Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tiger in Watercolor WIP finished

I believe this guy is done.

Tiger face in watercolor wip #2

Here's an update on my watercolor. I pulled out the instructions on the Fredrix watercolor canvas and learned how to add darker values without lifting the paint. More paint, less water on the brush.

Trick or Treat...

Happy Halloween from the Just Crazy About Dogs!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tiger watercolor on canvas board wip#1

I'm doing an experiment using this Tiger face. I did him in soft pastels and I wasn't too happy with the pastel dust.

This guy was done with watercolor on Fredrix canvas board...9 x12. This is my first time using the canvas board. I liked the way the watercolor looked, but also if I made a mistake, I could easily lift the paint without damaging the canvas. I still need to figure out how to apply more washes without lifting the color...that seems to be the only down side to this canvas board.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tiger wip #4

Here is another installment of my Tiger. After
laying in and defining all the areas, I wasn't too happy with the way the color came out. The black was very
muted. So I went into photoshop, using the layer feature, I punched up the black area by dropping in black paint.

I'm going to sit on this drawing for a day or two and decide if I'll leave "as-is" or try something else.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tiger Wip update

Here's another update on the Tiger. I'm now at the stage that I have to fine tune the details. Since I'm not happy with some of color around the tigers mane, I plan to incorporate some colored pencil to see if I can make his mane pop. I plan to also use colored pencil to add the detail to his eyes because I can get a sharper point using my colored pencils.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tiger WIP #2 update

I worked a little more on the Tiger. He seems to be coming together. The new easel is working out too. One thing I have learned about working with soft pastels...I need to work from the top down,otherwise the pastel dust falls on the surrounding blocked in color.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tiger WIP done in soft pastels

About 5 years ago I tried working in soft pastels, but the dust was a killer for me. After spending several hundred dollars on soft pastels, I inhaled pastel dust once too much, so I put them away figuring I'd donate them to some one.

Recently when I was looking through my art supplies I came across my different sets of soft pastels and pastel pencils. I thought I'd give working with soft pastels one more try, this time investing in a desk easel so the pastel dust could just fall to the bottom of the drawing instead of me blowing it away.

I love my new desk easel and I think I'm finally going to be able work in soft pastels without inhaling the pastel dust. I found this easel at Swains in Glendale and it was on sale for $44.00...what a deal. When not using the easel, the top folds down and is held in place with buckles that snap in place. There is also a nice size drawer to hold supplies.

So here is another WIP of a Tiger done on 8.5 x 11.5 Fabraino pastel paper using Faber-Castell pastel pencils. So far I've just started to block in the main colors. Total time working about 1 hour.

Plums Chinese Brush Paintings

Yesterday was my once a month Chinese Brush Painting class with Nan Ray. We worked on painting Plum trees, in ink and then colored with watercolor. Nan also demo'd pumpkins for a Thanksgiving card and Pine cones for Christmas cards. I haven't had a chance to try doing the pumpkins or pine cones.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Roma Tomatoes Oil Pastels Complete

I think I'm done! I really enjoyed playing with my oil
pastels. I've layed in as much color as the paper would allow.
It was nice to be able to see quick results and not have to
wait between colors, as in painting with watercolors.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Roma Tomatoe Oil Pastel WIP

It's amazing how the creative juices are tied into how we physical feel each day.
Since most of this month I've been ill, I really haven't felt like doing much of
anything. After reading my recent copy of Pastel Magazine, I got back my
inspiration to create. Looking through my hoard of art supplies
I came across pastel pencil sets, soft pastels,and oil pastels
that I haven't used in 3 years.

So this piece will be a WIP using oil pastels on Fabriano pastello paper 8.5 by 11.5.

I'm working right to left trying to block in the major colors. This took me about 2 hours. I forgot how quickly I can work using oil pastels.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sunflower abstract

It's been a rough couple of weeks of being under the weather. I finally think I'm starting to feel better. So I'm slowly easing myself back into painting.

This is my first attempt at painting an abstract. I did wet-on-wet just laying in various colors, sap green, quin gold,hansa yellow,violet, and also used fluid acrylic white paint. I did negative painting developing the shapes and then fine tuning them.

I'm not sure if I like painting this way, but I did like using the Golden fluid acrylic white paint. It added texture to some of my sunflowers.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

I've been away...

As usual life has taken another twist. Since my last posting in September I've been rather ill and my husband was taken again to the emergency room. My husband is better now, and I'm still under the weather. During all of this we had to go to Canada for my husband's mother's memorial. It was good seeing all the Canadian relatives; 3 days went by to quickly and I came home rather tired. I just haven't had the energy to paint,but I have been doing EDM sketches which I'll scan and post when I feel better. So in the meantime I've been resting a lot and catching up on all my art books that I've bought over the last few months.

I took this test and it was interesting to see what flower I am.

I am a

What Flower
Are You?