Monday, December 21, 2009
It has been alot of fun painting these small paintings. I'm almost done with them and now I am looking forward to freeing myself to work on some larger paintings.
What am I going to do next? Well I'm thinking of doing some more Masa paper paintings that I have in my mind or I might try some abstracts. It will be whatever moves me at the time I start.
It is certainly an interesting journey that I am on.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I have been working on mini landscapes. They are 5 x 7 inches. So far I have painted four of them; two which are going in the show. It is different painting small with small brushes. In a way it's easier as I experience having more control over what I am doing. But of coarse when using large brushes you can let the watercolor flow freely. Also I have been working on landscapes more recently and they are more expansive than flowers. When painting flowers I zero in on their form. I still try to capture the beauty and serenity of whatever subject I'm working on. I have two more paintings to complete then I need to start working on my next show.
Friday, December 11, 2009
This photo does not capture the brightness of the colors in the painting but I do like the veins in the petals and leaves. I painted this on Masa paper therefore the texture throughout the picture.
I want to take this time to wish everyone a joyous holiday season. Try and relax from some of the hustle and bustle and truly enjoy those around you. Remember it is the people in your lives that are really important. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I also want to thank all my family, students and friends that came to visit. It is always nice to see you but I especially enjoy seeing your visiting me at one of my art shows as I can share what I've been doing.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
First of all I'm going to be in the Holiday Art Show at Jerry's Artarama, Fairfield Shopping Center, Virginia Beach on Saturday December 5th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday December 6th from noon to 5:00 pm.
I will have three paintings hanging at the Riverview Gallery, Olde Town Portsmouth for the Winter Art Show. The Opening Reception is Friday December 4th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
And finally I have three paintings hanging at the Artistic Creations Gallery in Pembroke Mall, Virginia Beach. They are having a Grand Opening on Sunday December 6th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
If you are in the area please stop by and see all the exciting art shown at these three places. And if you go to Jerry's Artarama and tell me that you read my blog I will give you a surprise.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
These paintings came from demonstrations in one of my classes. I was presenting how to paint in light colors and how to paint in dark colors. I probably did not get my light colors as light as I had wanted to but I got carried away with the colors of the petals. (How unusual for me to allow color to dictate my Painting choices.) In painting light colors you need to mix your color with a good amount of water to make it very light in value and when painting dark colors you need to mix the color up very thickly, but not so it is dry. This goes back to one of my "rules" of watercolor painting. Always keep scrap paper by your side to test colors as well as techniques for your painting.
It is helpful to keep painting the same subject over and over again. It helps you explore and re explore all the different way one subject can be presented. It becomes a learning process that I do not know if ever wears out. I'll tell you if I ever get tired of painting Magnolias!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
When I paint in watercolors I hardly use gouache at all. Sometimes I use a little bit to depict snow or mix with another color to show an area that needs to be more opaque. I mostly paint with transparent watercolors and I enjoy the build up of transparencies that allow your colors to come alive. Adding the gouache gives a more opaque covering of the paint. I think the colors are bright and clear. It gives a look almost like acrylics or oil painting. It is just a different way of painting.
I enjoyed doing this painting. It gave me a feeling of freedom. Was that because there was no sense of needing to be successful? Or perhaps because it was a simple subject? I really do not know but it sure was fun and I will try it again.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I have to say goodbye to my Magnolias IV and two other paintings that I sold. I will really miss my Magnolias IV. It was a fun painting to do. It was my third painting that I did on Masa paper and I really like the textures and colors of the painting. I think it will enjoy it's new home.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It is at the Kempsville Recreation Center at 800 Monmouth Lane, Virginia Beach. The show is this Saturday November 7th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday November 8th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
So if you have some time this weekend and/or want to get a head start on unique purchases for the Holidays come on by. If you say that you saw it on my blog I will give you a 10% discount. Come on by and say hello. I'll be happy to see you!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I'm planning on doing some oil painting as soon as I finish teaching this semester of classes. It should be alot of fun.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I am going to hold the drawing again in November. To be eligible you need to be one of my followers and/or make comments on my posts. (Comments on facebook are great but they will not win you a print.) Good luck to everyone.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Often when using colored pencils I use colored pastel paper. In this piece I used burgundy paper. Jack Whitlow, my friend and drawing teacher taught me this. He says the colored paper helps you keep a mid value to work against. As a color painter I cannot appreciate this concept as much as I should. But I see how the color of the paper underlies the drawing and keeps it together. The paper is mostly covered by the colored pencils but it still is the basis of all color coordination for the finished drawing.
