Monday, May 17, 2010

The Virtual pARTy - Derby Week challenge


Another fun painting challenge site to try out "The Virtual pARTy".

Paint and Draw Together - Challenge 3 Tulip


Paint and Draw Together has some nice photo's to paint for each month's challenge. This month's was a Tulip. Check them out and join in on the fun. :-)

Fioli House Magnolia


The gardens at Fioli house are Blooming! I went a few weeks ago and took a ton of photo's and planning to again to get more pictures of the flowers that weren't in bloom yet.
If you've never heard of Fioli house and garden's check out their link. It's a Beautiful site and a great way to spend part of your day if you live around here.

Fioli House and Gardens
"Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Paint my Photo!

Great idea! and Great site!

This is a great idea where photographer's and artist come together and art can happen.

read on...

Paint my Photo
What's the Idea?
"Very Simple, there are lots of great Photographers out there in internet land, and there are lots of Artists of all abilities who would like to paint from photographs. The problem is that Copyright law prevents this, although many photographers would love to inspire other Artists (Yes I do agree photography is an Art, I chose the terms 'Artists' and 'Photographers' for clarity). So-If you have posted photographs here, it is because you are happy to allow derivative works to be created. You still own the copyright of your photos of course. The Artist can, if the photographer has selected that option on joining, contact the Photographer to enable them to see the work. The Artist can sell their work as normal, if the photographer wants 'first refusal' on the Artwork, that should be by private arrangement and has nothing to do with 'Paint My Photo'. Artists can place links to where there work can be purchased. Photographers can place links to where other work and prints can be purchased. Anyone spamming and not following the spirit of the site will be warned and advised before any action taken.
****IMPORTANT!**** We are a site for natural media only, no digital artwork, thanks for sticking to this rule.
I hope this site proves useful, have Fun everyone!"

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Angelic Beauty

Angelic Beauty
22 x 30

Well, I finally got this one completed, about 98% done a few more tweaks and it'll be done. (I'm such a impatient person, I cant wait to post before it's completed) :-)

I drew this months ago, and wanted to have a stain glass window in the background but I didn't like what I came up with so I decide to go with a star background. There's still a few more things like the star's I want to go in and lighten and clean up and a couple more feathers to darken.

It was a very enjoyable piece for me. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Beloved Buddha

Finally finished this larger watercolor of Beloved Buddha 16x20. I had started the drawing last year, got started painting it early this year and then I've been working on it on and off for the past couple of weeks, tweaking it, now that I've got a digital shot of it I notice some dark spots on the right hand side, that I dont see on the original, so I'll go back and see what's that all about.

German Shepherd

Wanted to try a quick and loose German Shepard painting in watercolor and this is what came out!

Acrylic fun

Well I finally broke out the Acrylic's and materials that I had ordered last year and had sitting around in my closet. My sister in law Noreen, got me in the mood to try them out, talk about a crash course in Acrylics! we had a couple of Acrylic books Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner and Rethinking Acrylic by Patti Brady that we bounced back and forth from till we got the jist of what to do first.
The prep time took the longest in because we prepped the canvas with 2 coats of GAC100 and then two coats of white gesso. I was using Fluid Acrylics and they are GREAT! they are very concentrated from the bottle, but you can dilute them with water or gesso. Towards the end I just squirted them on my canvas and painted the area I wanted with them.
We also had fun using Light Molding paste, very cool stuff for textures.
It was really fun using Acrylics and gave me a new perspective of using them.