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