Friday, July 30, 2010

Featured in Etsy Treasury

One of my prints has been featured in an Etsy Online Treasury! The treasury is called "The comfort of a cup of tea". The print is called "Garden Teapots".

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Graded Wash in Watercolor

I have just uploaded another tidbit of a lesson from my Beginner's Watercolor Workshop DVD. Visit the link below to learn how to create a graded wash.

Sometimes watercolor has a mind of its own, but when you learn what the medium can do it makes it much more fun to experiment with. The graded wash is an application of watercolor pigment on paper which goes from a dark value to a light value (or the opposite). If the wash is not applied correctly you will develop streaks, brush marks and/or blooms. Once you master the four basic washes, you can manipulate them a little better to create the looks you desire in your paintings.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Coconut Jewels

I'm still experimenting with my pouring/dumping technique. This is the latest piece, called "Coconut Jewels". It is 20 x 28 inches and is now framed in a 26 x 32 inch gold, metal frame. You can see this piece at the Art and Antique Studio. If you are interested in purchasing any of my work please email me and I'll post the item on my etsy shop for you.
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Palm Tree Completed

Ah! The final piece. Let me introduce you to "Palm Splash!" I hope you enjoyed sharing in the process of this painting. I hope to be adding more soon!

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July - Independence Day - to all Americans wherever you may be. Let's celebrate our freedoms and pray that we may keep them!

Hope you are able to enjoy family, picnics, sunshine and lots of joy!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Palm Tree Wet In Wet Technique Final Steps

I have studied this painting and decided to add some glazes of color to certain areas. I used New Gamboge, very wet, to glaze some of the palm fronds that needed to be warmed up. I used Pthalo Blue and Winsor Blue to glaze some areas that needed to be cooled and/or darkened in value.

I have to step back often so that I don't overwork the piece. Sometimes I turn it upside down and step back to look at it. This gives me a fresh perspective and I can judge color, value and shapes much more objectively.

Once these final touch-ups are complete I can remove the painting from the board, sign it, and get it matted and framed!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Palm Tree Wet In Wet Technique Remove Masking

Now it's time to remove the masking that has been applied in stages throughout this painting. I use a tool called a Masking Fluid Pick Up. Most art supply stores should carry them. They can cleanly lift your dried masking and will keep the paper from being touched too much. Erasers tend to leave marks, so don't use them.

Once you get an edge up, you can grasp it with your fingers and gently, slowly pull the masking fluid up from the paper. Take your time. If you pull too quickly you may tear the paper and all of your hard work will be ruined.

Now all of the masking is removed. If you would like to soften some of the crisp edges left you can wet the paper with clean water and a soft two-inch brush. Avoid over brushing as this will lift a lot of pigment and make your painting look "washed out".

At this stage you can really see the beautiful blending of the colors and you can study and decide which areas may need small repairs. You may need to lift a little here and there, and you may need to add more color to other areas.

Final repairs next...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Palm Tree Wet In Wet Technique Almost Done

The wash is completed and now it is time to evaluate whether I need another wash or if I am ready to remove the masking fluid and see what kind of magic has happened!

I believe the values are dark enough so it's time to move on. The painting must dry completely before I remove the masking.