Monday, November 03, 2008
These poor beat up pears have sat too long on my drawing table. I didn't realize that the heat of the drawing light was slowly cooking them until I cut one open and found it brown and warm. Yuk. I tried some different pigments with this, and they lack the, um, clarity of some of the others I've been using. And I might be getting a little bored with fruit. Maybe.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Joanne brought wonderful green pears from the trees in her backyard to watercolor class this morning. They were so good! Crunchy and juicy at the same time. Ten minutes to do a quick sketch, and then the poor pear was history.
Artober is also history... thanks to Diahn for coming up with the fun name and the great little graphic! It's been fun and really good practice.
So, now that NaBloPoMo is upon us we will continue every day in November. This time it isn't a commitment to draw every day, but to post every day. I think I can swing BOTH. We'll see! And do you see the cute graphic on the sidebar? It was made by Mim (Mimbles) and she very kindly offered to share with those of us who were looking for something a little different.
So... who's playing in November this year?
(P.S. I know, the header STILL isn't quite right yet. I'm working on it!)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, before I found the photo of the three green pears, I picked up three red pears to paint (and then snack on, of course). Tonight pear number one and I had a short session where it sat very still and fearfully quiet while I maniacally pushed darks on this Aquaboard I've been playing around with. I don't know what I think about the painting right now, but am remembering that Diahn once showed me a recipe for an acrylic mix that looks like encaustic, and I'm thinking that a wash of that over it all might be veerrry interesting ...
All this crazy experimentation is an awful lot of fun.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I've seen some of these paintings around and about lately, and tonight finally found the link to the October 2008 Virtual Sketch Date blog. Yikes! It's due TODAY! What a great photo (from Belinda Lindhardt). I did it so fast that I probably didn't do it justice, but it was fun.
(Watercolor on 5x7 Aquaboard)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
In case you can't tell -- that's a poorly folded origami crane. See, my experimentation goes beyond painting and into classical Japanese arts. I'm a Renaissance woman, I am.
Okay, so here's the deal with this one:
1. I may have gone a bit far on this background. I love those darks, though...
2. I tried WN gold ochre for the pear. I liked it real well at first, but then it seemed to dull down more than I expected as it dried, especially when burnt sienna was washed over it. It seems to be quite a bit more opaque than it appeared at my first test.
3. Really. That poor pear has about had it, and I've got to get better at folding those cranes.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Phooey on orchids! I went to the store this afternoon and picked up a couple of pears and a couple of pomegranates to paint and snack on. Diahn and I had also picked up a couple of packs of 6" x 6" Aquaboard this weekend on our trip to Jerry's, and tonight was my night to experiment.
Different. I'll be doing more, and reporting what I discover about this board.
Meanwhile, Artoberites out there -- keep on keeping on! :-)
Friday, October 10, 2008
I AM having fun with these backgrounds ... but think I might be getting a bit carried away with the splattering. (BTW -- For really wonderful pears, go visit Diahn. She's doing a series that is really going to be exciting when it's finished!)
As for me, I'm just having fun playing around. These little bits are very fun to do. They are on 1/16th sheet of 300# watercolor paper with a border taped off with one-inch artist's tape, so that the total size of the little painting is about 5 1/2" x 3 1/2". I'm also playing around with the idea of adding some new colors to my palette and have been using Winsor-Newton's Winsor Blue (Green Shade) along with Holbein's Burnt Umber for the final few dark accents. I like the Holbein Burnt Umber because it re-wets well; the Winsor-Newton brand of Burnt Umber tends to dry up and crack and then is lumpy to re-wet. Of course, the Winsor Blue Green Shade is terrific, but may be a little bit redundant. We'll see. The most fun discovery was when I dropped a bit of this mix into wet Cerulean -- it really moves around and gets interesting. There will be much more experimentation before the new colors finally go onto the palette, though -- so if any of you have any suggestions (pro or con) please let me know!
And then there are the pinks ... :-)
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Well, the pomegranates at the store didn't look near as interesting as the one I've already cut up, so I decided to paint some pears I had lying around. One was kind of a mess and had to been thrown out afterwards, and another was a very nice snack.
Pears are much harder to paint than I'd expected!