Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lime 73

The bricks were done in watercolor. The rest is in acrylics. 1/4 sheet cold pressed arches.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lime 72

I made a grid with masking tape. Then I drew the lime in ink with the eye dropper. Then I painted away with watercolors. Let dry, then peal tape. I like the idea but I am not so sure about this piece. My wife thought that thinner tape lines may have looked better.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lime 71

When we started the 100 limes project my daughter counted out the days and picked the start date. The day we started lime 100 would be on my wife's birthday. Well her birthday is in 18 days and we still have 28 limes to do. Seems like she miscounted. Lime 90 will be on my wife's birthday.

Lime 71 was inspired by a famous artist. I cut the lime out of foam board and used it as a stamp. Done in acrylics on 12" x12" stretched canvas.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lime 70

I used a piece of masonite I had gessoed a long time ago but never got around to using it. I glued newspaper down first, then painted with acrylics. I got to opaque so you don't see much of the newspaper. Maybethat is a good thing.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lime 69

11" x14" canvas board. I started with a charcoal drawing, then did a couple of washes in acrylic.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lime 67

And here is a self portrait with lime. I look pretty haggard. I guess the lime series is wearing me out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lime 66

I got to thinking, I've done so many of these limes that I can do it with my eyes closed. So to prove my point, I did lime 66 with my eye closed. No kidding.

I taped the watercolor paper to my drawing board. (eyes opened for that) Then I filled the eye dropper with ink and before I had my hand to the paper I closed my eyes, got a feeling for the center and drew the lime with my eyes closed. Then I mixed the paint on the brush and before the brush left my palette, I closed my eyes and painted with my eyes closed. I did this over and over. I did the entire painting and even signed my name with me eyes closed.

I am amazed how well it came out. I can really paint a lime with my eyes closed.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Lime 65

I am left handed. Therefor I paint left handed. However, for lime 65 I decided to see what all the hub bub is about being right handed. Lime 65 painted entirely with my right hand, including the signing of my name.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lime 64

Remember way back to lime 42? I said I didn't achieve what I set out to do. Well this piece is closer. I was trying to get a drop shadow on top so the lime looked cut out. Oh well, can't have everything.

I do like the cool effect on the outside. I sprayed the wet ink with water and it pooled around in cool shapes. I did the same with the color.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lime 63

No holds bar on this one (is that the proper quote?) First the ink with an eye dropper. Then I blotted around with a paper towel. Then I threw sea salt on the wet ink. I would not recommend it. The salt dried into the ink and it was hard to get out. Plus it didn't have the desired affect.

Then I painted and splattered watercolor on it and threw on some more salt. Done....Lime 63

Friday, September 19, 2008

Lime 62

I got this idea from a doodle in my sketchbook. Yes, I have been doodling limes! Anyway, the ink is one continuos line. It looked cooler in the sketchbook. This piece is not so great, but I guess they all can't be winners.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lime 61

Back to watercolors. For this one I started by scratching into the paper with a razor blade. I added paint ad threw on some sea salt. Then added more paint (left the salt on) and pushed the pigment around with the razor. I also scratched some more.

This one was starting to look good, but then I overworked it. Then I ran out of time and had to call it a night.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lime 60

yet another acrylic painting. Can you guess the influence?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lime 59

Here is another one in acrylic. I really like working in acrylics. I haven't liked using them in the past. I guess the lime brought it out in me. 11" x 14" canvas board.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Lime 58

After using acrylics for the wowie zowie piece I thought, hey these aren't so bad to work with. So here is another acrylic piece. 11" x 14" on canvas board.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lime 57

This is a total rip off of a series HarvestMoon has been painting. I see her post's over at the wetcanvas watermedia forum I have admired her work and thought I would give it a go. She has been calling the series Wowie Zowie. This is my daughter's favorite lime in the series.

It is acrylic on 11" x 14" canvas board.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Lime 56

Another landscape lime. I guess I am getting tired of this route and it shows in this piece. I had a hard time getting into it. The usual 1/4 sheet fabriano hot pressed paper.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Lime 55

I'm not sure why this lime was left in the field. Maybe the horse team broke away.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lime 54

Back to the watercolor Pen & ink land scape. This was a reference photo from the wetcanvas site. The lime is my own addition.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lime 53

Another in the sports series. This was an image from the strongest man competition. I had thought about a soccer scene with the players kicking the lime, but decided against it.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Lime 52

After the time consuming tiled lime, I went with the easy conte lime putter.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Lime 51

I needed a day where I had the time for this piece. I finally got it.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Lime 50

Woo hoo, half way there. Now the long slow march to lime 100.I did the inking with the eye dropper. Then I splatted watercolor on the paper then dabbed with a sponge. Then, lo and behold, my daughter said I could post her piece.

We went to the bank where she got 50 pennies. She glued them to bristol board in the shape of a lime. Then she panted with acrylics.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Lime 49

You guessed it. It was my birthday. And what better way to celebrate my birthday than to paint a lime.

I started this with the ink drawing. I splashed watercolor down wit ha lot of water. Then I took a tube of acrylic paint that had a very serrated edge and dragged to color around.

My daughter made a birthday card for me with.... can you guess? Limes on it. 42 limes on the front and number 43 on the inside. That would be my age for those of you counting at home.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Lime 48

I went to a friend's house to watch the New York Giants opener. I didn't have much time for a lime painting afterwards so I went with conte crayon. I think I captured the football spirit well.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Lime 47

I wanted to do another pen & ink landscape with the lime strategically placed, but I didn't have enough time. So I did the old stand by of ink with the eye dropper and splattered and dripped watercolor.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Lime 46

I did this from a reference photo. I just added my own twist. I did the inking with a rapidograph pen. I wish I had more time to do a better inking, but I just didn't have the time.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Lime 45

Third in the newspaper series. I decided to splatter the gesso this time. I loaded up the paint brush with gesso and let it rip. Not only did it splat in my face and on my clothes, but across the desk up the wall and over a picture that was hanging. Oops! I guess because the gesso is so thick. I changed into my painting clothes and held a newspaper behind the canvas, then let it rip again.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Lime 44

Another one in the news paper series.