Monday, September 17, 2018
Although the wet-in-wet style of watercolor painting is my favorite style, I often don't do this naturally. So I have to remind myself - and do a bit of practicing - to get into the wet-in-wet groove.
So...taking out a book I've had for a while (by Ewa Karpinska) and a new one I purchased recently (by Jean-Louis Morelle) to play and test the waters (no pun intended!!). There are some step-by-step works in both of these you can try and I recommend both if you really want to delve into this style of painting. But be warned that the book by Morelle is 1/4 part about color theory. You can skip it, if that's not of interest to you, and get right to the demos and talk about water, paint and paper.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Named it the cotton candy magnolia because that's what it looks like to me right now. I'll change that as I continue to work on it.
Half sheet, Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press (has a bit of a tooth to it as you can see where the cerulean blue separated in the background).
Better, but still going to push that background back a bit using a glaze of cobalt blue.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Monday, September 3, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
A Scarlet Tanager sketched and colored (again, using just Caran d'Arche crayons) in my Strathmore sketcbook before drawing and painting on watercolor paper.
He's got a little winged critter in his mouth - could be a bee?
This is on a fourth sheet as I'm running out of full sheets of watercolor paper.
(I did place an order so should have some full sheets coming soon.)
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
A little toucanette from Costa Rica, also begun with sketching and color in my Strathmore sketchbook before drawing and putting paint to Arches 140# cold press paper.
A little more color in the background of this one as a starting point.
Thought this was going to look stiff, too, so I went in with a scrubber brush and softened the edges before painting the bird.
I think this will look better once the bird gets his colors in.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Friday, August 3, 2018
Adding a little color to the Motmot painting...
And a little bit more...
Finished, but looking a bit stiff. I think I'd do better by not doing the background as a whole and then painting the birds but bleeding and blending as I go along, leaving some white spaces in the background.
I may try this one again. But I'm running out of paper - need to place an art supply order!!
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
After a short break and some quiet time - I also did some painting. Back now and have some things to share. Hope you like them.
Before painting, I did a sketch in my Strathmore sketchbook, then added color with Caran d'Ache watersoluble crayons to get me primed for the drawing and painting on watercolor paper (Arches 140# cold press).
Here's the initial sketch and color of the Turquoise Crested Motmot (from Costa Rica).
And here's the painting, starting with the drawing on Arches 140# cold press paper (half sheet), the laying in the background using Daniel Smith Shadow Violet (one of my favorite background pigments).
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
India ink in my Strathmore sketchbook. It bleeds through a bit - and then you can create something differnt from the bleed through on the other side - like this next one :)
A Picasso-ish creation? This one on the back of the previous inked one but this one using charcoal.
(Have you been watching the NatGeo series Genius: Picasso? What an ass the man was!! )
Charcoal in the sketchbook.
Again, the the sketchbook but using charcoal and conte crayons (chalk) along with blue pencil.
If it wasn't so hot (heat index of 105!!), I'd go out to one of the cemeteries that have the angel statues and draw and/or photograph them as angels are on my mind.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Back to the birds. Another painting based on a photo reference Sweetie took in Costa Rica :) Only needs a bit of touches to finish it.
Remember that song, "hummingbird don't fly away, fly away, fly away...." Can't remember who sang it - a duo...Seals and Croft?
Here is a closeup so you can see the hummer (the painting is a half sheet watercolor on Arches 140# cold press paper). You can't see it but I put down irridescent medium on the globes and the hummer's body before painting (and his eye isn't filled in yet). Will show again when it's finished.
Are you having a good late spring/early summer so far? We have a mama deer and her spotted fawn hanging around in our yard and the neighbor's yard (the house was empty for a long time so they felt safe in the woods behind their house). The fawn stays over there because he's too tiny to jump the fence (yet), but mama comes over and eats our clover and violets and other stuff in our yard, including the bird seed I put out on the ground for Donald and Daisy (the two mallard ducks that visit our pool every spring). It is a nice menagerie of animals around here.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Lack of focus?
(Anniversary card for Sweetie!)
Or just trying out the new paper I got (Strathmore 400 series mixed media)?
Fluid acrylics on the 400 series paper. (Not great - not even good, but I would need more experience with the acrylics to get better.)
This one is better, but I just sponged on the top shape of the tree in 3-4 colors.
Perhaps I need to stick with the birds? Okay, more of them later...
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Just a couple of cards from Sweetie's photos of Costa Rica nature.
There are 50 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica and Sweetie saw quite a few. This handsome fellow is the Fiery-throated Hummingbird.
This is a Red-rumped Trogon (I think). I like the black body with the bits of bright red on it. Can't find it in any of the small, travel books of Costa Rica Birds, though. Could it be their version of a Red-winged Blackbird?
These are on Strathmore blank cards (either watercolor, or mixed media).