Friday, January 30, 2015

Study for the Constellation Lepus

"Study for the Constellation Lepus" 8" x 10" casein
Copyright Sara Light-Waller, 2015

For a little while now I’ve been writing a fairytale as a series of linked drabbles (100-word stories). “A Patchwork Tale” is planned as a story in three parts, with illustrations in pen & ink and watermedia. Eventually, I’d love to publish it as a bound book. We’ll have to see how that goes later on.

For now, I’m writing Part II and starting the illustrations. Here's a detail study for the first painting. This one is called, "The Constellation Lepus." I'll do two more studies like this one before starting the final painting.
If you’re interested in reading Part I of “A Patchwork Tale” you can find it on my other blog: Through the Looking Glass.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Painting of the Day

"Brush Jar," 11" x 14" watercolor
Copyright, Sara Light-Waller 2015
A few details about the painting
This stoneware jar has been in my family for as long as I can remember. It's always given me a feeling of solidity and comfort and is one of my favorite things from childhood. The long-handled brushes are the ones I use for acrylics, not watercolor, gouache, or casein. Watermedia brushes typically have short handles and would have been too small to be seen over the edge of the jar.

The painting was done in shades of neutralized yellows to compliment the color of the stoneware, which has a color base of gritty, grey-yellow.

Although I can see flaws in the drawing, I'm pretty happy with the watercolor application. And the brushes do look like brushes, which makes me very happy!

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Years Wishes from Flying Pony Studios!

Wishing all my friends a very happy New Year, 2015!

Ah, the new year…there are always resolutions, aren’t there? And then you break them…So ultimately, no one bothers to make them anymore. But I’m going to do this year. My resolutions are as follows: to keep up with my painting, plein air and in studio, building up my skills as a watermedia painter. Also, I will be publishing a book (one of them that’s almost ready) and perhaps more than one in 2015! It’s been an intense couple of years of writing and illustration just to get here and now it’s time to bring it all home. *smile*

On that note…here are some of my most recent illustrations, created for my “Patchwork Tale a series of mini-stories written as linked drabbles (100-word stories). I’ve got it (still in progress) posted on my other blog, in case you’d like to see something of my writing at long last. ha-ha!
"The Elfin-Queen and her Griffin," 8” x 10” pen & ink drawing
"The Elfin-Captain," 9” x 12” pen & ink drawing

“Clockmaker, the Sorceress,” WIP 9” x 12”
Have a great year everyone!