Monday, May 28, 2007

Mabry Mill, Acrylic

This photo of the painting was scanned after I worked on the reflection a bit more. The building reflections needed to be straightened a bit. 18" x 14 " acrylic painting on stretched canvas.

This photo of the painting is the one I posted at Wet Canvas for the Composition Challenge. It was scanned this afternoon in six pieces and merged together.

Mabry Mill In Progress

Quickly blocked in color and shapes, 18" x 14", acrylic.

I've Been Tagged

A watercolor artist friend, Rhonda Carpenter, tagged me and now I have to tag seven other people as well as tell seven things about myself. I'm guessing the purpose of "tagging" is to share a few of one's favorite blogs.

1. I am a twin but not an identical twin. My twin shows her indian heritage while I am fair.

2. Worked in Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope, Alaska, for Sohio Construction Company (SCC). SCC was owned by Standard Oil of Ohio which was owned by British Petroleum (BP).

3. Began painting in my mid-30's for about three years, then stopped for more than 20 years, until a few years ago.

4. I am a grandmother of four.

5. My favorite vacation spot is Hawaii. The tradewinds are like silk caressing the skin.

6. I was a receptionist for former Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel.

7. I believe in God, Family. staunch Friends, and Country, all of which gives me a firm foundation.

Now for seven (7) Blogs that I am going to tag because I their art resonates with me:

1. Celeste Vaught, Celeste, does beautiful acrylic paintings and has great design/composition skill.

2. Anita Davies, Anita is an English artist that has a terrific eye which is reflected beginning with the sketch to the finished work.

3. Peter Yesis, I enjoy his still life and plein aire work so much.

4. Jon Bernard Koch,, is another artist whose work I admire.

5. Sandra Wilson,, is a watercolor artist that paints lovely light.

6. Dean H.,, is one of my favorite of the Daily Painters, for his use of color and his animal paintings.

7. Rebecca Finch,, has such beauty in her work.

These are just a few of the artists that I enjoy. I hope you visit their Blogs and see the talent I see.


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Mabry Mill, Graphite Sketch

A quick graphite sketch about 6" x 4" from a reference photo taken by Ckendall and posted in the copyright free Wet Canvas Reference Library. I am going to paint this using that photo and this sketch for reference for the Composition Challenge in the Acrylics Forum at Wet Canvas. Stay tuned!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Dinner Time Update

This painting was critiqued by a watercolor landscape group and suggested cropping or changing the tree on the viewer's right, so I added a fir tree, darkened a bit of grass at the feet of the moose.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dinner Time

I took this photo outside and brightened it a little to show the light that is actually in the painting.
11" x 15" Arches cold press watercolor paper. Image size 1" less.

Moose Sketch

The painting has begun. The sky is a mixture of Manganese Blue, Pthalo Blue and Cerulean Blue. The photo was taken inside under warm/cool fluorescent lights so it is showing more blue. The moose is a mixture of Pthalo Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Indian Red, and Raw Sienna. Mixing the colors for the moose one can shift the color by adding a touch more red or more green or more blue to the gray mixture.
Quick moose sketch on 11" x 15" 140lb. watercolor paper. I had to use Photoshop to darken it enough to show in a photo. Even more of the pencil lines wil be lifted so they are barely noticeable through the watercolor. The reference photo is from the public domain of Fish & Wildlife.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Color Mixing Darks

This morning I've been trying to achieve luminous darks, where the color looks dark but transparent and other colors shine through. I flipped over a used piece of watercolor paper that had blobs of color on it from painting wet in wet on the front and letting it drip on the desk easel. So this study started off with grays which are the gray colors in the sky. Then I dropped in Indanthrone Blue, misted it with water, then added Perinone Orange. From there I added Quinacradone Red and Cadmium Yellow Pale. Misted the paper again, tipped and tilted it do the colors mixed and dripped. Then I use the end of a Flat and scraped in tree trunks. Fast and furious but fun. Not a painting but a lovely way to learn color mixing.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Down The Road

Still playing with watercolors. This is a small 10" x 7" on Fabriano hot press paper. I used Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Pthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue. The greens are a little cooler (bluer) in color than they appear here I think. The blue in the sky has a hint of gray in it. This photo was taken outside and it always cast a blue tint to the photos.

