25 March 2016

Good Friday Painting

There is not much to celebrate on a Holy Week for me because by tradition I prefer to stay at home or at least not take any vacation. I've decided to paint the colorful sky based on a tropical sunset photo I took a few months ago. There is an addition of artist quality paints in my collection and I feel the need to just use them everyday if I can. There are more than two dozen of the Holbein tubes in my resealable bag. Soon enough, I hope to give them a better home. I've use a wet-on-wet technique on the first layer. The sky didn't turn out very smooth but then I like the way the colors mixed.

It is quite fitting that I have painted the crucifixion at Mt. Calvary on the first page of my new Monologue watercolor diary. But this isn't the first time I've created something like this. Back in the university I drew a similar scenery with my student grade oil pastels for my Religious Education course. I left it hanging in the living room where I used to live.

Color Palette using Holbein Artist Watercolors:
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Peacock Blue
  • Prussian Blue

Materials used:
  • Sketch pad by Monologue
  • Synthetic round brush size 6
  • Synthetic flat brush size 10 and 12

19 March 2016

Art Journalling

It has always been that I have more than one instance of myself on the Internet. I intend to keep this craft journal alive though I have other blogs and sites about travel and photography. Even if I feel that I have not travelled enough these days, I am still more mobile than most people. I just do not feel the need to publicly talk about my personal destinations anymore. Instead, I have focused more on art and crafts. I've always had my tools since I was young and always preferred the paint and the brush over the couch and TV set. Then there is always that moving picture in my head of colors and curves and lines that keeps me awake at night and urges me to take one of those many empty white sheets and drawing pads before intimidation of myself kicks in.

I am happy for outdoing myself in my art journalling. I have no more space to draw in my monologue notebook so I am up for a new challenge in filling out my other art pads that have been waiting jealously.