Saturday, January 30, 2010

Graphite Sketch

This is a sketch of my nephew as I familiarize myself with his features.  It feels good to be sketching again.  Used a 4B graphite pencil on drawing paper.  In the drawing I will have to pay particular attention to his eyes which always appear to have a twinkle in them. 

Snow & Ice Photos

Our area was one of the fortunate ones as we didn't get much ice or snow.  The areas of central and western Oklahoma fared much, much worse as there are tens of thousands without power.  Crews from different states have come in to help our local crews.  I feel for them out in this cold, cold weather and for all those who are having a problem getting heat and/or food.  I haven't heard or seen a car on the highway this morning.  It is so quiet except for the tapping of the keyboard. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yupo Roses

 Yupo Roses - top photo taken at 2:00 a.m.

 Yupo Roses - photo taken outside this a.m.
7" x 9"
Watercolor on Yupo

Finally finished this tonight.  Again, this will sit for a day or so to see if there any changes I feel need to be made.  Now I have to find out if this needs to be sealed or if it can just be matted and framed. 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yupo Adventure, In Progress

My first adventure painting on yupo and thought I would share this stage with you.  It is difficult to tell where one rose ends and another begins.  My next step is to reform the roses, wetting a petal, wiping it off and repainting it.  It truly is an adventure trying to smoothly form each petal with one stroke.  Since this has set overnight, I am wondering how well the red will lift.  No doubt there will be a pink tint to the yupo.  Do you see the whitest, white in the leaf area on the viewer's right?  That is the actual color of the yupo

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Turtle, Updated

The shape of the large rock bothered me as can be seen in the photo in yesterday's post.  I felt the shape was about the same size and shape as the turtle shell and it was also quite vibrate.  So I changed the shape of the rock and redid the water as well as working a bit more on the turtle.  This is it for this painting as I'm ready to go on to something else. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Turtle, Watercolor & Gessoed Bristol Board, WIP

Gessoed Bristol Board
8 3/4" x 11 3/4"

This is close to finished.  It needs to set for a day or so to see what changes, if any, need to be made. 

Watercolor & Gessoed Bristol Board, WIP

When you view the above photo of this painting, I bet you are asking yourself, what is this?  It is the upper right corner of an in progress painting on gessoed bristol board.  It is the first application of paint and I am thoroughly enjoying laying down the paint and studying it to see what happens.  See the brush strokes?  The paint can also be lifted or wiped away quite easily unless a staining color is used. 

Thanks to Rhonda of the Colorful Watercolor group for the tip that paint applied to gessoed paper or Yupo works best with less water. 

My palette for this painting is mostly granulating colors.  The only pale yellow (not earth tones) that I have that granulates is Daniel Smith's Nickel Titanate Yellow which is semi-transparent and non-staining.  Along with that yellow, my palette, at this point, includes French Ultramarine Blue, Indanthrone Blue (for darks), Ultramarine Violet, Undersea Green, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Viridian. 

This one painting will be submitted to two online groups.  Painting Friends has a Friday Foto challenge and  I chose the photo for this week from the Wet Canvas RIL  This same photo is also ideal for learning textures and colors which we are studying at the Colorful Watercolor Yahoo group. 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January Mindbender, Painting Friends

January Mindbender
5" x 7"
Painting Friends online art group has a monthly Mindbender Challenge where a photo is posted by one of its members.  From that photo the members are to choose a composition to paint.  It could be all of the photo or just a very, very small detail.  As you can see in the photo below (taken by Madmum) there is a lot to see and from which to choose.   I tackled the area outlined in white simply because I was too chicken to paint even a portion of the buildings lol.  Oh yes, the white let on the paper can either be rocks or sheep, whatever you see. :)

For this painting, I used Quinacridone Gold, Hansa Yellow Light, Quin. Burnt Orange, Cobalt Blue, Fr. Ultramarine Blue, Indanthrene Blue, and Quin. Magenta, all by Daniel Smith.