After Alexander Cozens, Watercolor Painting

Oops, I goofed on the original artist.

I recently joined a watercolor group devoted to study Old Masters' landscape paintings. We try to copy the painting in watercolor. It is easy, NOT. One would think the work is already done and it is, as far as the composition. But trying to unravel the color mixes, creating the values while trying to paint in a manner that is somewhat alien, is really a challenge. I love it and know I will learn a lot.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Composition Challenge - Landscape "Bucky"

Cropped the image and took this photo with the outside light from the West. I gave the cropped painting to my brother for his birthday, since Bucky is his horse.

7" x 10 1/2" acrylic on Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper. This painting was done for the Composition Challenge in the Acrylics Forum. The painting is from a reference photo taken earlier this Spring of Bucky, a quarterhorse, grazing in our pasture. I just noticed the photo is out of focus and so will take another one during daylight tomorrow.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

"Bucky" Sketch

4" x 5" graphite sketch. Practicing animals. I am planning on painting Bucky which is a buckskin quarter horse. The reference photo is one I took earlier this Spring.

Different Strokes Project - Nala

"Nala", 12" x 9" acrylic on watercolor paper. Painted for the Different Strokes project at Wet Canvas which will be posted tomorrow.

I lightened a bit of the grasses and took a different photo.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A Single Rose Final

I changed the color and shape of the vase, added a couple of rose petals, darkened the background a bit. It is now signed!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Single Rose

12" x 48" acrylic painted on canvas mounted to hardboard. This one has been a real challenge to paint as I wanted the rose to appear to come forward while the vase set back in the shadows more or less. The other challenge was to get a fairly decent photo.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Watercolor Rose

I'm finding it hard to get an accurate photo so I used the scannerThis is the most accurate photo so far. In the greens more purple was added then grayed/darkened the window a bit more and added more muted greens and purple to the background.

4 1/4" x 14" on 140lb. Arches watercolor paper. I needed to post this to see what the painting looks like on the monitor. In person, It has lovely light and those dark greens set off the red beautifully. The reds are more red than pink in real life.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Rose Sketch

A rough pencil sketch of a single rose. We are studying composition and design in the Acrylics Forum at Wet Canvas. I'm trying to understand placement of large shapes, line and form, balancing lights and darks. I have a 12" x 48" canvas mounted hardboard ready for painting. So I'm questioning whether this works. More sketches to do before deciding on a final one.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tree Studies in Watercolor

Loosening up with tree studies in watercolor. Playing with color, tree shapes, light.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Loosening Up With Watercolor

To get the cobwebs out of my brain this morning, I loosened up with watercolors. This is from the imagination and a play of red against green, warm against cool colors. Size is 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" on 300# Arches watercolor paper.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Great White Shape

A friend of mine explained the Great White Shape on her blog, So I took a photo that I really liked and using tracing paper traced a white shape.
Then using Photoshop Elements I filled in some black areas as well as a bit of gray. The object was to have the white shape go off the edge of the paper on three different sides. Whether this is good, bad or indifferent, I haven't a clue lol. The question is, can I create something using these shapes. I could also invert the black to white to see if I like that design better. Doing something like this gets one to thinking outside the box or outside one's normal way of looking or seeing.

San Francisco Whart

12" x 12" gallery wrapped canvas. Mixed Media of acrylic and oils.The figure on the top deck was blocked in with acrylics then finished in oils. The lower deck elements were reworked in oils as well as lights added to some of the boats.

I hung the painting on the living room wall and took photos of the sides. The lighting wasn't the best but these will give a general idea of how the sides look