Because I’m getting back into working with watercolor after several years, I decided to make a few palettes to re-familiarize myself the colors I had in my collection by making some palettes. I’m getting ready to go to New York (!) in a week and a half, and I’ve decided to bring a sketchbook, a watercolor block, and some paints. I’ll probably stick with a limited palette based around ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cadmium yellow pale, alizarin crimson, and spectrum red.

More Flames

Original Sketch using Adobe Ideas on the iPad. Lise Petrauskas

Look! It’s another doodle with a flame theme. I have been doing lots of sketching on the iPad, and, as before, using Adobe Ideas. I love it. The folks at Adobe Touch (at least the ones who post on twitter) gave me some positive feedback and wanted to know if I clean them up in PhotoShop. I don’t. I’m doing everything on the iPad using the eraser tool. I’ve got about five or six pretty complex doodles in process right now, and this is the only one finished enough to post. I am grateful for the intrest from Adobe and am motivated to keep sketching!

Knock Knock!

Who’s there? A May Day bouquet, that’s who!

May I Help You?
We had such a nice surprise!
Swathes and swathes...
Getting that beautiful bouquet inspired me to go out into the garden. Here's a photo bluebells growing on either side of the sidewalk in my garden. My garden seems to be about pitting thugs against one another! These were accidentally imported into my garden when I got some dirt from a neighbor, but I'm glad they are here because they are beautiful, especially in big swathes.
I had a lovely cup of tea on my front stoop to celebrate spring.
I had a cup of tea on the front stoop and admired my beautiful teacup my friend Steve Kelly gave me. He makes beautifully shaped and colored hand-made ceramic pieces and I always feel like we're having a conversation when I use them.
Friend or Foe?
It's not as if I need a new project, but I've been keeping this invasive comfrey around partly because I love it (even though it's a thug) and partly because I want to try making green dye for dying fabric.
We need a little touch of the other primary colors before we go, no?