Monday, December 11, 2017

Magical Day

I worked with watery washes today in acrylic inks, watercolor, liquid watercolor and gouache. I had a lot of color on this piece but didn't see much going on until I added the pink near the bottom. Then all of the sudden it looked like something! I white gouache for the sunlight sparkles.
"Magical Day" • Original mixed watermedia on 100% cotton paper • 5.5" x 7.5"
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

First Snow

This is another watercolor and gouache piece. I scraped out the trees into a wet wash with the idea of adding gouache later after everything dried. Because gouache is so opaque, it works well. I spattered on the snowflakes after completing the piece. I think the first snow is something to take note of and these birds are part of the waiting quiet as those first snowflakes fall.
"First Snow" • Original watercolor and gouache on 100% cotton paper • 5.5" x 7'5"
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Together in the Winter

This started out as a class demo that I wasn't sure was going anywhere. I looked at it a few days later and added the birds and the white for the snow. I think it works really well! If you can do it just right, watercolor and gouache work together wonderfully.
"Together in the Winter" • Original watercolor and gouache on 100% cotton paper • 7.5" x 5.5"
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winter Love

I've been experimenting with adding gouache to my watercolor paintings so that some of the white can go on last. It adds a nice contrast when there is also white paper since the gouache is more opaque. I painted most of this piece wet into wet and added the birds last.
"Winter Love" • Original Watercolor and gouache on 100% cotton paper • 7.5" x 5.5"
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dancing Oranges

I've been experimenting with some new wash techniques. It turns out that you can create a wash with a lot of colors and as long as they're allowed to run off the paper they don't make mud! It makes for some luminous colors. I've added a little gouache and some watercolor crayon to this piece.
"Dancing Oranges" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 7.25"
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Light Dancing Around the Chickadee

I have been painting a lot of chickadees lately in combination with Autumn leaves. I decided to change up the colors a little and work with greens. I think these greens work really well especially with the little bits of purple and lavender. I started out with oak leaves but decided to just kind of make the background into color shapes.
"Light Dancing Around the Chickadee" • Original acrylic painting on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides • 5" x 7" • Ready to hang
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dancing Greens

While looking for a small piece of paper to paint on, I ran across this piece that already had a blue green wash on it with some texture. I added the bird and some more color and it worked out really well. It's kind of cool when the piece already has an established color dominance. That way all the colors that I choose have to fit with the already present colors. There's a little sparkle on this piece from one of the Daniel Smith mineral watercolors.
"Dancing Greens" • Original Watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 5.5 x 7/5"
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