Friday, April 14, 2017

All Creatures Great and Small


Elephant / Elegant Writer with watercolor on watercolor paper

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful -
The Lord God made them all.
                                                                     Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1848)
                                                                           

40 comments:

  1. Quite right! What a wonderful quote.
    And your elephant is wonderful as well
    I have no idea what an "elegant writer" is...
    The pen I wrote about in my blog is this:
    http://www.frixion-shop.com/pilot-frixion-ball.html
    I thought this is available in every country
    but perhaps it's not.

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    1. Thank you, Beo.

      An Elegant Writer is a water soluble ink pen. I found it on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Speedball-Elegant-Writer-Calligraphy-Marker/dp/B000BYVK5Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492210246&sr=8-2&keywords=elegant+writer

      A really good YouTube demo on the use of this pen is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBe6bG6ouZo&t=3s
      You don't really need a translator to understand. Just watch as the artist drops water onto the drawing lines. It's fun to use. I've tried wetting the marker lines with a small spray water bottle & had lots of fun dong that, too (no photo - sorry). The elephant is not a good example on how to use the pen for lots of drama. I was in a hurry and did the piece quickly.

      One thing to remember about the Elegant Writer is that once you wet the drawing line and let it dry, adding more water will not produce any additional results. Everything becomes permanent at that point. You can, however, add more lines & then rewet them. I was in a hurry today, and just added a little watercolor to the drawing.

      I did find your erasable pen online - also at Amazon. Thanks for that tip!!

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    2. Thank you very much for this interesting information and links, Chris!
      I tried to resist, but I couldn't - I ordered the Elegant pencil :)
      This video is absolutly great...

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    3. Resistance is futile - hahaha.
      Hope you have lots of fun with it, Beo!
      I'll be away from my blog for a few weeks, but will try to check in with you on your blog.

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    4. :)
      I hope the reason for being away from your blog for a few weeks will be a good one!

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  2. Chris, I love your elephant! The splashes of purple are perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Candy. I didn't paint the purple - the "Elegant Writer" water soluble pen produce those results.

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  3. i've seen those at Hobby Craft, wondered what you could do with them. might have to pick one up since I love water soluble pens

    this is very nice elephant, were you wet the paper has created some interesting bleeds that help to create the rough skin texture

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I think you would absolutely love this pen. And check out YouTube for some demos. You can get really different results with the Elegant Writer. I am hooked on it.

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  4. So nice peice of art...
    I love the song as well..our children performed on this song in school and i loved choreographing it.. So heartful

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    1. Thank you, Roj. Watching children performing this song to your choreography must have been so sweet!

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  5. 'All things bright and beautiful,' was my school's morning assembly prayer! :) :)

    Beautiful painting!!

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    1. Thank you, Ankita! What a coincidence about the morning assembly prayer!

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  6. Love this poem and the sensitive painting of a gentle giant.

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  7. Yes, there is a lot of drama in this piece - you nailed it...Elegant Writer art is so tricky! Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Pattie.
      Hope to try something different with the pen soon.

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  8. Beautiful painting to go with beautiful words.

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  9. I love the quote, Chris, and your painting is absolutely gorgeous! I love these animals.

    Happy Easter to you, dear friend. :)

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  10. Hello Chris,
    This is fantastic!!
    This is ready to be framed and hang on a nice spot on the wall. Wonderful.

    I wish you a happy eastern.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco.
      Wishing you a very Happy Easter, too!

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  11. Beautiful quote! Your elephant is amazing! This must be a magical pen :) - or is it yet your artistical hand?!
    Lovely Easter Sunday!
    Rike x

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    1. Thank you, Rike. It is a magical pen.
      Hope you had a lovely Easter!

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  12. wonderful this Picture and the quote thank yuor Thank you for the nice posting
    Happy Easter
    greetings Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke.
      Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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  13. Wonderful words and superb painting. Love what you did with the Elegant pen! Hope you had a blessed Easter. Hugs!

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  14. Oh Chris this is truly majestic! ♥ What a wonderful piece.
    xo Michelle

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  15. An amazing close-up, really well done !

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  16. Bonjour chère amie,

    De très jolis mots pour accompagner le très joli portrait de cet éléphant qui comme beaucoup d'espèces animales est voie de disparition.
    Bravo l'artiste !

    Gros bisous 🌸

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  17. He looks so fantasticly, a wonderful elephant! - And after watching the video, I now know how it came out! It looks as beautiful as the colors flow into each other, but of course the drawing must be good, just like yours!
    Of course, this magic writer is on my must-have-list now - thank you very much for this inspiration.
    Ulrike

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  18. Beautiful work Chris!!! I love your paintings of elephants!!!!! Especially when cropped!!!!

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