Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I have begun a small watercolor by dripping and spritzing color, starting with a very pale yellow, then added quin. coral. Once that dried, viridian and cobalt were added to the outer edges. What is the painting going to be? Right now I haven't a clue but wanted to try something different than my usual method of using a brush. Maybe it will turn out, maybe it won't but my next step is to draw the chosen subject.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
8" x 9"
Charcoal on gray tinted paper
Tomorrow is my sister-in-law's birthday and this is her gift. If their subdivision roads are clear they will come for a visit. They had so much ice and snow they couldn't get out of their driveway.
Barbara has the most beautiful silvery, gray-white hair and lovely cheek bones. Not only that she cooks & bakes like a dream and has more energy than anyone I know.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Gessoed Bristol Board
Wanted to get an early start today so set this fabric handbag on my paint table. I wanted to practice painting the folds and shadows.
Christmas Eve morning, and all is quiet. Mornings are a special time, any morning. A wonderful time to listen to the quiet, all the things we don't normally hear in the rush of daily living. A time to reacquaint ourselves with our most cherished dreams, a time for thanks. I'm hoping we all find a moment of this refreshing quiet time.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Each matted to 11" x 14"
I put some studio mats on the graphite drawings of my nieces as protection for delivery to my sister. The drawings are what she requested for Christmas. Now the waiting begins, to see whether she likes them or wants changes. They do look like the girls but the resemblance isn't as close as I would like. In other words, they aren't spot on lol. Maybe in a year's time my skill will have improved.
Monday, December 21, 2009
TMC #18, Erasers
1 3/4" x 2 3/4"
Watercolor & Ink
This subject was challenging to paint since the erasers are white or gray and one covered with charcoal erasure areas. I used ink to do a bit of line to delineate the erasers. The grays were mixed with Indanthrone Blue, Burnt Sienna combination , or French Ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, changing the color by adding a bif of quin. magenta or lemon yellow or more blue or more brown.
Countdown to Christmas - wishing each of you good things in your day to day journey.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wishing each of you a life filled with health, happiness, prosperity and love, and praying for peace.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This was painted a few minutes ago in acrylics and I don't like it but am showing it anyway. It is a Pledge can and a duster.
Then yesterday the only thing I painted were these two little things in watercolor as i was thinking of Christmas. Just had to get my brushes wet and play a little.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Underpainting in Terre Verte
I used one of my niece's photo as a reference to paint this for the Yahoo colorfulwatercolor art group hosted by Rhonda Carpenter. We were to do a monochromatic painting first then overpaint the same painting. I chose terre verte (green) by Holbein as my underpainting.since I wanted that color in the shadows.
This was painted on bristol board and kept getting hard edges as the paper absorbed the paint so fast. It was hard to soften the edges without beading the paper. I couldn't get smooth transitions. Maybe I should have wet the paper first then dropped in paint. BTW, this does not look like my niece but has some similarities. Still, it was all a learning process.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I will start another one today and hope to start with a very light line drawing to be sure the shapes are correct. I have a very heavy hand so this will take diligence to keep it light until the values are gradually shaded to create the form.
Last night I watched a hand tutorial at Drawing Tutorials Online and one of the things learned is that the first two phalanges (from the tip of the finger) equal the length of the third phalange. Hopefully, I learned a lot more as I also watched two portrait videosl. My thinking is that the more often I watch the videos, more information will sink in and, the more I practice, the more the information will be firmly embedded in my subconscious and the hand/eye coordination becomes more in sync.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
I felt rushed through this TMC. You know the feeling, so much ground (paper) to cover and so little time. The one area of learning that keeps reenforcing itself when doing these little studies is that painting is all about values and shapes. Design and color also play an integral part.
Worked more on the first graphite portrait yesterday. Today I will revisit the mouth area. I'm at the point where it looks like the person's mouth but still isn't quite right. The Christmas client says it looks just like the person though so that is a big plus. Did you notice I'm not saying whether it is male or female?