Monday, March 20, 2017

Bird-Brained



"Big Red"
10" x 7"
(watercolor on paper)

I've had nothing but birds on the brain whenever I've sat down to paint in the past couple weeks. My morning students are painting cardinals so as I've mentioned in previous post, I've painted this image multiple times and in various stages to help them along. Because I've gotten so intimately acquainted with this little fella, I even used him in a painting demonstration for the Quabbin Art Association last week.

Happily I finally finished one of my versions of this guy today.  He's on paper, and luckily I have the perfect mat and frame for him in my inventory, so this one will come all ready to hang. I may have a buyer already, but if not, I will post the specifics.

Below is what this painting looks like all framed up.




I've had to be busy with other things lately, (taxes being one of those things but alas I am done!) so I am ready to paint again and it feels really good!

Have a lovely day.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wayland Arts

"A Missing Whitman"
12" x 12"
watercolor on cradled aquabord

This little number is headed to Wayland Arts.  It will be hanging in the Wayland Public Library March 17th through March 23rd.  A public reception will be held from 7-9pm on Friday, March 17th.  

The Wayland Public Library is located at 5 Concord Road, Wayland, MA.  If you are in the area stop by and check out the exhibit.  


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lynda.com


Oh dear . . . I can't believe so much time has passed since my last post.  Last week was a little hectic as my dad began some Physical and Occupational Therapy appointments again, which is a good thing.  However, my work routine gets all out of whack and it generally takes me some time to get back into a new flow, trying to fit everything in.  

Then add in a new obsession and things really get crazy.  

I recently joined lynda.com which is a tutorial site with oodles of creative business related topics. I've always been interested in typography and design and I also wanted to learn more about Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator so I've been spending tons of time watching, note-taking, practicing and learning a bunch of new stuff.  All things that will help add to my own art business.  

If you're interested in looking into lynda.com -- they have a free 10-day trial.  I subscribed to their yearly $240 plan that allows me to access any of their classes. So far I've found all their videos clear and engaging, full of information and easy to follow.  I've learned a lot already.

So that's what I've been up to instead of blogging.  I have managed to paint too, just not much to show yet.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blueberry Progress

work-in-progress
22" x 30"
(watercolor on aquabord)

I did some more work in this one today.  Inching along, but I like how it's coming together.  It's fun working larger than life.  I think looks pretty cool in person if I do say so myself.  

Have a great day today!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Back To Blueberries

work-in-progress

I had a dentist appointment yesterday and didn't post anything as I was up and out in the morning.  However in the late afternoon/evening I began working on an older, unfinished painting.  I've a couple larger one hanging around the studio that I really would like to finish.  This is the first one that I think I can knock off in the next couple weeks.  It measures 22" x 30" and is on flat aquabord.

Have a good week.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Hours

"Princeton Barn"
9" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Oh the hours I've spent on this little ditty.  I'm throwing my hands up in the air and calling "uncle."  I don't know what to think.  I'm happy with some parts, but disappointed with others.  It was a good learning experience but I'm just going to sit on it for a while . . . at least for the weekend. 

Perhaps I'll crop it into a square: 

"Princeton Barn" - cropped into an 8" x 8"


Or crop it even so that only my favorite part shows -- that tree on the side - ha! 


"Princeton Barn" - detail

Any thoughts?








Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Drama Continues

"Princeton Barn" - work in progress
9" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Oh boy . . . so after hours of painstakingly working on branches and such I decided I was getting way to detailed and nitpicky and just washed the tops of the trees right off!

"Princeton Barn" - work in progress
9" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

So this is where I'm at.  The second image scanned a little lighter than the first one, which I messed around with in Photoshop at night - Yikes.  So the real colors and contrast are somewhere in between these two images.  However I think I like the drama in the first image.  Maybe I'll try recreate that in my painting.  What a wild ride this is turning out to be!

Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Princeton Barn Progress

"Princeton Barn - work in progress
9" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Here are a couple more progress shots of my new painting.  I'm struggling with the level of detail vs. just shape.  I've even moved on from the shot below and have done more work.  This was a tough subject to mess with regarding some of what I'm trying to learn.  So I'm doing a little backtracking and painting how I normally would approach this.  Well, sort of.  

Let's just say this is a learning experience.  

"Princeton Barn" - work in progress
9" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Although I do love that little green tree on the right and the trees in the distance though.  More tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New

"Princeton Barn" - work in progress
9" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

I hope my American friends had a lovely long weekend.  I began a new painting.  This one measures 9" x 12" and is painted on aquabord. (of course)  I've been studying some oil paintings by a fewcontemporary masters and trying to glean how they do what they do in terms of value, shape, color and temperature - particularly with landscape and foliage - and applying what I learn to my paintings. (easier said than done!)  Obviously the media are completely different but the fundamentals are the same. Still, translating them into watercolor techniques is a challenge. But who doesn't like a challenge!?  :)

In addition I've been pouring over Andrew Wyeth's work as well.  I'm hoping to make significant improvements on my painting this year . . . we'll see how it goes.

In case you are interested, here are links to some of the work I've been viewing, it's just exceptional and inspiring:


Have a great week!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cardinal On Paper

work-in-progress
watercolor on paper

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, my Thursday morning students (I affectionately refer to them as "my Ladies") asked if we could do a project all together.  Most days everyone just works on their own paintings.  So we decided on a cardinal.  One of "my Ladies" was already working from a lovely photograph that she had taken and everyone was so impressed by her progress that they asked if they could all try.  So I started this little practice - left unfinished - so I could demonstrate more finish work as we moved along after the initial washes.  

Stay tuned for our progress . . . and have a great weekend!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Missing Whitman For Sale

"A Missing Whitman"
12" x 12"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

Click here to purchase:  $450

After a tiny bit of tweaking on Tuesday I'm satisfied that "A Missing Whitman" is done. It's painted on 7/8" cradled aquabord with a red edge (as shown below).  It's been treated with a UV Protective gloss finish and is ready to hang.

the red edge

Thanks so much for visiting.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Reliables

"The Reliables"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

Click here to bid:  $100

I love painting in sepia tones and I love my brushes.  These are my "go-to's" . . . Silver Black Velvets from Dick Blick and a few inexpensive flat acrylics from Michael's.  I don't know what I'd do without my flats -- they are the best for lifting out pigment from aquabord - stiff enough but not too abrasive.  Just perfect!

Have a great day!