Exploring Color, Part2

As I move around my color wheel I’ve picked Yellow Ochre and Quinacridone Gold to play with next. Quin Gold is more yellow and brighter than the Yellow Ochre which is softer and neutral. Quin gold is a high-chroma color while the yellow ochre is a mid-chroma like the three primary colors. Both colors are transparent…

Taking time to study color

Watercolor is my first love.   With this unique medium when you add water magic happens, a transformation and an alchemy, that goes beyond the mere color.  You hear people complain how hard watercolor is to learn, how uncontrollable.  They’re right.  Watercolor is uncontrollable and therein lies its magic.  The key to working with watercolor…

Preparation, there are no elves

I placed the colors into a color wheel placement.  I’ve created a card to go with the palette to identify the palette and the colors.  I’m really uncertain about these colors, but I like the affects the artist demonstrates in the book with these colors – still, my colors are Daniel Smith and hers are Winsor…

It sounds so simple – but its not!

I decide to work with the Jean Haines book.  Ok, great.  But then the hard work starts. First I have to set up a work area.  I have to clean off and organize a space, and I always have a mess from whatever I was doing before.  Then I have to choose and collect the…

Working with color this week…

Beginning today I’m going to work with the Jean Haines library book, I need to work with it before I run out of time and need to return it.    More later……

Matisse portrait

A slightly wonky portrait.  Conte charcoal pencil and vine charcoal.  I much prefer vine charcoal – the Conte is rather greasy and doesn’t really like to blend, but then that’s why Watts chose it so drawing won’t get wiped off so easily.

The difference with Inktense…

I’ve made a few minor adjustments.  Which make clear the difference between watercolors and Inktense.  Watercolors can be reactivated even after they dry.  Inktense, you can work them while they are still wet, but once they dry you can only layer on top, not change them.   Yes, they are a water media – but…

She decided she was done…

One moment I was painting away, considering ideas, thinking I’d wait till tomorrow and see what else…. The next moment I was unconsciously writing the name of the card and taking off the blue tape – she’s decided she is done. She has no hands.  The orb became an orb topped scepter. Honestly there are still…

Art in the morning…

I know I’ve said it before, let me say it again, I love going into my Studio first thing in the morning and having something to work on. I began this morning working on her cloak.  I used white gauche for her dress and then added just a touch of color for shadows.  I also…

The Empress emerges

Don’t know how well you can see her.  My Empress emerges.  I’m rather pleased with the face.  Her cape blows as if in a wind as she stands firm.  She holds an orb rather than a staff, I think the orb represents the more feminine aspect of power. At first I was a little disappointed in…

Life lessons for an artist from Aida Tomescu

Here are some of my take outs from an article I just read, written by Gina Fairley, which can be found on ArtsHub: “….(she feels) painting is ‘like going down a mine without knowing the way out’.” “…her paintings evoke Leonard Cohen’s line: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” “…allowing…

First paint..

First paint is always an important step.  The first baby step that says “I’m doing this!”. This morning I walked into the Studio to find that dratted tape was letting go!  So had to re-tape down the corners.  I suspect it is my work surface – it resists.  Or maybe all the water. I’ve decided…

Sometimes this is all I have to show for it…

This is it.  All I’ve got accomplished.  Taped this up on my lucky board in preparation for my next tarot card.  I first used some “artists tape” and this morning I found it had fallen off.  So I taped it up with painters tape, which may tear the paper but I’ve yet to find a really…

Matisse….

I’m going to do a few more of Matisse’s line drawings, then I’m going to attempt a few of my own.  It’s fascinating his choices of what to leave in and what to leave out.

Mini-study Matisse

I’m spending a little time with Matisse.  Inspired by one of the instructors in one of the classes I’m taking – and, as always, going my own way with it. This level of simplicity of line is more difficult then it looks.

Total fade out!

Oh dear, the baby just totally faded out overnight!  Not to mention wrinkled up. I guess I’m going to have to give this a try on real paper. I think I’ll try both the Inktense blocks and my Daniel Smith watercolors to see if they hold up any better on this paper.  It could be…

Baby face #6

I had this whole series of pictures taken during painting this baby face – and they disappeared off my iPhone!!  How can that happen!?!  Drat! Here is the final product – although I’ll photograph it tomorrow after it has totally dried, when it will probably look different. I thought I liked this paper…. but I’m…

Midnight drawing…

Arghhhh!  Baby faces are soooooooo difficult!!!!!  In two places I have worn holes through this paper.  Why oh why did I begin something already so challenging on an even more challenging paper!!! Baby faces are so different from adult faces – that roundness with no real bone structure developed yet, and how the features are placed…

AAFG Week(ish)5

I met my last AAFG for Week #4!  Yeah!   Plus I totally surprised myself and offered a commission (is that what you’d call it, even I do it for free?) of facial features.  Not only that but I’ve asked someone for the opportunity to do her portrait and she has agreed, so I’ve been contemplating…