Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Study in Blue and Yellow: 31-03-2015

Study in Blue and Yellow
watercolor on paper

My final abstract for this month. I must say I like it a lot!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Desert Sun: 28-03-2015

Desert Sun
watercolor on paper

Created this in Juicy Luci class this morning. We were working with brushstrokes and getting a variety of them on the paper and then adding more and more detail. And working with a limited palette. 

At first I had a deciduous tree on the left of the painting but it didn't go with the desert scene so I added the cactus and tore the tree off. This could use a few tender loving tweaks. I go too fast and it looks sloppy. Sigh.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nestled In a Fertile Valley: 26-03-2015

Nestled In a Fertile Valley
watercolor on paper

This is just the start of something I did in Tom Scott's class this morning. He added the shapes of the dark trees and buildings in the green. Not sure where I am going with this, but will work on it next week in class.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Peony (2): 25-03-2015

Peony (2)
watercolor pencil on paper

I darkened the colors in this piece from yesterday. It looks better but still needs something. The watercolor pigments didn't blend very well.

Last night, I attended a watercolor pencil, pastel, and charcoal demo at my local, independent art store. It was great. Lots of technique tips and free samples. In addition, I won the door prize because it was almost my birthday. Set of 24 watercolor pencils from Kimberly/General Pencil Company. I was very excited.

Kathi Hanson, the artist and demonstrator, had high energy and lots of tips. One of the best ones was to make a watercolor pencil palette for on the go. Just take a sheet of 90# plain paper and lay down pigment from your pencils. When you get to where you are going, you can simply wet the pigment with your brush and you are ready to paint!

Here is a photo of hers: 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Peony: 24-03-2015

watercolor pencils on paper

Love the colors. Need some more work. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Leaf It Alone: 22-03-2015

Leaf It Alone
watercolor on paper

Not quite finished with this one.

A little more tweaking the details.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Parked on a Park Bench: 21-03-2015

Parked on a Park Bench
watercolor on butcher paper

This was from the Saturday watercolor class I am taking. We worked on adding suggestions of figures to a landscape. I like this one. Very loose and the colors are good. It's on cheap butcher paper that we used for practice.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blue Mountain Ranch: 19-03-2015

Blue Mountain Ranch
watercolor on paper

This is the product of a watercolor class I attended this morning. Tom Scott, a local artist from whom I have taken workshops before, taught it. I signed up at the last minute. 

I really like how this painting turned out.

Mr. Scott is about 80 years old. He is a doll. So talented and still so excited about painting. He is the one who always says "Paint what you feel" and I tease him and tell him I want to sign up for the Feeling Class!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Floral Fantasy: 18-03-2015

Floral Fantasy
watercolor on paper

Not quite the fantasy I had in mind...
I have a bad habit of getting started on a painting and when it begins to look like nothing that I thought it would, then I just start slapping on the paint. I get very impatient.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ocean Sunrise: 17-03-2015

Ocean Sunrise
watercolor on paper

Another painting based on a collage from the book Handmade Paper Collage by Dawn Ackerman.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Desert Mountain Time: 16-03-2015

Desert Mountain Time
watercolor on paper

Based on a paper collage. My mountains need more definition - crags and rough edges. This might have worked better if I had sketched in the layers of mountains first.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Blooms: 15-03-2015

watercolor on paper

Still not as loose as I would like...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Reflections: 14-03-2015

watercolor on paper

Two attempts from Loosely Juicy watercolor class. Working with water and reflections. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Little Landscape: 13-03-2015

A Little Landscape
watercolor on paper

My version of a tutorial on YouTube.  Looking back at the original, I see that, as usual, I filled up too much space and didn't leave any white. This is much more detailed. I will try again.

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Color Palette: 09-03-2015

My Color Palette
 These are the M. Graham watercolors I have now. The Indigo is from Windsor-Newton and the Dioxazine Violet is Cotman (which is part of W-N I think). I cannot keep these colors in my head. Other artists reel off the names with nary a skipped beat. 

These paints are a less expensive (actually free) bunch that I have accumulated. The first six are from an art set and the last two are from Dick Blick Art and came to me via a watercolor workshop a few years ago. 

So there you have it. I am glad to get these organized. I will try not to buy any more colors for a while (although I do like the cerulean blue).

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

White Flower: 07-03-2015

White Flower
watercolor on paper

This is a section of a larger painting done in Loosely and Juicy watercolor class.  It is the section I like best. We are working larger than I am used to - this was done on a half-sheet. 

Also went to an Art Fair & Expo at locally owned art supply store. Bought four more M. Graham colors (30 percent off!) and got a free one from the rep who was there. We had a long talk about M. Graham company which is outside of Portland, Oregon. It uses honey in the paint. I don't know if that is a good thing or not but I started with this brand and I am sticking with it. 

I kind of like it going this way as well.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blue Skies: 04-03-2015

Blue Skies
watercolor on paper

Playing with color. I love how the lighter blue (can't remember the name of it) and the darker Indigo melt together. A landscape and all I did was brush wet into wet and let the paint do the work. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Study in Gray: 03-03-2015

Study in Gray
watercolor and collage on paper

This was supposed to be a progressive buildup of tone on tone. It didn't quite turn out like I envisioned so I added the red patches torn from another watercolor experiment. La-de-dah.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Striped Planet: 02-03-2015

Striped Planet
Version 1
watercolor on paper

This original version seemed to need something so I added a cutout and got this (and the name):

Version 2

The round patch (striped planet) comes from some previous experimenting with colors and blending. I haven't glued it down yet. I just tossed it on there to see how it would look.
The texture of the background is made by smooshing a piece of Saran wrap on the wet paint and letting it dry. Gives it those canal-looking ridges.

I am going to try and alternate cool and warm colors for this challenge. Otherwise everything will end up being blue.

I may add some text - a quote or just a word - at a later date.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Flower Garden: 01-03-2015

Flower Garden
watercolor on paper

New Challenge: An Abstract A Day

This one was made by dropping very wet watercolor globs on the paper (one color at a time) and blowing the color around with a straw. Neat effect. Then splattered with red. Wish the colors showed up better here. The paper is very white and makes for a lovely contrast. I think part of the problem is the light bulb - one of those energy savers...