Showing posts with label painting lessons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label painting lessons. Show all posts

Thursday, March 22, 2012


5 * 5.75 inch
Watercolor on 140lb Arches
Don’t you feel that sometimes life just seems to get away from you.  This new painting has been a long time coming, her name is Patrise and she runs a craft market on the San Salvador Island. I hope to get back into the swing of things after I can reign this recent chaos back in.
Hope you enjoy

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The power of observation - Learning to Paint

So I was asked to teach a workshop this week, I knew that these students had been taking classes for the past 6 months in drawing and acrylics, so I was under the assumption that some of the basics would have been covered. You know... composition, value, brush work, even maybe a color wheel or color chart? Well now I know why they have been frusterated. Ok lets stop and think about this, I wish I would have years ago whe I first started painting. LOL
Going from point A to point Z is not going to happen over night, but building a good foundation will only lead to monumental things. - wow that was deep - lol.
The most valuable tool in my arsenol is a 2 inch square, or in my case just ripped off the corner of a piece of binder paper, piece of cheap paper with a whole punched out of it. Why you ask? K take that tiny piece of paper and place it anywhere on your reference.. Now ask yourself, Is this tomatoe really red, how do the many tones relate to eachother, what color are the shadows really? Move this piece of paper around how do the different values play off eachother? One of the hardest things to train your brain to do is switch teams. I know I see a red tomatoe, but block out the shape of the tomatoe and you will have a true observation of what really makes up that tomatoe hmm.. Food for thought..
Next time we will discuss "Dont ask what you can do for your brushes, but what your brushes can do for you" ;) so until then. Happy Creating

Friday, December 2, 2011

Girl in White - Watercolor Portrait Mini Demo

Hope everyone is having a good week. I just got this one completed this morning and couldnt wait to share it.
ATC 2.5 * 3.5 inch
Watercolor on 140lb CP Arches
Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Watercolor portrait tutorial - Girl in Pink

Wow it has been a long time since I have done one of these little tutorials/ paint alongs. Yesterday I thought I would paint up a little girl. I had no real person in mind, I just started with a basic line drawing getting her perspectives down and picking out my pallett of hmmm.... lets see... quin gold, perm red and cobalt blue, opera and i will toss a little burnt umber in at the end.
Lets start by wetting her face and dropping in some color to get a base of where we want to go with this. At this point I will be working with only my yellow and red remember to work around your lights.

Still working wet in wet and building up light layers of my yellow and reds all the time thinking about where the sun will hit her face. You will see I added just a dab of burnt umber to place the eyes. Dont forget to leave the highlights.

Continue building up your layers of sunshine, but now it is time to start thinking about how and where your facial structures recede. The eye sockets and sides of the nose the dip under her bottom lip the hollows of the cheeks and dont forget her temples. We can start adding our shadows into her layers. Work light!!! You can always add paint but it is Really hard to take it away.  

I wanted to get in my darks at this point, so I had to first pop in some background of perm red and cobalt. This will not be the final layer I juts needed something for her hair to sit on.  
Mix up some powerful mixes of Yellow, Red, Blue and Umber. She is backlit so remember to leave a couple wispy lights around her head working in some sunshine and then into your red and blues for your really darks. The umber I used is just enough to tone down a few areas but not enough to give an overall color. Remember if your values are correct it doesnt matter what colors you use. You will have to go back in at this point to make some final tweeks, but at this point Im going to call her done.
2.5 * 3.5 inch
Hope you enjoyed this mini demo

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hibiscus- Floral triad watercolor study

I really haven't been in the mood for anything this past week. And it has really been hard to get anything started let alone get anything completed. So when I saw this weeks WDE and the challenge that went with it, i thought this would be just the escape that I needed. This is a small painting of an emerging hibiscus using only a 3 odd color triad. For this painting I chose Magenta, Brilliant orange and Cobalt turquoise. These are colors I seldom use so I thought I would try it out. Pretty flowers always make me feel better. :) Hope you enjoy
4.25 * 4.75 in
watercolor on 140lb CP

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mardi Gras Mask in Earths

16 * 20 acrylic on stretched canvas
Please PM for purchase information
This item is sold unframed
Just a quick stop by to show the finished mask that I have been working on. Im pretty happy with it, my DH loves it but would love to hear your thoughts.. :)
Happy Painting!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mardi Gras Mask in Earths

I think im going to do a series of these as I love the mystery of masks and I would love to go to New Orleans during Mardi Gras. So here are the first stages of the one that I am working on now. Have a great day and Happy Painting!!  The finished painting can be found here.