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Ipad painting-Sunday Pickers: step by step

I took my iPad with me to the Asparagus festival last weekend, and did some sketching while enjoying a bluegrass concert in the church.

After getting the hang of it, ipad sketching is similar to using pencil and paper. I try my best to avoid using photos in my work, because i prefer to draw from life…not only does it help me improve my drawing skills, it also allows me to interpret the scene while trying to capture it.

One advantage of the ipad is that I couldn’t see the banjo player from my view, but once i realized he was there, i wanted to include him in the sketch. I simply made a little room, and sketched him in. My favorite app for sketching is Art Studio. It doesn’t have the best brushes, but it will let you make selections and move/scale them, which is a valuable feature during the sketching process

Once my sketch is done, I make some adjustments, and start to fill in the spaces with color

Then I put the drawing through a texture app – (i think this layer was scratchCam)

After texturing, I start working with the paint brushes in Procreate. In my experience, it is the most responsive, natural feeling brush app for the ipad.

I put my images through different apps, (Snapseed, distressedFX, grungeHD, etc) and then stack them in layers in ArtStudio, then draw/paint on top of the composite with Procreate.

Over time, with many layers, textures and brushwork, I will develop an image that is interesting to look at.

The finished artwork…created 100% with iPad

If you love this painting as much as I do, and want to hang it in your home, or give it as a gift, I am printing it on watercolor paper with archival inks. It looks great, and I really appreciate when folks can support my work. You can order one and see more of my work by following this link:

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Monotypes with Betsy

My friend, Betsy Adams wanted to try a monotype printmaking technique she recently read about. It involves painting the art on a piece of plexiglass, then transfering it to paper using a press.

I don’t have any experience with this technique, but thought it would be fun, so we met at the Bluegrass Art Center in Old Washington, and spent the day making monotypes.

I have a painting background, so this was an exciting new way for me to combine my love of painting and printmaking.

My neighbor, Claudia Moose, stopped by and made one too!

I love living in a community filled with artists. If you want a good reason to visit, I am having an open house with a FREE garden themed printmaking activity at my house this Saturday May 11 from 12-3pm as part of the Garden Day Celebration in Old Washington.