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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Demo in Watercolor of Fish with Qor paints

Ok...I have not kept up with this but decided to paint some today and so this is where the watercolor is now. I did find that in just two coats the background is solid black which usually would take me more with my transparent paints. Have not solved the background yet but slowly it is piecing together. I would rather have that solved to begin with but this sort of has evolved and I do run the chance of messing it up because I have no idea what direction it is going...but seems of late I do more and more of that! ha!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Watercolor of Metal Fish update 3

Well I sure have not had the time to paint like I would like but this is where my fishy painting is at this point. Tomorrow I am hoping to get in all the spines and decide on that last fish color...and the background is still up for grabs too!!! Still cannot make up my mind! ha! But this is where it sits as of now.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Watercolor of Metal Fish WIP 2

This is where I am tonight. Again I have had a busy time here and so can only find moments here and there to paint but that is all it takes sometimes to keep moving forward! Never be discouraged and just keep plugging away and before you
know it you will have a painting!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Watercolor Metal Fish

This is from a picture I took nearly a year ago and finally am starting on it. It is very different from my last painting and I am testing out the new paints on this one. Since I was not given many colors I am sort of limited especially when I am use to the large selection from Daniel Smith but it is going to be fine!!! This is just a small portion of the piece and nothing else has been painted yet but I do hope to get around to finishing off another fish tomorrow. This is a smaller painting too. It is only 12 x 24 I think so that is going to go twice as fast as a full sheet! So far I am liking the colors of the new paints but will wait to discuss them until I have worked with them for awhile.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beginning New Watercolor

I have completed a drawing to start a new watercolor and I am stumped about what to do. First let me explain. I have been asked to test a new watercolor  coming out on the market called QOR and it is pronounced CORE...I think. Anyway, I was wondering if I should paint this with the new colors and then I think but I love this drawing and I want to do it with watercolors I know and understand and not test something on this and then not like it after all the work of drawing! So that is why I am stumped. We will see which way I will lean. I will post the drawing. It was put in adobe to try to make the pencil lines stand out so it might look very dark and let me assure you it is not dark. And my head shadow is in there. ha! Sorry about that. It is a group of metal welded fish with spines all over them. I am really excited to get painting on it and so am not sure which way to go as I really like the drawing and want this to turn out. We will see. I will post the drawing and also the color swatches I did of the new paints. I have them in the window now and will leave them there for a month in the sun to see if there is any fading.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Watercolor of Cherries and Wine Final!

I have to call this done. Having been on a trip and coming home to solve those last problems with the painting I found I had lost interest and just want to move on. I will get it professionally photographed next week so I might tweek here and there before it goes but it really is for the most part done.  I have decided upon the title as well. It is Lunch with Solveig. Solveig Rimstad is a good friend and when I decided to use the Norwegian flag as one of the labels it also helped me name the painting! It is always nice to finish a painting but I never remember ending a painting and feeling like it was exactly how I wanted it. I would change many things which is always the case with me! But I learn lessons each time I stretch like this so if you want to grow as an artist, push yourself.
I have been asked to test some very newly patented watercolors so need to get a drawing going for that and then believe it or not I think I will try my hand at some acrylic again. I need to do more with that as it is something I think would give me a respite from the watercolors.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Watercolor Update

I have only worked a tiny bit on my watercolor but it will be done this week. I have been in Las Vegas helping my daughter at clothing market. Upon my return I found on facebook that the Artist Daily had included me in an article!~ I am honored to be included and hope you enjoy reading it! http://www.artistdaily.com/blogs/theartistslife/archive/2012/10/11/5-tips-for-using-social-media-to-market-your-art-business.aspx

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Salute to Norway!

