Saturday, December 18, 2010

Painting of an antique Pocket Watch

I love this old watch my mother gave me. She purchased it from her husband, a retired antique auctioneer. The other side of the case opens to reveal the company seal: The Dueber Watchcase Manufacturing Co.

This little painting is a mere 6” x 6”. Sometimes small paintings are harder to paint than larger ones simply because I have to be so careful with the detail.

Time is moving quickly, only one week until Christmas here in the U.S. I try to use my time spending it with those I love!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Pumpkins - Gouache & Pastel Style!

The fruit of the Spirit.

My daughter is always telling me to paint with something other than watercolor! So I have a small sample set of gouache paints I thought I’d try, which are opaque.

Nobody told me how difficult it would be to paint on an old 32” X 40” piece of cardboard! It is so big. It has ridges. And it’s not acid free! I think gouache is for much smaller projects on quality surfaces! I softened the clouds and shadows with a bit of pastel chalk where I couldn’t get the gouache to blend smooth enough for my taste.

I still prefer transparent watercolor and the white of the paper for highlights. But maybe it’s just what I’m used to!

Monday, November 8, 2010

All Tied in Sailor's Watercolor Knots!

Watercolor illustrations of knots…Sailors use ‘em, airplane pilots use ‘em, and kids play with them! There are many ways to learn to tie them and the best way is to practice. I thought you might enjoy these!

A rope is called a line.

The Bowline, King of knots. A temporary loop at the end of a line – has many uses and is easy to untie, even after pulling a heavy load.

Figure Eight. A stopper – used on all lines that you want to prevent from running through blocks (stoppers). Can be easily untied after it has been jammed.

Two Half Hitches, secure, but is easy to untie under tension. Tie to rings, spars, piles, & posts. Similar to the Clove Hitch (see below) tied around the standing part (see first picture) of a line.

Anchor of Fisherman’s Bend, similar to Two Half Hitches passed twice around an object.

Rolling Hitch, used to tie one line to another, to relieve the tension on another line as you adjust it, or adjust tie down lines holding roof-top or car loads.

Clove Hitch, quick and convenient. Keep it under constant tension!

Sheep Shank, not sure if this is a legitimate Sheep Shank or not but it’s a fun one to tie. It’s used to strengthen a weak area or to shorten a line.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Finished Family Portrait in Graphite

My finished graphite family portrait is finally ready to unveil! This is a gift to one of our first foreign exchange students we hosted about 20 years ago. And yes this is her, 20 years later, still lovely, with her beautiful family.

I used #2 and #5 pencils. Its dimensions are about 24" x 24".

Monday, July 12, 2010

Drawing My Hand in Watercolor

I felt like practicing a little life drawing today, by painting and drawing my own hand! This painting is 6" x 6".

I've been following several "daily painting" art blogs. These artists do a small painting a day - every day (or almost everyday) and post it on their blog. Many painters find it hard to find time for painting because of other responsibilities like jobs, family, school, or whatever, especially if painting is not their full-time profession. So their artistic skills don't improve as quickly as they'd like. By making a one to two hour commitment to paint one small painting every day they keep their skills up and improve more quickly. Most of these artists then sell them on their blog, on an online store, or an auction like ebay.

Two of my favorite daily painters are Carol Marine and Ali Cavanaugh. They paint full time and are my no means amateurs!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Family Portraite in Graphite

My recent Family Portrait in Graphite is finally finished and on it's way! they should receive it in about a week. That's why you still only get to see a "teaser"for now! I'll post the whole thing in about a week

I did this with a #2 and #5 pencil. I used no shading stump of finger to create shading, just very tiny, light cross-hatching pencil marks.

A nice-looking portrait subject is always a joy to draw or paint. And this is a very nice-looking family so I hope they like it!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Surprise Graphite-Drawing Portrait in Progress

I’m doing a graphite drawing as a surprise wedding gift. I can’t wait to show you the whole drawing, after it is delivered!

These close-up sections are a little more grainy than the original, because I sized them at 72 dpi (dots per inch) for the web.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Watercolor Painting of Zebras in Early Morning Haze

This watercolor painting of zebras in the early morning haze is something I recently did in a watercolor class taught by Helen Schafer Garcia. Sometimes I loose my inspiration and painting becomes too much like work when it requires tight deadlines for clients. So I took a class. It was relaxed and experimental, using various watercolor techniques and mediums, with less focus on technical drawing skills. Helen is a very good teacher. I haven't attended a class or workshop in a long time and it was just what I needed to feel alive again!

I've also been working on a graphite portrait but can only show you small portions of it because it's a wedding surprise! I'll post the finished artwork after the couple has received it!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Watercolor Portrait -finished!

My watercolor portrait is finally finished! I don't even remember how long it's been since my last post...way too long. I've been busy with other art deadlines that kept me from the joy of painting the subject matter I really like.

Since my last post I added layer upon layer of paint, ever so lightly, but making it darker and darker. It's called glazing. I also lifted some paint off to lighten some areas by wetting with clean water and dabbing with a paper towel.

I'll give it a rest for a few days and adjust it a little, but it's pretty much done.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Watercolor Portrait – Developing mid-tones

I’ve been busy on other projects so progress on this painting is a little slow. But a little progress is better than nothing, right?

Here I’ve added some darker browns, trying to build up the look of water and dampness under the pier.

I haven’t done any more work on the figure yet.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Watercolor Portrait - adding more undertones

I’m moving along adding more undertones of the skin and the pier itself. I’m pretty happy with it so far, having spent about 7 hours total, including the pencil sketches.

I expect the next post you see will be the one where I’ll want to give up and start something new. It always goes that way! I start with a good idea for a painting. I paint along until it just looks awful! Then, if I don’t give up, but continue painting, it begins to take shape and turns out fine. We’ll see!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Watercolor Portrait a little progress

I’ve added a little pure Cerulean blue, thinned with a lot of water for the lightest parts of the water.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Watercolor Portrait – Under the Pier

I’ve started a new portrait painting here. And I’ll show you my step-by-step progress. After sketching the image lightly with #2 pencil I began lightly laying in basic colors.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Kitty Character Sketches for Watercolor

Hmmm...What kind of kitty shall I create for my story?

Well, I like the white one but the black one looks a little like a monkey. I’ll keep trying!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Year Watercolor Illustrations - Baby Birds

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been so long, I hope I remember how to post! Personal commitments and many changes have brought us to 2010. I am optimistic that this will be a very good year!

I’m working on development of characters for a children’s book here. Not sure I like these.

Back to the drawing board!