Monday, May 31, 2010
8 3/4" x 12"
The reference photo for the Friday Foto at Painting Friends online art group was provided by Mollie. Each week a member post a new photo for us to paint. Decided to try this without doing a sketch first. It was fun to just let the paint flow.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
13" x 20"
I am fairly happy with this painting except for the stem on the foreground berry - just couldn't get the look I wanted on it. The stem I like is the back one on the viewer's left which is just a suggestion of the form. One other thing - for some reason my camera is smoothing out the berries instead of showing the texture. Best I can do with the photo until I learn what I'm doing with the settings.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I have been waiting on the paper to dry in the first flower instead of using a hair dryer, before painting areas next to the wet ones. This also gives me time to step back and look at what has been done.
Watercolor & Acrylic
8 1/4" x 9 1/2"
Worked on the painting of White Hawk this weekend.
I want to soften his bangs just a bit so they aren't so blunt looking.
Now though I'm ready to start something new.
Thanks for staying tuned to the progress of this painting.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Photo taken 05-07-10
To Mothers everywhere, Blessings, and may your day be filled with all that you cherish.
The Strawberry Festival is over for another year. Our small town was jam packed with people from one end to the other. Thankfully, we know the back roads to by pass all the traffic. It was a gorgeous with lovely sunshine and mild temperatures. Everyone I spoke with really enjoyed their day.
I haven't painted anything in a few days but have been watching art videos, reading and thinking about drawing and painting. My plan is to do more portraits and to paint the lilacs that have been sketched onto the wc paper. I have the last watercolor of White Hawk sitting where I can see it every time I turn around. That way I get a fresh view and it impresses on me the areas that need to be corrected. Have to move stuff, to make room for the acrylics but will see what can be done to save the painting.
One of the videos I watched was by Nicholas Simmons on the use of acrylics the watercolor way. It is an excellent video and one I would watch again. I also watched portrait videos by Jan Kunz. Each time a video is watched again, there is always more information to be garnered, that I didn't remember from a previous viewing.
One of my goals for today is to do some armchair traveling through the blogs on my sidebar. Feels like ages since I've enjoyed that and I've missed it.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Ever had a painting go South on you? Silly question, isn't it. I know it happens to me a lot but it doesn't stop me from appreciating the parts of the painting that did work and it won't be long before I try again. I am thinking of reworking this painting using acrylics to cover the muddy colors. I am wondering if the paper is too "tired" or to overworked to make the skin tones look smooth. Hope you will stay tuned.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Today I traced White Hawk's face onto the paper and then wet areas, dropping in lemon yellow, indian red, more viridian and quin. burnt orange. Indian Red is an opaque paint so it was watered down a lot before placing it on the left side of his face and painting over some of the yellow on the right side. More viridian and quin. violet was also added to the muddy area on the left cheek. The empty space for the eyes looks rather spooky doesn't it. Will this experiment work out? I won't know until more work is done but it sure has been fun dropping in color to see what happens.