Paint Party Friday


My Sketches


One of the pencil sketches from last week became my entry for the theme of "Wonder" on Color Me Positive.
I used Inktense spray watercolor inks with a paint brush.  I love the way they apply and the colors are so much brighter than watercolor. 

 This one is still a WIP.  I finally found a way to use the solvent with colored pencils to eliminate the grainy effect resulting from the paper texture.  A very small paper stick made for pencil blending works great.  I have great hopes for this one.  Keep my fingers crossed.  Often my visions do not look as good on paper as they do in my imagination. Does that happen to anyone?

 







Blick Art Supplies is sponsoring a contest.  Draw a portrait of your pet. Check out the  Blick Portrait Contest.  I drew our little long haired Dashund that crossed the rainbow bridge several years ago.  She was a rescue after the terrible hurricane Ike which hit us in 2008. We named her T'Ike. (usually known as Tike)  My husband was retired but I was still working and she was his best buddy. 


Some bits from nature this week. These are not professional photos.  Feel free to use them for paintings.


Dandelions in the park

 ...and a basking lizard

...  grapes and ginger flowers in my back yard.


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Happy Friday  
Dr Who the tenth Doctor minion 
ATC card

Comments

  1. Beautiful art, the fairy is gorgeous, the dog is soulful and sweet! Love all of the florals too! What a visual feast and treat of creative beauty! Lovely!
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you Victoria. What a sweet comment

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  2. Love all you have made this week, and the great colours. The drawing of your dog is fantastic. Your garden sounds great, too, and I love the photo of the lizard. Happy PPF, hugs Valerie

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  3. Love all you have made this week, and the great colours. The drawing of your dog is fantastic. Your garden sounds great, too, and I love the photo of the lizard. Happy PPF, hugs Valerie

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  4. I don't know which piece I like the best, but I think the first one. Really its hard to decide they are all so good. Have a wonderful weekend Fran. And I think I ran out of time last week getting back to PPF posts, but Brighty is the best name. I remember seeing a statue of him at the Grand Canyon several years ago when I visited there. Have a great weekend! Hugs-Erika

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    1. Thanks Erica. I wish I had seen that statue when I was there. I did not know there was one. How great is that.

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  5. I love all the pieces but the cat looks awesome. Yes, I have been there too where vision and reality do not always come together perfectly. But, I think the fairy is going to be great too.

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  6. Hi Fran! I love your faerie!!! She is so soft and beautiful. I will cross all my fingers for you too...well, until I need them, haha! Your dog is beautiful too! The springtime blooms are so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it all. Great post! Hugs, Rasz

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  7. What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing xx

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  8. You will surely win the pet drawing contest. Love your doggy licking his lips!

    EAGHL
    http://trigra.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you. The photo I used was taken at the beach. She was all covered with sand and salt water but it looked like she loved it.

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  9. Your art this week is amazing Fran ♥ I used to work with colored pencils a lot and loved when I figured out how to blend them smoothly. You've done a great job !

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  10. Wow these are amazing works of art. You have achieved so much detail in all three pieces. Hope you win. Have a great weekend.

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  11. I am loving your fairy and your pup is so cute! Beautiful photographs too, I've never seen a ginger flower before, it is lovely.

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    1. Thanks, I think they look like little orchids.

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  12. what a beautiful monkey sketch. I really love that one :)

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  13. How creative you are! I especially loved your descriptions of how you were able to create these pieces. My favorite is the fairy. She is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Beth. Hope I don't mess her up before I call it done.

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  14. I really love your artwork!! <3

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  15. I almost missed the lizard he blends so well with the rocks.The eyes on the dachshund are so realistic. Bless your heart for taking in a rescue. My thoughts are if everyone took in one, we'd rectify the problems with unwanted animals we have today. And of course spay and neuter:) Grin.

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  16. Absolutely precious I love your doggie so much..what a great job. The expression," passed over the rainbow bridge" will not soon be forgotten either. You can tell how happy that pup was! Wonderful work all of it, including the photos!

    Hugs Giggles

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  17. I love Inktense, and I love spray inks, so I went to google right away to see whether they have ink now. But I only found posts about making it yourself with inktense blocks. Is that what you did? Love the vibrant colours! And Tike is looking so cute, I love his eyes!

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  18. Fran, I'm so glad you visited my blog. Thank you for your comments. And thanks for sharing your beautiful art work here. The colors you've used are indeed much brighter than watercolors. I have tried the solvent/paper stick method but not lately. I love the dog portrait. What a wonderful way to honor your pup who has passed away!

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  19. Your dog is just the best, I can't resist the magic of animals!!

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