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Friday, February 27, 2009

Watercolor Demo at Art Focus Group

Watercolor Demo SeashellsI promised at the demo that I would post a bit of notes on my blog so people didn't have to wright everything down & try to watch at the same time. So, hopefully this will help!

The colors I used for this painting are Indian Red, Yellow Ochre & Cerulean Blue to create a purplish mix and a separate yellowish mix. These three colors combine together to create what is called a Desert Triad and has a ton of possibility's depending on the amount of pigments used and the amount of water used.
I just discovered this mix and I think it will take me a long time to use all the possibilities from these colors! These colors are also used separately in the painting along with Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine & Sepia. I created a dark brown mix using Burnt Umber, Sepia and French Ultramarine and also used a mix of French Ultramarine and Burnt Umber to give a nice rich cool black. I then built up the layers with these colors slowing varying the ratios to give more variety & texture.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Watercolor Live Demo at Art Focus Group was a blast

I was happy to see such a great turnout last night at the demo. I was worried it would be me and the people setting up as we had snow...yes snow at the end of February and the roads were getting icy as the temperature dropped but people braved the weather and we had a great turnout. I think the demo went well, I was a little nervous as it was my first but it was so much fun and people asked such great questions that it made it go by so fast I was shocked when I checked the time and it was already and hour through, yikes!

I will post a photo of the completed artwork as well as instructions on the colors used and techniques. Thanks again to everyone for coming out! I learned a lot and am really looking forward to the next demo at Place des Arts on April 5.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Watercolor Live Demo at Art Focus Group - Feb 25

Watercolor Demo
Tonight is the night I will be doing a live demo at the Outlet for the Art Focus Group. I will be using the shells photo below that I took for reference and I am really looking forward to it. I packed up everything....I think....last night and am surprised how portable watercolors are as I usually just paint in my studio. It is just as easy to pack up a graphite kit for demos as it is for watercolor, well almost. Another great reason to love watercolors :) The Outlet is located at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Seashell Painting - Reference Photos

This is a photo I took that I will be using as a reference for my next painting. I of course took many photos and during the 2nd half thought to put a sheet of paper behind to block out all my palettes but this is the photo I liked the best, oh well ;) I have painted a couple seashells so far and used richly textured backgrounds for the first two but want to try one with just a white background for this one for more contrast, will see how it turns out. I bought a bag full of shells over a year ago and am finally getting the chance to use them. The bag came with a good selection of about 5 different kinds of shells and the plant and some sponges of different shapes and colors. I think I will do a few paintings to explore all the different shapes & colors but using the same palette. The bag was scented when I bought it and my studio still smells so great, nice bonus :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Watercolor Dog Portrait of Dudley Completed


Only a few minor tweaks were needed to complete Dudley's portrait. I just added a few more wisps here & there and added a bit more texture to his now. I think he turned out rather nicely so if my client is happy I will package him up and ship him, sigh, getting separation anxiety again. He is a cutie and even with all that fur he was fun to paint!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Watercolor Dog Portrait of Dudley - Update 4

Watercolor Pet Portrait
Spent most of today working on Dudley and I think he is nearly complete. Many layers have been added thinly to build up the depth and the darks have been darkened and glazed over many times to give a rich glow.
Just a few minor tweaks here and there but I have to let things dry a bit to ensure the lines are crisp as it is just a few small details that are needed.

Watercolor Dog Portrait of Dudley - Update 3

Watercolor Dog PortraitThe directionality of pretty much all of the fur has been painted in so it is now a matter of building up the layers using cool and warm variations of brown to create shape a depth. Varying the amount of pigment and water gives a huge range of tonal values as does adding small amount of blue or red pigment to the browns used.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Watercolor Dog Portrait of Dudley - Update 2

Dudley is starting to take shape slowly but surely. The darks still look a little funny in areas but as the layers get built up it adds to the depth and blends in more naturally. By the next update most of the underpainting should be completed so the shape of his head will be more natural looking and things will just keep getting furrier :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Watercolor Dog Portrait of Dudley - Update 1

The couch and background have been painted on and left to dry. Layers of his fur were then built up slowly blocking in the darks and lights. The collar has been blocked in and layers of brown will go over it to soften it more. He looks a little funny right now but will take shape soon enough.
The masking fluid is still on in areas but will come off soon. The lighting was not great for this photo so the coloring is a little off in areas, next update should be more accurate in color as it is 'supposed' to be sunny the rest of the week.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Watercolor Dog Portrait - Birthday Gift

Watercolor Dog Portrait
Watercolor Pet Portrait
This is the sketch of Dudley a cute little dog that I am doing a commission of as a birthday gift for his owner. I have applied masking fluid to the areas I want to keep light or white when I do the background. This will be a monochromatic portrait but again I will use a few colors as needed to add depth while still maintaining a monochromatic feel.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Suite E helps Launch Spirit Week


Myda and I had fun at the Spirit Week launch yesterday and met many new artists and art lovers. The entertainment was really great as well, it was nice to listen to live music while I work...beats listening to the same mp3s over and over again :) I managed to get a fair bit of work done on a graphite portrait of an asian lady that I am working on and I am quite happy with it so far. I will post an update once it is completed.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Portrait of Girl Completed


I think this painting is complete but as always I need to live with it for a bit to be sure. The top left corner is not really that dark, just a glare from the shade as I was rushing a bit to take the photo.
So many things interfere with painting time, taking photos, getting ready for exhibits, eating, sleeping....I have serious issues!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

March 3 - 15, 2009 - Federation Human Figure Show

Watercolor Figure - Letting Go Watercolor Portrait - The Gift
Letting Go and The Gift were selected to be shown in the Human Figure show at the Federation of Canadian Artists which will be on from March 3 - 15, 2009 at the Granville Island gallery

Monday, February 02, 2009

Spirit Week Launch - Feb 7, 2009

Spirit Week Launch members of Suite E will be participating in the Official Launch Spirit of BC Week 2009 - One Year Countdown celebration on February 7th at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Portrait of Girl Update #3

Watercolor Portrait Demo
Well if my blog serves no other purpose, it helps me realize I am making progress after several hours of painting :) When I took this photo I thought ugh all this time and there is little difference than from the last update, then I saw the last update ;)
So, I spent alot of time painting in the details on the flowers with permanent rose and winsor red. I had hoped to paint them loosely with a wash of permanent rose and then charge in the winsor red as I did in my samples as it looked lovely. Unfortunately I think these are too small for the charging to work (for me anyway as I am new at it ;)) so I used my tried and true method of just painting what I see :) A few more layers need to be added here and there to build up the depth but it is getting there. I also painted in more of the details on the hair and repainted the wisps that the added background washes washed out.
I added more of a pinkish glow to her skin as well and a few layers more to the mouth. Getting close but a bit more to go. I really like how much more 'bright' this has become due to the darker background. I usually do the skin tones softer but with the pink shirt and flowers and the green background her skin would have appeared washed out. I think it is a nice change :)