Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
6" x 4" Watercolor
Fabriano Soft Press Paper
I quickly painted this yesterday to finish out the gifts needed for the weekend. This is from my imagination and wanted to see how the color "Carmine" would work in a landscape. Palette was Antwerp Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Perinone Orange, Indian Yellow, Permanent Yellow Lemon, Green Gold, Viridian, and Carmine.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Practicing hatching and crosshatching with this sketch. This will be the next 6" x 4" painting for a Christmas gift. Luckily we are having our family Christmas this weekend rather tomorrow, so there is more time to paint!
Forgot to mention the reference photo is by karenboss from the Wet Canvas RIL.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Fabriano Soft Press Paper
This painting was done today for my sister-in-law. Her birthday is the 27th and I hope she will like it.
Forgot to mention the photo is by kdkbrown from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I have also been looking through photographs that have red in them for a watercolor painting for a good friend's daughter. I am wanting something that says life is full of possibilities and hope. I have no doubt that I will find the right one.
One week until Christmas! I received three Christmas packages today from my beautiful daughter and her family. Can't hardly wait to open them knowing they contain art supplies. I get so excited, like a kid in a candy store. Hope you too get the same enjoyment and feeling of love, hope and peace that I do.
Monday, December 17, 2007
10" x 5" Image size
Hot Press Watercolor paper
A quick 20 minute landscape in watercolor using Pthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Manganese Blue, Quinacradone Magenta, Quinacradone Gold, Burnt Sienna. The trees are a mix of Daniel Smith Undersea Green, Cascade Green, mixed with Pthalo Blue or Burnt Sienna or Quin. Gold. The center tree is not as solidly dark as it looks as it was difficult to pick up with the camera, the lighter dark to mid-values in that tree.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
When not sleeping or painting I've been enjoying the different Forums at Wet Canvas. Appreciating the artwork and enthusiasm of the different artists, from beginner to accomplished painter. Each offers a new or different view or perspective of their subject but all carry the same flavor of loving what they do.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
300# watercolor paper
9" x 13"
Today I worked on a watercolor of crepe myrtle in a vase placed on the back porch to catch the reflections. My reference is a photo I took earlier this summer.
Basically, I'm laying in color to cover the paper, taking my time when painting the flowers, to try and get the shapes right. Still have more to on the vase and stems as well as the leaves.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I know it isn't as enjoyable to see works in process as it is finished paintings but I've reached a point where it is one step forward with two steps back. I am working with subjects that are new to me such as figures/animals as well as trying to retrain myself in landscape and still life. So I need to step back, regroup and relearn which is part and parcel of painting, at least for me. There will always be stages of growth and periods of what appears to be stagnation while in actuality those stagnation periods are producing future growth. It is with great hope and fervor that this proves true for me.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The painting is 20" x 16, oil on stretched canvas. The painting is of the cows in Brown's pasture which is just down the highway from me. I painted this from one of my own photos. Below is a composite of the steps I took to get to this painting.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
My brother-in-law jokingly asked me to paint him a copy of this painting. I am painting a small painting (4" x 5") but with variations as a joke on him, where very little of the horse and figure show. The horse is covered with the blanket and the figure covered with her hair except for small glimpses of skin. It may not turn out very well but it sure will be fun to see his expression.
I've been studying "Brushwork Essentials" by Mark Christopher Weber. It is a great book to learn how to load the brush and lay down strokes in a certain manner to render a certain effect. I have no doubt, with lots of practice, it will help with both acrylic and oils. With time and practice my goal is to be able to achieve the look I want without having to think about how to lay down the paint.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
16" x 20"
I am calling this painting finished. I know there are areas that can be corrected and may later decide to do that. For right now though, I am ready to move on to another painting. Paints used were Liquitex, Golden and Stephen Quiller artist quality paint. My pallete is Yellow Ochre, Quinacradone Magenta, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Hookers Green, Cobalt Blue, Primary Cyan, Burnt Sienna, Viridian, and gesso.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The photo was taken under warm/cool fluorescent lights at night.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
The shape of her face is still off. Her left cheek needs some reflected light and shaped a bit differently. Ater I took this photo, I added some darks below the upper lip and in the corners of her mouth. I am going to start another painting of Misty but this time in oils to see if I can work the paint more effectively.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
I could have saved myself a lot of time by making sure the dimensions were correct before adding paint. By winging it though, this is a lesson I will remember for future portraits. Now I will restructure the face and hopefully get a closer likeness of Misty. I know she would appreciate that too!
Happy Belated 25th Birthday Misty!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
10-19-07 End of the day photo taken under fluorescent lights with a glare. Tomorrow will be working on the nose, mouth area and the hair.
10-19-07 Here is a progress photo of Misty. I think I now have the angle of the eyes correct. It really helps to turn the painting upside down and paint shapes rather than subject. The eyes are not finished but at least I don't feel like two dark orbs are staring at me. Gave me a very spooking feeling. When painting the nose and mouth the painting will again be rotated to get a more accurate placement and shape. My apologies for the photos. My camera is definitely not taking good photos. This photo was taken outside then darkened to show the values more accurately.
