Sunday, June 24, 2012

Flowers Practice

Practice is always a good thing and when one has a desire to learn how to paint roses and other flowers, practice is necessary.  One of the things about painting red roses is that red is a rather dark value so leaving whites is important in getting a good value structure to create form.  It is not only the value but how the form is painted that is important - this is where brushwork is so important so as not to create a static or lifeless looking flower.  One of these days, I will surprise myself and paint a rose that captures the essence rather than just form or structure. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 20th YOP

On the 20th of each, we post a painting, for the Year of Painting challenge.  Because I was doing a WIP of the Phlox flowers shown in the previous post, I decided to use those for a base for this painting.  The goal was to do an abstract/negative painting.  As can be seen, there isn't much that is abstract or negatively painted.  Goals for me to meet in the future.  All of this is from my imagination except for the flow of the Phlox flowers.  There is a lot that could be improved, changed, cropped or whatever but overall I love the color. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Flowers Watercolor WIP

Only a little more painted today, painting in some of the flowers, trying not to get too detailed or refined.  There was so much activity in the background that some larger shapes/areas were needed to calm it down yet retain some interest.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Flowers Watercolor WIP

Began this 11" x 14" watercolor this morning using a reference photo taken of flowers by the pasture fence.  Palette so far consists of Fr. Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Blue, Hookers Green, Sap Green, Bohemian Green Earth, Yellow Ochre, Quin. Gold, Azo yellow, Quin. Rose, Quin Violet.

I don't have much patience so hope I can do justice to those flowers when it comes to shaping them.  One thing I liked about the photo was the play of the cool pinks against the warmer tones in the pasture. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Flowers Sketch

Today's sketch is flowers based on flowers growing by the pasture fence row.  I'm not sure what they are but they are a pretty pink and quite fragrant. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012


Yesterday, I took some small pieces of watercolor paper (3 3/4" x 5 1/2") and decided to play with color.  Both these sketches are done using the same palette.  Cobalt blue, Azo Yellow, Quin. Gold, Sap Green, Sepia, Lunar Earth.  I wanted to explore dry brushing, using more saturated color,  and, looking at shapes within the trees. 

Saturday, June 02, 2012

An Artist's Work, Chatter

I've been quickly looking at different blogs this morning and a blog I visit fairly often is "Art Talk" by Julie Ford Oliver.  There is something about her work that simply intrigues me plus, I enjoy her writing style.

Maybe it is the way she lays down her brushstrokes or how she places color or it could be the way she uses color to bring out the best of the subject.  She has a firm understanding of design, values, transitions, edges and she shares tips on how she achieves them.  All the info she offers is useful in any medium.  Thanks Julie!

On a health note, my left eye hasn't improved much but is at least staying the same instead of getting worse. No doubt the eye drops are helping with that.   I'm waiting on an appointment with a cornea specialist, hoping that he can help with the dryness that is affecting the cornea.  In the meantime, I'm still able to paint, read, and do other things so that is a huge plus.