Monday, May 29, 2017

No. 5--The Demo

No. 5--The Demo.  Watercolor.
Matted to 20 x 24 inches
Last month, and that probably gives it away that I'm way, way, way behind on my administrative type tasks, I visited the Colerain Art Club to give a demo.  This was my first ever talk while painting in front of a knowledgeable crowd, and they were incredibly kind since I was so nervous and panicked. I used to paint and talk when I painted with a group, but now I typically paint by myself.

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

Set of Four Abstracts

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

Small Abstract Greeting Card, Untitled.

Greeting Card.  
Brief post.  Little abstract on strathmore 140 lb paper.  Cobalt, quin gold, and carbazole violet.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tulips Revised

Tulips Revised, Watercolor & Crayon.
Approximately 18 x 22 inches
I originally painted these tulips in 2015, and if you're an artist, you probably know that to some extent, paintings are never done.  There's almost always one more thing....

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.....