Thursday, September 28, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Ladle, Sketch #4


Sketched this black ladle for the Scavenger Hunt at Wet Canvas. 6B woodless graphite pencil on 5" x *' sketch pad.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Scavenger Hunt Sketches




I have been trying to post to my blog but get an "error" message. Perhaps this time it will work!

The Artwork From Life Forum at Wet Canvas has a Scavenger Hunt. The artists sketch, draw, or painting from life, items posted on the list. My first sketches, using a 2B woodless pencil with watercolor pencils on the last sketch, were an open book, a stove, and a leaf.

I have a tendency to want to blend the graphite so my goal with the Hunt is to use hatching and crosshatching strokes rather than blending or smudging the strokes.




Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Charcoal Drawing


I finished this charcoal drawing last night and am now waiting for client approval. The image size is 14" x 10" on Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. In looking at the drawing on-screen, I may have to adjust the shadows on the left side of the woman's face.
The shadows adjusted, more work was done on the man's neck and the necklace detailed a bit more. Client approved the drawing which has now been signed and sprayed with a fixative.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Chrome Oxide Green Deep



This 6" x 3 1/2" casein practice painting was done in thin washes on 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper. The colors used were Ultramarine Blue Deep, Shiva Rose, Burnt Sienna, Yelow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Light and, Titanium White. I have shaky hands so the lettering wobbles and bobbles a bit.

Since casein becomes very hard when dry, this watercolor paper would need to be mounted on a firm surface and, varnished.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Casein Landscape #2


09-12-06 Yesterday and today, I worked in caseins. This painting is 7" x 5" on gessoed Ampersand hardboard. The painting has been sealed with Golden GAC 100 and once that dries it will be varnished.

I have taken several photos of this painting both indoors and outside. This scan of the painting represents the work the best. This painting is for sale and can be purchased through PayPal, Here.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Strawberry Wall


There is a Engraved Wall Workshop in the Acrylics Forum at Wet Canvas with Sam as our most patient instructor. This painting is supposed to represent an engraved wall but, as you can see mine isn't working too well. This painting has multiple layers of paint, sponged, splattered, dripped, and glazed. My mind sees the wall as a dull, pinkish marble with some lights and darks and the forms of strawberries engraved in it. This painting looks nothing like what I see in my imagaination ha, ha. I will continue working on this as I am determined to learn the process.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Casein Practice



Yesterday, I decided to practice with casein paints on this 7" x 5" Ampersand board. Casein is an water based medium made from the protein of milk and has been around for centuries. It is best painted on a rigid surface. The paint dries very rapidly and can be applied in washes or impasto.

This unfinished practice piece helped to understand a bit better how casein works. The beautiful part of casein is, after it dries, it can be buffed with a soft cloth for a beautiful satin lustre.