Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chatter, My Dogs

Juliet is a three year old austrailian shepherd mix and was gotten at a rescue kennel.  She is quite shy, gentle and well mannered.  Glenda, the very caring rescue person, trained Juliet to leash and she is very well behaved. 

Scooby was a "give me" dog and is a two year schnauzer that belonged to an 82 year old woman.  He is also very gentle and quite the well mannered gentleman. Both the dogs have vet appointments this week fitted in between my own appointments.  Aren't I lucky to have such sweeties. 

I did paint a little more on the rose yesterday, forming the petals a bit more, and hope to continue this afternoon. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Red Rose, Background Work

I worked on the background yesterday and this morning.  Will have to look at the background a bit more because I think it needs more light on some of the leaves. Still have more work to do on the rose, establishing petal separations and more form.   Below is a desaturated photo of the painting that more clearly shows the values.  See what I mean about more light on the leaves?

 As mentioned previously, this is a 1/4 sheet painting (11" x 15") but this photo shows it cropped in closer to the flower, approximately 8 1/2" x 11".  I may increase the length by another inch to give it more of an elongated look. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Red Roses, Afternoon Update

I set the painting aside for a few hours and began painting again this afternoon.  This time I used a large flat brush, painting in Permanent Red and Quin. Rose then lifted some lights with either a round or a flat brush.  In the dark areas I brushed on Sap Green, let that dry before adding red.  The leaves have Cobalt Blue and Sap Green dropped in a previously wet area.  I'm painting this with the easel tilted so I have to be careful to not get the paint too fluid. 

Red Roses, Problems & More Practice Needed

I began this 1/4 sheet painting this morning and right off, had trouble with getting a smooth flow in the petals.  That means this sheet is going to be used for gradation and more value practice.  Maybe I'm trying to get all the values in, in one fell swoop, instead of layering the values and shades.  The reds are Deep Scarlet (in the darker values), Permanent Red, Quin. Coral and Quin Pink.  Then on the upper petal I used Permanent Red and Sap Green in the darker areas.   

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Red Rose Line Drawing & Practice Rose

Sketched a red rose from a photograph, in graphite then used a Sharpie to darken the lines for transfer to watercolor paper.  Do you see the little gray spots at the bottom of the photo?  That is graphite to indicate a shadow area in the leaf.  My plan is to do value studies in red and know what a difficult time I have painting roses, thought this would be the best subject to practice both.

I have a very heavy hand when it comes to painting red and especially painting red roses.  For this practice piece, Terra Verte was painted in the dark areas first, with Holbein Yellow Lemon painted in some of the light areas then allowed to dry.  Permanent Red (Daniel Smith) was painted in the dark and mid-tone areas with quin. coral (Daniel Smith) painted in the lighter values.  Undersea Green & Terra Verte, Yellow Lemon and a bit of red were used to paint the greenery.  Now to get brave and paint the rose shown in the line drawing above, which has been now been transferred to watercolor paper.  First though, I'm going to practice more gradation of reds.  Wish me luck!

Milk Can Monochrome Value Study

Based on a photo by Pat at paintingfriends.com for the Friday Foto.  I decided to paint the milk can in a green monochrome using Terra Verte, since the photo showed a greenish cast on the can.  To darken the green I mixed the Terra Verte with Quin. Violet. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Milk Can Value Study

To get me back to artwork I took the photo posted by Pat for the Friday Foto and did a value study.  One member thought yellows were hard to get the correct values and for me, it is the color red.  No problem going dark with reds but getting those lights, for me that is a different story.

I want to paint more glass so need to set up a still life.  We have these old oil lamps that we often use when the power goes out.  I think they would make an interesting painting if I can get them set up right. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Candy Slices

Candy Slices
4 1/2" x 6 1/4"
Fabriano Artistico Paper
Painted from a photo taken by ophrenia from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Slices, Line Drawing

Did this line drawing in pencil this morning then went over it with a Sharpie for transfer to watercolor paper.  The photo is by ophrenia from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library and was chosen for the Friday Foto at paintingfriends.com.   The photo of jelly slices is bright and very colorful, and has a glass plate and small, flat jar in it.  Need to check the ellipses on the jar before it is transferred to the wc paper. 

It has been a very busy week and not much time to do art except think about it.  Today includes errands (like getting a headlight replaced and left turn signal checked) so will take my camera with me and perhaps find some interesting subjects to photograph while I wait.  I'm beginning to think this is turning in to a weekly blog but we all know "life happens" and we can't always do what we wish.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

River Landscape

River Landscaoe
9" x 13"

Finished the landscape painting this morning.  Thanks to Ron at paintingfriends.com for the use of his beautiful photo in the values thread and this painting. 