I am not sure that is the title...but it is leaning that direction...it will have something to do with Norway or my friend Solveig Rimstad.   You will see that the wine label I kept leaving is now the Norwegian flag! I need to work on it...thought it was straight and it is not! ha! But I think I have room to move that line a little. This is not done but now all I have are little adjustments here and there and stabbing in some dark areas
etc...erasing...removing cat hair. ha! But now I can begin to get ready for Vegas where I will be all of next week with my daughter and son-in-law at clothing market. I just did not want to leave with so many loose ends...I feel it is very doable now when I get back...and if I have the time I will do it before.  So here it is until further notice!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor Demo 10

This watercolor is slowly coming to an end. I thought I was going to be done this weekend and now I am aiming for next weekend. One thing I have learned over the years is to not rush myself because when I do I tend to just put something there and it makes no sense. ha! I have spent today making up the leaves on the right side. Still a little value work needs to be done there. Yesterday I worked just on the cracked wood as it would have been easy to rush it but it might not look like the wood I wanted there.  I hope I can get done as I know it will be several days of fine tuning parts as well so I have to keep moving but life happens. I have appts. all day tomorrow and part of Tuesday. That always plays me out and I just do not paint that much. So I know I am going to get behind some and have to push to get this done. So again, here is where I am today...and wish me luck that I can finish it by next weekend!!!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor Demo 9

I was able to do a tiny bit more with the wood today...I am putting in a lot of grain and then will decide how much darker the background should go, which will mute out some grain I am suspecting. I am finding I really love this wood so this summer I will back to this building and get more pictures as the peeling paint is very interesting being this amazing Teal turquoise color.  It is taking me some time as I do not feel that well and find I am napping sometimes by 9am. So I am losing a
lot of painting time but grab what I can.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor Demo

I really took time to think about what my background might be on this one. I always am looking for a different way of doing them. I had pictures of beautiful blue skies, fences and barns...as I see this as a picnic outside. But in the end I settled on this. It is so fun to put the rough next to the smooth, the rustic next to the sophisticated. Opposites can often make something much more interesting. I think I would have gone with a landscape but it would have taken longer and I want to finish this piece up. I hope that I will not be disappointed as I could have done something even more daring. Maybe next time! There is still so much to do but slowly the shapes are falling into place and making sense!!! The label on the one wine bottle is waiting...I will make that last as I think I want it to say something about the painting itself.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor step 7

Well I know it doesn't seem like much but the bread is a doozy...I am not sure how far to take it...but still a lot of work to do there. I did start the geraniums to get more color going...I hope by this weekend to get most of the flowers done so I can assess where I am at. Once I feel pretty comfortable I will begin the background as having all that white there is bothering me. I like to cover all my paper asap so that only the right whites are showing. That is how I check values...so this mass of white kind of throws me off but soon that will be resolved. Wish I were one of those artists who finishes sections as they go! Instead I work up to that which means about every area of this still needs work...but I have worked this way for so long I do not think I could change! ha!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor 6

Well I know it is not a lot but I think it has made a difference in a few areas. We are starting to see the loaf of bread which helps that area and I was able to get some of the embroidery onto the tablecloth and that sort of helps down there. I have increased a few shadows as well. I am trying to decide what to work on tomorrow and I am thinking I would like to see the geraniums now so it gives me a sense of where the top of this is. So tomorrow I hope to wander into that area and get those shapes more defined with color and I think by this time tomorrow it will even look better. That is however if I get to paint! ha! One ever knows what a day will bring. Just remain open to it and enjoy the journey!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cherries and Wine Update 5

Well if you did not think I was slow before maybe you have changed your mind? ha! I am trying to carefully draw each area as I want it to appear as realistic as possible in the drawing stage so that when I apply the paint it will flow on in the correct areas. Believe it or not I work on this every day for a while. But I must get up often so my neck doesn't start hurting so it seems to take forever. If nothing else I hope I am showing you that over time it really can come together and be a satisfying painting!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor Update

Well I am moving at the pace of a turtle but I still am moving forward and that is what counts! ha! I am trying to find all these shapes and it gives me a headache at times...I just cannot stay bent over like I use to when I was young! But I will persist!!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cherries and Wine Demo

Well it appears I have not gotten to far and yet I have been working for 2 days!!!! Now do you believe me when I say I am slow! ha! I think with my little picture it is so hard to see what I am doing that the drawing stages are going very slowly! There is a lot to work on yet but maybe by the end of the month I will be getting pretty close if I just hang in there! I hope you will be patient...it is hard for me to be patient and not rush in and then wreck something myself...so I am trying to calculate my moves and hopefully it will pay off!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor

