Thursday, September 30, 2010

Portrait Study Underpainting

Wouldn't you dislike having such mottled skin as shown on the neck?  Whether a painting will turn out is always questionable when I paint so I will share with you the different stages.  I wanted to explore under painting the darker areas and once this dries will go over it with the skin tones.  The paper was dry when I painted the neck. 

In the photo below, you can tell how wet the paper was by the blooms where water ran back into the paint.  Also, there is a halo effect that will have to be corrected. 

My palette is yellow ochre (warm), cad. red light (warm), transparent red oxide (warm), azo yellow (cool), quin. rose (cool), indian red (cool).  Blues are cerulean, cobalt turquoise and indigo. 

Crystal Cook stated in her blog post on September 29th, "I guess I would say that I am confident in my ability to control my medium, watercolor. It took me many years and many, many, many failed paintings to reach the point that I'm at now."  I love Crystal's confident brush work and the so fine skin tones she achieves.

Controlling a medium such as watercolor is knowing the best ratio of water to paint and knowing what it will do when painted on wet or damp or dry paper.  It is looking at the subject and deciding which areas will be painted with cool colors and which areas will be painted with warm colors.  It is knowing what brush strokes can be achieved with the different brushes.  It is seeing shapes, variation of size and tones within the different areas.  But this is all the technical stuff, what about what the individual artist brings to the subject?  What emotions do they see in the subject or what emotions does the subject bring to the artist?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Portrait Sketch

Did this portrait sketch in graphite using H and 2B pencils, this morning.  The size and placement of the iris has to be corrected as he is looking a bit cross-eyed.  Also, it looks like more time was spent on the folds and wrinkles in his neck because of the shading.  This sketch will be used as the basis to paint his portrait so it is important to get the features as correct as I can before transferring to watercolor paper.

Today we continue celebrating September birthdays (it's been an all week thing).  The family is gathering again and we will have a huge lunch then visit for awhile.  A great opportunity to take photos to practice drawing people. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Chatter & A Drawing From the Archives

Since I am not posting what I am working on right now, I will share this charcoal drawing I did a few years ago in a classroom project in the Wet Canvas Sketching & Drawing Forum.  This is Sequoyah, a Cherokee, who developed a syllabary of 86 symbols. 

Right now, I have two portraits sketched and am doing a small poured painting which will include negative painting.  I haven't forgotten that I also want to paint the oil lamps and hope to get something designed using those.  The next couple of days will be busy with things other than painting.  Birthdays in the family this week so there will be a couple of parties including a surprise house guest for my Mom.  Mom will be 92 on Wednesday and hope we can continue to celebrate her birthday for years to come.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon
7" x 9 1/2"

Painted this in the wee hours this morning based on a photo by Mudmama from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library.  Palette was Quin. Rose, Quin. coral, Quin. Gold, Hansa Yellow Light, Sap Green, French Ultramarine Blue, cobalt Blue, Carbazole Purple and Quin. Burnt Orange.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Chatter

The above photo was taken in Watts, OK, and this place has been there as long as I can remember.  It is a local gathering place and usually has several cars parked around it.  I always thought this would be a colorful painting. 

Amazing how fast time passes - it has been a week since I posted.  I still don't have anything to share as I've been busy reorienting my room which means sorting clutter, etc.  Happily though, my watercolor table is now cleared for use.  Thanks for staying with this blog, even when I haven't posted for awhile.  For all of you that have made comments - thanks for taking the time to do this and for your great comments.

In the meantime, here is an artist whose work I admire so much, Michael Maczuga.  I love the movement he achieves and the way he uses color.  So masterful.