Thursday, December 31, 2009

TMC #20, Tootsie Rolls

Wanted to do a TMC so grabbed this kid's Tootsie Roll bank my twin gave me because she knows I love Tootsie Rolls.  One would think this would be a simple subject to do but with all the writing and the little tootsie rolls on the can it wasn't that easy. You can see I didn't have time to finish or even correct much.  Still, it was fun and challenging, especially the ellipses. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dusting of Snow

This is  a very early morning zoom photo of the area up the hill from the back of the house.  Love those cedar trees and the light dusting of snow.

I have begun a small watercolor by dripping and spritzing color, starting with a very pale yellow, then added quin. coral.  Once that dried, viridian and cobalt were added to the outer edges.  What is the painting going to be?  Right now I haven't a clue but wanted to try something different than my usual method of using a brush.  Maybe it will turn out, maybe it won't but my next step is to draw the chosen subject. 

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Barbara, Charcoal

8" x 9"
Charcoal on gray tinted paper

Tomorrow is my sister-in-law's birthday and this is her gift.  If their subdivision roads are clear they will come for a visit.  They had so much ice and snow they couldn't get out of their driveway. 

Barbara has the most beautiful silvery, gray-white hair and lovely cheek bones.  Not only that she cooks & bakes like a dream and has more energy than anyone I know. 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

TMC #19, Handbag

TMC #19
4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Gessoed Bristol Board

Wanted to get an early start today so set this fabric handbag on my paint table.  I wanted to practice painting the folds and shadows.

Christmas Eve morning, and all is quiet.  Mornings are a special time, any morning.  A wonderful time to listen to the quiet, all the things we don't normally hear in the rush of daily living.  A time to reacquaint ourselves with our most cherished dreams, a time for thanks.  I'm hoping we all find a moment of this refreshing quiet time. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sisters Finished

 Three Sisters
Each matted to 11" x 14"

I put some studio mats on the graphite drawings of my nieces as protection for delivery to my sister.  The drawings are what she requested for Christmas.  Now the waiting begins, to see whether she likes them or wants changes.  They do look like the girls but the resemblance isn't as close as I would like. In other words, they aren't spot on lol.  Maybe in a year's time my skill will have improved. 

Monday, December 21, 2009

TMC #18, Erasers

TMC #18, Erasers
1 3/4" x 2 3/4"
Watercolor & Ink

This subject was challenging to paint since the erasers are white or gray and one covered with charcoal erasure areas. I used ink to do a bit of line to delineate the erasers.   The grays were mixed with Indanthrone Blue, Burnt Sienna combination , or French Ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, changing the color by adding a bif  of quin. magenta or lemon yellow or more blue or more brown. 

Countdown to Christmas - wishing each of you good things in your day to day journey.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Santa, Merry Christmas Everyone!

Being in the Christmas mood, had to paint Santa this year.  5" x 7" watercolor and gouache, painted to the edges of the Fabriano watercolor paper. 

Wishing each of you a life filled with health, happiness, prosperity and love, and praying for peace.  

Saturday, December 19, 2009

TMC #17

The darks in this TMC are Indanthrone Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow.  The golds are Spanish Gold Ochre and Quin. Gold.  French Ultramarine Blue used in the background.  The powder belonged to my sister and those are nail clippers beside the powder.  Because these are 20 minutes it was a challenge to even get close on the ellipses.  The other thing that runs through my head when looking at the finished TMC is that there are so many different ways this could be painted or drawn, emphasizing line or shapes or colors.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Before Daylight

These items were sitting on the window sill and could see the reflections in the glass.  Painted on 5" x 7" Fabriano watercolor paper. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Steph, Graphite

Graphite on Bristol Board
8 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Graphite Portrait

7 1/2" x 9"
Bristol Board

Instead of doing the 20 Minute Challenge every day I have been working on my portrait skills.  Carol's personality shines through in her smile and I hope I captured that.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

TMC #16, Feather Duster

This was painted a few minutes ago in acrylics and I don't like it but am showing it anyway.  It is a Pledge can and a duster.  

