Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sunshine Coast Memories Watercolor Painting


5" x 5"
Watercolor Painting

This is the final painting of four that I have completed as Christmas presents for this year. It feels good to get this accomplished

This again is done in the style of Ukiyo-e which I enjoy very much. The painting was mostly done with Derwent Watercolor Pencils, and finished with Winsor and Newton watercolors.

On another note, It just came to me that this blog is now one year old. It has been quite an enjoyable experience, and I want to thank everyone who has visited.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and good health and success in the New Year.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

View From The Ferry Watercolor Painting


6" x 4"
Watercolor Painting

This is painting number three of four paintings I am doing for Christmas presents. One of a series of paintings from photos of my trip to Gibson's BC on the Horseshoe Bay/Langdale Ferry last summer.

This one was also done with Derwent Watercolor Pencils. I quite enjoy using this medium, they are easy to control and the set my brother gave me has a fair number of colors to choose from.

I think in the future I will do some more paintings with the pencils using Watercolor Board which has an ultra smooth surface.

Langdale To Horseshoe Bay Watercolor Painting


6" x 4.5"
Watercolor Painting

This is the second of four paintings that I am doing for Christmas presents. This is also done in the style of Ukiyo-e, and part of a series of paintings based on the views from my ferry trip to Gibson's BC in July of this year.

This was quite a challenge as I was using a cheaper Watercolor Block, and it wrinkled up quite a bit when I was putting in the wash for the sky.

My solution was to try out the set of Derwent Watercolor Pencils that my brother gave me last summer. I must admit I feel more comfortable using drawing medium than I do painting. Once the color was laid in, it was easy to apply a water wash and blend the colors in. Additional layers of color were added after the paint was dry.

You might want to give the Derwent Watercolor Pencils a try.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Amazon Integrates With Google Blogger



Hot off the press, you can now integrate Amazon with Blogger which is a great idea which means that you do not have to open up a new window and log into your Amazon Affiliate account to get links and banners to advertise products that you wish to sell on your blog and get and Affiliate commission for.

The best thing of all is that it is easy, just log into your Blogger account, click on Layout, then Monetise, and choose Amazon Associates as shown in the image above.

If you already are an Amazon Associate, just enter your unique ID provided by Amazon click the setup button and it is done.

Once complete, it adds a Amazon Associates Search Box to the right of the post entry area which is searchable.

So if you want to link to "Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain", just highlight those words and click GO in the search box for the Amazon link for that product and a link with text, image, or image and text is inserted as you see here.
What a fantastic idea, which will save me a huge amount of time.

Well done Amazon and Blogger.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunshine Coast Watercolor Painting-Ukiyo-e

4" x 4" Watercolor Painting
On Acquerello Watercolor Paper
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I am in a mad rush to get four watercolor paintings complete for Christmas presents, and this is the first one. Only three left to go and time is running out.

I wanted to do something in the style of Ukiyo-e, that I love very much, and this is my first attempt at this. However there is only one copy, and not a series of prints.

The subject matter is from one of the photos I took on a ferry trip to Gibson's BC from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. This is a fantastic trip, as the ferry travels up through Howe Sound and arrives on the Sunshine Coast.

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