Friday, October 30, 2015

Golds of Autumn

Painting the colors of Autumn is something I look forward to every year. Interweaving yellows, oranges, reds, blues and greens challenges my skills. Yellow is actually a really difficult color to paint with and to work into a painting. I feel every time I work with this color I learn something new! Thanks to my brother for the reference photo for this piece!
"Golds of Autumn" • 24" x 24" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Queen Anne's Lace Workshop

Queen Anne's Lace is a very cool flower to paint. In this workshop we expanded watercolor to include collage. Lace paper collaged onto a watercolor wash represented these lacy flowers. We painted over the collage with white paint to bring them out and added contrast behind the flowers.
See these beautiful pieces below from this really FUN workshop!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Magical Reflections

Have you been to the river lately? Listened to the birds, felt the breeze, and watched the everchanging reflections? Reflections fascinate me. The fluidity of the shape and color changes, the ripples of breeze on the water, the information about the opposite bank presented upside down are things I could probably marvel at all day!!!!!! This piece is all about reflection and it's magic.
"Magical Reflections" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • If interested in purchasing this piece click HERE.
In my recent work and also in my classes, I have been really trying to emphasize beginning with a drawing, breaking it down into 5 to 7 shapes, assigning values to those shapes and then doing a color study. Below is the page from my sketchbook for this piece.

This is my sketch, value study and color study for the above painting. This becomes my map to show me where I'm going with the piece and helps me work out a few color combinations. The colors on the right are watercolor and on the left acrylic. You can see that I did use quite a few of the acrylic colors in the painting.