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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Watercolor Painting Demo at Burnaby Artist Guild Tonight

Better Days - $460.00
16x20" Framed Watercolor on Arches Paper
I am all packed up and ready for tonight's demo at the Burnaby Artist Guild tonight.  Luckily I did a double check and noticed now rather than tonight that I left my palette with all of my paints squeeze out on my table, wew that would have been embarrassing!

I had planned on painting a flower for the demo but felt it was pretty boring to watch so I decided a painting similar to Better Days.  I have changed the composition slightly and will vary the techniques to show another version of the same reference photo, I guess it would be called a series ;)

Now hopefully the rain will stay at bay and I will have nice weather for the drive!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Build a Blog in a Day Workshop - March 10, 2012

Screen Shot of Blog - Click to Enlarge

Have you ever wanted to promote your artwork or other products online but are not sure how and do not want to invest in a website and monthly fees?  In one day you can have your own free online portfolio up and running.  Blogs are a great way to share your products with prospective collectors, galleries and friends

Learn how to:
  • create your own Google account
  • create your own free  blog and have it up and running in class
  • learn how to navigate the Blogger interface to manage your blog on your own
  • add your own bio and profile image
  • customize your blog and much more
Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
March 10, 2012
Sat 11-3pm

Again, if you are interested in this workshop, please don't wait until the last minute to register as spaces may run out.  You can Register Online  or contact me at info@stateofartportraits.com  for more information.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Realistic Graphite Portraits Workshop - February 4 & 5, 2012

I am happy to say that I will be offering another portrait workshop at Leigh Square.  This two day workshop will help you to bring your drawings to a whole new level of realism and depth.

We will combine short demos followed by hands on applications of each technique and lots of one-on-one instruction.

Some of the skills you will learn are:
  • how to choose great reference photos
  • an easy way to create accurate line drawings right from the start
  • realistic shading and textural techniques
  • an in depth overview of the materials used to make the process successful for any subject matter

Whether you are a portrait, landscape or still life artist your drawing skills will reach a new level of realism by the end of the workshop. A full supply list will be provided after registration.

Feb 4 & 5, 2012
Sat 10-4pm & Sun 11:30-4:30pm

Again, if you are interested in this workshop, please don't wait until the last minute to register as spaces may run out.  You can Register Online  or contact me at info@stateofartportraits.com  for more information.

Watercolor Portrait of Girlfriend - Completed Portrait

I knew I should have ran outside to get a decent photo of this when the sun came out for a brief few minutes this morning but I wanted to believe that it was going to be sunny today.  So I had to use studio lighting for the final photo so the colors look a touch off, the skin is not quite as reddish/orange compared to real life.

Just a few minor touches were made to complete this painting.  I softened a few areas on her face and hair and added several washes of brown to her eyes and lashes and some more golden highlights to her hair.  The finishing touches were also added to her ears and jewelery. Of course each layer needed to dry before adding another and with smaller areas it seems like more time is spend waiting than painting.  This is where having a home studio comes in handy ;)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Watercolor Portrait of Girlfriend - Finishing Touches

I have added just a few more layers of skin tone and softened areas on her face and I think her skin is complete.  I am now focusing on the final touches on her eyes, lips and brows.  Her lips are near complete but her eyes need softening, they look a little crazy right now which kills me, but it needs to be done once the paper is bone dry to avoid the risk of areas lifting off that I don't want lifted off!  I also added more glowing values to her hair and once the hair is completely dry I will lift off a few highlights, mostly on the lower portion of her hair.

Her ears were a touch off, thanks to the keen eye of her boyfriend.  He pointed out the size was off and it was not until after staring at them for some time that an area in the photo that I had thought was hair on her right ear was in fact her ear, duh ;)  So I have touched up her ears as well as adding more depth and shape to them.  I still need to touch them up a bit once dry but they are nearly done.  I always like to leave the ears until nearer the end as I find if I don't for some reason I end up adding way too much detail to them, I really like drawing ears, strange I know.

