Monday, May 31, 2010

Friday Foto Pencil Sketch

The reference photo for the Friday Foto was provided by Judy.  Doing this sketch helps me to become more aware of the folds, shadows, features of the subject. Graphite on 9" x 12" Drawing paper

Hen Party, Friday Foto

Hen Party
 8 3/4" x 12"

The reference photo for the Friday Foto at Painting Friends online art group was provided by Mollie.  Each week a member post a new photo for us to paint.  Decided to try this without doing a sketch first.  It was fun to just let the paint flow.  

Thursday, May 27, 2010


13" x 20"

I am fairly happy with this painting except for the stem on the foreground berry - just couldn't get the look I wanted on it.  The stem I like is the back one on the viewer's left which is just a suggestion of the form.  One other thing - for some reason my camera is smoothing out the berries instead of showing the texture.  Best I can do with the photo until I learn what I'm doing with the settings. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Strawberries WIP, Possibilities???

It has been a few days since I've posted and during that time I began this half sheet (15 x 22) watercolor of strawberries.  I removed the masking fluid and have the painting propped where I can sit back and look at it.  The reference photo is one I took a few years ago of strawberries on gold foil and there were lots of reflections and sparks of light.  Won't try to get all that but hope to render the look of shiny looking shadows. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Iris, Almost Complete

There probably won't be another update on the iris as it is pretty complete except for some noodling in some areas.  Hope you enjoyed the work in progress and thanks for staying tuned.

Iris, Stage 3

Today's progress photo.  The front flowers in the reference photo are a peachy/yellow and they are lovely, but felt they would make the painting look like it needed to be two separate paintings.  To that end, the iris colors were changed to the purples. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Iris, Stage 2

The next step in the painting has some of the background added to get a value comparison.  There are leaves to paint and a stem that has to be added to the bottom of a bud. The misket has been removed so the next step will be to soften edges and add some color. 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Iris, Stage 1

This iris watercolor painting was begun today on a quarter sheet Arches cold press paper, using a photo reference from April, 2009.  The gray blobs is the Pebeo Drawing Gum.  So far the paints used are Diox. Purple, Ultramarine Violet, Quin. Burnt Orange, Sap Green, Cobalt Green, Fr. Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre and Permanent Alizarin Crimson. 

I have been waiting on the paper to dry in the first flower instead of using a hair dryer, before painting areas next to the wet ones. This also gives me time to step back and look at what has been done. 

White Hawk, Mixed Media

White Hawk
Watercolor & Acrylic
8 1/4" x 9 1/2"

Worked on the painting of White Hawk this weekend. 
I want to soften his bangs just a bit so they aren't so blunt looking.  
Now though I'm ready to start something new.
Thanks for staying tuned to the progress of this painting.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Morning After the Storm, Chatter

These photos were taken just as the sun was beginning to rise above the East mountain this morning, showing the new buds next to the rain battered flowers.  I caught Mr. Squirrel skampering across the yard.  He paused by the rose bushes then shimmied up the light pole.  A beautiful celebration of life after last night's storm tossed battering.  We had no damage but other Oklahomans didn't fare as well.  A tragic loss of lives and devastating damage to our west. We are keeping them and others in the path of this storm in our thoughts and prayers. 

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

 Peace Roses
Photo taken 05-07-10
To Mothers everywhere, Blessings, and may your day be filled with all that you cherish. 

The Strawberry Festival is over for another year.  Our small town was jam packed with people from one end to the other.  Thankfully, we know the back roads to by pass all the traffic.  It was a gorgeous with lovely sunshine and mild temperatures.  Everyone I spoke with really enjoyed their day. 

I haven't painted anything in a few days but have been watching art videos, reading and thinking about drawing and painting.  My plan is to do more portraits and to paint the lilacs that have been sketched onto the wc paper.  I have the last watercolor of White Hawk sitting where I can see it every time I turn around.  That way I get a fresh view and it impresses on me the areas that need to be corrected.  Have to move stuff, to make room for the acrylics but will see what can be done to save the painting.  

One of the videos I watched was by Nicholas Simmons on the use of acrylics the watercolor way.  It is an excellent video and one I would watch again.  I also watched portrait videos by Jan Kunz.  Each time a video is watched again, there is always more information to be garnered, that I didn't remember from a previous viewing. 

One of my goals for today is to do some armchair traveling through the blogs on my sidebar.  Feels like ages since I've enjoyed that and I've missed it. 

Thursday, May 06, 2010

White Hawk and Mud

Ever had a painting go South on you?  Silly question, isn't it.  I know it happens to me a lot but it doesn't stop me from appreciating the parts of the painting that did work and it won't be long before I try again.  I am thinking of reworking this painting using acrylics to cover the muddy colors.  I am wondering if the paper is too "tired" or to overworked to make the skin tones look smooth.  Hope you will stay tuned.

Monday, May 03, 2010

White Hawk III, Initial Stage

Last night I wet the front and back of a quarter sheet Fabriano Aristico watercolor paper - dropped in cobalt blue, yellow ochre, quin. violet and viridian.  Giving in to temptation, I just had to place my brush on the paper and ended up with mud along the left side of his face.  The colors are a bit more vibrant than it is showing in the photo. 

Today I traced White Hawk's face onto the paper and then wet areas, dropping in lemon yellow, indian red, more viridian and quin. burnt orange.  Indian Red is an opaque paint so it was watered down a lot before placing it on the left side of his face and painting over some of the yellow on the right side.  More viridian and quin. violet was also added to the muddy area on the left cheek.  The empty space for the eyes looks rather spooky doesn't it.    Will this experiment work out?  I won't know until more work is done but it sure has been fun dropping in color to see what happens. 

Saturday, May 01, 2010

White Hawk II

I have overworked the face again but still this effort has more resemblance to White Hawk than the first painting.  I'm finding it hard to get the shadows rich enough yet not make them look like a three-day beard.