Thursday, February 21, 2008


This small watercolor is of the Japanese Bridge at Janesville's Rotary Botanical Gardens, painted as an EDM challenge for "something cold", and an example of architecture. The source is a photo I took at the garden, which you can see in the previous post. I experimented with using a birthday candle as a wax resist, and the colors are all from Derwent's Graphitint watercolor pencils.

One of the most rewarding things about writing a blog is how it leads to meeting other people whose share my enthusiasms. It began last spring when I searched online for information on planning a spa day with my sister. I found someone who had done the same thing, and she was an artist who led me to the Everyday Matters Group. This diverse group of people is a marvelous resource about making art, and a tremendous source of personal inspiration and encouragement. Sharon (from both Shelfari and Everyday Matters) , sent me this "I Love You This Much Award," and I am sending it on to five more bloggers. Thanks and a big hug to each of you!

Karen's blog is the place I like to go this winter to see oil and acrylic paintings set in California. A skillful plein air painter, she is very generous with help to occasional whiners like me. I appreciate her dedication, and the fact she organizes weekly challenges for the EDM group.

Andrea's blog caught me eye early. Her distinctive style, often employing meticulous sepia pen work, always makes me catch my breath. Her artwork has a sly humor that I admire.

Anita's blog is one I always like to browse. She does lovely pencil sketches, but paintings and monoprints as well. She specializes in portraits.

Colleen's blog is one I discovered recently. She draws, paints with watercolor and acrylic and is able to create marvelously intricate views of nature.

Lin's blog is where you can go to see her watercolors celebrating nature. Lin specializes in landscapes of her native North Carolina and places she has traveled. I admire her for her dedication to daily painting, and for her unflagging support of other artists.

The participation rules are simple:
1. If you get tagged (and want to play along), write a post with links to blogs that you love
2. 2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme, created by Emila.


Ann said...

Ooooh, graphitints! This is lovely! It is so exciting to see what can be done with these :) Thanks for your comment on my blog. I am looking forward to testing my new graphitints with landscape images.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Glad to have found you Sherry as I was browsing. Two reasons I had to post a comment are i) yourname - I have a tipple every evening before dinner (like a typical English lady). !!! and secondly I also love graphitint pencils but usually use them quite 'quietly' like a pencil sketch. Yours has turned out more like a full blown painting. Clever. Did you wet them to get the strong bridge colour?

Col said...

Thanks for the award Sherry : )
and right back at you!

Sherry said...

I used the Graphitints a couple ways. I sketched directly, though most of the original drawing was a regular graphite drawing pencil, and I also used a damp paintbrush on the tip of the pencil, using the "lead" just as I would a solid watercolor pan. Dry these Graphitints are very muted, but dampened they brighten considerably. The Russet pencil is quite red.