Sunday, May 9, 2021

GREEN

 


Did not get the depth and 3D look to this one that I wanted but maybe I’ll play with it a bit more with some watercolor crayons or pencils later.  


Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

GOLDEN BEETS FINISHED?


 Finished version - would like to go back and make the cut pieces more 3D but I might just accept this as it is.  Washed a warm yellow over the whole white of the paper after I finished to give it more of a glow.  



Monday, May 3, 2021

GOLDEN BEETS

 


Started another veggie painting on Indigo paper (just less than fourth sheet).  Not sure why but I like this paper for the veggies due to the roughness?  I am getting the photos from seed catalogs showing the vegetables but not always using their photo (although this one will be from their set-up because I like it - so stay tuned and see where it goes).


I don’t grow veggies - so maybe I can just paint some!


Saturday, May 1, 2021

SECOND SWEETPEA


 Finished the second version of the sweetpea.  Thought more about composition before I painted this one!




Thursday, April 29, 2021

SWEETPEA

 

 Trying to show the light hitting the flowers.  Did not like the bottom so cropped it off.  I like the granulating of the colors I used in the light blue-green (cobalt teal + ?) and got some light.  Started another to see if I can do better.









The start.  Will go in the background more after I get the flowers the way I want them to be.  Darkening some areas later.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

TINY PAINTING FROM LARGER PAINTING

 


Just a little scrap piece cropped from a larger painting - added the cabin by the lake.  Bookmark size.  

Sunday, April 25, 2021

TREE

 

An old weathered, scraggly tree found during a walk in the cemetery last week.  

Friday, April 23, 2021

FIELD WITH COWS

 

Just outstanding in the field.  


Monday, April 19, 2021

GLAZING

 


Glazing color over color and trying to stay light.  Another “copy” of a painting in a book.  Had not done any glazing for a long time.  There used to be a prominent artist who was famous for glazing her scenes = was it Catherine Anderson?  Can’t find anything about her now.

I never had a patience to work this way - a lot of time spent waiting for the first layer to dry, then paint and wait for the second layer to dry - and I’ve heard of some artists who go as many as 15 layers??  


Saturday, April 17, 2021

SIMPLE


 Simple take on a painting in a Jeanne Dobie book.  Changed colors but basic shapes the same.  So just playing with whites and seeing what goes well with the dark green I used for the background.  



Thursday, April 15, 2021

BACK TO TURNER STUDY

 


This began as one painting.  But, in the Turner book, you needed to tape off the middle once dry and then spray one side to get more misty-looking work.  It didn’t quite work for me - maybe I used pigments that were more staining the ones in the book - so I made two different paintings out of the whole after cutting down the taped line.  




 Love the way the sky happened on this one.  Sometimes the pigment and water just do their thing in the right way and it’s best to leave it alone.  



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

CAW GIRLS DEJA VU


A few years ago, I was painting my Caw Girls series of paintings.  I found this first one that needed more work so painted and shaped a bit of that.  But wasn’t that happy with the outcome so...

Do over.







But this time, it looks like instead of a crow on her hat, it’s a raven because it’s so big.  

Still works.


First painting = Jester’s Pet/Caw Girl series

Second painting = Darkness Loves Company/Caw Girl series


Both are on 1/2 sheet Arches 140# cold press paper.



Did these before starting the Turner’s Apprentice book and exercises.



Sunday, April 11, 2021

A LOT OF SMALL PAINTINGS IS GOOD PRACTICE

 

These are very small - one of the things the artist leading the Turner’s Apprentice demos/exercises says is that it’s more important to paint a lot of small paintings than a few large ones.  So we are told to tape off a sheet of paper (I used a block of Arches 140# cold press) and did 4 on each sheet.  I liked the one I enlarged at the bottom the best, using lifting with a razor to get the whites, lifting out the sun and reflection with clean water, and adding the darker reddish clouds on the gold-red sky.  


Friday, April 9, 2021

A MOUNTAIN CASTLE?

 


Painted this one first.  Then decided the left side didn’t do much so...cropped it off.  And look at how that changed the way my camera showed the color?

I also went in and took off some color in the “castle” and added some windows by just scraping off the color with a razor blade knife and leaving the white windows.  Muted some of the greens down, too.  

Not sure I did myself any favors by continuing to fiddle with this one.  



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

NOW WE’RE TALKING COLOR

 


Back to my regular color palette.  Still working through the Turner’s Apprentice book and enjoying the demos/lessons and suggestions on brushwork.  

These are both small - 1/8 sheet Arches 140# cold press paper.  


