I’ve got my coveralls on, and a glass of scotch in hand. Let’s do this.
Spent the weekend up in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and managed to get a couple of sketchbook paintings in. The weather was lovely, and since all of the trails were so short, Andrew and I decided to combine all of them into one big loop for a nice long day hike.
The best part of waking up is expired instant Folgers and a dead car battery in your cup! #goodmorning #sketchbook #gouache #camping #ashleybravin
Spending the weekend camping and painting at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. #gouache #camping #hiking #painting #sketchbook #ashleybravin
Tuesday artist study of Caleb Reid’s “Conversations With My Devil,” (aka “Sitting on a Potato”), brought to you by the worst acrylic set ever.
Woke up, dead awake in the middle of the night, and beelined for the studio. #wip #bullfight #gouache #art #ashleybravin
It’s gridding mania up in here! #wip #commission #ashleybravin #grid #gouache
For more information on the book and the anticipated animation, please visit the “Illustration” tab on my website: http://ashleybravin.net/
Another set of brushes saved by the power of Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner & Restorer (and Pink Soap). My back is about ready to snap in two after being hunched over my drafting table all day with virtually no breaks, and then immediately moving on to working on these brushes.
Paying the price for taking terrible care of my brushes (and by “care,” I mean tossing them in turp and promptly forgetting them) over the years. About half of the oil brushes I unpacked last night were rock solid, but thanks to the internet, I discovered Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer, and hot damn, a night soaking in that made them, well, brushes again. I highly recommend this stuff, because I was about ready to throw these suckers out.
A word to the wise: do not let it touch your brush handles. I made the mistake of splashing some of this stuff on the handles (because I refuse to follow instructions) and it not only stripped finish lacquer, and but also made the handles really sticky.
Here’s a great tutorial on how to use it properly: [link]