Not much to write about today. Yesterday, I had a mild case of vertigo but I was fine this morning and took advantage of the great weather to take a morning amble about the nature center. I think our foliage might be suboptimal this year, so when i see pops of red, I grab them with my camera. There was still some life in the garden area, so I shot some florals. Behind the main house, there was a small outdoor yoga session happening, and our tame friend Charlotte decided she would take her morning rest nearby. So sweet. She was at our place last evening with six of her friends.
Having ambled, I will just ramble for a bit….
Yesterday I was a bit bored so I made a cake in the pressure cooker of my ninja foodie, just to see if it works well for that. Turned out ok, I just had to bake it for about five minutes using the bake function so that the center would cook fully. The recipe calls for oil but I would use butter next time. This was an apple cake but I can use the proportions to make a plain cake as well. This 7″ cake is the best option for my small household.
Other than that, I have almost finished the big watercolor I had been working on. It is not turning out well in some respects so I set it aside to reevaluate tomorrow. I think I need to boost the saturation of the bottom area. . Not sure what to paint next. So let’s see if anyone else is doing anything of interest today….
As I am still learning the ropes of gouache vs. watercolor, I found this post by Alan Skyrme interesting. I think the lighting is captured better in gouache which shocked me, because most of my gouache attempts do not have any room for such airiness.
David Tripp shared another painting of overlooked places. Always love his sense of light and detail as well as his articulate descriptions of the inner workings of an artist’s mind.
A scroll through Gurney Journey is as good as a gallery or museum visit or a session in an art class.
Sarah Burns has a great tutorial on painting wet sand on a beach scene in watercolor.
My first little bound sketchbook is never going to look as good as this one, but it is dear to me just the same. Who knew there was actually a world sketchbook month?
OK, it’s time to slide back from this keyboard and find something productive to do. Have a lovely weekend, everyone.