This is something I'm growing to appreciate more as my paintings evolve. It is something I'm also learning in my watercolors without the assistance of "colored" paper. The colors in my backgrounds relate to the colors in my foregrounds often with soft edges blending the two together. This pulls the painting together rather than having separations between items in the painting.
If you notice I've referred to my colored pencil drawing as a painting. This is something that is rather new, but something that I have felt strongly about before. There are many opinions on whether colored pencil pictures are called drawings or paintings. I think it has to do with the picture itself. There is so much blending in this piece that I feel it is more of a painting.
Enjoy the autumn
Monday, October 19, 2009
She was so much fun to paint. My biggest concern was keeping her skin light enough while putting down many glazes of paint. The layers of paint are what help me to sculpt the shape of the face as well as develop the color of the skin. Yellows, reds and oranges for the warm colors and blues and purples for the cool colors. The skin and the hair are very close in color and one color just blends right into the other. Sculpting the face consists of placing the darks where you want them to recede and and softening the edges so the lighter areas can move forward. I am pleased with the result.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I have a yellow rose bush that has the most beautiful, large yellow roses. Sometimes they almost look gold. When all the other rose bushes are not producing roses any more I can always count on my yellow roses.
When painting this rose I wanted to make sure I kept the yellow color up front for the look of sunlight landing on the flower. The green shaded petals in the back make a connection with the background. It was so much fun playing with my colors like this!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday the weather was horrible. Very windy with rain on and off all day. At one point the top of my tent blew off in one corner and it was raining. I had to climb up and grab the top of the tent to put it back in place.
But Sunday was a perfect day for the Art Show. The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect. It turned out to be a great weekend after all.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The show is scheduled for Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. I hope to see you there.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I did this painting with a watercolor background and fluid acrylics for the palm tree. It was the same media as my Koi were. The watercolor background is very simple. I had fun with the fluid acrylics. They are different than watercolors; they are more opaque. But they are more transparent than regular acrylics. The challenging part about using them is you need to "stay in the lines" and you can only put so many coats of paint down before it gets too shiny. But I loved exploring the colors for the fronds. I like the way they frame the trunk.
I have not been spending that much time painting recently. Over the last couple of weeks I have started teaching again and spending a great deal of time preparing my classes. The other day I got a flu shot and now voila I have the flu! Next week I will be preparing for the Ocean View Art Show. I can't wait to get back into a painting mode. My creative spirit is wanting to come out and sing with joy, and peace and beauty.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I just want tolet everyone know that we will be having the drawing again in the month of October. Good luck to all of you.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
We took a bus trip, I have been calling it a field trip, up to Richmond. We had a great day. We had a tour of VCU's art department. (Some of us were dreaming of being 4o years younger and going to school there.) We also traveled through the beautiful hills and went to the University of Richmond and saw a Ansel Adams exhibit as well as visiting many galleries. But the highlight of the day was visiting the Glass Spot and watching Chris Skibbe do a very exciting glass blowing demonstration.
The evening came and we went to the Opening Reception. It was exciting seeing the show and visiting the other galleries. We met interesting people and enjoyed the wine!!!
I hope some of you will be able to visit Art Works before October 18th. It is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12pm to 6pm.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
I brought some of my oils including Good Enough to Eat. I created these apples about two years ago. They were so much fun to paint. Mixing the reds and greens without getting mud was somewhat of a challenge. The whole time I was working on it my husband kept saying they look good enough to eat. Hence the name.
I really miss oil painting. For the past year I have been concentrating on watercolors. They have been taking me to some very exciting places and I have certainly been enjoying the journey. I feel that my learning has been accelerated and I'm pretty satisfied with the work I've been producing. But they consume my time and along with the rest of my schedule (teaching, art groups, art shows etc.) I feel like there is very little time left to explore anything else. But oil is like an old friend that I really need to visit soon.
Friday, September 18, 2009
So if your in the neighborhood come on by and visit, I think you'll enjoy the show!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I cropped the photo a little too much on the bottom right corner and you cannot see the edge of the marble surface that the still life is sitting on.
