365 Days of Art: Day 5 – A Cookie

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

Last day of vacation. I’m excited to be able to do art back at home at my kitchen counter instead of crammed into a hotel bathroom while everyone sleeps. Benefits of doing watercolor on the hotel bathroom floor: you can easily reach for tissue or toilet paper if you forgot your paper towel to blot your brush, and most hotel bathrooms have a hair dryer. (Both are musts for watercolors.) The bathrooms also have towels so your tushy doesn’t freeze when you’re crammed on the tile floor. Cons: the lighting sucks, the floor is cold, my legs and feet go numb at this angle, shall I go on?

Anyhow, today’s project was from my trusted favorite for quick watercolor projects: Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. I like the brevity of the projects, but the directions are quite vague, so oftentimes, I’m kind of faking it. Also, watercolor pigment and opacity vary from brand to brand. Her burnt umber tends to be darker and more sepia toned, and her indigo is closer to my payne’s grey. We were supposed to make a chocolate chip cookie. Here is what I came up with. Mine is on the right:

I forgot my white ink gel pen at home, and boy does that detail make a difference! the chocolate chips look much better in hers with those highlights. I’ll fix it when I get home. I’m off to shower and bed. Pleasant dreams everyone.

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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