Yvonne, Joan, and Pat work on color theory assignment.
The sun was super HOT, but that didn’t diminish enthusiasm among class participants. What a lovely and dedicated group of artists!
Kris sketches Eucalyptus pods
We met at the UCSC Arboretum and took advantage of the amazingly strange and beautiful plants in the Australian section of the garden.
Dan’s sketch of Banksia framed!
It was pure serendipity that the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History was hosting a Pop-Up Museum near us! We were invited to exhibit our sketching efforts as part of their exhibit. Fun and gratifying to have our work admired.
Sangjun & Estrella: celebrate her birthday by taking the workshop.
San Juan Bautista Mission garden
The little town of San Juan Bautista is chock full of fun things to sketch and paint. Let’s meet up at the Mission on November 11 from 2 to 4 pm. Dress for the weather……
Town chickens roam the streets. Many colorful characters!
For those who enjoy architecture….the mission is fun to sketch.
Shared studio space at Linda Cordy’s home
Through my friend Linda’s encouragement and support, I screwed my courage up to apply to this year’s Open Studios Art tour…..and was accepted. It was a fun and successful 2 weekends. Below are pix of the studio space and set up just before the tour began.
Entrance to Linda’s studio and my shared space
Work in progress and process board
Display area in Linda’s back yard….I’m grateful for the fine weather we had!
Display area. I loved Linda’s whimsical pedestal sink planters.
You are cordially invitedto come visit the next two weekends during Open Studios Art Tour.
I’ll be featuring oils and watercolors. You can find me sharing the studio space with my friend and fellow artist, Linda Cordy at her home studio in downtown Santa Cruz (308 Maple Street, across from Louden Nelson Center). Look for the bright green Open Studios signs, #231 -Armstrong, and #232 – Cordy
Bring a friend! I look forward to seeing you.
October Sketch Crawl – UCSC Arboretum
While the good weather lasts, let’s get out and enjoy it! This month’s sketch crawl will be on October 28 at the UCSC Arboretum, from 2 to 4 pm. Of course, if the weather changes, I’m still game. (Have you ever sketched in the rain? Try using salt on those watercolors and experiment).
Sketching at the Bolinas Lagoon.
Foggy weather didn’t keep us down! Saturday, we headed to the shelter of Bolinas Lagoon to sketch the misty hills and marshlands.
Sunday’s weather was glorious! Great views of SF/Golden Gate from the headlands.
View from the Marin Headlands
From my show in New York. As if……..
Found a fun website that allows you to insert your images into museums around the world. Check out Museum to have your own fun.
Bigger is soooo much betta!
Sculpture installation at Sierra Azule Nursery
We are so incredibly lucky here in the Santa Cruz area! Many think summer is at it’s best in September – the fog hangs back, the tourists are gone and one can notice the light starting to change…..hinting at autumn. There’s no better time to get out and journal!
This month’s Sketch Crawl will be at the Sierra Azul Nursery & Garden in Watsonville, September 15 from 2 to 4 pm.
In addition to being such a lovely nursery with tons of gorgeous plants and trees, they are also exhibiting their “Summer Sculptures in the Garden” series, which features 60 works of art by 30 local artists.
Sierra Azul Summer Sculpture in the Garden series
Directions to Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens: Click here
Again, we will have a “Palette of the Day”, so bring your empty half pans or re-purposed pill organizers along with a tube of scrumptious watercolor to share with others.
Hope to see you there!
Garden at Sierra Azul Nursery
Just HAD to try it! This specialized gesso allows you to paint watercolors onto any surface. I tried it on a number of field sketching journal covers and LOVE it!
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground
Just paint it on, let it dry 24 hours and you are good to go. Paint with watercolors as usual. Seal it with UV resistant spray varnish.
Use artist’s tape to cover binding edge; paint on the watercolor ground; let dry 24 hours.
Paint cover and then use spray varnish to seal.
More cover art using D.S. watercolor ground. Recent trip to France featured on this one.
Aromas Day T-Shirt
My painting of an old barn along Cannon Road in Aromas was chosen to be the icon for this year’s Aromas Day. T-shirts and posters to follow!