when I was younger there was no medicines that worked well for this, so it kept me out of this type of work.

Here are some sketches of our daughters apartment.

Memory Brush Pen, sepia ink & Waterbrush on 3.5”x 5” 60lb 400 series Strathmore Sketchbook

Memory Brush Pen, sepia ink & Waterbrush on Canson 5.5 x 8.5 140lb Montval Watercolor

June 26, 2011

Our Oriental Pond Garden

Our Oriental Garden Oil on Canvas  14inX11in

Our Oriental Pond Garden

Our Oriental Garden was created by painting outside from life. This style of painting is also known as plein air painting. The focal point in the painting is the Oriental statue of Quan Yin, who is holding a jar in which the healing love of compassion flows out upon the world. I studied Oriental Painting and used these brush strokes in this picture to define the leaves, which were individually evident because this is a closer range landscape. The garden faces our kitchen window so we have observed many birds and some other animals enjoying a drink here.

Below are two preliminary watercolor paintings I created before I did the oil painting. 

 I will discuss Oriental brush techniques and other techniques I have studied as I share my art and thoughts in this Blog. I taught this style of painting and western painting for many years. Please look up my website; biography for more information.