|Dance Class/ oil on board/ 7" x 5"/ available at Low Country Gallery )(HH)|
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
|I See You/watercolor/ 6.25" x 7.5"/ SOLD|
Friday, March 29, 2013
|Into the Sunshine/ oil on board/ 7" x 5"/ $125|
In this painting, I wanted to try a limited palette before I suggested that my class use it. This was painted using a limited palette of ivory black, titanium white, transparent red oxide and yellow ochre. Once completed, this painting was beautiful and serene but seemed too dark for a child. Therefore, cad yellow medium, turquoise and persian rose were added.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
|Clowning Around/ watercolor/ 13.5" x 11"|
|Large Silk Tulip in progress|
Artist Note for WW: This was painted in layers. The first layer was laid in wet into wet but in pieces. The blues and yellows were put in separately to keep them distinct, Details and dimension were then added wet onto dry in the next layers. Finally, areas were lifted out to create the effect of backlighting.
Below is a technique of painting silk in watercolor style (without resist lines).
The artist that seems best known for this method is Karen Sistek (link). I have worked to get this technique working in my hands for the last 3+ months. After the silk is painted without resist lines, it must be steamed to heat set the dyes and then will be fixed to a canvas (two more procedures that have been tricky to work out.)
I will post these when they are successfully mounted onto canvas.
Monday, March 25, 2013
|Spring Roses/ watercolor/ 11" x 16.5"|
|Silk Poppy before steaming and applying to canvas|
Details and invitations will follow.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
|Daffodils in Cobalt Vase/ watercolor/ 5.25" x 5.5"/SOLD|
The challenge for this painting was the blue-black background. This is cobalt blue mixed with ivory black applied in a wet flat wash onto dry paper.
I painted the daffodil shadows as I lost the light in my studio. When I paint with less light, I usually find that I see a darker value (hence the quin gold in the shadows). I will retry this study in the light. I believe that the shadows will probably end up a lighter value... interesting to see.
Friday, March 22, 2013
|Spring Gerbera Daisies/ oil on board/ 8" x 8"/ SOLD|
Therefore, I chose to paint with mostly warm tones.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
|More Rabbits/ watercolor/ 8.5" x 8.5"|
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
|Easter Bunny Applicants/ watercolor/ 8" x 9"/ $65|
This painting was a warm up for the complex watercolor I am working on. The colors used were: rose madder genuine, yellow ochre, cerulean and cobalt blues, sap green, cad yellow, burnt sienna and ivory black. The small rabbit is a floppy fellow from France. He usually lives in a fashionable box.
The large one was an Easter gift, many years ago to my daughter and his soft fur has chocolate(?) hug marks.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
|Stairway Cat/ oil on board/ 4" x 4"/ $55|
Today, I helped two special students photograph their art portfolios. Seeing their well executed work compiled made their exit dates to college seem too close. Like my children, they will be gone too soon.
I love what Kahil Gibran wrote:
"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.......
Monday, March 18, 2013
|Nose to Nose/ watercolor/ 5.5" x 10.5"/SOLD|
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
|Single Pansy in Glass/ oil on board/ 4" x 4"/ $55|
|Pear Study/ oil on board/ 4" x 4"/ $ 55|
Thursday, March 14, 2013
|Garden Pack of Pansies/ oil on board/ 6" x 6"/SOLD|
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
|Exploring/ oil on board/ 6" x 6"/available at Low Country Gallery )(HH)|
Today, I wanted to paint reflections. I took an image of seagulls with beautiful reflections and imagined this wonderful dog in the same tide pool. I love the orange of the dog's coat with its blue green visual compliment. Makes me wish for the beach!!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
|Spring Foal/ oil on board/ 4" x 4"/ SOLD|
I am not posting Watercolor Wednesday today. I have a large watercolor painting that needs minor adjustments before submitting to a show deadline. Hopefully, I'll post a preview of it tomorrow.
Today's daily painting was inspired by the beautiful spring day. I especially liked the backlighting and the fresh yellow greens in the grass. A different view of this little foal was gifted for a special birthday yesterday.
Monday, March 11, 2013
|A Beautiful Face/ oil on board/ 4" x 4"/ sold|
Sunday, March 10, 2013
|Still Life Study/oil on board/ 8" x 8"|
Sometimes, the goal matters.
Today, another daily painting is finished.
My large painting, more importantly, is going slowly and well, so far. So, there is that.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
They are painted with a technique learned from Paul McCormack.
Using a TINY brush,
wet the entire eye except the highlight.
Drop grey into the white of the eye and bleed it up to iris.
Drop in iris color, let it spread over the pupil and work it out to the edges of the iris as it dries. The iris is soft edged, not a cutout ball. Drop in ivory black for soft edged pupil.
Next, put the iris color plus black where the upper lid shadows the iris and drag this color around the outside of the iris.
Place a warm dark red to the upper lid line down to the tear duct.
Put mostly cad red to the tear duct keeping away from the highlight and
bleed it into the white of the eye.
It takes a great deal of time to paint a watercolor painting when it is done in transparent layers. Paul McCormack said that a head and neck study takes him 80 hours. I am into these little eyes, which are a small part of the completed painting, over 90 minutes each eye and that is for the incomplete one....
Friday, March 8, 2013
|Bluejay Study/ watercolor/ 5" x 9"/ SOLD|
I am currently working daily on large watercolors in hopes of a submission to a large national juried show. Sometimes, I make an irretrievable mistake. Most recently, it was having a little too much cerulean blue in a shadow color which made the skin tone too "grainy". Because technical excellence is one criteria for acceptance, I must restart a painting and on those days, my daily small paintings are not completed. Today, however, this little guy just wanted to be painted and the big paintings just had to wait!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
|Dashing Sandpiper/ oil on canvas board/ 6" x 6"/ SOLD|
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
|Iris Study/ watercolor// 5.5" x 6"/ $100|
This little watercolor was painted in only two to four layers: wet onto dry. The colors used were alizarin crimson, winsor purple, passionate purple, sap green, quin gold, indian yellow and a touch of aureolin. The background was ivory black, raw umber, some sap green, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson. Many of the edges were softened after painting with a clean water wash.
Monday, March 4, 2013
|Onion Study/ oil on board/ 4"x 4"/ available at Low Country Gallery )(HH)|
Today, I am painting in oils after my trip. My first painting was a "wipe". This little study is better. I love the colors. I disrupted the surface by scratching again. Julie Ford Oliver mentioned that Charles Mundy uses scratching on his paintings, so I will look his work up sometime this week, when the dust settles. I am continuing to experiment with fracturing and struggle with taking too much paint off. Again, Julie Ford Oliver suggested a lighter touch in a comment she made to the blood oranges painting, so that will be what I think about next time.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
|Pansy study/ watercolor/ 7.5" x 5.5"/SOLD|
Still warming up after a week away.
I found painting the shadows and lit areas on the orange pansy a challenge. While this finally works, I think I will try painting sunlit orange pansies again. Here, the best shadows were created using scarlet red, translucent orange and a hint of quin gold (the gold quickly dulls or muddies the color). The lit parts are aureolin and white paper.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
|Most of February's small paintings|
I am home finally and warming up with a small spring watercolor.
|Spring Sunshine/ watercolor/ 5" x 7"/ SOLD|
This was painted quickly with only three layers of color.The colors included aureolin yellow, indian yellow, translucent orange, cobalt blue, quin gold, sap green and undersea green.