Her jewellery has also been painted in but will require a touch more details added once dry.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Port Moody Art Association 44th Annual Show - Nov 4, 5 and 6, 2011

Enter from the East
Oil on Panel
5x7" Framed
I am busy getting ready for Port Moody Art Association's 44th Annual Show.  The show of original paintings will be held at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody, B.C., Canada.  Opening Reception will be Friday, November 4th 2011 at 7:30 pm and the show will continue on Saturday, November 5th 2011, from 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday, November 6th 2011, from 10am to 5pm.  I have not decided yet which paintings I will be bringing but I will have several larger pieces as well as some of my smaller works in oil, acrylic and watercolor.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Watercolor Portrait of Girlfriend - Facial Features

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I am still building up the skin tones a bit more and have added several more glazes to her hair.  I will leave the hair now and once her face is complete will add a few additional wisps and highlights if needed.

Her skin tone is still being built up slowly and I have started adding color to her lips and eyes.  They will be softened a touch and her eye color and lashes and brows will be darkened but not until the final skin color has been completed.  It takes a fair bit of patience not to keep going while the paint is wet as it needs to be dry for the way I work to add the final touches.  So I am just bringing her around the house with me to mentally paint the next steps :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Watercolor Painting Demo at Burnaby Artist Guild - September 27, 2011

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
I have been invited to do a demo at the Burnaby Artist's Guild on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from 7:30-9:30 pm.  I believe the demo is only open to members but that there are generally 20-40 members in attendance so should be fun to meet so many other artists in the community.  

I will be doing a watercolor demo and will be using a more loose technique as my usual process, while great to look at the finished product, is ridiculously boring to watch, even for die hard artists :)  As I don't paint flowers much, I thought hey, why not paint a flower - either I am insane or I really like challenges, I am leaning towards the later!  Of course anyone who knows me knows I have to have everything planned in advance so I have picked out a great reference photo to use and am getting excited to paint it already :)

The Burnaby Artist's Guild meets at the Shadbolt Centre for the Art at6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, in room 106 (main floor, north end).

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Watercolor Portrait of Girlfriend - Building up the Hair and More Skin Layers

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I have spent a fair bit of time building up her hair today as well as the flesh tones on her face. The flesh tones need to be built up slowly so they do not appear opaque so I paint a bit of flesh color, paint lots of layers of hair, tiny bit of flesh color, lots more hair...and so the day goes :)

Still several more layers of flesh color to paint and then I can start working more on the details of her eyes and lips.  The top area of her hair is roughly 80% complete and I will just continue to add glazes to make it thicker, recede in areas and glow a touch more.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Watercolor Portrait of Girlfriend - Building Up the Skin Layers

Things look a little crazy right now but should start to even out in the next update. The darker values of the hair have been laid in and now I will build up the middle values which will allow the darker values to settle in and the lighter values to glow a little more.

I have started adding the color to her skin but there is a long ways to go to give her a glow and add more color to the grayer areas.  The first layer of color has been added to her eyes as well and is much lighter than the final iris color will be.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Watercolor Portrait of Girlfriend - Initial Skin Layers

Building Up Initial Skin Layers - Click to Enlarge
Several layers have been built up which will help to create a more three dimensional portrait and enable the darks to glow rather than being flat and dead.  Her features will continue to be refined as the portrait progresses.  As the skin colored layers are added the shadow on her nose will become softer as will her lips and eyes.

Once the dark values are added to her hair the highlights should really pop and glow, I am trying very hard to be patient and not to jump in :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Watercolor Memorial Dog Portrait - Golden Retriever Brandi

This portrait of Brandi was commissioned as a memorial portrait for my clien't, Lee's mother.

She was a much loved dog by both his mom and Lee's family and I am sure she will be missed. Lee is a super nice guy and is also a dog trainer . Check out his website, Dynamite Dogs

Watercolor Portrait of Girlfriend - Rouch Sketch

This is the rough sketch that I have transferred to my stretched watercolor paper.  Some of the lines are a little dark (like lashes) but once a few layers of paint have been added, they will dissolve and look less prominent as the portrait progresses. This will be a full color watercolor portrait of my client's girlfriend. 

