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May 15, 2010

The One That Got Away.

Filed under: art,Uncategorized — by artbythepaintedbrush @ 11:08 am
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I found this photo on my computer today, was pretty disappointed though, this is one I started back at the house and had to leave there. Its unfinished as you can see, but I was really liking how it was coming along. Its done in soft pastels on that paper thats like sandpaper, have to watch out for your finger tips on that one though.   I do like it and maybe when I get some more of the same paper I might do it again and get to finish it.

Gloves, yes, I have to invest in a pair, the last couple of nights its even been too cold to sit at the computer, even though the heaters only 3 feet away. Your hands just freeze up. We’ve had a cold snap, the night before last I’ve never seen so much ice on a car in Australia ever, not just a smear of it but quite thick,  I didn’t believe it could get that cold. Even with two sleeping bags on me and my coat I froze all night, and sleep just wasn’t happening very much at all. I was worried my dog would turn and toss his blankets off and lay there shivering, which he did, the silly bugger. But it was just the fact I was shivering all night myself that kept me awake. I didn’t feel sorry at all for those in Alaska that night it was too much like it.

I fell in love with the beauty of this little town when I drove through, I didn’t know at the time we were right next to the coldest place in the state.  It also didn’t help when I realised the caravan vent up the top is open and won’t close, haha, no wonder the heater was so inefficient. The above little one in blue and white is an aceo,  miniature, it was an excercise I was doing last night from a watercolour book.  Trying  dry brushing, for the shade on the snow.  The trees in the background are supposed to look like that for effects, but think my effects could look lots better. I love watercolour, find it a lot of fun, you never know what your going to get when starting off with it, well I never do, makes it kind of interesting.  I did this on the caravan floor in really low light half way under the table, wasn’t any room any where else, so didn’t know what it looked like til this morning actually, it was too “B” cold to leave the heater and sit at the table, haha.  Now know when they say “drybrushing” it must mean really dry brush, shall ask “lesliepaints.”  Wow can that lady paint.  Anyway, have decided to buy some gloves, the ones with the fingers chopped out.  Stuffed a jumper of mine around the top vent and has it made a difference already.

Wasn’t going to put any watercolours on as usually just tear them up when finished them, but kseverny asked so that ones for you.  And will put more of them on when I do them.


  1. First of all, do you feel up to another lighthouse. Check out Richard’s challenge, here:
    I love your start on your pastel, above. The waves actually MOVE!
    Drybrushing. Your attempts, here, look better than any I’ve been able to render. Stephen and Richard are the fantastic drybrushers. I like your watercolor you’ve done, above. You could probably even go back in, if you wanted, and put color in the background trees and foreground one right over the blue.
    Thank-you for the compliment on my painting, Paintedbrush. You are special. Stay warm, please!

    Comment by lesliepaints — May 15, 2010 @ 3:18 pm |Reply

  2. some times artwork is actually more interesting when left incomplete.
    All of this work looks good

    Comment by Artswebshow — May 17, 2010 @ 12:13 am |Reply

    • Hi kseverny, thanks so much for your comment, I would have loved to have finished the ocean one, and may try it again when I get some more of the sanded paper.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — May 19, 2010 @ 3:20 am |Reply

  3. O’kay, here goes. Dry brushing is usually used after other washes are on and the paper has dried.It is most effective on cold press or rough paper. The paper must be dry for it to work. You wet the brush, fully, and then dry it on some paper toweling, so it is damp to the touch. Your pigment should be wet but not runny. I always angle my strokes so the brush is no more than a 30 degree angle and drag it across the paper. I use flats for large surfaces like you have on the snow, here. I use rounds to drybrush grasses and tree branches. It is a nice technique to use when you need to emulate texture.Great for wooden fences and barn siding. The trick is in the damp brush, dry paper, and damp pigment. Practice wet-in-wet and wet on dry paper applications, also. They are the foundations to do your drybrushing on. I hope that helps.

    Comment by lesliepaints — May 17, 2010 @ 3:34 am |Reply

    • Fantastic, thank you so much, I shall practice all these, I have a bad habit of always using really small brushes because I’ve always been a fine detail person, and shall force myself to start using larger ones to loosen up in watercolour and stop thinking am using paint brush as a pencil tip . Thank you Leslie.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — May 19, 2010 @ 3:14 am |Reply

  4. Your dry brushing is just fine. The brush does nee water but the paper has to be dry it really should be called dry papering. lol

    Comment by Richard McNaughton — May 20, 2010 @ 2:36 am |Reply

    • Hi Richard thank you so much for your comment, love the way you put it, dry papering, will practice more of that.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — May 22, 2010 @ 1:27 pm |Reply

  5. Hey! I like them both. I love the water in the top painting and it would be wonderful to see where You go with it when/if You revisit it or try it again. Also like the second one. Lonely. Lovely. COOOOOLLLLDDDDD! Wishing You warmth, much warmth!!! Thank You and Cheers and Namaste. 🙂

    Comment by blissbait — May 20, 2010 @ 5:57 am |Reply

    • Hi Bliss so beautiful to see you here, hope you are really well. Thank you so much for your wishes of warmth, brrr, they’re lovely.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — May 22, 2010 @ 1:26 pm |Reply

  6. your art is outstanding,
    keep it up!
    Happy Saturday!

    Comment by Jingle — May 22, 2010 @ 3:25 pm |Reply

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