Landscape Art

I’ll be traveling to San Diego, California in April for the San Diego Artwalk in Little Italy. ¬†(Booth #192 – Come say hello!) ¬†One of my favorite things about visiting other¬†towns is looking at homes, apartments and shop-fronts¬†to see the way local residents paint their clapboards, arrange¬†their flower beds, and adorn their porches with cushioned …

Watercolor Paintings: Albanian Apartments Read More »

I’m celebrating three things; 1) Happy Spring 2) Happy Birthday to my awesome little sister Nancy, and 3) Yayy for 20-videos (so far) & 1400 subscribers on my art channel (http://bit.ly/belindadelpesco)! ¬† To share in the festivities around here, let’s have a¬†sale in my Etsy Shop, shall we? (http://bit.ly/bdelpescoetsy). ¬†¬†Pick some art, & use MAKESOMETHING …

Watercolor: Baths at Caracalla in Rome, Italy Read More »

About ten years ago, I went on a plein air painting excursion in Old Town Newhall, a¬†historic western town not far from where I live in California. My artist pals and I scoped out paint-worthy architecture and¬†cityscape scenes, and set up easels along¬†sidewalks, under the shade of awnings, with our paints,¬†cameras and water bottles. Some …

Watercolor painting – Orange Storefront Read More »

¬†I’ve posted a new video tutorial (below) on the process to print this line-style mat board collagraph, Harmony House. ¬†Since folks have described challenges finding small pieces of mat board for this method of printmaking, I’ve cut a dozen 5×7 pieces and I’ll mail them (domestic only, please), first come, first served to the fastest …

Mat Board Collagraph: Harmony House (& a new process video) Read More »

Santa Monica Pier 6×4 monotype with watercolor & colored pencil Available in my Etsy Shop Best Wishes from California for a Merry, Festive, Restful & Creative Holiday this Christmas & Hanukkah! I hope you get art supplies as gifts, and blocks of time to make things that excite you. ¬†As always, I’m very grateful for …

Mixed Media Printmaking: Santa Monica Pier Read More »

Red Chair Porch 9×6 graphite & watercolor When I arrived in California from New England, I lived in a 1950’s apartment about 30 minutes from Los Angeles. I was just beginning to ponder the notion of getting back into art-making, and I started sketching occasionally after work. This view (above) of my balcony was probably …

Sketch: Red Chair Porch Read More »

Agua Dulce Wine – Monotype & Watercolor (sold) It’s been a monotype marathon in my studio this week, and I’m almost finished with a new video for my channel – demonstrating the process to make a dark field portrait monotype, with colored pencil. I’ll post it early next week, as it was a commission, to …

Monotype: Agua Dulce Wine Read More »

Back Yard Vacation 4×6 dark field Monotype with colored pencil Back Yard Vacation was created using the same process as the last post (see images below). The reference photo was taken at a friend’s house in San Diego. They have a lovely pool surrounded by palms, geraniums and a privacy hedge. It’s the perfect just-off-the-kitchen …

Monotype: Back Yard Vacation Read More »

Alverno 6.5×4.5 Watercolor on paper Sold Good news & bad news; yesterday, the bad news came via email that my work was rejected in two juried printmaking exhibits I applied to earlier this summer. The good news arrived via email as well: a new client bought a woodcut and a watercolor. That’s the way the …

Watercolor: Alverno (and handling rejection in the art world) Read More »

Grange 4×3 Woodcut with watercolor and colored pencil Available in my Etsy Shop. I have a couple of new wood/linocut printmaking video tutorials in the works, so stay tuned (or subscribe¬†to the channel) to catch them. If you have a particular method of printmaking you’d like to see in a video, leave me a note …

Mini Woodcut: Grange Read More »

This art from this edition is available in my Etsy Shop. A tiny drypoint added to the series I’m working on, inspired by the Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Ventura, after two wonderfully amazing trips out to the islands last year. Process shots begin at the bottom of this post. Prisoner’s Harbor, …

Drypoint: Prisoner’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island Read More »

Island Hopping to Inspiration A few summers ago, my husband and I took a day trip on a boat all around three of the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park. ¬†We went with¬†Island Packers – out of Ventura, California – and it was a memorable, magical, awe inspiring day. The ocean, islands, …

Watercolor Landscape painting – Sea Arch (Santa Cruz Island) Read More »

Santa Barbara Harbor Surfers 8.5×10.5 Monotype with watercolor and colored pencil Available in my Etsy shop. This loose, impressionistic monotype was painted and pulled during the same art marathon as this one. Art-making speed sessions in the studio with a good audio book, a cup of tea, and plenty of pigments, paper and reference photos …

Monotype printmaking: Santa Barbara Harbor Surfers Read More »

