Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
All the while I was painting this, I was thinking I didn't know what in the heck I was doing. My hand was a loose cannon with a mind of its own. My mind kept saying "OMG, you just messed that up, you should have left it alone!" I do like this one, however; some things came out exactly as I had planned...but I want to do it again. I'm sure the second time I'll have more of a plan, and I will have studied the rocks and understand them better. In the meantime, I'll take this one to class next week and get some feedback on it.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I'm back at Margot Schulzke's pastel class, and this is my first layer done in class. There will be more red in this painting. I think this picture was taken in Bryce Canyon. We got there early in the morning. That is the best time to see it.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Happy St. Patrick's Day! In that respect, I think of sheep and Irish Fisherman's sweaters. Since I didn't get to paint yesterday (obsessed with assembling tax papers...hoping for that pot 'o gold of a refund), I share with you an older painting I did of a cute sheep in someone's yard in Mendocino, California. This sheep followed me all along the fence, (wanting food? his picture taken?). He or she was so cute. It was years ago, and since then I've gotten into spinning sheep's fleece into yarn and knitting wonderful things for myself and loved ones. Most recently I've even made 3-dimensional felted sheep. I guess you could say I've been smitten by the critters.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I'm done. I like the way you can build up highlights in pastel. Can't do that in watercolor the same way. I think I'll do this same picture in watercolor. See which is best. Maybe I'll have a poll and have people vote which they like better....
Yes, I know! This cat is orange! Why? Well, because he needs a base color of the right value before I layer over the real color. At this stage of the game I am just trying to block in values and shapes and indicate where the light hits the objects. I departed from watercolor for this project. I wanted to try this black pastel gritted paper. I thought it would produce dramatic results. Funny thing is, my darkest darks (like the blue and purple in the tree) look lighter and I hate to resort to black pastel. It is "so dead" looking. So, if you want to see if I can pull off this painting, stay tuned. For now, I'm taking a break. I need to think this over!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The resting cheetah....hmmm, this is going to be more challenging. It's the termite mound he is nestled in. How to make it lumpy and smooth, and read as a termite mound??? It's kinda like a mini moonscape. And the textured tree in the background. How to make it all fit together and not take away from the cheetah....
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I probably won't get to paint today, so I'll share an older pastel I did of my bunny. Today I'm helping out a 4-H Rabbit Club, assembling angora yarn I spun from this bunny, printing photos of things you can make out of it, and knitting sample swatches for their Share-Fair - What You Can Do With Rabbits. So, now you know about my little hobby on the side.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Yesterday I finally felt well enough to go visit my horse. I haven't visited him since we went to Mexico, and it was very reassuring to see him doing just fine, just the way I left him: hairy, happy and begging for cookies. This is probably why I chose to do this zebra picture next....horse on the mind. I now do sketches or value studies before painting in watercolor. The pastel classes emphasize this, so, I'll do it for everything now. It is also giving me some time to figure out how I will do this painting and practice the animal so I don't struggle with it later. So why not do my horse? I already did a few years ago. I did this for myself to memorialize my favorite horse buddy. For those of you who get the Arabian Horse Magazine, you may recognize this picture of years ago. I admit it - I used the cover of the magazine to help me with the pose and tack, but turned a grey horse into my own chestnut guy and changed the color of the tack. I no longer use other people's photos, as it is plagiarism, but I was a student at the time, and this was for myself. After losing a previous horse suddenly, I realized how important is is for me to paint my own animal to remember all the good times we had, long after they are gone.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I had fun doing this painting. And I'm so happy how it came out. Watercolor has fun techniques. I used a liquid mask with a tooth pick to do the white foam and scale lines. It is always a pleasant surprise when you pull it off and it saved the white or light colors. We visit these young sea turtles at the Mauna Lani Hotel on the Big Island whenever we are there. They raise them as little turtles in their pond and then release them when they are older. They stay around for years. They have sea grass to eat right there, and they love to bask on the beach. You can swim with them and visit them as long as you do not touch them.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Finished this one today. I used four new paints I just bought. I just loved them: Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine Turquoise, Quinacridone Coral and Moonglow. The last one was really fun. It has two colors in it - one floats to the top while drying, the other seeps into the paper below. So they separate in interesting patterns. I used it a lot for the dark water.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I've started. Yeah! I've added a few more fish this time. I would love to have a fish pond. I love Koi. They are such friendly fish, probably because they love to eat. I'll do more work on it tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This is a little pastel I did last summer from a photo I took. I still like the design enough to do another one, only this time in watercolor. I'm curious how different or how similar it may come out. I've drawn the picture on the watercolor paper and will start painting it tomorrow. Last night I came down with a bug, and today I couldn't stand at an easle very long...so I did a lot of "painting" in my head while lying down!!! I came up with soooo many great ideas for paintings, I could see the design and color in my mind's eye, and then, I'd roll over and groan....if only I could get up and do it!