Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pears in Watercolor

Fabriano Hot Press Paper
6 3/4" x 10 1/2"
or is it better cropped?
6 1/2" x 8 1/2"
I had a bit of time this morning so worked on these pears. I added Deep Scarlet and Undersea Green to the original color palette to get the deeper colors.

Pears, Base Color

Yesterday, I laid in base colors using French Ultramarine Blue (warm color in the shadow at the base of the pear), Antwerp Blue (cool color), Perinone Orange (warm color), Sap Green (warm color), New Gamboge (warm color), and Lemon Yellow (cool color). I am so use to painting landscapes which usually has cool shadows that I forget that indoors the shadows are usually warm if the source light is cool. So when I add the warmth of French Ultramarine Blue over the Antwerp blue in the shadows, I may get muddy colors if mixed with another color like the Perinone Orange or, if I'm lucky it could become a beautiful gray.

The reference photo I'm using is by Deb Leger with her permission.

It has been a busy couple of weeks as we prepare us and the house for visitors on Mother's Day weekend which is also our local Strawberry Festival and school class reunions. I grab what time I can just to lay down paint and hope that the next week I will have more time to devote to painting.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Watercolor Landscape using gesso

This painting began when I gessoed over a watercolor painting. I layed wax paper over the gesso and let that dry. Once it dried, I began laying in paint but the paint kept beading up so it must have been the wax. So I began applying more gesso and painting with watercolor into it. Sometimes I would let it dry, other times I would work with it wet.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Yesterday was Earth Day but, isn't every day?

In celebration of Earth Day, our area had a terrific thunder and hail storm last night. I hope the hail didn't damage the strawberry and fruit tree crops. Today, the sun shines through the clouds, setting a shine to the trees that are leafing against beautiful grays in the clouds. A truly miraculous light that cannot be captured with a camera.

Yesterday, a friend sent me a copy of "Chief Seattle's Thoughts" by Chief Seattle of the Suquamish. It is beautiful and a reminder that we are caretakers of this earth.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sketch of Mom w/Photo

A pencil sketch of my mother done from a photo taken at her 89th birthday party. The shape of the left eye is just a tad off but I did get her smile right!
Here is the photo I used. I blurred the background figures with Photoshop. As you can see there are areas that are off but I think I caught the essence of her.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Lost the Roses

The roses sort of went south as the more I tried to form them the worse they looked. I like a few areas in the leaves and a couple of small areas in the roses. This wasn't entirely a wasted effort because one thing I learned is to have definite shapes in mind. For this study, I used a round brush and did circular motions. The paper was dry so had some hard edges. It wasn't long though before the paper was soaking wet as I misted, brushed, blotted, misted some more and lifted some more. It was a mess but still there appeared a few areas that I considered magical.
Then in the wee hours of this a.m. (Sunday), I added some darks using Carmine, Pthalo Blue, Cobalt Green, Cad. Yellow Medium, Quin Violet and Ultramarine Blue. Still isn't great but enjoyed seeing all the paint work.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Experimenting Again, Pears, Wear Sunglasses

This is actually painted on an 1/8th sheet of watercolor paper and cropped with a photo imaging program simply because I liked the crop better. The painting is definitely red but maybe not quite as saturated as it looks here. This was just a play piece for colors, thinking of warm shadows and cool lights. I kept forgetting to use warm colors in the shadows so tried lifting the cool colors and reapplying warm colors. I know the form of the pears could have some harder edges and be shaped better but still I like this and it looks better in real life.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Watercolor Play

Watercolor Play
1/8th Sheet
Fabriano Hot Press Paper

I quickly did this today.

I placed big blobs of water on the paper with a brush then first dropped in a lemon yellow.
Placed more blobs of water, large and small, dropped in quin. violet.
Used a brush to connect the dots and let the paint run.
Then flicked warm and cool greens along with pthalo blue, sprayed lightly some areas with a mister.
Next, I used a thin brush to put in quin. burnt orange in zig zaggy lines.
Last, I placed saran wrap on it and placed a book on it.

Let it dry for just a few minutes and lifted. Once the paint and paper were thoroughly dry I added touches of Quin. Gold and darkened areas. I see a couple of fish, a couple of figures and even a mermaid possibly. Such a fun way to paint!

I continued to play by doing some negative painting, adding in some cobalt blue.

Then I cropped the painting using photo imagining software.

