Monday, June 20, 2011
I bet you wonder why I post so many WIP's instead of finished work. It is simply because I paint for awhile, walk away from it and then go back to the painting. I look at the work constantly as I walk by or get a glimpse of it while working on something else. Working this way has become a habit in the last year or so.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Our third month of the YOP (year of painting) is coming up the 20th and the subject is koi so I decided to sketch a couple to get in the flow of things. I love the grace and movement of the fins and tails plus the variety of beautiful color found on koi.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I've been wetting the surface of the skin first, letting it soak in, letting it dry until the sheen of the wet water is gone, then dropping in more water and paint. I read about this method on Susan Tustain-Harrison's website/blog.
My palette to this point is cobalt turquoise, viridian, cobalt blue, deep scarlet, perinone orange, perm. rose, yellow ochre, azo yellow and transparent brown oxide.
Friday, June 10, 2011
The girls were absolutely adorable, dressed in colorful long dresses, hats with feathers and their gloves. I had to up the contrast just so the drawing could be seen. I'm hoping I can portray how her head is slightly tilted as she looked up at me. Plus, need to check the distance between the eyes and the tilt of her left eye.
I did the reverse of what I normally do, drawing direct on the watercolor paper. So I'm going to trace it on to tracing paper just in case I need to paint it again.
I also did three small paintings where I dropped in colors randomly then tried to compose a painting from the random design. They were so bad that they will not get a debut here. I like to think of these times as working out problems/solutions, subconsciously making decisions as to how who what when where.
A big thank you to all the subscribers continuing along with me and to all of you making comments.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Below is photo of some of the fundamental composition formats from the book. Design comes into play when we structure the areas around the subject to play supporting roles by size, shape, light, dark, values, line value(size, length, width), massing of shapes and areas and colors. If I'm wrong in my thinking, I hope someone will correct me.
The second sketch of the two figures was actually done first, just to show the contrasts of light against dark.