Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Moooo - A Karin Jurick Challenge, painted by Nancy Van Blaricom Karin's Cow, watercolor 6" x 6"

Once again I almost let the week go by without attempting to paint Karin Jurick's Challenge. I had to hurry and do a fast sketch to make sure it was posted before the deadline tomorrow. It's so fun to see everyones paintings - all from the same photograph.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Another challenge ...

 Karin Jurick's Week 5 Challenge - watercolor on paper

As if my own art references aren't enough to challenge me, I seem to want to barrow a challenge from others. I didn't have much hope for this project when I first saw this weeks challenge. I had trouble understanding what this was and spent most of the week thinking about it and how I wanted to attempt it. Finally today I picked up some paper and did this fast sketch. Wow, to my surprise it really was fun, adding layers of pigment and creating depth to the skyline in the sculpture. Now I'm thinking I should have given it more respect - using better paper and concentrating on what all was in Karin's photo reference more.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Three white pumpkins...???

Three White Pumpkins Three White Pumpkins - Aprox. 6" x 6"
Although white pumpkins are not really white, but a little creamy looking, here is my attempt at rendering white pumpkin's. Once again I used this weeks Karin Jurick image as my reference.
I must admit it was a little more of a challenge than I had expected. I started out with many layers of a mix of Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna, then on the opposite corner using a dark mixture of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. Once I was happy with the amount of layers to convey my light and dark I used the same mixtures to give shape to the pumpkins.