Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Small Watercolor painting of a Blackberry Cupcake

Blackberry Cupcake -  watercolor - 6" x 6"

This watercolor painting of a Blackberry cupcake from Heaven Sent Desserts is my first post on Oil and Water We Paint, a new site I share with a couple artist friends, Lorraine Dawson and Jean Herrick!  I have known Lorraine, an oil painter, since our oldest children were in kindergarten and we've shared many adventures!  Jean is a new friend who became an oil painter after a long career as a watercolorist.  All paintings on our site will be small and for sale! 

I hope you enjoy this, our new adventure, as I get back into posting after several detoured starts! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Watercolor Painting of a Sicilian Friendship

Sicilian Friendship 12" x 16"
A watercolor painting from one of those rare memories actually captured by a camera while on a trip to Italy. This gentle horse is licking the soft little fingers of my husband’s niece!  

It’s been way too long since I have painted or posted!  Life demands interruptions from time to time, something I am very familiar with.  I’m happy to have finished this painting and I hope you enjoy it!

These are the two digital references on my computer.

I wet a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper, wrapped it around and stapled it on the back of an inexpensive prepared canvas, then let it dry.


In Photoshop I pieced the reference photo files together, converted it to black and white, and made a print to see the values (lights & darks) more easily.

As a shortcut I traced the image onto my “watercolor canvas”.

Layer upon layer, I began painting undertone color washes.

From light to dark.

 Adding the details last, I used my computer to enlarge the digital photo to reference the faces, then finished by painting the sides of the “canvas” with corresponding color. I sprayed the whole painting with Krylon Workable Fixatif and several coats of Golden Matte Archival Varnish, all acid-free. I do this to enable me to frame the painting without glass.