Time-Lapse Pomegranate

This is a direct painting of a pomegranate I cracked open, hoping to capture some of it’s intense red colour.  I also had to fight off the kids who kept wanting to eat my still-life set up.

I started quite deliberate and tight on the front seeds to make sure I captured the intricate light.  As I progress to the back of the painting, it gets looser with less definition.

It’s a challenge to leave whites, and if you lose them, you can always go over with some titanium white or gouache to regain your highlights.  Fine brushes help to keep paint away from the whites too.

This is still a work in progress and I continue to add darks to make it  really pop.

Daniel Smith watercolours on Saunders and Waterford High White paper.

Music: istockphoto.com/juqboxmusic

Time-Lapse Pure Caffeine

This was such a fun sketch to do, with no real pressure of time.  Approximately 30 minutes in real time. Sadly the video cut out two thirds into painting. I was so engrossed in it, I didn’t even notice until I went to edit it.  So here is the final sketch below.

Music: istockphoto.com/juqboxmusic

Pure Caffeine Final Sketch

 

Making Mini Travel Watercolour Palettes

In this video, I demonstrate the making of one of my miniature travel watercolour palettes from beginning to end using

  • a plastic pill box
  • empty half pans
  • blu-tac
  • Yupo
  • Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks

These are easy to carry for sketching on location.  They will also satisfy that compulsive need to have your watercolours on-hand for those creative outbursts of energy, when you just need to splash some paint on paper.

For a complete minimalist sketch kit, add a water brush, sponge, and sketchbook.

Sketching with a Pentel Pigment Brush Pen


When time is of the essence, a quick sketch with a thick pigment brush pen is a great way to document reportage-style.  The varied brush strokes give it a painterly look.  The permanent ink also lends itself to being washed over with watercolour at a later stage.  The trick to using the Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen – Extra Fine is to prime it a little by squeezing the barrel to get the ink flowing and make a nice point with the bristles.  It has a tendency to get dry when not in use and the bristles splay.  A juicy flowing pen helps with the speed of the sketch and gives you the ability to get a very fine line with the pointed tip.  Holding the pen far away from the tip creates a calligraphy-type stroke with lots of fluid and lively movement.