Well I did not get to draw and paint today as planned...but I had a few stolen moments last night to put in the fringe and this afternoon I got twenty minutes to lay in a few shapes...tomorrow I want to paint and hope for no distractions. My door will be locked and I will pretend not to be home! ha!!The paper was not flat when I photographed so it is sort of out of whack but you can see where I am to some extent. The skies were very gray so that is influencing the whites too.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cherries, Wine and Bread Watercolor

I have begun a new watercolor so will post where I am at so far. This one has so much little stuff I am having trouble drawing it all as it gives me a headache so I am drawing a little and painting a little. I guess I will just set my goal to be done by spring! ha! Actually there are areas that will go quite fast so once I find the shapes I can stick in the actual values and the big stuff will finish up fast. By going light to begin with I have room to decide if it looks right or I need to change a shape...cowardly?? Nope...just careful. ha! I am showing you just a section as there is not much use in looking at a lot of white paper is there! I have started drawing past this point but so much more to draw. There is a loaf of bread I am having second thoughts on painting! A million holes...I will pretend it is lace. Gotta have a sense of humor sometimes! Hopefully I will stay with this painting daily
and be able to update more often.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Swan Watercolor in Yellowstone

I have not titled this one yet but perhaps you will have some ideas for me! I did take a few step by steps and I might post them later for you. They were not that good as every day was so dark and gray when I took them. This swan was in a river in Yellowstone park and actually there were several and I got many great pictures so I might do another painting of them at a later date. The picture shows the blue up brighter than it really is. Once I get this professionally taken it will be better. Hope you like it! I enjoyed doing a 1/2 sheet painting for a change and it surely went faster as it was less complicated! I should do more like this but for some reason I always try to do something too hard. The next one I have started drawing is full sheet and I think it is way over my head but I will try! ha!
 
I darkened the water reflection a little as it was just too white...and hoping that it works better?
 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Oriental Bliss Watercolor

Finished a full sheet of my double  Stargazer oriental lilies. They have been done for awhile but finally got the pictures taken. The step by step process is further down in this blog. I love to do floral work
 but of course they are rarely juried into shows without other elements in them so I have no idea why I do it but I love flowers!
I have also figured out a new problem I will post here for others in case someone else is running into this.
I had a computer person open my web site on his computer and my pictures were color saturated and on mine they are so pale I can hardly see them. My computer screen is not allowing for a good rgb reading and doesn't even seem to have that adjustment capabilities so what is see is pale and then I take it into Adobe to make it what it is suppose to look like. But in doing that it becomes color saturated for most other computers. This explains my jpegs that I have been sending out to shows...they bare little resemblance to the original painting. I am sick about this and have to get this fixed soon. I will have someone check my screen to see if they can figure out how to set it and if it can't be then I will need to buy a new monitor that does this. All the work I have done will need to be redone. So if you can check your color settings on your monitor, make sure that it is at a setting to show your work correctly. That setting is rarely the standard setting on most computers.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and may the day be full of blessings and joy!
I am done with the Oriental Lily painting so will try to get it in to be photographed soon so I can put up the final picture for you...and then I am getting anxious to move on to the next one!!! Have a wonderful day tomorrow and enjoy your turkey or whatever you are serving...and be grateful for all we have! I am grateful for all of you! You give me the pat on the back I need some days to keep doing this! Thank you very much!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Stargazer Lilies in Watercolor

Nearing completion! Finally! I keep grabbing time where I can but now have some paper work that must be done so not sure if I can finish this in the next few days or not but sure will try! There was an upper petal that was just too big so I have split it in two and I have been refining edges etc...still more to go but today I put a sizable dent in this and feel it is very doable now for this week end!!! The slow turtle still finishes...might not be first but I do get there!!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Double Stargazer Lily Watercolor Update

Well I only was able to put in another hour today because of errands etc but I still am making progress! I sure hope this inspires some of you who have families or jobs that even a little here or there on your painting will eventually give you a finished piece of art and some satisfaction! It is always doable and should make anyone believe that they can do a painting no matter what the time constraints. That is the beauty of watercolor! So here it is. I still have hopes of completing it by Thursday but so far my week has been not mine so I will just roll with it and see how far I can get! It still is getting close and that is all that is important!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Double Stargazer Lily Update

I was so hoping to post where I am at on the lily but our weather is terrible...I do not dare to step outside to try to get a photo of it. We have a lot of wind, intermittent sprinkles that turn to snow and back again. I really hope this is not a sign of what winter will look like! Argh! But it does keep me inside and painting! I would maybe be done but we have been helping our son move and all the work that goes with that so I try to just get a little in here and there. As you know, that is my motto and it still progresses so that is good...I might not be known for my speed but I also live my life and enjoy other things these days so I just do what I can do and continue again the next day. Life is too stressful and my art is there for me when I need it! So...tomorrow I hope to give you an update!! Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Double Stargazer Continues!