Charcoal is a great medium to work values in. It is alot of fun to make the darkest darks. It is easier than graphite to capture the darks. And of course the lights look brighter when next to the darks. Then there is the gentle blending of values from dark to light.
For the past year I have been working mostly on watercolors. I have enjoyed them and learned in them a great deal. I do miss working in other mediums and hope to spend more time working in them. I just wish there were more hours in the day!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
It is always a challenge painting portraits. Each time I paint one I learn a little bit more about what I'm doing and after it is complete I can look at it and see what I might have done differently for it to come out a little bit better.
I look back over the past year and think about the past portraits I have done and the challenges have changed. There are certain things that came more easily for me. Like leaving the highlights. And others that are more difficult like softening edges and how thick to put the color down. This is part of the learning process that fascinates me.
Overall I am pleased with the Queen. Her hat and suit were so much fun to recreate, but her jewelry was challenging. I painted her a little softer than she looked in the photo. I felt very close to her but cannot even imagine what her life is really like. I wonder if she is softer in her personal life or if she is always the "Queen"?
I want to thank all of you for continuing to follow my blog even with all of the computer problems I have been experiencing. I want to remind everyone about the drawing that I am doing at the end of the month. Read about it in the top right section of my blog.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
So I decided to pull a painting that was just alot of fun. And here it is my Red Geraniums. This summer I taught Watercolors on the Go. Each week we went to a different location and painted for the fun of it. There was no pressure to make a beautiful painting. I find that ironically when you are painting for the fun of it and do not worry about how the painting looks the experience is very rewarding. Often the painting comes out looking good and if not it does not matter. I think we can all learn from this.
Anyway one week we went to the Atlantic Garden Center and I started painting these Red Geraniums. I took some photos and when I got home I completed them. When I look at them I see a very relaxed painting, not alot of tricks and techniques, not alot of hard work and yet I feel that I captured the spirit of the Red Geraniums. That is an experience that I really feel is from the purity of painting without the little critic sitting in my brain. It was simply fun!
Monday, August 17, 2009
This painting started by my working with Da Vinci fluid acrylic paints. I used the paints in new ways. With a little more water added, the acrylic paints were more transparent. Then in subsequent layers I used them a little thicker. Then I added watercolors. I did a little bit of this and a little bit of that and voila a painting was born.
I see the painting with beautiful colors and sensuous movement of the fronds. It will be challanging but I have a good feeling about it.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Now I have to paint another large painting and I'm stressing out over it. I would like to have it done and framed by the end of the month so I can put it in the Seawall Art Festival. (Check my listing of Art Shows.)
I have had a couple of ideas and have not been able to decide on which to pursue. I have been taking photos and pulling pictures, drawing possible sketches and playing with different media but have not come up with a decision yet. I go back and forth between something that is relatively easy and would not give me a hard time to produce. (This is due to my limited time frame.) Then I feel that it needs to be really special and I have some ideas but do not know whether or not they will work out.
I like it much better when I see something and know I need to paint it. I know what media and size and colors I want it to be. And then I sit down to paint and I'm immediately in the zone and the painting just flows off the brush for me. Like when I painted the Koi!
I sure hope that my muse visits me tonight as I need to start the painting tomorrow.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
This is the fifth portrait that I have painted in watercolors. I feel that I am making progress, but I'm not all the way there yet. I feel that if each painting is better than the previous one then I'm going in the right direction.
When painting a portrait I become very intimate with the subjects features. When painting my daughters I already felt intimate with the way they look. But there are challenges to painting people that you know that you do not experience with strangers. You want to capture the essence of the person not only in terms of how they look, but also in terms of how they are. And you truly know how they are.
And when you love your subjects as much as I love my daughters then you put that love into the process of painting and it carries you through the process of creation. Then you only hope that the love shows in the painting. It is a big challenge. But with big challenges come great satisfaction.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I really enjoyed working with the colors and the values while doing this painting. There are so many layers of colors on the leaves and in the background. I love the colors in the leaves, how you can see the yellows and greens through the blues. I also love the little bit of red on the sides of the leaves. The background is a very dark color but you can still see through the transparency of the colors. That's one of the things I just love about watercolors. You can continue to see through it no matter how many layers of paint you use. Then there is the delicate flower...