Backyard Happy Hour 5.75×3.25 Watercolor on paper ¬† (sold) Cleaning the Art Studio Happy First week of the New Year! Are you making art plans and supply lists? Cleaning studio surfaces and storing equipment? Taking stock of what you created last year and what you’d like to create this year? Every January, I clean my …

Watercolor – Backyard Happy Hour Read More »

Hold Your Hand 7×7 Collagraph with Colored Pencil Available in my Etsy Shop I’m binging on printmaking this month. Something about the sequence of steps; the inking, and wiping, and carving, and pulling, and soaking paper seems to be a deep, slow breath at a hectic time of year. I’ve got two linocuts, three collagraphs …

Collagraph: Hold My Hand Read More »

Painting at the Train Station 6.5×10 watercolor on paper  A few years ago, I went plein air painting with some pros here in Southern California. Instead of painting the train station, I painted the painters.  My friends, R.E and E.D. were setting up their easels and an umbrella in the shade on a parched, hot …

Watercolor: Painting at the Train Station Read More »

Santa Monica Pier 6.5 x 4.5 Monotype with Watercolor ¬†¬†Sold My family knows that I’m not much of an amusement park enthusiast. Sure, I go to theme parks, but I’m usually there to participate socially, and observe the colorful swath of humantity with all my badge-holding, jittery-to-be-there amusement-park-devotee friends & family. ¬†Despite my luke-warm affection …

Monotype Santa Monica Pier (& Akua’s new tips & tricks video on Ink Modifiers) Read More »

Chapel¬†Fountain¬†4×6 Monotype with Watercolor (Sold) Up at the San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa, there is a sweet little garden just off to the right of the main entrance. An old fountain flutters with birds, and an assortment of rose bushes invite you to take a seat on a bench, be surrounded by early California …

Monotype: Chapel Fountain Read More »

Grange 4 x 3 Woodcut with watercolor & Colored Pencil SoldAnother teeny little relief print (available in my Etsy shop), based on a snapshot from an airplane window, while coming in for a landing.  I grew up in rural Connecticut, and pastoral scenes of modest houses surrounded by farms and trees and horizon are nostalgic …

Woodcut: Grange (Aerial Landscape of Farmland) Read More »

Gulf Shore Cottage 17 x 24 Watercolor & Pastel While in a haze of antibiotics and cold medicine in June, I spotted my open box of pastels, sitting near a watercolor pinned to the wall – and it occurred to me that the painting needed a little “something”.  About an hour later, I liked the brighter colors …

Mixed Media: Gulf Shore Cottage (watercolor & pastel landscape) Read More »

I was introduced to monotype printmaking when I took a summer class offered by master printmaker James Lorigan at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA in 2005. Having only made woodcuts prior to this, I loved the method right away for it’s painterly results. ¬†The moment I¬†rolled dark ink on a plate, wiped the …

Monotype: San Juan Capistrano Bell (& my Takach etching press) Read More »

The El Cap 31 x 25 Watercolor on gesso & paper In a previous post, I mentioned experimenting with clear gesso on watercolor paper.  Quite a few folks emailed to ask why, and what I thought about the results, so here they are; I like the way watercolor bleeds into white gesso, and I was …

Watercolor of a Los Angeles Theater: The El Capitan Read More »

 Dry Dock Huddle 8.5 x 7 Monotype on Arches Cover paperAvailable on Etsy. Pulling the monotype from the mylar plate, supported underneath by a sheet of matboard cut to the same size as the mylar.   My reference photo on the left is a little grainy and over-exposed, but there’s enough information to draw the …

Monotype: Dry Dock Huddle Read More »

Free Ride 5.5 x 7 Watercolor on paperThere’s a trolley stop at the bottom of the block where my booth sits in Little Italy when I exhibit at the Artwalk in San Diego. My friend VLB snapped photos to send me as painting fodder, and I tested this one to explore the composition as a …

Watercolor of a San Diego Trolley: Free Ride Read More »

A week from today, I’ll be rolling into Little Italy with a road case full of art for the San Diego Artwalk. The next weekend, I’ll be at the Sierra Madre Art Fair under the flock of wild green parrots that live in the trees at Memorial Park. The details for each show are online …

Watercolor: Alstroemeria Read More »

Queensboro 18 x 14 Watercolor on Strathmore 400 series watercolor paper soldProcess shots are below. The study I did yesterday was a great warm up for all the linear elements, and the color on this one. The photo came from my friend VLB. Her photography is so perfect for painting, I’ve assembled a three ring …

Watercolor: Queensboro (plus an easy Art Inventory System) Read More »

Gulf Shore Cottage 17 x 24 Watercolor & pastel on Canson Bristol Paper In between all the hubbub of Christmas festivities, Art Openings, Family time, food preparation and tree/presents trimming, I’ve been thinking about how to organize my studio, my studio time, and my goals for 2011. I’m thinning the supplies I have, and sorting …

Watercolor Study: Gulf Shore Cottage Read More »