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Sunday, January 15, 2006

EDM - Metallic and WC class

I know I've been silent lately, and some of you have asked about my watercolor class. I really have been busy drawing and working on learning about watercolors, but haven't done much of anything worth looking at. I actually felt a bit paralyzed after the first class, and I'm just now getting over it!
A very quick (and sloppy!) value study for a painting that I'm going to be working on (photo from Wet Canvas) -- which I will also use as my submission for the Everyday Matters Challenge to "draw something metallic."

Sidenote -- this type of color value study is not an "assignment" from my watercolor teacher -- I wonder why not? Is it a bad idea, or what one really should do?

Mostly, I've been working on color charts, learning to mix greens (so I can quit using the infamous and fugitive sap green -- even though I love it dearly) and browns (which have been a thorn in my side for some time now!)
Posted by Picasa And I promise ... I'll be better about posting now that I'm getting "back in the groove!"

27 comments:

Arty Velarde said...

Wow that is so great! The colors are so brilliant!

Laura said...

This is simply beautiful. I love the quickness and lushness of it. The reflections of the tomatoes in the colander are stunning. John Singer Sargent would see you as a kindred soul, if he were still around to see.

Lin said...

OH MY GOSH!!! IT'S INCREDIBLE, LINDA!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors, the shiny surface, the reflections!! And those greens -- yummy!!!! FANTASTIC! Oh to watercolor as vibrantly! And to do it FAST!!! It's not nice to blow off my socks when it's so cold!

Lin said...

PS -- I LOVE THE BROWNs even more than the greens!

annie said...

It is very pretty. I am fascinated by the reflective quality of the colander...you make it all seem so easy!

Hashi said...

WOW, this is awesome! Those reflections look great!

Caroline said...

Call me strange but I love colour exercises and their results. Please post some in full!

Diahn said...

Oh, to do such beautiful work as "just a value study". Can't wait to see the fully developed painting!

I'm glad to hear you're getting over your paralysis - I hope the class is going well, now! Missed ya!

Linda said...

Oh, thank you all! It is nice to have people rooting for you when you feel like you're going to suffer the big TKO in the next round! You all made my day, even Laura who must be referring to some deep psychological trouble and pathological impatience that Sargent experienced, and not referencing art itself ... (don't we all WISH we had a smidge of Sargent's talent in us! Laura, you couldn't have picked a better compliment!) I gotta share, though, that the reflections in the colander WERE easy -- I just splashed them on there and was shocked. I think we might just give reflections more fear than they really deserve. It was eye opening! :-)

Teri C said...

Wow, these colors are awesome and vibrant. Love it. Keep them coming.

Felicity said...

Well, this is not what I expected to see as I read your comments (quick and sloppy) and waited for the picture to load! Wow! Simply wonderful!

pedalpower said...

Wow...beautiful! love the reflections!

Terri said...

I LOVE the reflection you created. This is a lovely piece. Well done. Clear beautiful colours and it looks confident and purposeful. Congrats!

Kathleen Marie said...

Excellent metallic study! I like the idea of doing a green and brown study chart. Sap green is one of those colors that is difficult to give up--it's just so "mossy" "jungley"???? I've been using more gray greens lately, adding red to my pthalo and viridian. Greens are tough. :)

buzz said...

A great "value study". It's wonderful to be able to capture such vibrance with a few swashes of color.

janey said...

That is so beautiful and the shiny surface and reflections. Just....well beautiful! And yes please post more drawings.

quotidian said...

I love the silver straining bowl. AMAZING!
Hey, I got Danny Gregory's CREATIVE LICENSE - it's incredible! I even got a small sketch pad and a couple drawing pens. It's a long, hard road. But boy is it fun! ;)

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Julie said...

I love this painting, sketch...you did such a great job on the reflections. Metallic is definitely a challenge. I think you are on your way to a great painting!

Alina Chau said...

Beautiful watercolor paintings!

vicki said...

This is great! Everything about this is wonderful. The composition, & the dark background really makes it pop.

Amanda said...

great work! And hard to capture, that metal. The colors are perfect.

Sue said...

You're back! You're creating BeaUty! I'm sOo happy.

Chuck Rose said...

I paid my dues aswell. I spent about a2 weeks doing color charts in oil. But it sure paid off. I leraned a lot and still use them on a regular basis to guide me in mixxing paint properly. I think this is one of your best pieces.

Eefje said...

I don't think it is sloppy at all! On the contrary! I really love the looseness, which adds lots of character to the painting. It looks amazing.

Marie-Dom said...

Utterly beautiful!

Puhiava said...

I think if you love Sap green you should use it. I consistently see other artists using Alizarin Crimson all of the time and it is the most notorious fugitive color around. I think you should feel comfortable with what you use.