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Hárságyi Winery and New Brushes

Hárságyi Winery and New Brushes

Recently I bought some new pens, brushes, and paint, and this piece was an excuse to try them all out. I picked this winery image because it was ideal for line-and-wash. It also included rusty colours so I could try my…

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Chickadee with Berries

Chickadee with Berries

I wanted to make a painting for a relative’s birthday, and since he has dozens of chickadees in his yard every winter, I thought this would be the perfect subject. My original plan was to give him the chickadee painting…

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Two Chickadees & Architecture Sketches

Two Chickadees & Architecture Sketches

I decided to paint a pair of chickadees this time, instead of a solitary one. I knew it might be a challenge to position the birds nicely on a 7.5″ x 5.5″ sheet, so I actually did some preliminary sketching on…

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Chickadee on a Branch

Chickadee on a Branch

I should probably paint something else besides Chickadees! I’m itching to do a landscape, so that will probably be my next job. I wanted to paint something as a gift to the woman who gave me so many art supplies…

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Lucky Goldfinch

Lucky Goldfinch

Here’s my latest sketch. We’ve been feeding the birds lately, and we’ve seen at least 20 different types in the yard. The goldfinches seem to be the most numerous at the feeders. Earlier this week, a little guy who looked…

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Chickadees

Chickadees

I decided to do some more bird sketches, now that I have more experience painting. I was never satisfied with my previous chickadee sketch, but I am very happy with these two. The one with the green background is my favourite,…

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Sushi, Bicycles, and More

Sushi, Bicycles, and More

I’ve been doing a lot of sketching lately, in my bid to become faster and more accurate. I completed these sketches using pencil before the ink, which is something I really want to move away from as much as possible. But…

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Sketching on Hot Press Paper

Sketching on Hot Press Paper

When I bought my new Fabriano paper, I picked up a sheet of hot press to play with. I’ve never used it before, but I thought it would work well with line-and-wash techniques. I had tried using my Sakura brush pen…

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