Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This is my second painting with water and while I liked the way the water turned out in the first painting I wanted the water to look different in this one and it definitely does. I also really love her hair, it shines across the room even from the opposite end of my studio which is over 10 feet which is really cool :)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I have never painted water before and I am quite happy with the way this painting turned out, both the water and the flesh tones. I tried to caputure the peaceful anticipation of being engulfed in water, warm of course ;)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The fleshtones have been painted in and more layers have been added to the scarf. The white looking areas will be yellow but I am waiting until nearer the end to paint in the yellow shading.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I have painted in some of the highlights in her hair as well. The highlights in her eyes are a little much right now I will tone some of them down later.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
This is the reference photo for the next painting that I am painting for my exhibit. I love the close up on the eyes and the way the scarf surounds her face.
I found the photo on MorgueFile from a wonderful photographer, Luis C. Tejo. More of his work can be seen at MorgueFile, this photo is at http://www.morguefile.com/archive/?display=53669&
This painting will be in color rather than monochromatic to add a bit more variety to the exhibit and just for fun and a change of pace. It will be 11 x 14" on Arches watercolor paper.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The first method I had tried was using the drawing board, paper stretcher board or hardboard soaking the paper and then taping it onto the board with the gum tape and then stapling to corners (optional). While this was the most consistent method to keep the paper smooth, it is very time consuming & messy. The tape works well but is a real pain to get off the paper and board once the painting is completed. Later I found a foam board that worked very well for this but the tape was wrecking the board when I removed it.
I then tried to build myself a paper stretch, well I had my father-in-law build it...anyway, it worked very well. But, always a but, I found the texture of the paper so tight that it made the paper much rougher than I am used to. Which would be great for landscapes I am sure and very wet in wet painting. No matter how much water I threw down, the paper seemed to go back into shape and buckle very little.
Then I heard about foamcore or gatorboard and that you could just use 3M masking tape to tape the paper down and then peel it off. I tried a foam board that was 3/4" thick but was not dense enough so it warped the paper a bit, but still worked well. I was working very dray though and the tape still lifted off in areas. When the painting was finished, I misted the back lightly with filtered water and lay it between paper towel and foam boards and then weighted down with books for 2 days and the warps came out very nicely.
I then read, on the package, of the board that I had purchased years ago, an incredible board, and had been using gum tape and heave duty staples on that if you just use regular office stapler, that is all you need. Of course it works like a charm :) It is just a dense foam core or gator board but it is all I could find in Canada locally. It is called Incredible Art Board and is available at Opus Art Store and can also be ordered online. I purchased the larger size for the full sheet of watercolor and used it for my latest commission and it was a pleasure to work with. Very light and sturdy which is really nice as I tend to move my paintings & drawings around alot when I work.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
If using plexi glass, any piece shipped framed over 11x14" is framed with plexi glass for safety reasons, do not use any cleaner on the plexi glass. Just use a soft microfibre cloth to wipe any dust or smudges from the frame. If you do want to use a cleaner, buy the cleaners made specifically for plexi glass and spray onto the cloth then wipe. Spraying any cleaning product onto a framed painting whether it be plexiglass or glass is never a good idea as particles from the cleaning solution could find their way through the cracks and onto the surface of the matt of paper.
The matt board prevents the artwork from making contact with the glass which can create moisture. I prefer an acid-free off white or ivory matt for all my paintings and drawings as I can easily move my artwork from one room to the next and it fits in with any decor.
I also like the way the simpler matt kick the colors and tonal definition up a notch. For a bit more detail or interest a matt with a thin line of black or other color also is nice and does not distract from the painting but sets off the color nicely. When mounting the artwork to the matt, never use any plastic tapes or any masking tapes. They can turn brown and brittle leaving a dirty residue on the artwork which could ruin it and alter its value over time.
Choosing your Backing
Cleaning your Artwork
Once properly framed you should never need to clean or worry about your artwork inside the frame. When cleaning the glass, spray your glass cleaner onto a clean cloth, clean the glass and wipe off immediately. Although the frame has been sealed, when spraying, some of the cleaner could find its way in through capillary action and do damage... better safe than sorry!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
As always I will leave it for a bit and stare at it from all angles to see if anything stands out to me. My eye is always drawn to Kelly's face instantly even with all of the flowers and foliage which is exactly what I was hoping for in the final painting!
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
The shadows are a little hard to see in the photo but they have been painted in with a bluish gray in some areas and pinkish gray in others show the reflected color of the flowers.
I will wait until daylight to add in the final details to the flowers. The deck has another layer painted onto it and will be darkened a bit further.