I am using a mix of Liquitex, Golden and Stephen Quiller artist quality acrylics. Cobalt Blue, Primary Cyan, Hookers Green, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Dioxazine Purple, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light plus gesso.
Between the camera and the monitor it is hard to get an accurate photo. This sketch of my granddaughter, who will be 24 this month, is charcoal on a pale yellow ochre underpainting, 16" x 20" stretched canvas. On my monitor it looks red with hints of yellow and blue. The sketch looks somewhat like her and will correct as I go in with the underpainting. It was done from a composite of three photos.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Today has been a busy day in front of the computer with just a little painting. I started the acrylic version of the photo reference from the Wet Canvas Difference Strokes project. The photo can be viewed here. I'm changing the painting a bit from the photo but won't post it until the 20th of October when it can be posted in the Acrylics Forum too.
Most of the day was spent learning a new program for publishing newsletters. Beginning in January, I will be setting up the ANA (Artists of Northwest Arkansas) newsletter each month. So decided I had better learn the program and practice setting up the graphics and texts. It is a great little program called Publish It offered by Poster Software.
Friday, October 12, 2007
I reworked the trees on the right side of the painting a bit more as well as some of the foreground. This image is scanned rather than using the digital camera and is closer to what the painting actually looks like.
This has been a fun experience, painting with watercolors on canvas. The colors lift pretty well I had a little trouble glazing color and found it is better to lay down the value one wants on the first go when possible. I often think I am heavyhanded with a brush and touch the canvas too firmly and therefore, move the color instead of layering color. On my screen it looks a bit brighter red than it is in real life but the colors on the actual painting are really beautiful.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I love the way the paint just flows on and how the paint lifts easily to create lighter areas. Definitely will purchase more of the canvas but unstretched for easier matting and framing under glass.
Also, the purplish looking areas that show on my screen are really a neutral gray gravelly area. This monitor sure likes the red tones.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
In many ways it was an opportunity as I rearranged my studio and spent time with my family. I didn't get any painting done though but plan on changing that this week. Painting is also a necessity to my well being. I can go a few days without painting then find that my fingers begin to feel the need to hold a paint brush while my mind is busily looking at what is around me. Noting colors, shapes, shadows, trying to mix the colors in my mind that I see.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Painted with Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors on 300# Arches cold press watercolor paper. The image size is 6" x 5" with a one inch border.
Below is the initial sketch. Had a time getting the eyes to look level and adjusted it while painting.
Monday, September 24, 2007
More eye practice. This time I used the brush to draw the shapes rather than a pencil. Using a palette of Naples Yellow, Rose Madder, Indanthrone Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and a touch of Sepia. The width of the space between the eyes is too wide but my goal with this practice was again the study of color, forming the eye, keeping the colors fairly clean (not muddy). The lids are not as defined as they need to be nor are the brows and wrinkles. I am fairly pleased though with the eye color and shape of the eyes. The iris need more adjustments to look more realistic. Overall I am pleased with this effort even though it only looks a little like me.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
7" x 5 1/4" on 300# Arches cold press watercolor paper.
Placed for auction with eBay
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I wasn't happy with the intensity of the colors in the first abstract so I poured and moved acrylics over it, changing the abstract and the intensity. The paint is very wet and will take a few days to dry as it is painted very thick.
This photo was taken in daylight this morning. I added a few darks among the verticals shown on the viewer's left.
Arches 300# paper 11 1/2" x 15"
Daniel Smith & Holbein Artist paints
Another foray into abstract using watercolors, Indanthrone Blue, Manganese Blue Hue (can't find regular Manganese now), Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Naples Yellow, Quinacradone Red, Rose Madder. I rotated this painting in all four directions and I like it in any position but found this one the most interesting.
Paypal Accepted. Placed for auction with eBay!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Watercolor practice of skin tones and eyes. The practice will teach me about mixing skin colors and blending tones in different areas of the face. As you can see I need a lot of practice especially in 1) letting paint dry before glazing in another color unless it is intentional, 2) drawing and shaping the eye, both in pencil and paint. There are pros and cons to mixing the skin tones before hand (in watercolor) or laying in one color then placing another color on top, letting them merge. I think that there is a place for both methods in a painting, especially in watercolor.
On Wednesday, I stepped down as a Guide in the Acrylics Forum at Wet Canvas, mostly due to health but also because I wanted to devote more time to studying and my family. Tomorrow, my mom celebrates her 89th birthday which brings home to me that time with her is not endless.
Happily, she is on a trip to the NE and enjoying life. My request to her was that she and the rest of my family bring home lots of photos for me to use as reference.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Found this empty baking powder can, so painted it on a 5" x 6" 300# Arches cold press paper. The most difficult part of the can was the plastic lid. It still isn't correct, perspectively. I was looking down on the can just a bit and the lid was laying on the can so that just a bit of the inside of the can could be seen. It brings home how important little studies like these are, finding the problem areas and eventually resolving them.