Sunday, May 31, 2009

Garden Statue, Watercolor

Garden Statue
9 1/2" x 18"

Palette used was Sepia, Deep Scarlet, Cobalt Blue, Spanish Gold Ochre, and Cobalt Green. Reference photo from the Wet Canvas RIL.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Watercolor Play, Trees

After a hiatus from painting, I wet the watercolors and just dropped in color, scraped and lifted. The texture is from the 300lb. Arches watercolor paper when scraping away wet paint. Size is approximately 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Garden Statuary Sketch

A sketch from a photo from the Wet Canvas Image Reference Library, of a statute in a rock garden.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chatter, Puppies

Tom on the right, Jerrie on the left

Jill being held by my niece

Jackie playing with a new toy

These are the puppies at 7 1/2 weeks. Aren't they adorable.

I am painting a little each day on the birthday portrait, making progress. I hope soon to get it finished.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Birthday Portrait WIP Update

As can be seen so many areas to work and rework. Today's main goal is to correct the eyes. It has to do with shapes and values, so the eyes set in their sockets and appear rounded, along with making sure the eyes are level and shaped correctly. The nose is shaped about right as is the mouth, and will clarify the values and colors in those areas as well.

Since I've taken the pressure off of myself for perfection and to just enjoy the process, it doesn't bother me to make a wrong stroke or use a color that doesn't work. I know it can be scraped off and reapplied. Very liberating. Is there a possibility of the painting being overworked? Of course, but not at this stage. My main concern is muddy colors instead of the fresh color I want. I am learning a lot about myself and how timid I am with darks.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, Monday

Thank you Liz Holm for sending this award my way. I am a huge fan of Liz' work but also hold considerable admiration for her as a person. She is thoughtful, generous and a gentle soul.

One of the things to be done when receiving this award is to list seven things I love. In stead of seven things, I will just say I love waking up each new day which is filled with the unknown, the mystery of what is yet to happen during the day.

The other thing to be done is to pass this award along to seven other artists. Instead of doing that I would like to pass it along to every artist, those that are new and learning their craft, those that continue to paint and often struggle as the learning continues and to the professionals that give us inspiration and aspirations.

Remember this portrait I was doing for my twin's birthday? It still is not finished so yesterday I set it up on the easel again. I pushed paint around and I mean that literally. While pushing around paint her face grew, and believe me that is not a good thing, so I scraped her face down again. It is dry this morning so I will go in with charcoal and redraw her before starting again. I wonder why I am struggling so with this portrait. Could it be I'm wanting it to be perfect and when it doesn't happen I become frustrated? More than likely lol.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

DSFDF Oil Painting

Karin Jurick hosts the Different Strokes for Different Folks blog. She provides a photo bi-weekly and different artists paint their interpretation. I decided to paint a cropped version and just sent this photo of my painting to her. Hope the photo is acceptable as the paint is still wet. The painting is 9" x 12" on gessoed Ampersand Bord.

I forgot to mention the palette used for the painting: Naples Yellow, Cad. Yellow, Cad. Orange, Cad. Red, Fr. Ultra. Blue, Paynes Gray and Titanium White.

Monday, May 11, 2009

White Hawk, Photos

One of our visitors this weekend was White Hawk, a four year old Arapaho boy from Wyoming. He came with his newly adopted grandfather, Tom, who is a wonderful family friend. I have to say this little boy captured my heart. We played with Leggo's, then played hide and seek. We sang and we tickled. I loved watching how he concentrated on each thing and then would look up with such openness of heart and joy. He and Grandpa Tom are leaving for home today and I will miss them.

What does this have to do with painting? Well, who could resist painting that face. I have several photos as he runs across the yard, concentrates on kicking the ball and just sits quietly.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Puzzle Piece 3, Watercolor

I painted this piece of the puzzle in April and today the images were posted. There were two teams painting the same photo and the completed paintings can be seen below. My painting was used in both team paintings as was Bonnie's. It was a fun and challenging painting, especially when I had one table leg angled totally wrong.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Bell, Book & Candle Updated

This morning I worked on the Bell, Book & Candle painting. As can be seen in the side by side comparison, I darkened a lot of areas plus added the cast shadow from the candle and holder. I added a bit warmer yellow paint to the book, added more red and shadows to the bell, added more shadows to the brass candle holder as well as the table top and background. I darkened the cloth that is on the viewer's right behind the book.

Now the question is which way do I like the painting - cropped or uncropped???

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Bell, Book & Candle, Watercolor

The subject for a project, due to be posted tomorrow at Painting Friends, was bell, book and candle. I set this up on a table and took several photos of the setup from different angles, so this subject may show up in another painting. Below is a grayscale to get an indication of the values. My favorite part of the painting is the candle.

300lb. Arches watercolor paper
cropped to 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" image size.

Below you can see what was cropped from the top of the painting. The reason I cropped is because I felt the background was competing with the focal area and felt a close crop would do the subject more justice. I love the way watercolor mixes on the paper.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Family Reunion, Watercolor

I had a chance today to paint this 5 1/2" x 10" watercolor from a photo I took at one of our family reunions. While I was painting this I was remembering the many gatherings that have taken place in this yard over the last 60 years.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Another Sketch

Karin Jurick hosts the Different Strokes from Different Folks (DSFDF) blog. This sketch is based on her photo for the current challenge. This challenge ends May 20th and is one I would like to try hence getting my feet wet with the sketch before trying my hand at painting a cityscape. Karin's blog is one I truly enjoy as there is so much talent in the work posted.