Monday, August 09, 2010

River Landscape In Progress

Some progress made on the boat and the figures.  To set the center of interest I will work on the area to the left and behind the figures, wanting to keep some abstract shapes.  This is painted close to the edges of the watercolor paper and will later crop the painting.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Sunday Chatter

This photo was taken October, 2008, at the Bell Powwow.  This has been in my stack of photos to paint.  As far as painting, look at the photo below to see how ugly a painting can turn.  The dark area on the viewer's right became dull and muddy so I promptly wet it down and removed most of the color. 

I decided to do a 1/4 sheet painting of the same scene and you can see that I have placed the trees by marking the areas with a pale gray color and then layed in a lemon yellow as an underpainting for the areas that have sunlit trees.  I drew the boat and its cast shadow in with transparent yellow oxide, quin. gold and a bit of quin. burnt sienna.  It looks like a child's painting at this stage (sure hope that improves.) 

Today I plan to lay in the darks which is at least 2/3rds of this painting, shaping areas as I go.  Maybe not the best plan but my goal for this painting is to achieve rich, luminous darks and shadows.  Wish me luck.  . 

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Onions & Garlic

Onions & Garlic
6 1/4" x 9 3/4"
Fabriano Aristico 140lb. Soft Press Paper
I painted over the value study I posted earlier today, using Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Blue, Quin. Violet, Quin. Gold, Quin. Burnt Orange.  As mentioned in the earlier post, the reference photo used was taken by yabby from the Wet Canvas Photo Reference Library.  My thanks to Mollie Jones for the suggestion to add color to the value study. 

Value Study & 20 Minute Warm up

Using a reference photo taken by yabby from the Wet Canvas Photo Reference Library, this was painted in 20 minutes using mixed grays - made up from the primary colors of French Unltramarine Blue, Quin. Violet, a warm and cool yellow.  The purpose behind the painting is to continue the study of values.  This was painted very wet, then using a clean, damp brush to spread the grays.  As you can see I didn't get color behind the area of the garlic on the right. 

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Squash, 20 Minute Warmup

Squash & Cucumber
6" x 8"

wow, it has been months since I've done a 20 minute warmup.  I can tell by how rushed I felt and how I lost the freshness of the lights in the squash.  Lots of bleeding in this one but still it was fun to do and really got the adrenalin flowing. 

Monday, August 02, 2010

Value Sketch

We are studying values at paintingfriends.com and the first study is from a reference photo taken by one of our members, Ron, of a landscape.  The focal point in the photograph was the boat and its occupants.  I neutralized the photo by bringing the values closer together, so the members could choose which part of the photo would be their focal point.  Hopefully, there will soon be posts by the member sharing their value sketches.  I kept the focal point the same as the photo in this value sketch.  My goal with this sketch was to see how the darks roamed through the landscape, connecting areas and emphasizing the lights. 

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Time to Cool Down

How about a couple of winter photos to cool us down since the temperatures here today are to be 100F or higher.  The above photo was taken in February, 2010, of one of the places across the highway using a zoom lens.  I was totally enthralled with the beauty of the snow on the trees and the gracefulness of the limbs.  I remember the quiet, hused, peaceful feeling the morning this photo was taken. 

This photo was taken 30 minutes later on the same morning as the first photo above.  The sun had come over the mountain and bathed the pasture in beautiful light. 

It has been busy around this place.  I adopted a rescued dog named Juliet and she managed to slip through the gate that had been loosely fastened.  We looked and looked for her but couldn't find her.  So on Thursday I adopted another rescued dog named Hope.  When Glenda (the rescue person) delivered Hope, we were talking in the back yard and guess who comes running?  Juliet!  So now we have two dogs and they are safely inside the yard with plenty of room to run around.  Hope loves to play in her kiddy pool. 

The next event was one of my sister's fell Friday and ended up with a compound fracture of her left wrist.  This happened in the middle of her moving house.  Thankfully, she is fine and has plenty of help to get the move completed.  She and her husband are moving to a place behind our house so we will be close.  Can't wait for them to be near us. 

To get myself back in to more painting my plan is to do some 20 minute warm ups.  Plus, we are studying values at paintingfriends.com, an online art group. Maybe some of you will want to join us at Painting Friends and take part in some of the painting activities and challenges going on,