|No. 6--Butterfly Weed. Watercolor.|
Approximately 13 inches square.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
|No. 5--The Demo. Watercolor.|
Matted to 20 x 24 inches
You can see some iterations of this piece in my practice painting, and then my first final version. Then I decided to go back with some opaque watercolors and lighten things up in the background.
Two days later I went and did a show, and then collapsed in a heap and didn't paint for a while.
Anyhow, because I took this painting along with me, it's already matted. It's fairly large.
Monday, May 22, 2017
|Four Abstracts. Watercolor and Crayon.|
Each approximately 4 inches square.
A while ago, I started working on some small abstracts, and I matted them all up, and boom, sold them. So, being sneaky, or not interested in accumulating a bajillion pieces of art in my basement, I thought I'd see if I could get that magic going again.
These pieces are on hot press, which takes the crayon, well, it's awesome. You can see the first cut of watercolors here. It's isoindoline yellow, lemon yellow, and phthalo blue rs. The crayon over the top is an intense yellow green, gray, and a tiny bit of deep red.
A side note--getting all the images organized in blogger? It wasn't working. I highly recommend a website (app?) called canva. Very useful.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
|Tulips Revised, Watercolor & Crayon.|
Approximately 18 x 22 inches
Anyhow, I had this out for a show, and it was bugging me, so I went back in with some Van Dyck Brown to enrich and deepen the background. And, if you ask me it looks better cropped down.
Look at the previous version and tell me what you think.....
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
|No. 3--Redbud Branch. Watercolor.|
Approximately 15 inches square.
One of the things I like most is how the trees provide such a burst of color, but when you get up close, the blooms are tiny clusters. Barely there. When there are a lot of trees they look like a ribbon of color.
A note about brushes. My very favorite brush at the moment in an Isabey 1 inch flat pure kolinsky sable. I use it 99% of the time, and for some reason, they appear to not be available anywhere....hmmm. I took my brush on a field trip last week (see here) and hadn't put it back yet--so instead, I did this painting with a squirrel mop brush. I'm a loose painter to begin with, and going to a mop brush forces me even looser. It's fun.
Quin Burnt Orange, Quin red, and Indanthrone blue on Fabriano 300 lb rough watercolor paper.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
|No. 2--Daffodils Abstracted. Watercolor.|
Approximately 12 x 10 inches.
You'll notice that I'm not super tied to the set up, which is my preference. My style is definitely free-for-all, with lots of bleeds and mixing on the page. I was also stymied by the fact that I took my model photo with my nose to the counter, which is not how I want to paint. The point of view of the painting and the photo are different.
I don't own that many vases, so you'll be seeing them repeat. This vase is from Neusole Glassworks, which is located in Forest Park. The daffodils are from my front yard.
I'm not just painting flowers. (That would be boring!) It just happens to be what I've been blogging about.
Paint: Carbazole Violet, isoindoline yellow, lemon yellow, cobalt, undersea green, all Daniel Smith.
Paper: Fabriano 300 lb Rough
Thursday, March 16, 2017
|No. 1 Orange Flowers From Kroger. Watercolor.|
Approximately 30 x 22 inches.
I've met some fabulous people electronically (Rhonda Carpenter and Laura Starrett, I'm thinking of you), and painted and painted, and painted. I think I'm getting better. I'll check back in another 5 years.
My paintings are getting more and more abstract, so logically, I'm starting a project that's literal. #100bouquets. I'm taking this up after following Lauren Everett Finn's similar efforts. This is my first, and it's on a full sheet. I figure to take about a year to get this done, although I reserve the right to take more time. I like to paint flowers, but they all just froze, which doesn't bode well, and I tend to get distracted.
Fabriano 300 lb rough watercolor paper. Daniel Smith, quin burnt orange, quin red, isoindoline yellow, nickel azo yellow, and phthalo blue rs.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
|Blue/Orange/Gray. Watercolor and Crayon.|
Approximately 3.5 x 3 inches.
Today, I took one of the paintings and finished it with a crayon overlay. Finished piece above. Can you tell which one it was? Yeah, too stripey with a weird growth. It's the second abstract I've finished with that blue. You can see the first HERE. I should probably finish all five so that they're interconnected by color, yes?
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
|Golden Field at Sunset. Watercolor & Crayon.|
5 x 7 inches.
This is a piece that's 5 x 7 inches, and one of the big advantages is in the framing. No glass. Can plop it right in the frame. I tried mounting watercolor paper at the end of last year, and I'm not particular enough. To mount paper requires patience and attention to detail. You can look at my painting style and know that's not me!
I liked the way it handled the water and paint. I did the first cut yesterday and went back today to add some darks and a tiny bit of gray crayon just at the horizon line. I'm pretty pleased.
Indian yellow, phthalo blue gs, and quin violet with a touch of gray caran d'ache.
Friday, February 10, 2017
|Welcome Back Cobalt. Watercolor and Crayon.|
Approximately 4 inches square.
Indian yellow, prussian blue, cobalt blue, and quin violet. Plus some crayon. On a scrap of paper, which is probably 300 lb Kilimanjaro.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
|Tea and Lemons. Watercolor with a smidge of crayon.|
Approximately 9.5 x 8.5 inches.
The one drawback to instagram is my phone's camera, which is not fantastic. In low light or miserably cloudy days, the colors on instagram are off despite my best efforts at correcting them through limited brightness adjustments.
Anyhow, like the colors and messiness of this. Quin pink, hansa yellow medium, and manganese blue hue on Kilamanjaro 300 lb cold press paper. There's a touch of crayon for line in the mug and along the edge of the cutting board.
I have not been doing a ton of still lifes--out of 12, this is my second. Bonus, I sold my apples. (Another whoop!)
Enjoy the day!
Monday, January 2, 2017
|Three Apples. Watercolor.|
Approximately 7 x 10 inches.
For the third January running, I'm participating in 30 paintings in 30 days. It's hosted by Leslie Saeta, and you can check out the artist participating here. I highly recommend it if you need some kind of push to get going. It's an excellent exercise.
The painting above is from Day 2, and is the 5th painting I've done using the palette of quin gold, phthalo blue rs, and quin red. You can see an example of one on my blog here. Others are on Instagram.
This is also the 2nd still life I've done of late. I usually paint without any reference, but every once in a while I need to loop back through a reality based painting framework to revisit shapes and composition. I'm not sure it helps, but I struggle with getting almost too loose otherwise.
Here's to a great start of a New Year, cheers!