Watercolor & Pastel – Gold Line in Little Tokyo

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Gold Line – Little Tokyo 8×8 Watercolor & Pastel on paper (sold)

Using Photos from Friends in Art

 I’m fortunate to have very generous family and friends when it comes to artists’ visuals.  My tribe sends me images to paint all the time. They might be walking along a street in New York, or eating croissants in a cafe in Provence, France, and voila! I get a text with images, or an email with attachments. The good little eggs in my life are so kind. A gaggle of people sending bits of color and shadow, or an angled street scene, or light curling around a sleeping cat. How lucky can a girl get?  It’s pretty stinkin’ cool, and I sit here counting my blessings every time I look in my photo reference files, because they are filled with images snapped and shared by such sweeties. Who sends you photos to paint? (Here’s a post on storing your reference images by category, with links to supplies for that, if you’re working on getting organized.)

The reference image for the painting above – Gold Line – Little Tokyo, is courtesy of my boy, Andrew Clark. (Thanks, AJ. xoxo)

Links for your Perusal

Here are some creative inspiration links for your reading pleasure this week:

Out of the Fog

I’m rounding the corner after being sick for a few weeks, and it’s so good to be up and about. You have to be healthy to make art, and I’ve missed my art supplies with a vengeance. I dreamed – feverishly – of making and ruining painting after painting while I was sick, which was no fun at all. If you’ve been sick, or you suffer from chronic pain that stops you from focusing on the joy of art-making, I’m sending you a magic wand filled with mini-sessions of art-making respite. I wish you surprise moments of clear thinking, inspiration and strength to create even one tiny thing. Doodle. Zen drawing. Cross-hatching the folds of your blankets. Any petite output that reminds you to keep reaching for your art supplies, so the making will fill your well towards a better day.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you in the next post –


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Scout, the Studio cat, insists on sleeping in my butcher block watercolor palette (under a protective towel now) Note the determined innocence in his expression.

Art Quote

Diego Rodriguez Velasquez de Silva was born in Seville in 1599. He belongs to that era so productive of genius, the era of Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, Kepler, Galileo, Tasso, Guido Reni, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Rubens. At thirteen we find him studying painting under Herrera; then for five years he studied under Pacheco, a man of learning but not a great master in art. He had a charming daughter, charming at least to the young Velasquez, for he married her. From teachers such as these, Velasquez absorbed all they had to give. In the house of Pacheco he met the artists, poets, scholars, and gentlemen of the city, and became conversant with the best of them in manners and culture. In 1623, when he was 24 , he was summoned by Olivarez, the all-powerful minister of Philip IV, requesting the young artist to come to Madrid. Attended by his mulatto slave, Jean Parejo – who himself became so expert a painter that some of his work has been attributed to his master – Velasquez journeyed to Madrid. In a friend’s house he lodged and there painted a portrait which was soon carried to the palace by the son of a chamberlain of one of the princes. An hour later the prince, the king, and the king’s brother had gathered about the portrait in admiration, and the future of Velasquez was assured.   ~Sketches of Great Painters, by Edwin Watts Chubb 1915

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3 thoughts on “Watercolor & Pastel – Gold Line in Little Tokyo”

  1. I wish for you a full return to health and art making spark, Belinda! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too. Thank you for the fun websites and reference links – as always!

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