Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We grow so accustomed to our tools, don't we? I've been using nothing but flats and bright for oils, which are square ended brushes, long and short. But I do use a round (pointed) tipped brush to draw in my roughs. The other day at the art store, the brushes were on sale, and so I bought a larger mongoose round brush, and played with it here on this little painting. It feels so different, more like drawing, but I like the way you have to let the paint be thicker, not much room for "fussy". Funny too, since watercolor rounds are all I use for watercolor. Go figure.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I have a request for a large pastoral painting, and wanted to give it some prep time. So I'm sketching from photos and references. I plan to paint this one in a smaller version first, a 16" x 20", which is almost proportional to the 30" x 40" planned. This way I'm not committing to a painting that might not work out. I can work out the bugs before I go to the larger version.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Trying the magnolia blossom from a different angle, more for the shape than anything else. I kind of like the bowl facing right. The more I work with this, though, the easier it gets. By the time I'm ready to paint it for the request, it'll be a breeze. Well, maybe not a breeze, but easier anyway.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I wanted to see how the magnolia would look larger than "life," (it's a fake flower) so I started this little 8" x 10". I will also try this one with a cool light on it, since this is warm. The cool light will of course, produce bluer shadows. I like the front petal so far, but I'm not sure about the colors in the center yet. I'll have to wait and see how the other colors sit next to it.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I have a request for a white floral painting in a vertical format at 10" x 12" (to match a previously purchased painting I did) so I've been looking around for white flowers. I found a fake magnolia in the craft store, so now to see if I can do something vertical with it. Using my proportion scale from my graphics days, I cropped this drawing to manage that size. I think it will work. I'll do more drawings before I settle on a composition.
On another note, although I don't get many visitors to this blog, I would like to put out some feelers for interest in an online oil painting class, geared to beginners, come January. I was thinking a six week class for $60.00. Please send an email if you are at all interested. Write me at NelVanL@aol.com, and I'll see what the interest level might be.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Today was a business day. The Daily Painters Gallery is doing a book, and I had to make up my page for that book (each painter gets his/her own page.) Being computer illiterate, it took me forever to decide on images, write up a blurb, figure out how to size the images, then go back and do it right. At one point, I lost everything I'd done (images were way too big) so had to start all over. I also did some samples on canvas paper for a revision of my poppy painting set, in which the colors were not quite right. Samples 1, 2, and 3 above. They are subtly different. I took notes on the color mixtures, and hopefully will get it right for the revisions. No time to sketch today.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wonky Bowl with Onion
Graphitint Pencils, Watercolor, and Gouache on Watercolor paper.
One of the results of participating in the every day for a month project is my renewed interest in my tools and toys. I've used pencils and sketchbooks that have been sitting neglected for quite a while. I'm having fun with that part of it, although much like doing a painting every day, the crunch is always what to sketch or paint. I do always enjoy having made that choice in advance, and knowing way before I do the sketch what it's going to be. With my paintings, I try to at least start on the next painting the night before, so I can just set up in the morning and go about it.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Image size is 6" x 9"
In an ideal world, I would love working with pastels, especially pastel pencils. They blend, they layer, you can go darker, you can go lighter, you can erase, you can change your mind, you can build up colors. The colors themselves are rich and vibrant, but with varying pressure, you can change that too. You can be subtle. I love the nice grab and scritch on the paper.
However, with these pencils, I spent as much, if not more time whittling them down as I did drawing. A lot of carving with an Exacto blade, often to find the freshly exposed color crumbling as I carved. Yuck! Maybe they are too old, and that's why they are so brittle. Maybe I need a lighter touch, or a sharper blade. But for whatever reason, as much as I love the effects, the frustration may make them NOT worth it.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Addendum: Here's the final painting. The sketches really helped.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I just plain like the look of marker drawings, so I'm not really sure how much good they do me as value studies, but it at least is a start when you are thinking about a painting. I'll probably do this again in pencil before I begin the painting, it's a little easier to see the actual values then.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Watercolor Pencils with Watercolor
This little polymer bunny is colored to look like weathered metal, copper maybe? He lived in my Mom's garden for quite a few years, along with a few critters and gnomes. She adored gardening, and passed it along to all of us, and many of the grands too. The bunny came inside before Ike, and he hasn't left the studio to go back outdoors yet. So today I thought I'd draw him.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
A quick watercolor study, done without pencil. I guess you'd call that freehand watercolor. Usually I like having even a small pencil sketch underneath, but I was thinking of inking overtop and so wanted it loose. No ink, right now anyway, I like this one as is. Maybe later, though.
Friday, November 07, 2008
A small watercolor today. I was thinking about good brushes as I did this one, since I have a couple of really, really good brushes for watercolor, and I didn't use one yesterday. Today I did, and what a difference it makes. I am convinced that for watercolors, paper and brushes are the key. For oils it's good brushes and the surface. Linen (yum) is my favorite, of course. And stretched linen is the nicest bouncy surface to work on. I haven't gotten to the point where the quality of the paints makes much difference to me, whether it's top drawer brands or the student grades. I know a lot of artists have their favorites, but at this point I haven't gotten fussy about that yet.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
This is just some color play in watercolors, since I have two freshly stretched paper mounts (on Gator Board) and I'm thinking of another watercolor for the Daily Painting. Wanted to mess around with the yellow shadows as a mix of purple and yellow. I have to find the right combination of the two, since I have a lot of different purples and different yellows. These don't work as well as I want them to. So it's good to have some scrap paper to experiment with.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
A little watercolor playing today. An imaginary scene, using the colors I love.
Wish that I had done the sky first, instead of last, but really was just playing around, so that's okay too. Keeping up with my resolve to do something sketchy every day in November.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Watercolor on Winsor and Newton Rough 14o lb Paper.
I was doing a small oil of this little avocado for the painting blog and decided to go ahead and do it in watercolor also, for my drawing every day project. The image is only around 7" x 7" but I like the paper a lot, in my MaryLou Sketchpad.