Lady with Two Deerhound #SakuraOfAmerica #Pentalic #Gellyroll


I was looking through an old Dover Fashion book, and had the idea for this drawing.  It’s all done with Sakura of America’s Fluorescent Moonlight Gellyroll pens in a Pentalic Traveler Midnight Sketch Journal, 8 x 6. I play around with layers of Fluorescent Vermilion, Fluorescent Orange, Fluorescent Yellow, and Fluorescent  Pink to get my skin tones, lettingContinue reading “Lady with Two Deerhound #SakuraOfAmerica #Pentalic #Gellyroll”

Woodcock #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


While waiting for a new prompt for ’52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds’ I decided to choose birds of my own, so that I didn’t lose my momentum. I knew this woodcock was going to be a challenge.  I combined two different photos (both from the Morguefile archive).  And there are so many bars on the feathersContinue reading “Woodcock #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal”

Robin – Week 6 of ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’ #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


I was trying really hard to stay loose with this painting, but as usual I couldn’t resist playing around with it, mostly because I didn’t like the tree limb.  I think I got the effect of a photo where the camera isn’t held perfectly still, lol. That said, I’m not unhappy.  I was combining referenceContinue reading “Robin – Week 6 of ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’ #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal”

Lilac Breasted Roller #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


Mitsib was a couple of weeks late posting prompts 6 or 7 for ’52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds’. She has since posted her choices, but I didn’t want to lose my momentum, and decided to paint birds of my own choosing, meanwhile. I chose the Lilac-Breasted Roller because I love the Lilacs and Blues.   IContinue reading “Lilac Breasted Roller #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal”

Eternal Night in the Forest of Flame #Gellyrolls #SakuraOfAmerica #Pentalic


With this drawing I just sort of let myself go for texture, enjoying the drama that the bright metallic and Moonlight Gellyroll pens create on black paper.  The colors seemed soooo dramatic that I had to come up with a grandiose title. Moonlight & Metallic Gellyrolls in a Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6

Moonlight Stallion #Gellyrolls #Pentalic #SakuraOfAmerica


  I decided to try some pointilism with my Gellyroll pens.  I think they work very well for this technique. I rested often while working since the dot…dot…dot technique is a strain on the wrist.  I started around 01:00 in the afternoon and finished around 07:00.  If you took out the resting times, it wasContinue reading “Moonlight Stallion #Gellyrolls #Pentalic #SakuraOfAmerica”

Struttin’ the Blues #Gellyrolls #ArtJournal #Pentalic


I didn’t get around to drawing a Valentine’s Day picture, but it’s a day for dressing up in fine feathers, so I thought it would be a good time to share this peacock drawing. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Moonlight Gellyroll pens in Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6

Into the Abyss #GellyRoll #ArtJournal #Stillman&Birn


This is a mixed media piece done in my Stillman & Birn Delta journal.  I used Gellyroll gel ink pens over water-soluble Distress markers (the yellow and red earth tones) and Ultramarine Blue acrylic paint (a sample from Sennelier). It all came out far more dramatic than I had expected!

Magpie – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


This week’s bird for the ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds‘ was the magpie. Confession time.  I screwed up.  First I made the bad choice to use up paint on my palette.  It was from the Qor Landscape set – Transparent Brown Oxide, Venetian Red, Indigo, Naples Yellow, Raw Umber and Sap Green. It’s such a mutedContinue reading “Magpie – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal”

Journal52 2016 Week 5-Psychedlic #Journal52, #ArtJournaling #Gellyrolls


I’ve always admired the brilliant splashes of color that you see in the oil paintings of Leonid Afremov.  And when I saw that the alternate week 5 prompt from Journal52 was Psychedelic, I thought I’d try to emulate the look using Gellyroll pens in my Pentalic Traveler Midnight Sketchbook. Not too bad.  I wasn’t sureContinue reading “Journal52 2016 Week 5-Psychedlic #Journal52, #ArtJournaling #Gellyrolls”