November 3, 2015

Color Palettes: Hiroshi Yoshida’s Sailboat Series

Above are color palette studies that I created from Hiroshi Yoshida's sailboat series. Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) was a famous woodblock artist from Japan who created works with an impressionistic color sensibility. 

Hiroshi did 6 different prints in the series. I was inspired by the three pieces called: "Morning", "Evening" and "Night". You can see Hiroshi Yoshida's sailboat series hereIt looks like he used the same woodblocks but changed the colors to create different moods. The pieces are stunning.

September 21, 2015

My Travel Watercolor Palette and Supplies

Above you see my travel watercolor palette and supplies. (It’s taken me a while to get it this small!)
  1. Case to put everything in: 6.5" x 4.25" (It’s a small bag that was originally used to hold a travel toothbrush, eye mask, etc. from the airlines.)
  2. Moleskine Watercolor Notebook, Landscape (3.5” x 5.5”)
  3. Enamel travel watercolor palette 3.75" x 4.75" with my Daniel Smith watercolors. (I found my palette at Blue Rooster Art Supply Company.)
  4. Drawing and Painting tools: Pigma Micron permanent marker, Dixon pencil (my favorite), Black Gold 000 watercolor brush, bamboo sumi brush
  5. Water container. (I updated this to a small metal jar top. I attached a magnet on the bottom so it’ll stay on my palette. It’s smaller and more secure.)
And below all packed up! The watercolor book, drawing tools and watercolor palette fit in the case.

What does your travel art kit look like?

August 17, 2015

Photo Journal: Rod Iron Garden Gate

A beautiful garden gate found exploring Seaside, Oregon. (I wish I knew who created it but I couldn't find any information.) Here's a link to another beautiful garden gate in Seaside.