Waterfall Book 5

Waterfall Book 5

Ink, colored pencil, and charcoal on paper, 7″ x 5″

This time I wanted to try using ink from a bottle. Originally I was going to use a dip pen that makes very thin lines, but in my idea sketches I tried a bamboo pen, a palette knife, and then a foam brush. They all worked well and produced unique results. I especially liked how the foam brush produced many parallel lines when it had only a little bit of ink on the tip, which is how I made the falling water, and how easy it was to cover larger areas with it, so that’s the one I choose. The ink started to bleed through the paper just a little though, so the next drawing on the other side of the paper will need to be planned to cover that up.

Once the ink was dry I could color over the top of it with pencils or white charcoal to add highlights and various details. The dark areas of the water at the bottom are black charcoal smudged smooth with a rolled paper blender.

Waterfall Book 5 Tools

Here’s all of the tools I used for this drawing.

Waterfall Book 4

Waterfall Book 4

Graphite and ink on paper, 7″ x 5″

This time I tried for a more realistic drawing of the small foreground waterfall, based on some photos I took of a river on my recent train trip through the mountains to visit family. There was a lot of snow in the photos, so I tried adding snow in this drawing too.

Waterfall Book 3

Waterfall Book 3

Graphite and ink on paper, 7″ x 5″

For the darkest areas I used a pen this time, followed by a dark pencil over that to fill in white gaps.

I don’t have much else to say about it, since I made it in a rush last night, but today I got some good photos out the train window. Some of the things I saw were actually very similar to this drawing. It’s very windy right now.

Waterfall Book 2

Waterfall Book 2

Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 7″ x 5″

This time I wanted to emphasize the distance using the darkness of the pencil, so I used a black colored pencil for the darkest rocks. It’s actually a watercolor pencil, but it’s all I had available because the rest are still packed in a box. The other two pencils I used are a Palomino Blackwing, which is very soft, and a Turquoise H.

I moved into my new home a couple of days ago and the area is very different from what I’m used to. I’m now surrounded by high desert and mesas. It looks interesting and exciting.

Waterfall Book 1

Waterfall Book 1

Graphite on paper, 7″ x 5″

I’ve started a project to make a series of waterfall drawings in a little notebook, which I’ll just call the waterfall book. This first drawing was all made with a .3mm mechanical pencil with 2H lead. The plan is to have a new drawing finished each Wednesday. I’m going to move to another state soon and I’ve been very busy packing lately, so I haven’t made much art or posted here often, but before next Wednesday I’ll already be at my new place.

Here’s the cover of the notebook.

Waterfall Book Cover

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis 1

Here’s a couple of photos of a praying mantis that I took several weeks ago in my garden. Lately I’ve been very busy so I haven’t posted anything or made very much, but I’ve started painting again. :)

Praying Mantis 4

Bee on a Flower

Bee on a Flower

Watercolor on 140 lb cold pressed paper, 10.75” x 7.5”

This is mostly cobalt violet light, manganese blue hue, Payne’s grey, Daniel Smith’s lunar earth, a little raw sienna, and a lot of a terre verte that has viridian mixed into it.

Before starting this I was reading in the book of Ephesians where Paul was explaining the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles. He said “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;” (Eph 3:7-8)

I especially noticed the part where Paul, in humility from the awareness of his own sins in contrast with his knowledge of the holiness of God, called himself “less than the least of all saints.” Yet he was a recipient of grace, which can never be earned or deserved (because then it could not be called grace), and it was received through “the effectual working” of the power of God.

As I read that a thought came to me that I wanted to share, so I made this painting to have an opportunity. What I want to say is that if you have accepted Jesus as your savior then say with confidence “I, too, will gain the victory through Christ.” This victory comes through beholding Him and submitting your will to Him, and all who do may gain the victory as Paul did.

Reference photo-

Bee on a Flower ref

Many of the photos of bees on flowers I didn’t post because they weren’t focused right or, like this one, not framed the way I wanted because slight movements of the wind kept moving everything.