Sadie, Graphite Sketch

Sadie, Sitting on the Sand
Graphie Sketch
Typing Paper

This was such a fun sketch to do and very quick. I sharpened a woodless pencil and emptied the graphite from the sharpener on to paper. I smudged the paper with my finger then began lifting lights with a kneaded eraser and a paper towel. Then I used the same woodless HB pencil to place the eyes, ears and form a bit of the life preserver and clothing Sadie was wearing. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Old High School Acrylics

I changed a few things in this painting such as the direction two of the three figures were facing, added the semblance of a hand to the figure on the viewer's left, and worked just a little some of the other figures and the grasses. It looks so much better in real life, I think.

20" x 16"


Stretched Canvas

The painting has had a coat of acrylic medium put on it and is now on its way to have a frame chosen for it. The next step will be to varnish it. I may look at the foreground figures a little more though before varnishing. The one figure looks so stiff and perhaps it would be better to have her facing the other two figures. I'll consider that before putting on the final varnish.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Old School Update

A little more progress today. Still so much more to do, with the figures, the grass and on a couple of the windows.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Old High School WIP Kids Update

Today I started placing the kids on the porches and ground. The looks of the students will be more impressionistic rather than realistic. I used chalk initially to sketch them lightly on the canvas. Red and white are the school colors so that is why the figures in front are in those colors. I thought I would get the kids placed in then go back to work on other areas that need fine tuning, like some of those windows.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Old High School WIP - The Uglies

I call this stage of a painting "The Uglies". It looks like it isn't going to work as nothing looks like it will mesh and is all gobbledogook. I'm taking heart though that once the lines of the brick work is in and the windows and steps are correctly placed that it will begin to look more like our old school. This is still the blocking in stage for me, putting textures in the rock bricks, blocking in the windows. I'm using cobalt blue, hookers green, raw sienna, quin. magenta, along with gesso to lighten and payne's gray to darken or gray a color.

In the image below, you can see the work done on the windows. I have to repaint parts of that area to correct and bring in line with they way they actually looked. It is slow going as I try to get the look of the windows. One large window has approximately 18 panes of glass so I want to give the look of that many panes even if I don't actually paint that many.

I stopped painting for a bit to plant a "Peace" rose bush sent to me by dear friends. My BIL (brother-in-law) kindly dug the hole for me. Hopefully the colder weather is behind us.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Old High School In Progress

I started this painting last night in acrylics, size 20" x 16". It is of my old highschool that was torn down many years ago. I have been fussing with perspective most of the day. There are lines that need to be corrected and added before actually painting in details. The windows have small panes so I have to add the perspective lines for those so I can get them half way accurate.

To help resolve the prospective issues, I drew the eye level or horizon line on a picture of the painting then started drawing with Microsoft paint the perspective lines. That has been printed and so now I can proceed. It has been storming here all afternoon and pouring rain which is great for the crops but I unplug the computer so no printing, etc. Right now it is nice and calm but more storms are expected. The rain is at least good for the crops, greening up grass and napping or reading a book.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

School Sketch

A quick sketch of my old rock high school with students pouring out of the building after the last bell has run. The building was torn down some time ago so I only have a few photos and memories to go by. I have to be sure to get the correct perspective of the building and the figures or those boys will look like giants or is it that the girls will look dainty? I will be painting something similar to this for our 45th high school reunion booklet, if I get it finished in time.
Hooray, the ANA newsletter has been sent to the printer and wouldn't you know, I found a misspelled word!
For those artists in the Northwest Arkansas area, there is now Open Sessions on Friday at the Nadine Baum Studios from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Working Man, 10 minute sketch

The sketch of my brother-in-law repairing my door is a little hard to see. It is graphite on typing paper. I missed sketching and just had to do something with a pencil or brush after working on the computer most of the day.

A Big Thank You!

I noticed a link to Rhonda's blog that wasn't working so fixed that.

I have devoted artist friends who regularly provide encouragement and support. We met through Watercolor Workshop, a yahoo group, about five years ago. During that time, we did a year long monthly painting project, and often have projects such as underpainting the pears, that we all do together (or as many of us that can.) So to Deb(Canada), Rhonda(Kentucky), Paulette(New York) and Teresa(Spain), many, many thanks for offering solid critiques, insightful comments, and kind words when I needed my flagging ego boosted.

On a side note, today (and maybe part of tomorrow) is being devoted to preparing the ANA (Artists of Northwest Arkansas) monthly newsletter for printing. From that information, the ANA website is updated. Which means, in case you are wondering, there won't be a lot of painting or sketching done today, if any. Unless everything goes very smoothly and I finish quicker than expected. Wouldn't that be a bonus (for me anyway.)