Monday, April 29, 2013

Watercolor Painting of Masquerade Mask - finished!

Masquerade Mask  8" x 8"  watercolor
I used three reference photos to paint Masquerade Mask.  It was a challenge.  The random pattern for the arm glove was inspired from a photo of a nylon stocking. The head reference photo with the mask was taken on a shopping trip to a store in Julian, California in which the model wore a high-collar denim jacket.  The torso was taken of the same model from a formal dinner photo. This is where my years of life-drawing and anatomy classes came in handy!


Friday, April 26, 2013

Watercolor Painting Masquerade Mask in Progress

Continuing my progress with the Masquerade painting, this has about three layers (called glazing) of paint.  The light areas are the white of the paper showing through. Watercolor takes a little planning because there is no going back with opaque white paint once the paper is covered up. I'm working with all transparent paint pigments.

Just going layer by layer, darker and darker, careful not to cover the light highlights of the paper showing through.  Notice I made the model's arm's skin tone a slightly different color than the rest of her skin - more blue (which looks greyish).

I drew a design pattern on her arm with pencil lead, just random, and began to paint it with a very fine brush.  I used a random mixture of paint colors to make "black".

The background looks grey in these photos but it is really pure white.  I'm thinking of painting in a graded background while I place a piece of tracing paper over the image and color it in with a pencil and smudge it with my finger.  I still have to finish painting the mask itself also.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Watercolor Painting Masquerade Mask

Here I am, back to painting people!  I am getting more confident with painting landscapes and seascapes but they just don't interest me the way people do.  When I was little my mom & I would lick our ice cream cones and just watch people!  I don't even think we wore sunglasses Pretty brazen, don't you think?  This is a small painting in-progress.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Watercolor Painting of the Duomo of Giarre - finished

Shine Your Light in the Darkness  16" x 24" watercolor

In have finally finished this watercolor painting of Duomo of Giarre in Catania, Italy! In a previous post I mistakenly stated that this is a scene from the rear.  Oops!  It is a front view!  The reference photos I used were taken from (Giussepi's mother's) a family member's balcony. Imagine looking out at that view every morning! 

I mentioned that I would showcase the sky and I hope I achieved that as the focal point.  On this sad day following yesterday's tragedy in Boston, Massachusetts I thought about all the violence in our world and want people to have hope so I titled this painting "Shine Your Light in the Darkness".

Soon I will be selling all my artwork via an online auction.  I have never sold my work online before so I have to admit I'm a little scared!  Just do it...right?