Showing posts with label still life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label still life. Show all posts

Sunday, October 30, 2011

2 Tangled Pears Zentangle with watercolor washes

My DH doesn't like it when I throw out any paintings, so when he took out the recycling the other day he came back into the house with 3 that I didn't think were really up to par. He asked me if I could tangle up these paintings. ** actually it was more of doodle wiggling his finger - saying can you do that to that. ;) ** LOL So this is what I can up with. It is WAY better than the original painting. :)
Hope you enjoy

Monday, October 3, 2011

2 new aceo's finished over the weekend

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I bought some new paints last week and just couldnt wait to try them out.  Quin Gold *** Love this color and cant beleive that I have been living without this color for so long. :) and the other is Lapis Lazuli, the verdict is still out on this color. Although it does lend itself nicely to stone but still trying to come up with another use for this oddity.  These are 2 of the watercolors I fininished up this weekend. They are both ATC's measuring 2.5 * 3.5 inch and are painted on 140lb CP arches paper.
Hope you enjoy

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Colorado Street Corner and another Afternoon Tea Miniature Painting

Been enjoying the last few days of summer with above normal temps. So we have been putting the gardens to bed and canning up our non-existant garden this year. But I have managed to fit a few mini's in this week. They both measure 2.75 * 2.75 inch and are painted with acrylics.
Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Still life with Daisies and Nest

6 * 8 inch
acrylic on gallery stretched canvas
Hope you enjoy

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tulips and Lilacs

The past few weeks have been really bad for hail around here. Up to this point I havent had anything compared to the people around us - but it finally caught up to us and I dont have much garden left. Thank heavens for the greenhouse at least we have tomatoes and peppers. ;) So in order to cheer up I decided to paint a pretty little picture to remind me of the beauty that once was. :( Hope it brings a smile to your face too. :)
4.25 * 6 inch
Watercolor on 140lb CP

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hot Trio - Wood Block Pepper Painting

In our home we strive to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. So after 3 years of my husband working for a lumber yard I had a light bulb go off. Some days that lightbuld doesn't turn on at all so i'm pretty happy with these short lived moments. LOL :D So I got him to bring me a bunch of finished off cuts primed them up with Gesso and went to town with a quick little painting.
4.75 * 4.75 * 1.75 inch
acrylic on sealed hemlock
black painted sides

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stone Maiden - Still Life

This mini painting was inspired by a garden statue located at the Butchart gardens in Victoria, BC. This statue was recessed into a wall and surrounded by lush greenery and gorgeous flowers which is a beautiful contrast against each other.

2.75 * 2.75 in
acrylic on stretched canvas
initialed on front and signed/dated on back

Friday, February 25, 2011

Coffee Time - miniature acrylic painting

I dont know about you all but my day does not start without a hot cup of Java. Limited to 2 cups a day, but if I dont get my coffee and 10 min in the morning - just dont talk to me. ;) I think that is why my day starts at 4:30am, just so I can have a little quiet time before the chaos of the day starts. This is how I fill my extra time before my family gets up. Hope you enjoy
2.75 * 2.75 inch
acrylic on stretched canvas - includes mini display easle


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cherub and Daisies - Still Life Miniature Painting


Hi everyone, Hope everyone is staying warm. I thought I would try and get this one in before the big Hockey game starts. For those who dont know it is the Heritage classic an outdoor professional NHL game between Calgary and Montreal. Only the second time being played in Canada! Well it is -30 celcius with the wind chill so it will be interesting to see who will be victorious without to many injuries. I dont even like hockey but it is part of my life since getting married so...i thought I would share my pain... ;) lol
Anyways Hope you like the new mini
2.75 * 2.75 inch on stretched canvas comes with a mini display easel


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

March of the clowns Watercolor tutorial

Well I have been meaning to paint this for a while now, as you can see it is a little intimidting. In this watercolor demo I started with a detailed line drawing and then started bouncing around adding some local color to the clown faces with a wash of yellow ochre and cad red. After that dries i start placing some shadows using a thin wash of cobalt. The darks of the eyes are a mix of cad red, hunter green deep and paynes grey.
Worked a little on the upper portion of the painting today. Really like the oranges against the blue. Just makes that litle portion sing. This painting reminds me of "paint by number" and with all the little variations i almost have to treat it that way.
Day 4 and aprox 15 hours into it.. hmm i may be able to get this done by the end of the year. ;) This time around i worked a little adding my oranges (grumbacher red and gamboge) deeper values were made by adding a little burnt sienna. This will be heightened even more later on in the painting when i get the majority covered and the i will go back in and tweak a little. Also notice that i have to go back in and readjust my one clowns face in the back left. it seems to be a little flat. The hat's highlights were added and will be blended into the main color in subsequent washes.

Had to take a break from all these small shapes for a bit- fractured the wrist in our first winter storm :( So I will move on to some mass blocking in of the oranges/reds. Grumbacher Red + Raw Sienna and Grumbacher Red +gamboge and Grumbacher Red and Burnt Sienna washes. The oranges and the dark hats will eventually calm and unify the painting. Right now it looks very busy and the clowns are very flat.
Little more color and definition added to the left side of the painting. Added some of the brown tones with a mix of burnt umber, Burnt Sienna and Diox Violet. Added the rounded belly clowns main dress suit and more definition to the darks. Think my next stage will be to add the hats.

a little work on the hats today. The main washes to the hats are paynes grey and Phalo blue as you work back in the piece there is a little orange added just to grey it down. The closer the image the more in focus and the brighter colors used - the farther the image is away the blurrier and greyer it is. You can see now that the piece is starting to unify with the additions of the hats. There is so much going on in this painting that the eyes need a rest and that is what the hats and oranges do in this piece.
These hats are the bane of my existance.. :( They are shiny and it is taking many layers of paint and a whole lot of scrubbing back to get it to this point and I still have so much left in order to get the soft transition of color. Notice all the holes in the hats. I am going to be adding them seperatly. The only hat I am almost comfortable with at this time is the large one up front, and even that one could use a little tweaking. Also adding a few more shapes and patterns, getting the pieces all connected.
Not alot of time to work on this lately with Christmas coming up. The only time I get to paint is between 3 and 6 am - i have a baby who is a non-sleeper. So with that being said I added a few brown tones and deepened a few shadows. Hopefully I can get another installment in before Christmas but if I dont Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. :)
The 8th installment of this piece, slowly but surely coming together. Working my way across from left to right, adjusting tones, shades and values as I go. It is starting to pop now - but I still have along way to go. Any questions please feel free to ask.

March of the clowns
6.5" * 8.25"
$220 USD Matted and unframed

Yeah the clouds have parted and the light has shone! It is finally done!!!!!