Native Flower: Trillium

Here’s a pen and marker drawing of a trillium in black, grays, and brown…I did some contour lines, stippling, and cross hatching.  I really enjoyed working on this – I may do a series of wild flowers: may apple, jack-in-the-pulpit, toad lily, lady slipper, etc.

 (I’m not sure I like the title as part of the piece – so I’ve edited that out in paint.)




Brush Rest

I made myself a handy little paintbrush rest (why buy something if you make it for free)!  It keeps the wet brush tips off the table and it’s easier to pick up the brush I want when I’m painting!  I made it from an old Jenga game piece and carved it to make the brush rest ; )

 (shown with a recent painting of yellow cowslip)



Sennelier Free Sample – Review

I LOVE these colors!  I received the free sample and was waiting to order extra half pans to put the paints in – not a drop is to be wasted!  I opened them up today and did a color wheel:

They are vibrant, rich, smooth, luminescent…Sennelier’s La Aquarelle watercolors are lovely!  I’m saving up to buy a set of artist grade watercolors…my treat to myself after using student grade watercolors for over a year.  And I’ve narrowed it down to Sennelier, Lukas, or Schmincke.  I’d like to get a sample of Lukas and Schmincke’s paints to try too, but they don’t have that available!

Floral Portrait


The #12monthsofpaint challenge this month is Portrait…so a self portrait is in order!  I thought a profile view might be fun.  I got the basic lines down first, then decided to embellish it with flowers…I’ve got all the first colors down:

I’ll go back over it with layers of color and details – veins on the leaves etc…maybe add some ink lines here and there.  I did fern, trillium, primrose, and jack-in-the-pulpit, and a sparrow.


Cotman 16 half-pan Sketcher’s Set – Review

I’ve been using this set from Winsor & Newton since I got it new last year.  I love the compact travel size, the variety of colors (I did substitute out a couple of the colors for my own favorites) are adequate for my needs, and it came with a lovely little travel brush – very nice.  As you can see, it has space for a whole other row of half pans (or 4 whole pans).   (The space had been filled with the travel brush an eraser and a pencil.)

The pans are held in place by these dividers, and if I had one more divider I could put in another row of paints – I thought this would be a great idea!  So, I e-mailed Winsor & Newton to see if I could buy one…they don’t sell replacement/extra parts for this set – Boo!

So, I made one myself!  I took a tupperware container and cut off a top edge that would fit in the slots.  I bought empty half pans and put my tube paints in them to fill my row – voila – more space for paint (the other half-pans are still drying).

The half pans I ordered are slightly larger then Cotman’s.  Oh well…it’s still going to work for now…eventually this set will get demoted from my studio set to my field set (when I order a bigger, artist grade set).

Now, to the actual review:  I’ve put hours of use in this set and it has served me well.  It is very good for student grade paints.  I highly recommend this set for any beginner water-colorist.  I am however saving up for a “bigger/better” set because, after a year of painting, I am outgrowing this set – as I paint more, I am growing to expect more from my paints.