Sunday, February 18, 2018

Musical Sunflowers

I started this piece as a class demo and I've been working on it. I added the flowers above the largest flower and worked on the leaves. My eye kept going to the orange on the right so I adjusted the saturation of that flower peeking behind the leaf. When I added the little touches of gouache with the spatter and the flat brush strokes I think it really started to sing.
"Musical Sunflowers" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Music of the Marsh

I have been working from some marsh photos that I took last spring and trying different color combinations and switching grasses and twigs around. This is a watercolor variation. It really started to work when I added the darker twigs in the central portion of the piece. I used a little iridescent paint on the left and the spatter at the bottom is also iridescent paint. I really like the blue to purple gradation in the water and the sense of depth in the piece.
"Music of the Marsh" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 8" x 9.93"
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Sunflower Dance

Thanks to a friend I had a real sunflower in the studio. I looked at it all day while I was painting other pieces and decided that time was running out to paint this sunflower. My first version was just a round flower which looked OK but didn't say anything particularly special. So I tilted the flower and adjusted the image and changed the background color and— YAY! —it worked! I'm much happier with this piece!!! I enjoyed using warm and cool yellows and the neutral accents in the flower.
"Sunflower Dance" • Original Acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 6" x 6"
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Land & Water Music

I love marshy areas and this if from a photo that I took last Spring that it's taken me awhile to figure out how to paint. Using masking fluid to preserve the small areas of white allowed me to be free with the initial wash of acrylic ink in the water and watercolor at the top. This is the second time I've done a mixed watercolor and ink wash trying to keep the two mediums a little separate. I like the transparency of the watercolor at the top and the strong ink color at the bottom. I also used a little black ink mixed with red on the right side. Black ink is amazing to work with—it's REALLY BLACK and takes only a little to make a big impact. After the first wash was dry I added more color with watercolor and a little more ink. I've tried to paint this without putting in every detail and I think it works really well.
"Land & Water Music" • Original mixed watermedia on 100% cotton paper • 8" x 10"
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Place on the Pond

This is a piece that I did as an example for my waterlily workshop last Saturday. I really liked it but thought that it needed a couple of changes to really work. I darkened the blue on the bottom right and added the lighter blue at the upper left and changed some of the colors in the flower and added more orange to the center. These were just small changes but I feel that they made all the difference! It's amazing how sometimes just a little change make a BIG difference!
"A Place on the Pond" • Original acrylic on 1.5" wrapped and stretched canvas, painting and design continue on the sides • 4" x 4"
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Spring in the Wisteria

This is a painting the I've been working on in bits for the past week. I started by squirting paint directly from the tube onto the paper. Using a spritzer and brush I moved the paint around on the paper. Paint straight out of the tube is very vibrant and strong and mixed really beautifully. When I thought I had interesting colors and shapes I let the piece dry. Next I defined the flower shapes and painted in the bird. My last step was brushwork with tinted gouache which is opaque and covers the watercolor. This piece has a lot of sparkle!
"Spring in the Wisteria" • Original watercolor and gouache on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Waterlily Workshop with Melissa Gannon

Today we painted waterlilies in acrylic. The emphasis was to use design and interesting colors. We worked from a photo of a single waterlily. We all really enjoyed the process. The paintings completed in this workshop are below. Thanks to all for allowing me to post your beautiful work!