Thursday, May 5, 2011

Every Day in May—EDM #105 Scissors

Day 5 of the challenge—Scissors. I have way more than I need—hoarding? Most of these brightly colored handle scissors are in drawers, in the kitchen, my studio space, the hall cabinet, the bathroom and my bedside table. They are all more dull than sharp. There is only one pair in my "scissor collection" that is razor sharp for when I need to cut fabric. The rest I use to cut anything from paper to plastic to pruning plants and flowers to occasionally cutting wire.

My father is a bit of an "Orchidholic" and they are in full bloom in the garden right now. It is sunny and warm here in the San Francisco Bay Area so I enjoyed a few minutes last evening sketching in the garden.

I bought some Schmincke watercolors the other day and tried them for the first time on this little geranium painting out in the garden. They seem to be more opaque than the Daniel Smith and Holbien watercolors I started to use when I taught myself how to use watercolors several years ago. Wonderfully bright colors so I will continue to explore and develop the technique for this brand...hopefully...

6 comments:

seesue said...

Lovin' those scissors, too bad they're dull. Your splashes of colour done in your parents garden are wonderful as well.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

I found the Schmincke more opaque too...very saturated and rich, but haven't really learned to use them well yet.

A Brush with Color said...

Beautiful, Jennifer. My scissors story sounds about the same--I, too, have one pair that I keep for fabric, and all the rest are used indiscriminately for everything else. Your flowers are lush. I still haven't decided how I feel about my Schmincke paints--I love how silky they are, but I'm not crazy about the colors, in all honesty. Love the colors you used here, though!

Dan Kent said...

Everyday in May for sure! I love your scissors, and the plugs and the soap..(I'm catching up). I think you are inspiring me to maybe jump on the EDiM bandwagon. I love your style. I haven't tried any of those types of watercolors - I use W&N. I should expand my horizons!

nanke's stuff said...

I'm playing catch-up, but I wanted to let you know I went thru several of your last posts, and I'm so impressed...especially with "The Crow"! Your drawings are, as always, wonderful. nancy

Sharon said...

Beautiful colors, so vibrant!