Saturday, August 31, 2013

La Connor Baskets

Susan Ogilvie took our class to a pumpkin farm for a plein air class last fall and I was drawn to all the shapes and styles of baskets in the storage shed.

I always enjoy laying in the initial wet in wet washes - it's the 'secret' really to glowing watercolor paintings.

More definition, more darks and mid values.

I added just a few strokes of white colored pencil to regain the light on th basket edges.
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Carrie Blake Lily Pond in Sequim

First the wet in wet washes.

Then reserving the shapes of the lily pads with resist.

Next, wet in wet for the reflected trees and submerged lilies. 

Darkening some areas.

More leaf details and brighter reds.

Removed the resist and laid in the party colors of the sun struck lilies wet in wet.

Beginning to add pastel details using Nupastels.

Here's the final painting....I am considering redoing it as a dyptich or triptich - what do you think?
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

May Heat Wave

Remember when it was 80 degrees for several days in May? 
I was out photographing the sunlit mountains and trees. 

I began this painting with a loose watercolor underpainting.  I used values that were darker than the finished painting would be and chroma that was duller and darker too; sadly, those first images of this painting in progress were lost in the ether - maybe the camera hiccoughed.  You can just see the watercolor area of the grass in the foreground.

The first pass of pastels was dark with connected, simplified shapes.

The last layers of pastel were warmer, brighter and more detailed.  I could almost feel the heat of the day! 
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Rocky's Bowls

This is a case of art imitating art...for the Sequim Arts studio tour my friend Rocky Fankhouser displayed a couple of his beautiful turned wooden bowls on his hand painted table right in front of a cascading clematis on  a sunny July day. 

As always I started with a few thumbnail sketches to work out the value pattern of the piece, then I transfered the drawing to a piece of 16" x 21" 140# cold pressed Arches watercolor paper. 

Since it's critical to have the ellipses accurate, I used a piece of vellum to copy one side of each bowl then flipped the vellum over and traced the other side.

To me, the most intriguing part of the scene is the light and shadow on the table and bowls, so I started the painting there....if that part didn't work I needed to start over.

I added just enough information to the table to 'reserve' the shape on the paper...I have been known to forget where major elements go in my zeal to paint the background.

Next I added the first layer of wood detail to the bowls and  washed in the clematis blooms and leaves - very wet and intense.

After I darkened and simplified some of the clematis leaves I removed the resist and began cleaning up some of the hard edges left by the resist.

Here is the finished painting...I hope Rocky likes it - and you too!

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