Sunday, July 8, 2018

Alcohol Inks

For some reason, doing these abstract alcohol ink flowers is very relaxing.  

They are created using canned air. 

 The downside to buying the air is that repeated use can get quite expensive.

See the sharp lines in the middle of this flower?
They were caused when the applicator on the can touched the surface of the paper.

An air compressor wouldn't do that.
And an air compressor would be a one time purchase.

Hope my hubby is reading this.

. . . . .

These inks were created on glossy black cardstock using lots of white alcohol ink.  They were done during one of the modules in Alexis Bonavitacola's online workshop, Florals in Bloom.

The learning curve for me has been knowing when to stop with the white ink - too much creates an opaque finish.  

Since they are difficult to control, the inks are challenging, 
but I stockpiled some Yupo so I'm looking forward to having some fun with them this summer.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge #29 & 30



End of the flowers.

End of the challenge.

Hope you're having a happy weekend!

 See you soon.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #25, 26, 27 & 28




Pen used:  Sharpie Ultra Fine Point black permanent marker

 . . . . .

The Doodlewash adventure is almost over.

World Watercolor Month over at the Doodlewash site begins in July, two days from now (still cannot believe the year is half over).   I won't be joining them because I want to spend more time in my little garden, but head over there and check it out if you are so inclined. 

Speaking of gardens, I snapped a few photos of the cool scarecrows at Luscher Farms near Portland a few days ago.

I hope they make you smile.


This photo collage of Luscher Farms is a few years old.

And that is it from the Lally house for now.
Hope to see you in a few days.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #21, 22, 23 & 24





Summer is heating up and so is the schedule.
Between cat sitting for friends and a trip to Portland 
to rendezvous with a traveling relative, we've been busy,
so I'm glad the challenge is almost over.

One of the highlights of the last few days was introducing Tim's aunt
 to Luscher Farms in Lake Oswego (just outside of Portland).

Luscher Farms offers 180 plots or allotments to locals who are passionate about organic gardening.  From veggies to gorgeous flowers, gardeners plant just about everything.

And then there is the scarecrow competition.

Here is an example.
I'll add a few more during the week.

Is June almost over already?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #19 & 20

#19 - Pear

A quick painting of a pear was the plan, but the pear kept getting bigger and bigger...
Out came the gouache to try to fix this.

I got started with white gouache where the pear meets the table on the right side.

Then I headed over to the left side and really started messing it up.

 Finally, I decided to let go of my control issues, walk away, & call it a day.

#20 - Flower

Figured I would sketch this one out to prevent it from "growing,"
but it started to slip away, too.
It felt good to let it go...

Tomorrow is another day :}

Monday, June 18, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #16, 17 & 18

#16 - Birdwatching

#17 - Birdwatching

#18 - Birdwatching

We've love watching the birds in the backyard, but lately they have been watching us.

Last week, a fledgling (a young crow with no street smarts)
 made the mistake of landing in the yard near our dog Cobie.

For a moment, Cobie forgot that he is an old man and sprang into action.
The young crow froze.  

Cobie grabbed the crow, but was so shocked he caught the bird
 that he immediately dropped it.
Thankfully, the crow made good his escape.

The young crow's clan was not amused.
They are still quite vocal whenever Cobie goes outside.

Cobie, however, is immune to their outrage, insults and taunts.
He is quite deaf.

Here's to happy endings.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #14 & 15

#14 - Visit China

#15 - Visit Russia

The first half of the challenge has flown by.  

I had hoped to post some inks from class, but the technique is not as easy as it looks.
No surprise there...
Good thing I ordered lots of Yupo.  

In the words of Brian Lies, one of my favorite illustrators,
 "Practice makes better."

Have a safe, happy weekend.

Hope to see you on Monday.