Monday, August 22, 2016

Jar Of Roses

I am starting to sell my work on DailyPaintworks and it's a great site for selling artwork.  There are many talented artists on there selling their paintings, so give it a browse around and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

KOI FISH Class Project

Took these pictures at a local garden center but trying to compose a drawing is difficult with moving fish! So I used 2 different photos to try to generally get what I wanted.  
The first thing I did was do the water.  I wet all the water and I used ultramarine blue for the top part of the picture.  Then I gradually changed the color of the water by adding orange to it.  I also dropped in orange and also raw sienna especially towards the bottom area.  After that dried I worked on the fish.  I began painting it first with gamboge or you can use a bright yellow.  Then while it was wet I used perinone orange (a Daniel Smith color) although you can use any bright dark orange or make one using permanent rose and winsor yellow or any bright cool yellow. Being careful not to get the orange on the upper top part of the fish so the yellow shows through.  
  I mixed a violet color with ultramarine + quinacridone rose and used it to make the darker marks on the fish.  When the violet goes on top of the orange, it will tone it down quite a bit so don't worry that the violet is too bright!  As I used the violet on the beginning part of the tail, I dropped a little orange into it.  I also used ultramarine on the end of the tail and dropped some orange into it.
I put the orange on the fins but I also used a scrubber brush to soften and extend the fins so they would look more translucent.  I added some violet into the fins to continue the translucent look.  This violet has some orange in it so that it wasn't so bright!  

The flower is sunlit.  Keeping that in mind I gave it an initial very light wash using opera rose, but also leaving a few areas white.  After that dried, I used the same color only less water but also added a bit of ultramarine to purple it up a bit.  I made it even darker on the shadowed side of the flower.

The center part of the flower I used gamboge and glazed the right side where it is shadowed with some of the pink.  Now for the lily pads.  There are 2 lily pads without the striped effect, although they are both done the same.  I used sap green and added raw sienna to it and also dropped it in in places.  The green of the lily pads is not bright.  But, I also saw a little thalo blue in it so, I dropped some of that in too.
The maroon stripe effect on the other lily pads is from using maroon perylene with some ultramarine in it.  There are little bud type things in the centers of the lily pads.  I just used a little raw sienna on them or in some cases left them white and gave them a shadowed side.
Finishing touches.......added some yellow to the fins.  Added roots in the water connecting the lily pads....just ran my brush with some of the lily pad color through the water freehand.  Added scales with the violet color and some orange ones too.  Added a touch of white highlight with gouache to the lily pad edges and places where I needed some white to the fins.  The bubbles were added with gouache.  After doing the circles, I scrubbed a little inside the circle to make it look lighter.  

Hope you enjoyed painting the Koi Fish!

Monday, November 23, 2015


This is the photo I took of an autumn tree that I loved because of the colors and the blue sky behind the leaves.

 I started painting some of the leaves on the right.  I used cadmium yellow on all of them but on some dropped in winsor red and a Daniel Smith color called quinacridone sienna (if you don't have this color, you can make it by mixing quinacridone gold + burnt sienna + quinacridone rose).  I used winsor red and quinacridone rose on most of the brighter red leaves and quin. sienna on the orangier leaves.

I did the background starting in the upper left corner.  I painted wet into wet for the blue sky only (not the leaves) in ultramarine blue.  I then painted the leaves while the blue was still wet with cadmium yellow.  I painted quickly and only painted halfway down the paper with the blue and then went up with the yellow so the paper didn't dry and the yellow would blend in with the blue.  Some areas up top turned green which I wanted it to do.  Brought the ultramarine down and then added a violet mix of winsor red + ultramarine.  I kept working down quickly and got to the next group of leaves again with some blue and violet.  Once I got to the lower left, I added a bit of cadmium orange hue from Daniel Smith, under the violet, keeping it light.  Then I used burnt sienna under that and dropped in other colors to it such as quin. sienna, cobalt, violet, and quin gold.  All wet into wet.  I tried to make it look like distant and blurred branches and leaves.  As you go from the lower left corner to the right, it starts to transition into sap green + ultramarine.  I put clear water down along the bottom of the picture and dropped in a very light wash of a violet with alizarin crimson + cobalt blue.  It is very very light.  While that was still wet, I finished under the big branch by adding blues and greens and adding a few leaves.

I did a few more leaves and then started painting the big trunk and branch with cobalt blue also noting that there is a highlight where the big branch comes out of the trunk that I just used water to paint with instead of the blue.  I then dropped in a little quin. rose around that light.

When the cobalt blue dried, I painted a mix of burnt sienna + winsor red + ultramarine over the top of it, being careful to keep the light area.  

I kept painting out to the branches on the left, keeping them a little light because I didn't want to call too much attention to them.

I filled in with ultramarine and sap green above the branch.  I also added some circle shapes below the branch with a small round scrub brush.

Pretty much I just filled in the rest of the picture.  I did blend the leaves more above so they were so individual, using all the same colors as before.

Here is my finished painting.  I spattered some dots on the leaves with burnt sienna and also glazed some of the leaves with burnst sienna also just to make them a little darker in tone so some of the brighter leaves would stand out.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BLUEBIRD - Class Project October 2015

Here is a photo of a bluebird that flew into my yard and landed on the fence post.  I was able to take a picture quickly.  They are my absolute favorite bird and I wanted to paint it.  I chose this for a beginner painting, although as I got into it saw that it wasn't so beginner.  However, there are a lot of good techniques in this one and it is excellent for beginners to do.

