Second Beach

Second Beach on the Quileute Indian Reservation is a must see if you’re near La Push on the Olympic Peninsula, WA. A short hike through the rain forest lands you on the sweetest beach you’ve ever seen. Sea stacks, driftwood, sand, and gentle waves. Perfect for sketching.

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Looking NW


Looking SW

(10″ x 3″ watercolor and ink)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

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Guest Artist: Jean Smidth

While in central CA a couple of months back we reconnected with Peter and Jean — great friends from WAAAY back. I knew Jean’s creative streak ran strong. Everything she touches — food, decor, gardening, art — exudes a warmth of nurture. I finally got to view her home gallery of oil painting ‘experiments.’ Wow!

Methinks the next addition on their sprawling property needs to be an art studio so this gal can get to business!

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Jean Smidth, San Luis Obispo artist.

Her various styles and experiments in oil…

I’m stealing this guy next time. Love the spontaneous strokes.

(various sizes, oil on various media)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Jean Smidth. All rights reserved.

Central California Visit

At the end of May I spent about a week along the central California coast. It was a relaxing visit to reconnect with friends, enjoy the coastal views, and catch some sun.

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Waiting for the plane at SeaTac airport. I looked up from my sketch and these two peaks were gone in the clouds.

And from our plane looking through clouds at another WA beauty…

I accidentally used a water-soluble pen here. A dab of watercolor and it all ran! 

Another roadside San Luis Obispo peak…

And a barn!

Further up coast, just south of Monterey:

(5 x 3″ pen and watercolor on watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Take Me Home

Good dog.  Stay.

(3″ x 5″ pen with watercolor)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Cat

Good morning meow to you.

(3″ x 5″ pen with watercolor)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

More Squigglies

Just sharing a recent batch of ‘Squigglies” which I love to make because:

  • they’re fast
  • unpredictable
  • make me laugh

Caroline’s Crazy for Carrots
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Queen Mantisqueen_mantis_4277_wp

Blue Jesterjester_4241_wp

Einstein’s Green Eyeeinstein_green_eye_4242_wp

Little Drummer Cowboydrummer_boy_4227_wp

Freakishly Strangefreakishly_strange_4222_wp

Old Womanold_woman_4239_wp

Blue Dancing Girlblue_dancer_girl_4244_wp(5 x 5″ mixed media in sketchbook)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

It’s a Matter of Orientation

Ask any kid — things look different when you stand on your head or roll on your side. So, it is with artists. But, we’ve learned it’s much easier just to flip our subject (and a lot kinder on our bods).

Try it yourself. Study your subject matter (say, a reference photo). Now, rotate it and observe it again. Your eye will decipher the relative shapes and negative spaces very differently depending on orientation. This is true for more than art!

Here’s a recent example from my sketchbook: “Bunny strut” becomes “Fish arabesque.” No magic. Just a matter of orientation.

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or, with a 90° rotation

(5.5 x 5.5″ ink and watercolor on std. sketchbook paper)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.