Christmas bus illustration

I illustrated a bus in winter scene for my coworker. In the process I fell in love all over again with Moulin du Roy watercolor paper because I painted this on the reverse side of the paper (and the front side is amazing too!). The money my customer paid were spent immediately to order a new block of this paper and now I have four of them in my stash, all saved for the best floral paintings.

Daily watercolor sketch: F is for feathers

I was sick and did not want to paint while coughing and sneezing. Now I am back to daily sketching and this is the time for letter F. Feathers turned not so great but this is a wonderful object for painting with watercolor. The green feather used to belong to a peacock who dropped it in the park, and another one was left in the grass by a duck I assume.

watercolor painting

Daily watercolor sketch: E is for Earrings

I wish I would have readers already, then we could play a game guessing what would be the object for the next daily sketch.

This sketch was very quick as I am slowly working on loosening my technique and to put fewer details into my drawing and coloring. The paper is not helping to use looser techniques though. 

  • Time: 30 min.
  • Paper: Stonehenge Aqua 140 lb, cold press
  • Materials: watercolor, color pencil, white gel pen

Daily watercolor sketch: D is for Duck

This sketch had a challenge I did not foresee. The thing is there is a lake near my work and there are ducks on the lake. When I go for a walk during my lunch time I always see a bunch of ducks sitting in the grass and sunbathing and I can approach them relatively close. But because my break time is only an hour and I was afraid not to complete a sketch in time I made a rough pencil sketch from a photograph to fix it and color upon arrival to ducks gathering. Good that I did it.

As I started to walk around the lake I could not spot a single duck. Going further I discovered they all were sunbathing in the middle of the lake and I could not see much. I blamed myself that moment I didn’t choose to sketch a dime or a drill. Daffodils or dandelions would be the most exciting but they are only available in spring. By the way do you know what other interesting “D-things” could I choose to sketch?

In the end the sketch I made from a photograph saved the situation though I was so upset with silly birds the sketch didn’t turn that great. But there will be another time, ducks, I’ll be back.

Watercolor painting sketching duck

Daily watercolor sketch: C is for Chair

Hi there! So far I am still doing my watercolor sketches, though it is a challenge to not miss a day. The good thing daily art also motivates me to post more often, which is quite challenging because I barely find time for my art and having dinner with my husband after work. But the lack of time problem was solved by scheduling the posts and publishing sketches I did several days ago.

Today I am posting a sketch of a chair at my work. I really like the color and shape of this chair and there is no other story behind this object besides I had to literally swallow my lunch to have the rest 40 minutes for sketching. The sketch itself took about 30 minutes plus time for the page to dry before I closed the sketchbook and put it in my backpack.

Watercolor painting sketching chair

Daily watercolor sketch: B is for Bell

This bell I painted before, but I like it so much that now I chose a different angle and I like it even better. You can see the previous sketch is in this post. The porcelain is quite challenging to paint because it is white, it has some raised pattern on its surface and I wanted to show it without making the sketch looking overworked. I used cobalt blue and cadmium red light to create the pearly grey, and it has been recently my favorite combination for cool clean greys.


Watercolor painting sketch porcelain bell

Daily watercolor sketch: A is for Artichoke

watercolor painting sketching artichokeThis is the first sketch in a series of daily small watercolor paintings that I started this week. One thought is coming to my mind. I read or heard from someone it is necessary to tell a story of the art to make it interesting for viewers. In that case my stories are very simple and naive. I didn’t find this artichoke in some prince’s garden, I bought it in a grocery store and I was supposed to buy only groceries I was going to cook, not paint. At that time I didn’t paint yet, but I was reading a blog of Natalie Ratkovski where she was posting her own beautiful sketches of artichokes and I thought that yes, it would be cool to draw it. And then I saw it in a store and bought it but didn’t draw. I let it dry and it has looked like that for about 3 years already. I sketched it once or twice recently, but this sketch I like the best so far.

Hoping you like that story, and if not, blame me in the comments))).