I feel that I have reached new places with the development of my values and I am exploring the use of my colors in new ways. I really feel that I am on my way to new places with my painting.
It was a good show. It was a little slower than last year. Was that because of the weather, the economy or just some arbitrary reason? I certainly don't know. But I had alot of fun and enjoyed the people that came through the show. I want to thank all my students and friends that visited my booth. It is always nice to see all of you!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I think I was a little more successful in having soft edges and hard edges but I still need some work in that area.
Years ago I never would have thought about painting green leaves. But now I see more in it. I love paintings of the simplest of objects and especially objects that are not often made into "stars" of paintings. You can find beauty in the smallest and/or the simplest of things.
Also I have been thinking alot lately of seeing colors. I have told my students many times that when learning how to paint or draw you need to learn how to see better. And that the better you are able to paint or draw the more you are able to see. It's one of those snowball learning experiences. I have had students tell me that they have a hard time seeing the colors that I point out to them and I have had the same experience with my teachers telling me the colors that they are able to see. How can I learn to see more and teach people to see what they are looking at better? Or is it just a natural progression in the learning process?
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Jane Fuqua, Rae Gordner, Pamela Hill, Mary Kay Holladay, Pat Dehart and myself (members of the Creative Artists of Tidewater) will be there showing our art and jewelry. There will also be 19 other artists showing their painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more.
I was there last year and it was a great show so if you happen to be in the neighborhood stop by to see us.
I've got to go now I have a bunch of last minute things to do in order to get ready for the show. Maybe I'll see you there.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Painting flowers is something I have always loved. They are the first things that I painted and I go back to them often. Sometimes I think that I should, certainly could, specialize in flowers. But of course there are too many other things that I see and am compelled to paint.
There are so many things about flowers that make them a great subject. First of all they are beautiful and beauty is something I strive to capture in most of my paintings. There is so much beauty in the world and I often try to fill my art with it. They have wonderful colors, textures and shapes that are challenging to create. They also have their own distinctive personalities that make them a fun subject.
In my art studies there are learning phases. First you learn something intellectually and then at different times you achieve different levels of being able to perform what you have learned. This keeps going. I don't think I have ever reached a place that I can say I've learned all that I can about a certain faction of painting. This applies to both techniques and composition as well as transfering inspiration to a completed piece of art. Then in the learning process once I have learned a certain amount in one area I become open to new avenues of learning. I think this is something that I am going through with my flower painting.
Right now I'm preparing for art shows that I feel I should be painting ocean related subjects (after all I live in Virginia Beach) and I am painting flowers. I guess that's the way it is.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
There are three basic ways of using watercolor pencils. First you can use them like watercolors by "scribbling" some pencil on some scratch paper and putting a wet brush into it and voila you can paint with it like it was watercolors. The second way is by using them like watercolor pencils. You can draw on your watercolor paper and then apply a wet brush to it and it miraculously turns into a watercolory substance. You can also dip your pencil into water and then draw with a solid watercolor or wet your paper first and mark it with the pencil and see it melt onto the page. The third way of using them is to use them like a regular dry colored pencil. This is good for putting detail on a painting as the finishing touches. Finally a fun trick with watercolor pencils is to spatter them onto wet paper or paint with a nail file.
They are alot of fun to use and they travel well. I often use them with a Niji brush which holds water and a notebook on the go! If you haven't used them yet, give them a try. I think you will enjoy them.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Dick and Meera you can email me with your choice of prints and your address that I can mail it to. (I have most of my current paintings in 8 X 10 prints.)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I achieved the different shades of green by glazing greens and reds. Some of the leaves were warm and some cold so I choose my colors carefully.
It was also challenging to soften the edges in places for the colors to flow.
I also worked on the values and darkening the shades of green. While working on the painting I thought it was too dark, but now I look at the photo and see there are plenty of lights to balance out the darks.
I really feel like I learned some new techniques and I also had alot of fun working on this painting.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It made me remember the story of my Red Berries painting. About twelve years ago I painted this painting. My next door neighbor at the time was also an artist. His wife fell in love with the Red Berries. So we traded paintings and I received a painting of a waterfall. For many years I missed my Red Berries.