Life has a way of happening and keeping me from my art room but I have managed to move a little closer to the finish...I am hoping by the weekend to actually finish this one. The thing that has been hard has been to capture the greens correctly in my photos...they seem very off but hopefully once it is professionally done it will look better. Still a ways to go! I could not get my program to rotate the painting today either so it is side ways and yet I rather like it this way and am wondering if it is not a better direction for it to be! I will have to think on that but my thinking now is I like this best!

The pinks are just not right either...I think ever since I changed cameras it has not been capturing things accurately at all...this certainly can be frustrating! ha! 

Monday, November 04, 2013

Double Stargazer Lily Wip 4

Well I finally took a picture even though it is so gray. Actually even at noon today it was like early evening and then we had some snow so taking a picture has not been easy. You will see how gray the paper appears and that has changed the colors on the entire painting I am sure. But at least you can see that I am working on the background. I decided to find all the shapes in the background before finishing the flowers to know how deep my values will have to go. This is a full sheet so it is going to take some work to cover all this paper but hopefully by the end of this week I will have made some progress!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Double Stargazer wip 3

I know I have not gotten far but still it is progress. I hope this encourages you that even a little bit each day gets you closer to your goal and is better than nothing at all!
We have been trying to get last minute yard work done as snow will come soon and we want to get as many leaves up and work done in the gardens before it happens. We still will not be done but everything helps that is for sure. So this is where I am at. As I have mentioned before, the weather has been such a dark gray for so long and getting good pictures that are true seems most difficult but it gives you an idea where I am at. At some point I will begin taking time to begin drawing on the next painting. I like to get a drawing going so that once I complete a painting I am close to beginning another. For some reason it helps me get through with the painting at hand because I begin to get excited to see what the next painting will become so I tend to stay on task better...guess I just have to fool myself into sitting in this chair! ha!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Double Stargazer wip 2

Well I have been able to work a little on this today and so will post it. I am so sorry I cannot get good whites and color as our skies have been so gray for so long it is getting to be the norm! It use to be we would count the gray days as we had so much sunshine...but this year it is very bad and so then so hard to step outside to get a picture that is true. This will have to do!
I am still finding shapes. Once I have more of this filled in I will begin to combine shapes but I always make sure each petal is fluid and accurate before I begin to combine them with shadows and glazes. It will be awhile yet before that happens but so far it seems to be coming along ok!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Watercolor of Double Oriental Lily

I a m beginning a full sheet watercolor of a double Oriental Lily...I love how it is so curly in places and more petals! I sure hope it can make it through my cold winters...I am wondering if I should just lift the bulbs of this one to try save it or let it be...see if it can make it through our harsh winters...so very hard to know!!!
I had taken the first picture with my iphone and slipped it up on Facebook but the colors were not right at all...so I have retaken that first area so the colors are more true.
I often say to my students, first look for the shapes. If you can capture the shapes you will most certainly have the form more true to it's real identity. I also say there are very few straight lines in nature and you will notice I am trying to make each petal fluid and graceful. This always makes for a better flower...and hopefully this one will have a dancing quality about it when I am done!
So what you will see is the steps I took yesterday and then second picture is what I have done this morning. The rest of the day is spoken for so I tried to at least find the shapes which will speed things up in the end for me. I am sorry that the background is somewhat gray...light is not great here today and I had to take what I could get!
Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chicago Fountain Watercolor

I have not been painting much at all lately...and this has been done awhile but I was unable to get a good photo of it. I had it professionally done today and even he said that blue was very hard to capture I guess...so this is as close as it will get and I have it in a very low resolution so I am sorry it might seem rather grainy.
This fountain is at the Chicago Institute of Art in the special outdoor courtyard for members only that I managed to get in to...and yes this wonderful duck was there resting on the head as if she had been doing this daily for some time. I placed the egg in the hand because it was such a high contrast area but not sure it still drew enough attention...but mallard eggs are vey bland eggs.
I still do not have a title either other than Keeper of the Egg and Just Ducky...Egg Dancer ...just nothing hits me!!! Help!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Painting Was Put On Hold!

