Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sunflowers, WIP Stage 2

Here is the next stage.  I am a slow painter mostly because I paint, lift and paint the same area again.  There is a 7 minute video here and you will see what I mean about the repainting the same area. 

Sunflowers, WIP

This painting is based on sunflowers that were growing near an old house in town.  They were taller than I am and looked so beautiful moving in the slight breeze.  This photo shows the initial lay in of color using Antwerp Blue, Daniel Smith & Holbein Naples Yellow, Quin. Burnt Orange, and Quin. Magenta.  The reason for the two brands of Naples yellow is that Holbein Naples Yellow is a truer yellow where Daniel Smith's leans toward red.  The difference in the two brands can be seen in lower large flower. 

Monday, June 21, 2010


9 1/4" x 12 1/2"
Fabriano Aristico Paper

This was painted for the lost/found edges project challenge at with the beautiful reference photo provided by Nora.  The camera darkened the background even more than it is so it is hard to see the colors that were used in orchid mixed into the background. 

On another note, I want to thank all of you that take the time to comment.  It is especially nice to know that you are out there with your encouraging words and thoughts. 

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bee & Delphiniums

Bee & Delphiniums
8 3/4" x 13"

It felt so wonderful to paint after a week of not having a brush in my hand.  In between bouts with a stomach virus I did manage to straighten my room which always makes me feel better when painting.  It still has piles of paintings, paper and other art related odds and ends that need to be organized and/or thrown away. 

This painting is based on the reference posted by Sharon for the Friday Foto at  One of the things we have been working on at Painting Friends is learning about lost and found edges.  I thought the reference photo was perfect for practicing those.  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle, Spirit of the Gulf Challenge, Final

Made a few changes and had to use a bit of goauche (opaque watercoor) on the shell of the turtle and on the mid-ground light areas.  Darkened a bit of the area to the left of the turtle, extended the light on the ground beneath the turtle and darkened the right side of the foreground.  The photo of the painting on Blogger looks darker than what it looks like on my imaging programs.  Not sure why the changes. 

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle, Spirit of the Gulf Challenge

Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle
Spirit of the Gulf Challenge
9 1/4" x 13 1/2" 

For the Spirit of the Gulf Challenge I chose the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle.  See the post below this one for links to more information about this endangered species. 

Tonight's photo shows the stage the painting is now.  Tomorrow, I want to look at the lights on the turtle shell and may have to crisp them up a bit in a couple of areas. Otherwise, it is finished!  Thank you Suzanne McDermott for your wonderful idea. 

Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle, In Progress

Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle
Work in Progress
9 1/4" x 13 1/2" Watercolor
Fabriano Aristico soft press paper

This is the progress made today - still have more background work to do but first will begin work on the turtle.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Quick Sketch and Hydrangeas

Rhonda, of Watercolor and Words, asked if I was going to do the "Spirit of the Gulf Challenge" hosted by Suzanne McDermott.  I hope you visit Suzanne's blog to learn more about this Challenge and go to Facebook to see some of the artwork already posted. 

Last night, I went to Wikipedia for more information on the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle which is an endangered species that lives in the Gulf. Then I had to find a reference photo for this drawing since I haven't visited the Gulf in years and years so I visited Gimp, which has public domain photos from the Department of Fish & Wildlife and NOAA, that are free for use.

Using a photo from the Department of Fish & Game, I did the quick sketch this morning, using an H pencil, and had to up the contrast because it was so light in value.  The sketch, as mentioned before, helps me to look at the turtle, notice it textures, shapes and its surrounding area - how the texture of the shell played against areas of smoothness on the Gulf floor then goes into more texture in the rocks. 

This photo of the Hydrangeas was taken this morning.  Those front clusters are sooo big and the colors are beautiful.  I just love the play of shadows across the plant.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

For Your Enjoyment

Since I haven't painted anything in the last day or so, I thought I would post a photo of Patches, who belongs to a member of my family.   

This morning I've been doing some armchair traveling and visited an artist's website whose work I first saw at Wet Canvas. I found Andrew Suddaby's work to be exciting, filled with the power of life, moody, mysterious and so well done.  Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink
7 3/4" x 11 3/4"

Using a photo provided by Judy from Painting Friends, this was painted for the Friday Foto challenge.