Often it is so hard to let go of my art work. Especially recent paintings. Once I did a drawing in colored pencils of Autumn Leaves and I framed it and hung it in a show that weekend. A woman came by and fell in love with it and bought it. I felt like saying "No you cannot have it, it is too soon for me to let it go." But I did believe that she would take care of it so I let her purchase it.
So I repainted the Red Berries and here they are. They are a little more detailed than the original.
I love the use of complementary colors, especially red and green. When you use them next to each other they make the other one appear brighter, more intense. But if you mix them together they dull the other one down.
For example if you've painted a field of poppies and the ones in the background are just as bright and the ones in the foreground, the best thing to do is add a little green to those poppies that you need to tone down.
In watercolors you can mix the greatest neutral colors with your complementary colors. (These are the colors oppostie from each other on the color wheel.) The main compliments are red and green, blue and orange and yellow and purple. Play with them, you will enjoy it.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This Mixed Media is very similar to graphite pencil. It is certainly a little sharper and you can use multiple colors. Or you can use just black or a color of your choice.
When I mix pencil and watercolor I usually do my drawing first. When I mix pen and ink and watercolor I usually do my watercolor painting first. This is a personal choice. You can mix the media in whatever order you like.
When I painted this painting I did not plan on using anything except watercolors. I started by masking out the eggs and some of the twigs in the background. I then layed in my watercolor washes. I loved the way my washes in the background looked but there was not enough value differentiation between the background and the tree limb. (I did like the values of the eggs in the nest.) That is when I decided to add pen and ink to the painting.
I do not always mix media but sometimes it is the perfect way to improve a painting.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Last night's class was on mixing graphite with watercolor. Most watercolorists use some pencil in their paintings. I use it to provide an outline of the subject to follow with my painting. But some artists do more of a drawing on their paintings than just an outline. You can see and appreciate the graphite drawing under the painting.
Often beginners do more drawing than is typically used in watercolors. I always let them know that it is a choice how much of the drawing they want to put in the painting. This is one of my philosophies about teaching. I always try and encourage individuality in my students. I let them know what the options are and how they project themselves into the painting as well as the pros and cons. Then I let them know that they can explore their options and see how they like doing the task at hand. This way students learn to express themselves in their painting.
I usually do a demo of what I am presenting in class. The first picture shows my pencil "line" drawing. I did my drawing before I painted with watercolors. You do not want to do alot of blending of your pencil drawing because when you add your watercolor it will smear. Also you need to do a drawing not just an outline.
Next I added my watercolor. For this demo I used hot pressed paper. It has a very smooth surface and allows smooth work. It dries very fast as the paint does not get absorbed by the paper but sits on the surface. It also is prone to many blossoms as the paint can move around more.
This combination of media is good when you want to show lines and or details in your painting. It has a great deal of control for those people that like to control their watercolors. It combines your skills in drawing with your skills in watercolors. Try it you might like it.
Next week we are doing pen and ink. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please send me comments on what you would like to see more of.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I painted this painting on Masa paper. I first layed in multiple pale colors. I then drew the outline of the flowers in. Then I negative painted the painting. I put my colors in surrounding the shapes of the flowers to be. After that I went into the flowers and added values to make them more three dimensional. Then I looked at the painting and saw that the background was not dark enough so I layed in another layer of color.
This is a fun way to paint. When you do negative painting your subject(s) jump right out at you. It is fascinating to see it happening before your eyes.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I have to say I am showed out! For the month of May I have been in the Jerry's Artarama Art Show, the Gosport Art Show, the CBAA Spring Art Show, the Pagoda Art Show and the Town Center Art Show. Was I crazy when I decided to be in so many shows? Why do they offer so many shows in May and so few in June, July and August? I have been in a show mode where I spend a great deal of time preparing for the shows as well as working them. I must say I am happy with the shows I did but I am really looking forward to a little break.
I want to reorganize my art studio. It is in such a state of disarray. The process of reorganization can be a predecessor to the artistic experience.
I want to get back into a good schedule of painting. This is the structure that allows me the freedom to soar.
I need to express myself artistically. To energize my self with creation. I have so many ideas of things to work on that I don't even know where to begin. But I will begin. And I will sort things out and assemble them in new ways. And I will produce new paintings. Some of which I will love.
It is a wonderful life being an artist. And I love it!!!