I am a little hesitant about the background and not sure how it will come out.  The values are very similar within the painting but I will give it a shot.

I started painting the blue part of the bird, but I also prepared the rust color for the breast because there are parts like the upper part near the top of the wing where the rust and blue meet and blurs out.  I wanted to paint these at the same time.  I used a mix of cobalt blue and cerulean blue in whatever ratio you'd like but I used about half and half.  I just painted the blue straight on and didn't worry about shading or anything.  This I will add later.  After the blue was applied, I added the rust color which is raw sienna and alizarin.  Do not add too much alizarin.  Occasionally I added some yellow ochre in areas and quinacridone rose.   There is also a deeper more violet area of the upper breast that I painted by adding cobalt blue to the mixture.  It should look like a rusty violet.

After doing the rust color, I added the gray on the underbelly with payne's gray and cadmium red lt.   Later on after it dries I scrubbed out some of the gray and added the white feathery feel to it.  I dropped in a little cobalt blue in places also.

After that I went back into the blue of the bird and added some darker areas with cobalt and maroon perylene.  I touched in some quinacridone rose in some areas as well and at time mixed the rose with the cobalt blue to get a violet.  The gray I used for the underbelly I also added to parts of the tail and the wing and to the right of the eye. 

I put in the eyeball and beak.  I used payne's gray for the eye and for the beak but also added cobalt blue above in the middle of the beak, being careful to leave a highlight on the top.

After doing this part of the bird, I started the background.  I wanted to do the background before putting any more darks on the bird because I wasn't sure yet how dark to make it.

I used sap green mostly for the background.  I dropped in cobalt blue to a few areas you can see and also yellow ochre.  I added a little cobalt to the sap green when I needed a little darker green.  When the background was not too wet, I added some branches with the same colors.  It's important for the paper to not be too wet or else it will blur too much.  Timing is everything and it's not easy!  Best to practice.

After doing the background I darkened up the bird a bit.  Then I did the fence post.  A drybrush technique was used here.  I used payne's gray and cadmium red lt.  Using the side of the brush I made this textural effect.  While wet, I dropped in a bit of burnt sienna.  I used cobalt blue and burnt sienna for the iron rod the bird is standing on.  There are touches of cadmium red lt. in there too.

This is the finished painting.  I still haven't decided about the background and I think I am just going to leave it and say it is a bluebird study!  I am anxious to see what the class does with it.....a lot of times I get good ideas from them!!!

 I decided the background needed fixing and the bird needed darkening a bit, so here is the newer finished version.  I also darkened the fence post a bit.  Hopefully the bird stands out a bit better.  I lightened up around it's head also by scrubbing a little with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  That stuff is amazing!

DAISIES - Intermediate Classwork October 2015

I thought this picture I took of daisies came out pretty, so I decided to paint them and thought they would make a good class project.

First I did a very rough thumbnail sketch with pencil and watercolor on top just to determine the values and whether this would make a pleasing painting.

Then I started painting the background first, but before I did that I wet the flowers with plain water because I wanted the background to be a soft edge against some of the flowers on the right.  I used payne's gray mixed with cobalt blue.  Sometimes I added more cobalt to look more blue and other times I used more payne's gray.  You can tell in the picture when I did that. 

While the background was still wet I painted the shadow side of the flowers (cobalt blue with a touch of payne's gray) in the middle and the right.  If the background started to dry (which it did) I gave it a spritz of water and that caused droplets which I like, but this is my demo picture and my actual one I finished didn't have this effect.
I was not super careful with getting all the petals correct and worked quickly.  I didn't want this picture to be so exact and tight.
 I then painted the flower centers.  I started with the very left flower.  That center should be the brightest and it doesn't have any blue glaze over it like the others do so the colors should come out a little brighter.  I painted the whole center with cadmium yellow and cadmium yellow light, and pulled the color through to some of the petals where I saw some yellow in them.  I added some cadmium red light around the edges of the centers to give it more warmth and then I touched in some cobalt blue around the bottom edge.  I did that same procedure with the other centers but looking at the photo for differences in shape and color for each one.  Also I started to add the darks of the background in between some of the petals and the stems.

Then I did the stems which I used the cobalt blue and cadmium yellow light to achieve.  One of the stems is very white which I liked and left alone except to give it a very light wash of cadmium yellow light.  I basically made a very light green and painted that first on the stems.  (From this photo it doesn't look very light but it is)  I then made the green a little darker by adding more blue and then painted the darker side of the stem when almost dry but wet enough to make a soft edge.  This takes a little patience to wait for the right timing to paint that in.  If you mess up, you can always just scrub out a highlight.  This works as well and makes a soft edge. 

There are shadows on the petals and I painted those with cobalt blue and maroon perylene.  I used the same colors and the background to fill in the glass vase and made sure the stem colors were carried down into it.  Keep a highlight around the rim and just a few other highlights in there but it is mostly observing the glass and see what you see.  There are no tricks to doing glass really....just paint what you see!