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Friday, April 18, 2008

Resting (Black Siamese Cat)


This is another acrylic painting of my cat Juliet, who is all black but appears to have some siamese in her because she has a very slinky body and a really affectionate personality. This painting is done on Art Board which is a really wonderful 3/8" thick natural fiber panel made of douglas fir. This is a really nice quality support with a keyhole slot on the back to hang it. Click here to bid on Ebay.
Measures 7.75 x 7.75 inches.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Yellow Daff on Green Background


I started using some of my regular colors to paint this daffodil and then decided to switch to quinacridone gold and winsor blue. You can really see the contrast of these colors in the shadow on the left petals. It was kind of fun to experiment. I'm still searching for the perfect yellow shadow colors. ;) To bid on Ebay, click here.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Indian Lady

For two years, I spent almost every weekend painting with the All Media Art Events group on Wetcanvas. It really increased my confidence and gave me the courage to venture out on my own. I occasionally go back to play and tonight I decided to paint along with them.

This is an ACEO 3.5 x 2.5 "Indian Lady". Click here to bid.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Childhood Memories Show Win

I'm pretty happy tonight. I won Member's Choice for my piece in the Childhood Memories show on EBSQArt. (And there's even some prize money.... =)



Monday, April 07, 2008

Morning Glow - Daffodil WIP (watercolor demonstration)

My daffodils are FINALLY blooming! I'm so happy. This morning I went out and took a bunch of photographs and I decided to make this a watercolor WIP (work in progress). This is an ACEO (Art Cards, Editions, & Originals) 3.5 x 2.5 inches. I used watercolor on Arches 140 lb hot press paper and then at the end I went over some parts with watercolor pencil but I didn't blend the pencil with water. To bid on this ACEO on Ebay, click here.

I first drew my daffodils on. I lost a little more of the left daff than I had wanted but it works OK because the focus is on the taller one. I used New Gamboge, to paint a wash on the flowers, Cerulean Blue in the background and Winsor Green and more New Gamboge to paint the stems & leaves. Hot press paper is smooth and requires more building up of the paint than cold press.
I used burnt sienna and winsor green to develop the darks in the leaves and ground. Cadmium orange for the centers of the flowers and cobalt blue, rose madder and new gamboge to paint the shadows. I didn't completely mix the 3 colors but let some of it mix on the paper so it wouldn't look flat.



I just continued to build up the color using the same colors mentioned above. Then I used some cerulean watercolor pencil to go over the back a little and some alizarin crimson pencil to go over the shadows on the daff and over the burnt sienna in the background. I like the additional look from the pencil strokes and it intensified the color.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Another Daffodil

"Up Close" 5 x 7
I painted this daffodil with watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper. I randomly cover about 50-75% of the paper with gesso making lots of marks. This makes a very interesting texture when you paint on top of it. I also try to go dark in the background with the first wash because the watercolor doesn't soak in to the gesso so if you go back over it, you will lift paint. This also creates lots of interesting texture possibilities. It's a lot of fun when painting organic subjects. Tuscan Pear is another example of watercolor on gesso. Click here to bid on Ebay.
Childhood Memories Art Show on EBSQArt - I entered my collage piece from Monday into this show. Click here to view it and if you'd like, you can register as a patron and vote for your favorite painting in any show on EBSQArt. (P.S. My piece is on the very last page.)

P.S. Thanks if you voted in the EBSQArt show. My piece won Member's Choice.


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Ready for Spring

"Daffodil Morning"

In anticipation of spring which seems like it's taking forever to get to, I've listed this daffodil watercolor on Ebay. I painted it in the fall and apparently forgot to share. :) It's almost square at 6.75 x 7.5 inches. It would look stunning in a frame. I am anxiously awaiting my new crop of daffodils to bloom. They look like it could happen any day now. If we'd only get some sun...*sigh*