Friday, July 16, 2010

Rookie painter June Challenge

Summer Cherries
9x12 Watercolor

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This was a fun painting to do and a good learning experience. I was having a hard time getting a really dark cherry red. I finally just dipped into my black and mixed it with Perylene Maroon and it worked. Yay!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Painting in the dark....


Hello! well I've been busy with all sorts of art stuff, but not a lot of watercolor. I've been exploring pastels, zentangles, photoshop and drawing. Since they weren't watercolor I wasn't planning to post, but what the heck, I decided to just go ahead and share what I've been up to.

Ok, I've never done pastels, and decided to give it a try. I did these two paintings in a Friday night pastel class at the Triton Museum with Jeff Bramschreiber. He's a great teacher and fantastic artist. He taught us different ways of using pastels like using watercolor, alcohol, etc, but my favorite class was painting a still life that he called "Painting pastels in the dark".

The first part of the class would be with the lights on and we would draw out the still life and block in some color, then he would dim the lights pretty low and we would get a totally new perspective and value scheme. It was crazy trying to see your colors in that lighting! but it makes you look at color value differently. When he turned up the lights, it's surprising to see what color choices went on the paper. The last part of the class we would be able to fine tune our paintings and add different colors. Fun!

The crow was painted in the "dark" and the gorilla was done using a photo that Jeff took at some zoo.

I'll post more on the Zentangles, when I get some pictures of my tangles.
Have a Great Day!