Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I repainted the same scene for my Week 4 assignment in Karen Margulis' online class.
It's bigger this time around.
Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord
We did a watercolor under painting. I used blue watercolor underneath where the orange-ish cliff would be, and orange underneath where the blue water would be. Fun exercise!
The new painting is immediately below (9x12), and the old painting (8x10) (sold) is underneath it.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Here is another 5x7 study. I call him Zig Zag because of the dark mark above his wing. We saw this blue heron (I think) walking around Volendam in The Netherlands so I snapped his photo. He was so friendly and not even remotely afraid if people.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
He was fun. He wasn't supposed to look like a baby elephant, but that's a flaw that I don't mind. It was an adult elephant in the reference photo.
The name is made up, and I went with a "creative" spelling just for the fun of it.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The photo, the oil and the pastel (in that order). I'm sure this isn't the last you've seen of Lavender of Gordes!
Monday, February 24, 2014
My favorite was the green one.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Maybe I should pay it a visit one of these days. This photo reference was provided by wetcanvas user Nicola Boerer.
I was a little nervous about this one - wasn't sure how the sand and seagrass was going to turn out.
I also switched to a different paper for this one. Art Spectrum Colourfix Coated Paper. The color was Terracotta which I thought would compliment the blue sky nicely and aid the color of the seagrass.
I'm not posting all of them, by the way, because some of them are stinkers.
Photo reference is from user "thalweg" from wetcanvas.com, and it was quite lovely, so thank you "thalweg".
Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
There is an estuary near the California/Mexico border. I made some changes to the shapes that appear to be trees in the distance. They actually are rows of houses, but I didn't want to get too fussy with it since the assignment is to limit the painting time to 30-45 minutes.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
You get a lot for your money with the online mentoring with Karen. I have only submitted one weekly assignment and her feedback is extremely thorough and helpful! She does not skimp on advice. I will post that painting later. For now, here is one of my studies.
One of the first 5x7 studies:
This reference photo came from wetcanvas.com and is in Greece.
I've never been, but would love to go one day. The reminded me of my Capri photos.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
My first pastel still life. The reference photo is from Wetcanvas. The only thing Wetcanvas asks of you when you use the photos is that you credit the owner. I didn't have any real tomatoes, but user Olika posted this gorgeous photo which I used.
There is an app I use to blur photos (versus squinting) to focus on shapes:
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Today I discovered an awesome app called Frame Builder. After seeing eBay artists display their art for sale in a virtual frame, I went on a quest to find a way to do the same. It's a great tool that allows potential buyers (and the artist selling his/her art) to visualize their potential sale in a frame or even just a mat. You can easily change the size or color of the frame or mat just by dragging a slider bar. You can even change the size of the bevel on the mat!
Enter Frame Builder, et voilà! Much better!
A couple of other examples:
Additionally, you can save "templates" so that you don't have to start from scratch. Coolio!
Monday, December 30, 2013
I tried to paint this scene in oils not long after I returned from Marseille in July. I was a bit rusty as I had not painted for a while, wasn't happy and thus put it away. Here it is on my largest pastel to date: 8x10. 98% of the pastels I used were Terry Ludwig pastels with a sprinkling of some very soft Scminckes for some finishing touches in blue? I followed Karen Margulis' recommendation for doing an under painting with a dark blue hard pastel (Nupastel) and mineral spirits. The support is Ampersand Pastelboard. I'm happy with this one!