Sunday, February 28, 2016

More Cheshire Cats ...

First was a w/w wash of quin. rose with quin. burnt orange. I let it dry, then did a wash of black.  The eyes were started with a very wet application of gold, with some burnt orange dropped in.

More black, and a thin wash of orange with a thicker mix of orange and quin. violet dropped in. Apparently she has very dark brown eyes - rare in cats.

Still more black, and a thin glaze of brown in the eyes.

You've got it ... still more black. I also added some of a red-orange inside the lids of her eyes.

I started with two separate w/w applications for this cat's coloration. The first was a mix of pink and orange. Then, when dry, an application of taupe[aureolin, pink and cobalt blue].  Her eyes were done with aureolin, orange and touches of cobalt blue. 

Intensified the colors with more of the same mixtures of colors.

Added some stripes using the dry-brush technique, and lined her eyes with black. I also did some subtle shading around her muzzle with pink, cobalt blue and orange.

A few touch-ups later, and I think she is done.

This is all I have to show this week. I started another painting twice, and liked neither.  I find I am more occupied with preparations for teaching - figuring out what particular aspect of drawing I would like to offer in class, and going through my photo library to find images for the watercolor class. But I still love teaching - I'm learning, students are learning and we are all enjoying the classes.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Color Studies for Some Cats, a Second Run at the Seiner and a Class Quickie Demo

I started with the eyes - a  small w/w application of quin. gold, quin. burnt orange and cobalt blue.  The markings were done with a mix of quin. rose and quin. burnt orange.

I did a dry brush application of black [quin. rose, q.b.o. and indanthrone] for the dark markings, let it dry the did a w/w application of a grey mix [aureolin, rose and cobalt blue] for the rest of the coat.

I darkened the pink-orange areas and then ...

... dry-brushed the black markings again, added some detail to her nose, and glazed her eyes with cobalt blue.

This second cat is coming along much more slowly. I think it's all that expanse of black that is putting me off. I started the eyes with quin. gold and quin. burnt orange, and used some of that pink-orange from the other cat for some of the light markings.

Some pupils and a touch of cobalt blue for the eyes, ...

... and a w/w wash of black. She is a Scottish fold with, I think, some Persian, so no nose and tiny ears - not a lot of facial landmarks with which to work.

I wanted to try the seiner again - lighter this time.  This has had  a wash of aureolin, followed by a gradated wash of quin. rose, then one of phthalo blue. I am stalled, trying to figure out how I would like to represent the waves.

Started teaching another class yesterday. This was one of the demos.  I borrowed the idea from Thomas Schaller [love his work], as it was an elegant image, brought to life by the w/w application of colors. I definitely paint differently when teaching - faster, looser, always standing - and it shows in the work. I'll have to try painting like this more at home. On my own, I sit, and am very slow and methodical - sometimes good, not always.

On the horsey front, I haven't ridden for 3 weeks. I miss it, and Bruno does, too. But between being tossed off, and then the weather becoming very wet and turning the ring to a sodden mess, we haven't been able to do anything. Today is drier, I'm feeling much stronger, so off to the barn I go!!!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ghost Ship Finished

Ghost Ship - Seiner
11 x 14 framable

I wanted to remove just the photo because, OF COURSE, I did a bit of touching up. But the entire post disappeared.  So here it is, and I promise - no more touch-ups!!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Herding Cats and Slogging Paint

I made myself sit down and finally do some drawing on the cats. Some I did free-hand from the photos, others I used a grid over the photos on the computer screen. They were difficult - the photos were not the best for gleaning information. I think I had my nose almost pressed to the computer screen at times to see! But it's a start.

Masked, then wet-in-wet with indanthrone blue.

Again wet, and drizzled on some quin. rose and quin. gold from the top.

In hindsight, I probably should have left it at this stage for background darkness.

I did a pour-drizzle from the top onto wet paper, using a mixture of indanthrone, quin. rose and the gold...

... let it dry, then painted islands and two small fishing boats in the distance. The closer seiner is yet to be done. I'm not sure if I like it or not - it's rather dark.

In the world of Horse, I had a set-back with Bruno. We were out in the park a week and a half ago, and he thought he saw a leaf making a move to attack. He dropped under me about six inches, and spun like a dervish. I flew off his back, and slammed down partly into a soft ditch, but managed to crack my head onto hard-packed gravel. He hadn't taken off far, so I got him, took the reins and walked him back to the start of the trail so I could use the mounting block. And we did the trail again, this time with no accident. I was stiff and sore from the landing, and later started getting very dizzy and nauseated, so I must have received a fairly decent concussion. I have tried to take it easy, but I'd like to start riding again next week - going squirrelly without my dose of horse!

That's it for this week. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Taking a So-So Painting to Completion and Playing in Watercolor Class

My nemesis - the dreaded magnolia

First attempt

Further on with the background - it was at this point I realized it wouldn't work.

Second attempt - I just flipped the paper over, and re-traced the image.  I masked first, then started applying quin. pink, quin. burnt orange and indanthrone in a wet-in-wet manner.

Many wet ones later ...

Glazed stem and buds in pink, then started to paint with truer versions of their local color.  The stem was a mix of indanthrone, pink and orange.

The buds were done with lighter and a darker mixes of indanthrone and quin. gold. Quin. pink was used in the petal accents. And the shadows were a combination of pink, orange and indanthrone.
The paper was not very obliging as far as accepting color went; between soaking twice, using the "wrong" side and applying masking fluid, the surface was quite roughened up.

Last Saturday, the class asked to have some tree demos.  I like the opportunity to be able to paint faster and looser, but I'm not sure I could finish an decent, completed painting in this way. 

More of the class demo's - again I really like that tree on the left, but wonder if and how I could integrate it into a finished painting.

That's it for this week. I hope to get started on another seascape. I would like to give a painting to my sister's old boyfriend in thanks for finding me a very lovely car at an excellent price. [My Honda was written off in an accident last October.] Gary's dad worked on a seiner for years, and I know he would love a painting of the ship, which still heads out from Steveston to fish.

Thank you all very much for dropping by!