Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pears Rework

I reworked or should I say overworked the pears this morning.  I lost some of the freshness that I liked. So what do you think, an improvement or not? 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Oranges 2

Oranges 2
9" x 12" 
Watercolor on Gessoed
Ampersand Board

In this photo those darks look really dark, but there is variation of color and values within them.  I am calling this one done even though I may go back in and work some of the smaller oranges at the top or I may just leave them and go on to another painting.  The next step is to seal the painting so it doesn't bleed.  That should be interesting. 

Monday, July 09, 2012

Oranges 2 In Progress

The first photo is showing the rework of the original.  When I say rework, it is actually a new painting as I totally washed off all the paint on the original.  I learned so much from the first painting about how the paint and water works on the smooth surface.  One of the most important things I learned is to dry the paint in an area before working an area beside the wet paint, otherwise it bleeds and flows like crazy.  In this second painting, I am trying for a more organic look with calm areas in the shadows for resting the eye but with enough movement to cause the eye to follow the flow of the design.  When the paint is moving it is all a guessing game with some control created by tilting the board or leaving it flat so the paint remains stationary. Fun, fun!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Oranges On Gessoed Ampersand Board

This is a terrible photo of a painting of oranges that I've been working on.  This is watercolor on gessoed Ampersand board and was a challenge for me to even get it to look like this.  The colors move because the board does not absorb.  I'm learning though that the trick is to go in with thicker paint and paint in one go.  (Reminder to self) I need to do that when painting on regular watercolor paper too.  

Thanks Cindi from PF for the use of your reference photo. 

The painting does not look like this now because I took a spray bottle and washed down the board to start over again.  I'm sure that some things learned from the first painting will help with the second painting.

It has been quite a couple of weeks.  As you may know, I've been in one of the longest painting slumps I've ever experienced then we lost a family member last week.  I'm finding that painting helps even if the paintings turn out to be less than stellar, like the oranges shown above.