ArtSnacks Challenge November 2016

ArtSnack Challenge November 2016 Goldfish

ArtSnack Challenge November 2016

What a lovely opportunity to play with a compliment color scheme. I tried forever to sort out what to do with that orange and eventually my daughter’s goldfish,. inspired me. As I was working with the final piece, I noticed that the brush had a wee bit of Winsor & Newton’s iridescent medium in it. Fortunately, it worked quite well with this background. Once I shared the image on instagram, it was reposted out to the community. The community aspect of the internet makes art so much more dynamic.

Below is the study where I practiced and got to know the media better and refine the character of our little fishy.

ArtSnack Challenge November 2016 Study

ArtSnack Challenge November 2016 Study

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Artsnacks November 2016: Unboxing

Artsnacks November2016

ArtSnacks November 2016

Artsnacks November 2016

ArtSnacks November 2016 Unwrapped

Here are all the yummy new shinnies from this months box. I love playing with new things, especially paper, pens and watercolor. I often have an idea pop in my head, but must admit that I have absolutely no idea how I’ll put these to use yet.

ArtSnacks for me, is an opportunity to experiment and get out of my normal media and genres. These types of exercises this provides helps stimulate creativity and deepen personal expression.

  • Plumchester Fine Brush Pen: 1.5 Black (ArtSnacks Exclusive)
  • MOLOTOW GRAFX Aqua Ink Pup Softliner: 1mm Orange
  • Marabu Mixed Media Art Spray: Aquamarine 255
  • Pentel Arts Sign Pen Brush: SES15C Blue
  • Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress Mini Pad: @300lb White (Bonus Item)

To my delight, all the items are water soluble, lending to more flexibility. I think that Princeton brush from Inktober will come in very handy! Below is a very quick media test to see how all the items interact with each other.


ArtSnacks November media test

ArtSnacks November media test

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Red Fire Dragon (celtic knotwork)

Red Dragon Celtic Knotwork

Red Dragon Celtic Knotwork

Here she is finished and fiery! The design phase took the longest, and went through many detours to arrive here. I indulged my delight in painting her, and used up more of my dwindling, discontinued Vermillion Red by Winsor and Newton. A color, I deeply love, in it’s original form, ground up beetles et all.

Dragon Head Detail

Dragon Head Detail

Deconstructed Forms

Deconstructed Forms


  • Canvas: Strathmore 400 series 140lb coldpress paper
  • Paint: Winsor and Newton Artists’ Water Colour: , Winsor Yellow, Alizarin Crimpson, Vermillion Red, Winsor Red (deep), Permanent Sap Green, Neutral Tint, Ivory Black
  • Brushes: Princeton Neptune Round 0, 2 and Scribe
  • Mediums: Gum Arabic
  • Powders: Metalic powder Light Gold
  • Other: Q-Tips, H2 pencil, flour sack cloth.
Red Dragon Painting - Phase 2

Red Dragon Painting – Phase 2
Here the Vermillion is brought in to creat some contrast to Cadmium Red. Both are pure red pigments used to create shading and contrast. This is accomplished by both layering with various thickness of the paint and layering of the pigments ontop of one another to highlight or shade.

Red Dragon Painting - Phase 3

Red Dragon Painting – Phase 3
Here the shaping is being built by adding contrast. It’s best to avoid using black to tone.

Red Dragon Painting - Phase 4

Red Dragon – Celtic Knotwork
Here the dragon has received the fine detailing and will soon get claws and a completed sphere.

Dragon Door Knocker insipiration for Celtic knotwork dragon

Dragon Door knocker found on Pinterest
This image inspired the creation of this celtic knotwork dragon.

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