Fox Parade

Fox Parade

Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico soft press 300lb paper, 7″ x 5″

I worked from left to right and at first I was just painting trees but once I decided to include a fox I started drawing everything in pencil before painting.

Fox Parade Sketches

It’s been years since I’ve drawn with pencil directly on a watercolor painting before using paint. I really don’t have much practice drawing animals and I didn’t want to risk mistakes so I sketched all of them in my sketchbook before drawing them on the painting.

Fox Parade Closeup

What started as one fox in the center then turned into an entire parade. The paint I used was Italian Dark Ochre (PY43) that I made myself with pigment from Natural Pigments. I think the scan makes the color look redder than it is.

In other news I’m finally back from a month long vacation, after another 31 hour train ride across half the US. I didn’t get nearly as many things painted as I had wanted for various reasons but this is one of the few things that I did paint. Since I was traveling I used a Da Vinci cosmotop spin #5 travel brush for the whole painting.

Chill October Copy

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Oil on canvas, 8″x10″

This is a copy of Chill October by John Everett Millais. The original painting is 55.5″x73.5″ (141 × 186.7cm) so at the small size that I was working I had a hard time getting in much detail, but I wasn’t trying to make an exact copy. This was a lot of fun because I used various earth paints that I don’t normally use.

Chill October Copy 2

Here’s a closer view of the leaves because I liked the texture of the paint there.

Yunshan 4


Self-made watercolor on Fabriano Artistico soft press 300 lb paper, 5″x8″

I’m finally back after being out of town for over a month and now I can get back into painting. Here I’ve depicted some of the ever clouded mountains of Yunshan using using some Italian Raw Umber pigment from Rublev that I made into watercolor myself.

Tomorrow I think I’ll edit and upload some of the 900+ photos I took out of the train window on the way back home. I also got a ton of new paints in oil and watercolor, so maybe I’ll post swatches and reviews coming up.

Oil Sketch

Oil on canvas, 5″x7″

I made this mostly to practice with different paints. I wanted to try out a Graphite Grey, made from graphite, that I got not too long ago from Williamsburg. Also it’s been a really long time since I used my Venetian Red from Winsor & Newton. Probably ten years or something. Besides that I think the only other color I used was Naples Yellow Italian also from Williamsburg. I have to say I like all three of them a lot.

Lately I’ve just been making a few sketches like this. I’ve gotten a variety of new paints over the past few months that I haven’t showcased here yet, and I actually have more on the way right now (or I would, if the catalog would ever ship them =_=). I’ll get back into posting paint swatches soon.