Daily sketch project

Watercolor painting, lavender and artichoke

I started a new personal project – daily watercolor sketch. I always admired such big projects like Urban Sketchers, or Daily Painters, but never managed to take part in them because I am working full-time and usually paint on weekends when we don’t travel. But I understand importance of creating daily and want to build a habit of drawing or painting even on busiest days. I am starting with watercolors because it is my favorite art medium though it would be wiser to start with pencil drawings.

I set some simple rules for myself:

Sketch every day

This is the hardest rule so far, because there are days when I am super busy and have to cook or clean after work. Sometimes I want to watch a movie instead of sketching! So this rule is necessary to stay disciplined and by the end of 2018 I will have more than 365 new paintings or drawings and maybe a couple of finished sketchbooks! That’s motivating!

If you do not like today’s sketching results do not discard,  do better tomorrow!

This is the second hardest rule because I tear out the pages of my sketchbook looking for perfection. When I was about 5 years old my dad used to give my the copy cooks to draw in them. I used to draw something on the first page and then would hurry to start drawing on the second page and for some reason those second drawings seemed to be not so good. And to get a new copy book I would scribble on the rest of pages and would cheat that my sister ruined it. To this day I never finished a sketchbook and now I want to challenge myself.

Chose the subject so simple that it would take not more than an hour to complete the sketch.

Here is an easy rule! I decided to draw alphabet and to choose objects that are easy to find at home or on the town. It takes time to build a habit and it is important to keep it easy until you are hooked enough not to give up in the face of some challenge.

Enjoy the process!

It is also a rule and the most important one!

Next post is coming with the first of my daily paintings!

So if you are reading this post and want to join me for daily drawings or paintings you can let me know via direct message on my Instagram, via email, or leaving a comment here. I will check to see your work too!



My art tools

watercolor sketch of cherriesI don’t receive any questions about my art supplies and at this time my blog is just my personal diary with no readers. So here is, for my own records, my most often used art supplies as of this day. Art supplies of AllaJordan

As you can see I don’t use a lot of instruments, although I would rather spend my money in Jerry’s Artarama than in Ulta. Actually, it is possible to create stunning artworks with the most minimal set of creative tools. In my case I can only use a mechanical pencil, my favorite Black Velvet Silver Brush (N.8) and kneaded eraser. The rest of brushes and pens are just to experiment with different techniques. To the left from eraser and sharpener is Mandalay wide brush which I use to soak the paper, flat Black Velvet Brush, flat Snap Princeton synthetic brush, Pilot Metropolitan ink pen and Lamy Safari Pen. The last one I barely ever use but I plan to try using it more often.

I have a lot of paints in tubes and don’t see any point to buy half pan sets because it is more economical and convenient to set the palette to my own taste and refill each color from the tube . Plus I buy smaller tubes of the colors I never used before or use less than others and if necessary I go for a larger tube later. I have several palettes but now I use only two of them. Below is my large Mijello palette which I hope to replace with butcher tray soon. watercolor palettewatercolor paint swatches


I also have my compact palette for going out and I take it with me to sketch during my lunch breaks of when we are going out-of-town. Below you can see the colors on that palette and they are different from my studio palette set of colors.

compact watercolor palette Medeenwatercolor palette swatches

Both of these sets are going to be revised and at this point I am trying to use all the colors and not to refill until the palettes are empty. I am also going to create a minimal set for pleinair sketching.

Besides all of that I try to use color pencils and other mediums but they don’t really inspire me like watercolors. So I have a lot more art tools then listed here and it will be interesting to read this post in a year and see how much my set of instruments changes with time.watercolor artist workspace



Yudai Deguchi watercolor realism

This week was very busy and tiring and I didn’t paint or sketch. I hope to start a new project next week but for now I only have energy to browse Flickr for art inspiration. I found the person whose watercolor technique I envy terribly! It is an artist from Japan who calls his works watercolor realism. But “realism” is such a boring word because I think his watercolors have a magic feeling. Look yourself!



study of persimmon