Bear Market – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & PM-701 Permanent Marker and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Press Postcard. Brush: Isabey Brush : Kazan Squirrel Quill Mop Series: 6234 Size 2/0. Photo courtesy of Waldo93 on Pixabay.

Did you know that some people feel the terms ‘Bear’ and ‘Bull’ market are based on the idea that bears swipe down with their paws when attacking while bulls skrike upwards with their horns? Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & PM701 Permanent Marker on Hahnemühle Cold Press Postcard.

Tools

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)


Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Zebra PM-701 Stainless Steel Permanent Marker 

Daniel Smith Watercolor:

Nickel Titanate Yellow

Hematite Burnt Scarlet Genuine

Aussie Red Gold

Piemontite Genuine

Lavender

Sodalite Genuine

Isabey Brush : Kazan Squirrel Quill Mop Series: 6234 Size 2/0.

Go To Palette for animals


Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been playing with some new colors. I’ve found that I’ve been using the same Daniel Smith colors quite a bit when painting my daily postcards for the lunch bag.

But I wasn’t entirely happy with my choices. So I decided to try some other colors. A few I already had and just hadn’t used for a while. Some came from a new palette set I just bought (the Pacific Northwest set, curated by Molly Hashimoto and available at Art-Toolkit.com.

I don’t expect to keep all of these as my daily go-to colors, and I may add others.

Note the lack of reds. This isn’t the palette I’d use for flowers or birds. It’s pretty much meant to be the one I use for my animal paintings.

My chart looks a bit rough. That’s because I wanted it to show the colors as I would use them. I lifted color in areas, layered with glazes and did many of the things I’m not supposed to, lol.

In the past, I’ve mixed my browns, but having fallen in love with Piemontite Genuine, I decided to add Hematite Burnt Scarlet Genuine. It’s lighter and oh! It granulates so beautifully. What I’m finding is that it’s a lovely base color, especially allowed to blend into the Nickel Titanate Yellow, Naples Yellow or Monte Amiata. When I’m trying to get that ticked fur color, the granulation sort of does it naturally.

So here’s what I’m playing with at the moment.

Red Fox – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard.

If you are looking for my review of the ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray you can find it here.

Did you know that the Urban Fox lives and average of 18 months-3 years while the rural fox is more likely to live 10 – 12 years?

I met up with one of my friends, Lori, for coffee and art. I forgot to bring any reference photos, so this was doodled from out of my head. It’s fun doing that!

Good company, relaxing artwork, good coffee – a really sweet afternoon!

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith watercolor:

 

Amur Leopard Cub – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4 Photo courtesy of on Pixabay.

Believed to be the rarest feline on earth, the Amur Leopard lives in a harsh cold climate of southeastern Russia and northern China. Sort of a success story – their population, in the wild, has about tripled in the last decade.

The ‘sort of’. That’s still only about 85 leopards. Even in zoos, there are under 200 of these beautiful animals.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith watercolor:

 

 

Bunny Sea Slug – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork: Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle cold press Watercolor postcard.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – another cute sea slug is found. A couple of weeks ago, I post a postcard painting of the Leaf Sheep sea slug and now …

The Bunny sea slug (not to be confused with the sea hare (a not nearly so cute sea slug) looks like a fluffy little bunny. Those ear like protrusions are actually sensory organs and what looks like fluffy fur are actually fleshy rods and knobs. And you don’t want to eat this guy – they are toxic.

Another one to google – they’re so cute to watch!

DANIEL SMITH watercolors

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

White Throated Kingfisher – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4 Photo courtesy of Nghangvu on Pixabay.

Doodlewash prompt ‘fish’. Earlier this month, when the prompt was ‘parrot’ I painted a parrotfish. I thought is was only proper to turn around and paint a Kingfisher for the prompt of fish! Ain’t I a stinker?

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith watercolor:

Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4

 

The Bluebird Illusion- Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Round, size 8. Photo reference courtesy of skeeze on Pixabay.

Did you know that there are no blue birds -it’s all an illusion. Some birds are gray, but the way the light creates magic with the protein molecules in the feathers and voila! the human eye sees BLUE! This is called a structured color.

And by the way, it isn’t just flamingoes that get their color from the food they eat. Red, yellow, and orange feathers are created by carotenoids that the birds get from flowers, roots, seeds, and fruits.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Bluebird’.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

QOR Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12 Ultimate Mixing Set

Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8