Watercolors, pen, and pencil, from November 2018.
This started from a photograph of a shop, but I decided to alter quite a few details. I started and finished this ink, colored pencil, and watercolor painting around Halloween, so my thoughts were on quaint settings set in a world where magic is quite real—and commoditized.
I didn't feel like, say, sketching an industrial factory pumping out magical goods, and focused instead on imagining and rendering a small shop of hand-crafted magical items. I've fond memories of small town main streets; I'm definitely not a fan of cities.
(During my early twenties I was fascinated by malls, but as I've grown older the din of those places has become far less pleasing.)
Watercolor pencils, from April 2018.
This started as a value study exercise of rocky shores on a California beach. I added the starfish in a protected pool, and added the dark edges of a far-off storm to the background. The original photograph is quite sunny and cheerful, but at the time of this particular piece I wasn't feeling anywhere nearly so cheery, and this art became a comfort piece for myself.
This was also my first foray into using watercolor pencils, which are quite a different medium from either colored pencils or watercolors. I worked to preserve the rough surf and ever-moving motion of the water, even in the protected pool.
Watercolor pencils in a pocket-sized Pentalic AquaJournal, from July 2018.
My second foray into watercolor pencils, I wanted a little reminder of the protector of children, the Bodhisattva Jizō. My childhood was not a happy one, and the thought of divine protective figures is attractive to me.
I created this piece as a birthday present to myself. The small blue butterfly represents a soul. I added more liveliness to the Jizō statue, so that the stone comes to life in a way difficult to capture with a photograph.
This is an artist trading card sized (3.5" x 2.5") watercolor painting. I was developing my own style, though I wasn't completely aware of this at the time—I desired trying a certain textured effect, and achieved it. I try for whimsy in much of my artwork, and though this is usually more subtle, here the whimsy is explicit. The memory of ancient forests and animals is literally on the mind of this particular flamingo.