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Friday, July 31, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Western Art

This is a reference photo that I found recently on WetCanvas in the reference library. Although I really don't care for the red skull & coloring in the photo, something about it grabbed me and inspired me to paint it.

The photo will be a loose reference as I plan on just using it as a guide. I really like all the cast shadows and want to try some different techniques & colors & thought this might be the perfect chance to try them out!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Favourite Painting Poll

I am trying to decided on a painting to submit for an exhibit and am having a hard time so I thought I do a poll and see what others feel is their favorite. The paintings I chose from are below and you can vote using the poll on the right hand side. The poll closes in a week!


Seeing Red

Ready or Not

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait Commission Completed

Well the portrait is complete and I am quite happy with it! I knew I would really like this one as soon as I saw the reference photo as it is just so simple and elegant but she also has such nice muscle tone that it really makes it an interestings ''back" portrait. Now it to ship it off!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait Commission - Update #3

More of the facial features have been refined and the body is nearly complete. Several layers of sepia have been added in progressively darker washes to give the hair more shine and depth. Now just the final tweaking to complete this portrait.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monochromatic Portrait Commission Update #2

More definition has been added to her skin and the darkest darks have been painted on her hair. The details on her face have also been further refined.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait Commission Update #1

Watercolor Commission - Figurative Portrait The muscle shapes have been suggested using thin layers of color to gradually build up the tonal values. At this stage I try to get the feel for the shapes by sculpting out the form.

Blogger Black Hole!

Well sorry to those of you who have been getting a nice 404 error when trying to view my site for the past 2 days! I made the mistake of trying to do a simple task like using bloggers custom domain to access the cool gadgets they offer. Well, to make a long story short, I think everything was done correctly (according to support) but still neither my blog or website will display anymore...so back to the old blogger :) Tried and true and will lay off the custom domain until my nerves are less frayed ;)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait Commission

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait Commission
This is the start of my latest watercolor portrait commission. I love the pose, very elegant & simple. Doing it using a monochromatic pallette will help to keep a quite calming feel.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Peeling Paint Update #3

I have added the grout around the bricks now & I think it turned out really well! I have also added more detail to the house and a couple more layers of blue to the sky.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Peeling Paint Update #2

I finally got an update online now I have been having blogger problems & my images would not load. I think it is the computer gods trying to get me off my computer and back to painting, it is working! I roughed in the bricks and used several layers for the sky but may still add a layer or two once the rest of the colors are brought up to completion. The windows have been blocked in but still need more layers of blacks to give more depth and then need to fill in the window pane to set it back into the house. I am really happy with the way the peeling paint turned out so far :)
Watercolor Painting - Quebec Window Peeling Paint

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Peeling Paint Update #1

Watercolor Painting Demo - Peeling Paint Well a bit of time has passed since I started this demo as I had to reformat my computer to try to restore my webcam, only to find out that it is a hardware issue, not software so now I need to find my warranty for my computer...awk! I never buy the extended warranty, perhaps I jinxed myself by buying it as I have only had the computer for less than a year...ok enough griping!

So I meant to take a photo earlier but was so happy to be back painting that I forgot. I painted in transferred the drawing and then masked off the whites so I could paint the dark layers of wood beneath the peeling paint without having to worry about saving my whites.

I used several layers of paint, more than I thought I would need, and will continue to add more layers as the painting progresses to give more depth. The bricks were under painted with yellow to give a bit of a glow through the layers I plan to add on top. I am going to make the bricks warmer than in the reference photo to add more contrast & because I like warm bricks :)

The house has been under painted with several layers of a blueish gray painting in some of the darker areas just to keep things balanced. I am still debating on how much detail to add to the windows as I am tempted to add the detail I see within the window panes but will wait to see how the painting progresses as it may be more interesting just to see the play on lights & darks.

Peeling Paint - Update #1

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