Saturday, February 27, 2010

I'm Saddened Today

to learn of the passing in January of artist blogger, Ricky Holtman.  His blog, Journaling Thru Cancer, shares his artwork and his valiant effort to live a meaningful, fulfilled life.  He will be missed. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sunshine Award

Nora of Low Country Artist blog generously shared this award with me and it is so appreciated.  Thanks so much, Nora!  The idea is to pass the award on to  12 artists so instead of doing that please look at my side bar of blogs because each of those artists deserve to be recognized.  They all are serious about their work and are constantly sharing their expertise & knowledge while learning and growing through their own experiences.  It is wonderful to be a small part of such a large community. 

Portrait Update - Comparison

My sister looked at the drawing and said his face was too narrow so I widened the jaw line and neck plus narrowed the forehead just a bit. A few areas were darkened and lowered the nose just a small fraction.  She was right, this does look more like my nephew.  There is a slightly darker line beneath his left eye, next to the light area, that needs to be lightened to blend in more with the skin tones - other than that I'm calling this one done. 

On a different note, we have daffodil sprouts showing even though it was a cold 16F this morning.  Spring is on the way and I'm thrilled. 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Baby Study

This is a portrait study since I need more practice painting portraits and watercolors.  In real life, the painting isn't as textured or blotchy as it looks in this photo.  The photo was taken under fluorescent lighing and has been adjusted in Photoshop to at least come a bit closer to the true colors. 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Eye Practice

For the last couple of days I have been practicing drawing and painting eyes. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mindbender, Garden Scene

Mindbender is a challenge held each month at Painting Friends online art group.  The challenge is to pick your own composition from a photo.  It can be any area, large or small.  Click here to view the photo.

This painting is watercolor on  5 1/4" x 6 1/2" gessoed watercolor paper.  The challenge for me in this painting was painting the grasses and leaves as well as leaving lights.  I have always had difficulty painting individual grass blades or at least painting the appearance of individual blades. 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Graphite Portrait, Final ?

I took a photo of the drawing outside this morning.  I darkened some areas and llifted some light in other areas.  This drawing is for my sister so hope she likes it. 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Male Graphite Portrait, Update

8" x 10"
Bristol Vellum

The hair has a glare on it at the top so it is looking a bit washed out.  Will try to get a better photo after I look at this for a bit and get feedback from my sister. 

Male Graphite Portrait, WIP

 I'm trying to work fairly light to get the basics down.  He has a heavy 5 o'clock shadow and hopefully I can portray that.  I will be applying more graphite to the background, to make it darker with a smoother look.   This represents several hours work and will look at this upside down to see if the features are accurate.  The mouth is the area that is giving me a bit of trouble.  There is just a hint of teeth showing which I hope to indicate with a slightly lighter value than the upper lip while the lower lip is lighter because of the light. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

TMC #31, Hot Wheels

I collect a few Hot Wheels cars and decided to put this one on a dirt road instead of the window sill for the twenty minute challenge.  Watercolor on gessoed wc paper. 

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

TMC #30, Before Sunrise

For this 20 minute challenge painting, I was trying to capture the look of the night just before dawn, as the sky was beginning to lighten in the east behind the mountain..  Lost the yellow glow of the light next to the building and a bit of the trunk in the large tree on the viewer's left.  Still I like this fast study. 

Monday, February 08, 2010

Facebook Deactivated & Flowers Photo

I'm thinking Spring because we had a dusting of snow last night with more expected today.  Next week it will feel almost warm when the temperature reaches the mid-40's. 

Just wanted to let you know that I deactivated my Facebook account.  It was a simple reason that led to that decision.  I installed Facebook photo installer on my computer this morning.  I was going to add more of the 20 minute challenge photos when I saw that when using that installer, Facebook has access to everything on my computer and I do not, in any way, like that.  I enjoyed Facebook and reading the posts by artists, friends and family but will just have to visit blogs or write e-mails.

TMC #29, Brushes in Hand

Couldn't sleep so decided to start the morning with a 20 minute challenge.  5" x 7" watercolor.  Didn't have time to finish the fingers or reshape the brushes. 

Sunday, February 07, 2010

TMC #28, Watercolor Brushes

I am trying to incorporate more objects and more color, pushing myself to do more complicated.  This was done very wet on gessoed watercolor paper. 

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Practice Doodles

It looks strange doesn't it, to have a tulip above trees but this is a small sheet of practice doodles.  It is obvious that I want to get better at painting those tulips and their leaves.  I also want to get better at painting tree shapes and ground cover.  The trees in this one is a study of mass shapes and how trees lighten as they recede to give a feeling of depth or separation of land plane.  Ground cover is also something with which I struggle.  Learning to change colors, color temperative and directional flow is all a part of learning to paint the terrain.  Doing these little doodles help.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

TMC #26, Tulips Again

Instead of getting better at the 20 minute challenge paintings, I appear to be getting worse lol.  Did these tulips this morning and am going to do them again.  I used a round #10 and a #8.  I must leave white between the different areas so the colors don't run together, especially with a limited time to paint. 

Monday, February 01, 2010

20 min. warm up

I was really trying to paint the look of dead leaves and twigs at the top of the tree and the evergreen tree with the snow on it.  I didn't get enough of a connection with the branching limbs to the dead leaves and foliage.  Also tried to paint in a hint of a building between the trees.  And yes, there really is a building sitting almost like this between those two trees. 

Today's Photo

The sun came out this morning.  
Wanted a photo of the shadows cast by the trees.  

My plans for today includes starting a new drawing 
and a 20 minute challenge.  
I've neglected those the last couple of weeks.