Friday, January 15, 2010

TMC #24, Watercolor Tubes

Daniel Smith Watercolor Tubes
5" x 7"
Fabriano Aristico Paper

I thought I would pick something simple to paint today, wrong.  They look simple but anytime there is writing it takes me longer.  As you can see, I didn't get very far as there was only a couple of minutes left on the timer when I started.  My goal was to have the darks, dark enough on the first go around.  I used masking tape for the white label areas.  I hope to use the 20 minute challenge to learn to mix the value and try for one stroke and leave it.  It didn't happen this time as can be seen in the shadows,  but with more practice I will learn.  The hardest part is leaving the stroke alone.  In looking at these tubes, I think it is time to order more paint. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


5" x 7" cropped to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

I forgot to set the timer for the second 20 minutes and just kept painting.  This is what occurred since I posted the earlier WIP. 

Edited this to mention again the photo reference is by Lil from Painting Friends.

Daffodils, In Progress

Using a reference photo provided by Lil from Painting Friends online group for the Friday Foto challenge, I set the timer for 20 minutes and painted this 5" x 7" watercolor painting. The timer will be set again for 20 minutes to see how far this painting can be developed within that time frame.  I already know there will be some petal adjusting, negative space painting and a bit of rearranging in the background. 

Sunday, January 10, 2010

TMC #23, Tulips

TMC #23
Tulips in Brass Vase
5" x 7"

With this 20 minute challenge I was trying to looking at the larger shapes, especially the darks,then soften edges to achieve a bit of gradation in value along the shadow edge.  Another area I wanted to practice was to leave white space, especially until the color dried.  My plan was to then glaze in a lighter value to give the flowers more form.  I ran out of time so didn't accomplish that. 

Friday, January 08, 2010

Pear, Pastel Study

Desiree, from Painting Friends online group has done a workshop demo using pastels and her finished painting can be seen on her blog - just click on her name.  She did a great job of doing videos for us which are chock full of information.  As you can see mine has no where the polish or finished look.  I have a very limited number of pastels so used what I had.  Sure missed having grays and whites.  The lightest color is a very pale blue.  I truly enjoyed working in pastels and may try it again but for now I'm ready for watercolors, oils or acrylics.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


6 1/4" x 7 1/2"

Daisy, Update 2

Worked on this again this morning.  Still have more to do such as linking the areas and defining the flowers more.  I'm waking up at 1 or 2 in the morning to paint. 

I think I have mentioned before that my mother has macular degeneration and she said Tuesday that her vision is getting much worse.  That means spending more time with her and more interruptions for me. This means she won't be able to make her quilts and needs something to keep her mind and hands busy.  She is struggling now but won't let us sew for her.  I'm going to do my best to talk her into painting.  She can still see color and large shapes so this should be fun and a challenge for her, I hope. 

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Daisies, In Progress

Do you remember the other day my mentioning that I had spritzed and spattered watercolor on a piece of paper but wasn't sure what I was going to paint.  About two a.m. this morning I decided to paint daisies.  I've had the photo for awhile and liked the contrasts in it plus the little bee that was sitting on the flower.  So far I'm doing both negative and positive painting mainly establishing the composition.  This painting is painted to the edge of the 7 1/2" x 11" Fabriano paper and will crop once everything is painted in.  

Monday, January 04, 2010

TMC #22, Clothes Pins

TMC #22
Clothes Pins
Watercolor & Ink
On 5" x 7" Fabriano paper

I have been in a painting slump and these little 20 minute paintings are the thing that is keeping me painting right now.   I think the slump is really a period of creativity in my mind as I mull things (subjects, compositions, etc.) over.  At least I hope that is what this slump is about.  I find that after completing several things, like the portraits, this happens to me.  Today, I plan to seal boards and apply gesso to them so they are ready for painting in either acrylic or oils. 

Friday, January 01, 2010

TMC #21, HAPPY 2010 TO YOU

 TMC #21
On 5" x 7" Fabriano paper

Happy New Year to each of you and thank you for following this blog and all of your encouraging comments. Another thanks to all the artists' blogs I follow, for sharing your work and your knowledge.  It has been a pleasure to visit your blogs.

This TMC is again of an area across the highway from me.  Again, I eliminated the buildings because I wanted to concentrate on the leafless tree.  There are so many landscape artist I admire that can paint leafless trees so well, that get the essence of the bare branches with just a few leaves hanging on.  Will have to practice more to get the essence of distant branches and leaves.  Still, it was a beautiful morning with frost on the ground and the sun shining just behind the mountain.