The completed portrait will be 16x20 inches framed, it is nice to work on such a large portrait as even though the framed size is not huge, her face fills the image area which allows for more detail. I can hardly wait to jump in with the paint!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Watercolor Memorial Dog Portrait - Golden Retriever Brandi Completed

This portrait of Brandi was commissioned as a memorial portrait for my clien't, Lee's mother. She was a much loved dog by both his mom and Lee's family and I am sure she will be missed. Lee is a super nice guy and is also a dog trainer . Check out his website at Dynamite Dogs

Well I think I spent more time painting the flowers than I did Brandi!   I did several more layers on each flower and ended up repainting them a few times as I was not happy with the first few times as they just looked flat.  I think the effort paid off now and I am quite happy with them now.

I also added more texture and variation to the grassy area and filled in the bushes in the background.  Last but not least I did a few touch ups to Brandi and I think this painting in now complete!  My client will be having a look at it tonight so I will keep staring at it for awhile to see if anything pops out.  If not it will be ready just in time for the party tomorrow so he can give it to his mom :)

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Watercolor Memorial Dog Portrait - Painting the Bushes

Several layers of various shades of green have been added to the background bushes and I have just started laying in gradated washes in the middle ground which extends all the way up to the top of the trees.  This should result in the middle ground slowly receding and the bush area being more diffused to look like distant trees.

Each layer has to dry which even in this heat takes a bit of time so it requires a bit of patience to wait but I think it will be worth the effort :)  While the glazes are drying I have been building up the details on the flowers in the foreground.  Each detail layer also needs to dry for the flowers, I realized after doing several layers which just blended into each other. Some of the shadow areas look quite dark right now on the flowers but once glazed over with several think glazes of yellow, they should look quite nice.

Usually I can get away with this method but with the yellow values it just not seem to work, even though I am using darker values which have been grayed down for the shadows.  So, good thing there are many of the flowers to paint so that I can jump around from flower to flower while the first ones dry.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Watercolor Memorial Dog Portrait - Golden Retriever Brandi - Painting Face Fur

The flowers still need more definition to add depth and realism but I needed to let the paper dry so I went back to painting fur.  I added more color in Brandi's face and continued to build up more depth.  Several areas of her body were also softened while other areas received more glazes of color.  Just a few minor tweaks needed on her fur and then I think her body will be complete.

Her nose and mouth need a few more layers to build up more of a solid form.  I will also do minor adjustments on her face to better capture her character and just refine her features a bit more.

Last but not least  I will fill in the bushes behind Brandi which should really help to add more depth to the field area.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Watercolor Memorial Dog Portrait - Golden Retriever Brandi - Painting Flowers

I have the fur up to 90% completion I think (still need to add more detail in her face and edges of fur) so moved onto painting the flowers.  Several shades of yellow are being used and once I have the values up to the level that I like on the flowers I will add in further details, mostly in the flowers in the front with less detail being added to the flowers beside Brandi. 

Friday, September 02, 2011

Watercolor Memorial Dog Portrait - Golden Retriever Brandi - Yup Still Painting Fur

Luckily I have the studio to myself and can crank my music while I paint all this fur :) I am getting much happier with the fullness and color of the fur and will likely give my hand a break soon and move onto the flowers for a bit. 

Watercolor Memorial Dog Portrait - Golden Retriever Brandi - Still Painting Fur

Building Up Fur Texture - Click Image to Enlarge
Poor Brandi  looks a little blotchy right now but that will even out soon.  The colors are getting slowly richer and hopefully the feeling of fullness is starting to show in her fur.  Still at least two more sessions on her fur to continue to build up the rich golden red color of her fur and then to soften and add more wisps along the edges so she does not look so cut out.

Back to work!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Watercolor Memorial Dog Portrait - Golden Retriever Brandi - Painting Fur

Painting Fur - Click Image to Enlarge
I figured I better put down my brushes and post an update - sometimes it is hard to pull myself away from the easel.  I am working mainly on the structure of the fur right now and as the depth and shape progresses so will the richness of the color.  Brandi's ears have many more layers than the rest of the fur and you can see the golden red color which most of the rest of the fur will have once the layers are built up more.

I have just roughed in some of the dandelions to remind me where the shapes are so I don't over paint them unintentionally. I am fortunate to have a large chunk of studio time today and tomorrow so I hope to have her fur looking shaggy and full soon!