Monday, April 5, 2021

WATERCOLOR GRAPHITE

 


The color in the Japanese watercolor/graphite palette is very muted but you do get some color - esp. that reddish black!  I can see taking these out in the field and doing pre-lim sketches.  Nice quality.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

THE LAST FEW MONOTONES BEFORE COLOR COMES TO TOWN

 

The last three small monotones before I start in with the muted color from the Japanese palette of watercolor/graphite mixed colors (like Derwent graphitint colors but less expensive). 


The paper makes a difference - the middle painting was done on an Arches block of 140# rough paper and you get more texture on that surface.  



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

GRAPHITE/WATERCOLOR MIX IN A JAPANESE PALETTE


 Ordered a set of the Derwent graphitint watercolors with graphite - and it took forever - and I kept getting notices that the order was delayed.  So I finally cancelled that order (from Dick Blick) and found this Japanese set on Amazon for half the price.  


Since I am working in monotone, I thought these would also work well to add a little muted color in the future to studies.  Lovely muted colors and you get 6 different colors in the palette.  

As you can see, you get reddish black, purplish black, brownish black, bluish black, greenish black and yellowish black in the set.  
They come in small cakes and you just wet them and go!


Monday, March 29, 2021

LITTLE MONOTONE SKY STUDIES

 


Another small one from the Turner’s Apprentice book demos.


I’ve been doing these on Hahnemuhle 140# cold press paper and think I’ll switch up the paper and see how I like them on something different - but I do like the Hahnemuhle paper and will order more.





Saturday, March 27, 2021

A FEW MORE LITTLE SKY PAINTINGS

 

More colorful.


And back to monotone to get the shapes - layering until the darkest darks are there.  



Thursday, March 25, 2021

SKIES

 


Just a couple of small cloud studies copied from the Turner’s Apprentice book - good demos working with a single color and getting the brush strokes right.

These are on a pad of Hahnemuhle 140# cold press watercolor paper I bought to try out.  I separated each sheet into 4 smaller sections for painting the sky studies on.  



I like the Hahnemuhle cold press paper but would buy a block next, not a loose pad.  

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

TURNER’S APPRENTICE


 

Slowly working my way through this book.  Some cloudscapes, skies and impressionistic landscapes to come...

March and April should be good months to look to the skies.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

MORNING MIST


 A misty morning in the field.

Monday, March 15, 2021

SPRING + EASTER BUNNIES

 


Just a couple of little cards with a little bunnies on them for spring.








Thursday, March 11, 2021

WHEN IN DOUBT, SPRAY IT OUT

 


I painted the background in a solid Shadow Violet from Daniel Smith.  Didn’t like it.  So I sprayed a bit of the background off with a strong spray bottle and water.  I then added a bit of green for a softer look, otherwise the pale flowers didn’t look good.  

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

BIG BLUE AGAIN



 Another version - lots of water and messing around in the background before painting the bird in a really wet way.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

BIG BLUE

 


Great blue heron on fourth sheet Arches 140# cold press paper.  

Friday, March 5, 2021

A LITTLE CRITTER ON A LITTLE FLOWER


 A little painting of a little crab spider on the back of a little flower.  Sweetie critiqued this one (it’s from one of his photos) by saying, “You forgot his eyes and there are 8 of them”. This is why I don’t paint portraits - I really love anything from nature (most people wouldn’t want to paint this subject).


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

STORMY STORMY SKIES

 

 

Evening skies somewhere - not sure where the photo was taken.  Not as pretty as I wished but you can practice skies forever and still not get them the way you want - either too blue or too yellow or too red or too purple!! ha ha. Saw the Weather Channel the other day and the weather-man was talking about the stormy purple skies over Nashville, TN.  Pretty.  

Monday, March 1, 2021

SMALL PAINTINGS - MISSING FLOWERS BLOOMING



Just a couple of small ones to keep the brushes wet.

On small scraps of paper.









Saturday, February 27, 2021

AN ABSTRACTED PIECE BECOMES SOMETHING ELSE

 



Remember this one - the one I didn’t know where I should take it?  






Well, it became this:


Not what was expected at all! ha ha 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

UNFINISHED PAINTINGS




While looking for photos buried under piles of paper in my little art room, I found a painting I’d not finished from a Carol Carter workshop I took year’s ago.  In her workshops, she tries to show us how she paints using bold, beautiful, complementary colors to make a painting sing.  So this was the one done in the class.










The second one was started but unfinished, and I obviously wanted to use another palette (more like my own with the blues).  So two for the price of one!




I’ve been finding a few old unfinished paintings in the piles and thought I’d try to finish them just to do it - and, probably, because I don’t have any idea what to paint next!  So it’s really a form of procrastination while accomplishing something! ha ha