Thursday, August 30, 2012

An Untitled WIP and More!

"Untitled for now" - wip
6" x 6"
watercolor on aquabord

So while I should've been painting and finishing this up as well as a couple others, I tried to make a video.  Eeeeeaaaaiiii!  But I'm going to post it -- my first little "tutorial" -- and it's pretty lame.  I have no idea how the quality will be . . . I'm navigating my way through figuring out sizing and such.  I know my resolutions with regards to images, but this is a whole new ball of wax.  Oh . . . and just so you know . . . this was "filmed" with a small digital camera, by my left hand, while my right hand was doing all the work!  Ha!  But I ordered a little tripod, which I've been meaning to order for a long time to help with taking photos.  (I know . . . I  should have titled this post "True Confessions" now I've exposed my totally rinky-dink operation here!  I feel like the little man behind the curtain.)  Anyway be kind when you watch this . . . I always joke with my students that I can't paint and talk at the same time and now here's my proof.  But alas, I thought you might like to see.  This is a "no fear zone" right?  So here' goes... 


video

6 comments:

  1. I just love how this is looking!!! Especially the greens and oranges in the threes. How did you get all that beautiful texture? Did you apply water? Is it all just how you lift the pigment? I have been playing around with aquabord myself. Love the surface.

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    1. Hi Madelaine,

      Thank you for your kind comments and questions. I apply water when lifting out the pigment -- like on the right side of the painting. As for the rest of the foliage, it's all about layering and layering. Really it's just letting the pigment stain the surface over another stain. Keep playing with the aquaboard . . . it's fun! :)

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  2. I just love your folky landscapes!! They are beautiful! Maybe folky is a bad description because they are not simple by any means, they just have that New England feel I associate with folk art. Another beautiful painting and you video is great. Left me wanting to see more!! Kudos to you for getting one done. I've done a few and they never made it out of my house:) One time I set up my camera and took footage for an hour, only to realize it the camera had slipped and I got great footage of the top of my head:)))

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    1. Ha! Great story and I don't know if the video is great . . . that's being VERY kind . . . but it was fun to try. Thank you for your comments -- and I know what you mean by "folky." I'm glad that you sense the New England feel to them because that's where they're from. I'm glad that came across even though I'm not sure it was completely planned, consciously that is. But I guess I should go with what PeeWee Herman used to say, "I meant to do that." :)

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  3. That is a very interesting video. I don't know if I can lift color or not with the paper I use. I will have to try that next.
    I love the New England scenes. The house you painted is very much like the one I am sitting in now. The good old mid staircase cape.
    But mine has a dishwasher!

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    1. :) Thank you Jo. I always LOVE reading your comments. Lifting the color generally depends on the surface. Aquabord is the best surface I've ever used for that. I think soft-pressed is next and I've always had good luck with hot-pressed as well. I think cold-pressed is the most difficult. You really have to wait until the very end. That's my experience anyway. But I really probably need to take more workshops and see how the experts do it. I personally, like to work by putting down color and pulling it out, throughout my painting process. Probably because I'm constantly trying to correct value mistakes. Maybe someday I'll get better at that. :)

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