I really have been having fun playing with the colors and scales, especially as I thought it would be impossible to create a decent impression of the scales without meticulously painting each one. But this has turned out to be OK. Now I think it's time to tackle the water, again in a more impressionistic yet realistic way.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
|The finicky sketch|
|First "pours" of aureolin & quin. burnt orange|
|Some more aureolin, & indanthrone blue|
|Tone some of it down with burnt orange|
|Color on carp - aureolin, burnt orange & cobalt blue|
Sunday, May 29, 2011
|A clematis I started , that will never be finished|
They don't all work out. In my case, it is usually because I have been too keen to start, and to finish. I don't do proper value sketches and color plans. And sometimes I have a feeling the paint should just FLOW off my brush, and do exactly what I want! WRONG!!! The clematis has some good points, but the tea dribbled on it negates finishing it.
The rabbit was to be for one of my co-workers, who at one time had a rabbit called "Smokey". Unfortunately, the rabbit has turned out looking like a "schmoo" - a cartoon character form decades ago; it was basically a white blob. Bunny aside, the rest of the work I like. The soft background washes I always love, and the grass effect I like as well. I'll definitely use that look again.
Friday, May 27, 2011
|Tall trees surrounding a pond, with some very heavy-looking clouds behind|
|Big, beautiful maple along path|
|Horse-friendly entrance and gate|
|Park surrounded by small farms|
As the heavy rain has abated, I thought I'd head out for a quick walk. I live quite close to a large pedestrian/ equestrian park, and it's very lovely and relaxing to be there, either walking or riding.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
|A very photogenic Grace|
|Eyes, and some light washes of quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone blue|
|More wet washes|
|I've started using some dry brush technique|
I was at the feed store a couple of weeks ago, stocking up on hay for His Imperial Highness, and I was attracted to a very sweet Bernese Mountain dog. I found out she "works" at the store with her owner, Danielle. I asked if I could take her outside for some photos, so all three of us went out, and Danielle helped me "pose" Grace. I've been playing with the painting for two weeks, and I think it still needs darkening of the blacks, and of course more depth of shadow. But she is a very sweet and attractive girl, and I think I am catching some of that in the portrait.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
|The very well camoflaged egg|
|Dancing up a storm to distract me|
I can't even see her head
|She was also very vocal|
|They actually look quite pretty when they do this|
|And Bruno couldn't care less|
When I was hand-walking BrunZ around the ring yesterday, preparatory to riding [to let him get the saddle "feel", and tighten the girth] a killdeer became most upset and vocal. She was in one corner of the ring, and obviously had a nest there.
While I rode, she was extremely brave in her attempts to warn us away. At one point, I glanced below my inside leg/boot, and she was almost directly under us. Several times she swooped around Bruno, almost right under his nose. Thankfully, Bruno could not give a damn, and just kept evenly going on.
After I finished riding, and took care of BrunZ, I went to the corner to see if I could find her nest. There was nothing yesterday, but today, while cleaning the ring, I found her nest with one egg. She will probably lay two or three more, and then it will be a few weeks till they hatch. We had a similar situation last year, when they decided to nest on top of the manure pile. I would get scolded every morning by "mom" about not disturbing the kids.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
8.5 x 9 inches
|LOVE the face|
I fell in love with a photo that a friend took while in India. The woman's face is so strong. And I am really trying to loosen my style of painting. I quite dislike how I have come to almost slavishly follow a photograph. Call me a perfectionist and a purist, but I cannot honestly, from my heart, accept such work as a fully creative piece of art. I know I may offend some people, and I am putting my derriere on the line, but so it goes.
|1st washes - cobalt blue, burnt orange & violet|
|Building structure with my favorite color combinations|
|More refinement in glazes.|
Quite a way to go yet.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A friend was over yesterday, showing photos of his recent tour in India. He works as a tour guide all over the world; next week he's off to Greece ... lucky hot-dog! His Indian pictures were fabulous, almost a visual overload; I can't imagine what it would be to experience the country for real. There were some very good shots of the most intriguing-looking people - you could see the strength in their faces, and the pain and joy in their eyes. I was quite taken by the photo at top, and have done a quick sketch. I think I'll try a painting of her as well.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Like all artists, I am constantly seeking to improve my art. As a result, I frequently [as time permits] search the internet for "how-to's", and other artists' sites. Very recently, upon googling "Asian watercolors", I discovered the work of Myoe Win Aung. He is an artist from Myanmar, born in 1972, and shows his work mostly in Rangoon and Singapore. [The Singapore Watercolor Society is also an interesting site] Unfortunately, I found no web site, so I have collected some of his work here to show you. Pleas let me know what you all think of his art.
Monday, May 2, 2011
|At a suggestion from a "follower"|
I had originally thought to do a study on white only. At the suggestion of a "follower", Nil Catalano, I added a soft and natural-looking background for a horse. I think it improves the overall appearance. I must admit to being a quite impatient person, and as a result, I do not take a painting to anywhere near its conclusion. I thank you, Nil, for your advice. And for my readers, a visit to Nil's blog is definitely time well spent. He creates the most wonderful sketches and beautiful, fluid watercolors! His site is www.nilcatalano.blogspot.com
|I think this is as far as I will go with this.|
Bruno: a study 7 x 7 inches
Sunday, May 1, 2011
|Japonica in bloom, in front of the pond|
|The two willows at far side of pond|
|Bruno, enjoying a munch of fresh grass|
|My home-made covered kitty-litter box|
|Daffodils in full bloom|
|My dear land-lady, Pat, trying to get Buddy to "smile" for a photo|
|Bruno, on the lower back lawn, in front of riding ring and barn|
|Wild violets in bloom|
|I didn't even know I had "paper-whites" in my garden. |
They have such a beautiful perfume.
|Very odd-looking photo of Bruno reaching, mouth agape, to scratch himself.|
|Fruit trees in blossom. As I was taking this, Bruno|
was taste-testing lower branches
|Grande Finale - burning off the old, inedible hay|
|Fire Marshall Bruno|
With the bright, almost-warm weather, I got a lot done the last two days. From the top of the page downwards ... I made a covered litter box for Miss Pumpkin, who is most zealous when she uses the facilities. I took one of the plastic storage bins from the barn, cleaned it up, and, after measuring Pumpkin, cut an opening in one of the narrow ends. She loves it, and I don't have litter and other bits all over the bathroom.
I took some photos of Buddy, in an attempt to get some references for a portrait. Pat [owner] adores him, and he worships her, so I'd very much like to do a painting that reflects that love.
I rode the lad. It had been over three months, what between wet, soggy conditions, and me getting over a few infirmities. But yesterday, my trainer/friend, Rhonda, came over to help. She suggested I use my old dressage saddle with a fleece half-pad underneath. It seemed to fit and work well, [Bruno will let us know if he finds it uncomfortable over time] and I was very happy to be using that saddle. I've been riding him with an equitation saddle, and when one is used to a dressage saddle, it's like riding with no saddle. The dressage one is like a big, comfy easy-chair. And Bruno went very well, much more attentive and willing to communicate. I think he's liking his role as a saddle horse.
At the end of the day, I decided to finish off burning the old inedible hay. Here in the country, one is allowed to purchase a burning permit, valid for a month. This is done in April and September, when it is still quite wet, and there is no chance of a fire spreading out of control. So at 8 PM, I started cleaning out one of the hay storage areas, and hauling the old hay out to burn. I finally finished around 11 PM, and under the watchful eye of Fire Marshall Bruno, I made sure the fire was out.