Posts Tagged ‘Art’


Stretching Light Weight Watercolor Paper

March 22, 2018

Not too long ago I picked up a package of light weight cardstock paper. It’s sold by Neenah, and I got it at a local Office Depot, $12 for 50 sheets. It works well for drawing, but I thought I’d see how well I could wrap it to a wood frame to use for watercolor, or actually water-based casein paint, and do some sketching on it.

Since it was 11×17″, I used a small 9×12″ wood stretcher instead of my custom built frame. A large plastic storage bin worked well for soaking the paper instead of the bathtub to use less water. It’s only 80-lb. paper, so small pieces tore off fairly easily as I pulled it around the frame. There are no tears on the front, so no problem there. I used thumbtacks to hold the paper in place as it dried, and will leave them there as I paint on the front. It dried as tight as a drum, so this should work fine.


A Couple of New Sketches

March 10, 2018

I felt like I needed some time at the library today. It’s my favorite place to sketch people, and I understand I can even look at books while I’m there. First I drew my friend, Cathy, who joined me for brunch. Later, I found a nice fellow snoozing in a chair at the library, listening to music.


A Drawing in Imagine 2018 Exhibit

March 3, 2018

Tonight was the opening event of a local art show, Imagine 2018, where one of my recent drawings was entered, “Lashonda Florescent.” This was the 10th year of the show, and I’ve been pleased to have work of mine accepted into each of them. It is always a big event for this area, and tonight was no exception. Here are a few photos I took this evening. I wish Lashonda could have been there, but she’s moved back to England. The show will be up at the Texas State Extension campus in Round Rock until May 4th, so please drop by if you can.


Painting Final: Coffee at the Window

February 19, 2018

There’s some cleaning up needed and lines to be straightened out, but I’ll still call this a final version.


Painting Update 4: Coffee at the Window

February 6, 2018

A little further along. I’ve painted in her figure and left hand, started on the sink area, and retouched the background in a couple places.

If you look closely in the dark area of her figure you can see a few sprinkles of raindrops that got to it as I took this photo. Fortunately, they evaporated quickly without any damage when I dashed back inside.


Painting Update 3: Coffee at the Window

January 30, 2018

Here’s an update on the painting. I’ve gotten her face and hair, and the window painted. I need to darken the back wall, but I’ll wait until I get the rest painted in first.


Considering Selling the Casein Paint I Make

January 20, 2018

I continue to be wrapped up in a family crisis, so I haven’t yet gotten back to my painting, but hope to tomorrow. In the meantime, I made up some more casein paint yesterday. This time I made some yellow ochre.

It came out very good. The paper shows a thin wash, and an undiluted sample painted over a black sharpie ink marker. I decided to use my last empty 45ml tube instead of the new 37s I got recently.

All this paint I’ve been making has got me wondering if anyone would be interested in buying some tubes of paint from me. Right now I have a bunch of burnt umber, titanium white, red oxide, and this yellow ochre. I have a few small jars of other colors, but can easily get more. I could put together a “basic set” of six tubes, such as what Richeson does with their caseins. I’m sure I could affordably sell it for $15 to $20, and possibly individual tubes as well for $3 or $4. That would be much cheaper then Richeson. Not sure how I would market them. Perhaps an Etsy page, or a Go Fund Me project would work. Does this sound like something any of you would be interested in? If so, please leave me some feedback.