I thought I’d list here (for my own reference in the future) what’s been working for me with my work space and the tools I’ve been using:
Assorted watercolor brushes
– my favorite is a no.4
rinsing water pot (closable to keep out dust)
Micron pens – 005 to 08 sizes
Faber-castell artist pens F and M for thicker lines
Steadtler white eraser
8 inch ruler
Here’s a slightly wonky drawing of my desk where I do all my painting. I love my corner ‘studio’ space – it’s in a corner of my bedroom – HERE. The desk is the perfect size for all my painting, drawers for storing paint supplies, and the little table for journals and blocks of paper.
We have a fire pit like this one in our yard – it’s a great place to relax in the evening and gather friends and family together. The starlight, fireflies, and firelight all sparkle in the evening shadows. Summer nights are one of my favorite parts of summer!
I had a half dozen types of peonies blooming in my gardens here. Mom and I went to Gilsland Farm to see all their beautiful peonies last month – hundreds of varieties! The air was sweet with fragrance from all the flowers! A heaven on earth for a flower-lover like me ; ) So, I painted my favorite peony – a pale pink single with yellow center. You can find it in my SHOP too ; )
My Mom gave me these wildflower coloring books years ago – she knows how much I love wildflowers! But, my son had done more coloring in them then me – until last year, when he got some of his own fancy coloring books. So, these books came back to me and I finally pulled them out yesterday. It’s so hot and muggy (summer days!) that I only had energy for the passive creativity of coloring (instead of actively creating my own illustration and painting it). I enjoyed coloring in the shade and watching my birds at their feeders in the heat of the afternoon.
I’ve started a new poster for the different Types of Poppies – obviously this isn’t all of them. These are the ones I’m familiar with and grow/hope to grow in my garden: shirley. california, horned, iceland, himalayan, and arctic. I also grow and love the oriental poppies – but I didn’t put them on this poster…they would have to have their own poster anyway with the hundreds of colors and single or double hybrids out there!