Then yesterday the only thing I painted were these two little things in watercolor as i was thinking of Christmas.  Just had to get my brushes wet and play a little. 

Friday, December 11, 2009

TMC #15, Tools Again

This time gesso was applied to bristol board and  the subject matter was painted in watercolor.  The pliers are better this time I think and added screws for a bit of interest.  Still need to work on shadows and their shapes.  One of these days will start applying backgrounds, as time allows even if it is just a swish of the brush.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Watercolor Portrait for CWC

Finished painting

Underpainting in Terre Verte

I used one of my niece's photo as a reference to paint this for the Yahoo colorfulwatercolor art group hosted by Rhonda Carpenter.  We were to do a monochromatic painting first then overpaint the same painting.  I chose terre verte (green) by Holbein as my underpainting.since I wanted that color in the shadows. 

This was painted on bristol board and kept getting hard edges as the paper absorbed the paint so fast.  It was hard to soften the edges without beading the paper.  I couldn't get smooth transitions.  Maybe I should have wet the paper first then dropped in paint.  BTW, this does not look like my niece but has some similarities.  Still, it was all a learning process. 

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

TMC #14, Hand Tools

I grabbed some hand tools and however they landed on the table was how I was going to paint them.  This TMC is a bit confusing when it comes to separation of the tools and some of the shapes are unclear.  The black handle has areas of light that are barely seen in the photo but are much more distinct in real life.  Tools are fun to paint and even with all the irregularities, I would paint this again. 

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Hand Sketch, Graphite

Did this hand sketch this morning as a warm up.  I didn't time it so it won't count for the 20 minute challenge.  Yesterday, I worked on a portrait, my third try at drawing this person.  It is heading for the trash bin.  It was a case of almost right but some shapes were wrong.

I will start another one today and hope to start with a very light line drawing to be sure the shapes are correct.  I have a very heavy hand so this will take diligence to keep it light until the values are gradually shaded to create the form. 

Last night I watched a hand tutorial at  Drawing Tutorials Online and one of the things learned is that the first two phalanges (from the tip of the finger) equal the length of the third phalange.  Hopefully, I learned a lot more as I also watched two portrait videosl.  My thinking is that the more often I watch the videos, more information will sink in and, the more I practice, the more the information will be firmly embedded in my subconscious and the hand/eye coordination becomes more in sync. 

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Dirty Dishes, Still Life Study

There were some dirty dishes that needed to be taken to the kitchen, instead I used them for this 9" x 12" acrylic painting.  It has probably been a year or so since I have painted with acrylics andI had forgotten how fast they dry.   The palette consisted of Cad. Red light, Cad. Yellow Deep, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Blue and gesso for white.   My plan is to do a 20 minute painting using acrylics.  Wonder how much of the subject matter will get blocked in during that short time frame??

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Christmas Candy

This 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" painting is my first Christmas painting this year.  I have had the reference photo for a couple of years but wouldn't paint it because I found the plaid napkin and the filigree mirrored tray rather daunting.  I still do but gave it a try anyway. 

TMC #13, Iron

TMC #13
5" x 7" Fabriano paper

Friday, December 04, 2009

Portrait Sketch

I did this quick portrait sketch using vine charcoal on bristol board this morning for practice. I eyeballed the measurements and came really close.  The left eye is just a bit high but overall I like it.  Doing these practice sketches is helping to train my eyes and hands.   

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

TMC #12, Scissors

I felt rushed through this TMC.  You know the feeling, so much ground (paper) to cover and so little time.  The one area of learning that keeps reenforcing itself when doing these little studies is that painting is all about values and shapes.  Design and color also play an integral part. 

Worked more on the first graphite portrait yesterday.  Today I will revisit the mouth area.  I'm at the point where it looks like the person's mouth but still isn't quite right.  The Christmas client says it looks just like the person though so that is a big plus.  Did you notice I'm not saying whether it is male or female?