Sunday, September 13, 2015

Odds and Ends and Works-in-progress ...

I was asked to do a skateboard-themed painting for a local charity. So I came up with this work [and in record time for me!]. The colors are new gamboge, quin. sienna with a slash of phthalo blue.  It was a large piece - about 18 x 24 inches.

I've also been playing with these fungi this past week. I started with the "shrooms", using aureolin, new gamboge and quin. burnt orange. For the tree bark texture, I carefully sponged on water to give random texture, and then, onto the sponged spots, applied mixtures of quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone.

More work on the mushrooms, using burnt orange.

I extended the tree shapes to create a vignette, and have been working on intensifying the tree bark in spots, as well as building up the depth in the fungi. This is a much smaller work - 12 x 8 1/2 inches.

I started teaching regular classes again this last Saturday. So again, my emphasis was on playing with the pigments in a wet-in-wet manner. I have found most people, when painting, want to stroke and stroke with their brushes on damp or dry paper, which essentially ruins the effect of watercolor. So my primary theme in every class is to encourage "playing" with the pigments on very wet paper. We had a very successful class in that respect. I had two of the students absolutely mesmerized, almost lost, touching their brushes to the paper and watching what happened as the paint moved on its own. It always rekindles my passion for this medium when I see people so blissfully lost in the beauty of the process, and then so happy with the results.
The above work is my demo start, and I think it's caught my eye - I'd like to see where this goes.
I've also started a large painting [18 x 25 inches] for my aunt. A friend of hers decided to move back to Toronto. So auntie wanted something reminiscent of British Columbia to send as a gift, and felt some tugboats lost in the coastal fog would be good. So here we go again ...

Thank you so much for dropping by! Hope you are all having a lovely end to your summer!