Sunday, December 31, 2006
--Sketch and paint daily in my moleskin or sketchbook.
--Each month focus on a subject:
and anything else that strikes my fancy
--Continue my Venice series completing one 1/4 sheet colored pencil per month
--Continue to work on my whimsical series of dogs using FC artist pens.
--Finally figure out how to do layers in Adobe Photoshop.
--Become proficient with my Wascom Tablet.
--Take a class in Adobe Illustrator.
--Develop my dog illustrations into a children's picture book
--Spend a month in Paris sketching and painting from life.
--Spend a week in Venice sketching and painting from life.
I know sounds ambitious,but I'm up for the challenge!
Happy New Year
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Having a blog has helped me to stay on track and experiment with markers, artists pens, colored pencils, watercolors, graphite, different size of papers, and different journals..like a moleskin. I've even tried my hand at making a few art journals, that once I got the hang of it, they were pretty cool to make. Also I've been doing more sketching when I travel...my trip to Venice,Italy this past spring really took the fear of drawing in public away. People are so busy rushing by that they really don't pay attention to what I'm doing.
So for now...here is my lastest drawing done with Faber-Castell artist pens on 9.5" x 12" smooth bristol paper. The book I've been working through "Watercolor flower portraits" by Billy Showell has been a good incentive to think out of the box as far as art materials. Gladiolias are one of my favorite flowers, along with Peonies.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The disadvantage of using artists pens rather than watercolors are that greys are harder to pull off especially if the grey range with the artists pens is limited to about 4 shades of grey. With watercolor, I could mix up a grey mixture and increase the intensity or decrease the intensity by adding water.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
I have found as much as I enjoy taking classes, lately the classes I have taken just seem to be a repeat of things I all ready know how to do. So now I'm going to go through all my art books and practice doing the demonstrations from the books. By doing this, I feel it will train my eyes and hand to capture what I'm seeing, also allow me to try different mediums.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
I guess the only good thing about living in Washington State is that it's cold enough to have a fur coat. I wouldn't be able to wear something like this in California because it's warmer.
So "Happy Birthday to ME"......
Monday, November 13, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Life has been crazy for the past few weeks. Between having company, helping my husband set-up his consulting business, and designing his website I haven't really had time to work on my paintings or drawings.
This week I finally got to catch up on paintings that needed to be finished. So my Not-Mr.-Ed is finally done.
Monday, September 04, 2006
This is my first horse watecolor I've done.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
This painting seems to be going rather quickly. I'm finding that if I have a good sketch worked out and a color swatch of the colors I plan to use, I move around the painting in no time at all. I've only worked on this maybe a total of 3 hours, considering this is a rather detailed painting.
So here is a picture of my watercolor palette. I have the following colors going from right handside corner:
Hansa Yellow Medium, New Gamboge, Pyrol Orange,Quinacridona Coral, Alizarn Crimson, Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridona Violet, Cobalt Teal Blue,Indanthrone Blue, French Ultra-marine Blue, Colbatl Blue, Phthalo Blue, Sap Geen, Quinacridona Gold, Quinacridona Burnt Orange,Perylene Maroon, Under Sea Green, Burnt Sienna, Perm Brown, Raw Sienna,Yellow Ochre, and Naples Yellow.
I ran out of space...I still have 6 more tubes of paints...so I guess this means I need to go back to Daniel Smith for another palette!
Friday, September 01, 2006
These are the two watercolors I did at the 3 day workshop.
The grove of aspens was done by masking out all the white areas I wanted to save. Then using a 1" flat brush loaded with watercolor paint I start dabbing the color in the various areas of the watercolor. After I layed in all the various colors, I went back and fine tuned the painting. The technique I used to do this painting was wet-on-wet. I'm not a big fan of wet-on-wet, but I can see how this method, one could produce a fast painting.
The 2nd painting of the Orange calla lilies was using the method of finding the different values using my value study. This painting was also done using wet-on-wet and then going back in adding the details.
Last weekend I took a 3 day watercolor workshop with Susie Short.
She taught the class a different way to find the different values of a photo and then paint from those values.
Using tracing paper...
1. Start with a line drawing.
2. Next find the darkest darks in photo and leave white and blacken everything else.
3. Third step is to find all the medium values of the photo and blacken everything else.
4. Fourth step is to find the lightest lights of the photo and blacken everything else.
After doing those 4 steps I was able to find the different values and to produce my watercolor.
This is a different way of finding values, a little labor intensive, but I can see how this can work.