Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Cloak – work in progress

I started late last week on a watercolor sketch in preparation for a large acrylic painting I want to do called The Cloak. I’m working out colors and patterns. Here’s a peek at the in-progress watercolor. I still have quite a way to go to finish this piece. I also think I want the final acrylic work to be longer, to allow the tail to extend further for composition purposes.

I have to apologize again for the bad colors in the photo. I just can’t seem to get the hang of getting a good capture of watercolors… must have something to do with the translucency.

The Cloak - work in progress watercolor sketch by Aprille Lipton

The Cloak – work in progress watercolor sketch by Aprille Lipton

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Watercolor love

So it’s been a while since I played with watercolors. I’m very rusty. But I remembered quickly how much I love that randomness of the media… the unanticipated blooms of color, the granulation, the layering of colors. I just painted a quick sketch that I had in one of my sketchbooks and added some inks. I will definitely be playing more.

Stray Cats, original watercolor (c) 2013 Aprille Lipton

Stray Cats, original watercolor (c) 2013 Aprille Lipton

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Drizzle in July

What a beautiful morning. We’ve got a monsoonal flow going on, bringing us drizzle in July! I’m so used to southern California weather where you almost never get any rain from late spring to late fall. The clouds are just amazing and I hear the humpbacks are out in force, just off the coast.

I’m feeling in the mood to do some watercolor sketches. I love the quickness of watercolors — satisfies the impatient artist in me. How about you other creative types? Are you impatient sometimes? When I’m in a mood, I find it hard to wait for a layer of paint to dry so I can add the next one. If I’m on a roll, I want to go, go, go! Pffft on waiting for things like drying paint.

Off to the watercolor pad. Enjoy your day!

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Another sketchbook cover

I was able to knock out one more sketchbook cover last night. I thought I’d take one of my (many) sketches of humpbacks – which I love dearly – and give that one a try. I will definitely be painting more humpbacks very soon!

Night Falls - Humpback by Aprille Lipton

Night Falls – Humpback by Aprille Lipton

I also scanned it in so it would be available for prints and greeting cards. I must admit, this one looks great as a framed print or a card.

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Those “Blah” sketchbooks and a leaping rabbit

There’s just something about an undecorated sketchbook that annoys me. I really can’t get my creative on when I look at those yucky, boring, plain covers. Decorating a new sketchbook is probably one of my favorites things since I just let go (get a clue! try painting like this, silly woman!)… no pressure to create “Art” with a capital “A.”

Here’s my latest.

The Wonder of Every Day by Aprille Lipton

The Wonder of Every Day by Aprille Lipton

I chose the saying since I like to try and live my life by finding the beauty and wonder in every day.

I was also able to finish up another painting from an existing sketch. I have a feeling I will do this one a few more times, experimenting more. But this one is up and available for prints on Fine Art America. Some friends already ordered this one, the same day I finished it.

Leaping Rabbit by Aprille Lipton

Leaping Rabbit by Aprille Lipton

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