I have been so busy this summer that painting was put on hold a lot. I do have a full sheet that I have been working on every once in awhile and will try to get back to that and finish it up. These are small...the landscape is 10 x 7 1/2 and done to hopefully bring to Wyoming but not sure...I am not too crazy about it. ha!
The other two are stretched paper over stretcher bars and measure 8x8. I have two coats of varnish on them at this point...but I think some of the greens bled and faded...I could see green in the mixture as I varnished. So they are not the greatest either but wanted to get them done. They do seem to sell at $75 so I try to keep them on hand. I will show a side view too.
Maybe next week I will get back to the full sheet I have been working on. I think in less than a week it would be done so it would be nice to get it under my belt so I can start something new!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I'm Back!

I am sorry I have been so out of the loop lately. I feel like I have met myself coming and going and that will not end until July sometime but it is all good and life just has a way of happening like that!
I was so honored when my painting "Sacred Shadows" was selected to be in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Exhibition. Even though I have had awards and have my signature with them I have never been able to attend until now. I had such a wonderful time! I was also able to meet up with many of my art friends there and make new ones so it was wonderful. If you go to their website and check out the latest exhibit you will be very impressed! http://www.watercolors.org/exhibitions/2013/
I hope to begin painting again in July. It is drawn and the first wash is on...I am rather excited as it is very different for me so I will keep you posted as it progresses! Thank you for your patience!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Umbrellas Watercolor Demo #6

I am unable to get the correct colors with my camera. The blues will not come true at all...but I guess this is not one to worry about anyway...several things have gone wrong. The background is just not becoming even...There seems to be something on it in several places and then in one small area of background it is a different color than it should be. I have no idea how that came about. ha! I used out of the same pile I made and yet it is appearing totally different. This had potential to be really cool but I think I missed it. I still have some areas to work on and will do that tomorrow and call it done...but I am disappointed as I can see it could have been quite an interesting painting had it worked better...but time to be done and move on!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Umbrellas Watercolor Demo #5

Slow as molasses is what I am. I just cannot seem to stick with this at all but did make a little progress. I have to figure out how to paint that complicated background as I do not have any masking and this has so many turns etc I think I almost need it...so I have to give this some thought before I move forward! Here is where I am now and I hope the next time I post the background is in!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Umbrellas Watercolor Demo #4

Well I am sort of surprised at how long it is taking me to paint this! I knew I was slow but really! ha! I am trying to find those crazy cast reflections that are odd but need to be sort of accurate to read the umbrella above...I nearly have it. Hopefully tomorrow I will close the gap on this part...then deciding on the background value will be my big task as when I took this picture outside the background was a dark gray blue. I am worried that everything will get lost in that color...so I have to put my thinking cap on. Now this would be where knowing how to use photoshop would really come in handy!!!  Something tells me there is a simple app on my phone that might help me with this if I can figure that out...but first I need to get the umbrellas and reflections done! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Umbrellas Watercolor Demo #3

I have worked a little more on these umbrellas...I thought I would be much further by now but I think it is still moving forward and that is the important thing. It was my birthday today so I only painted for a few minutes but even like today with a lot going on I try to get in even 30 minutes and it can make a big difference! So here we are...closing in on the last of the umbrellas!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Umbrellas Watercolor Demo 2

Well it might seem I have not gotten very far but figuring out the details to keep these shapes accurate is like doing a puzzle...once I have it drawn the easy part is painting it! The painting on this is pretty straight forward...but the shapes need to be right on for me...
I might work for another hour today and then call it good...we shall see. An hour can slip by pretty fast! Since this is 1/2 sheet rather than full it seems every detail is so small because I am not use to working this size at all. I could play with the washes more it seems if it had been larger but I just do not have the space for larger pieces anymore. So we shall see how this looks in the end!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Umbrellas Watercolor Demo

I have begun a new painting and it feels like it will take forever but it will get done alot quicker actually as it is just a 1/2 sheet...I finally finished up alot of the drawing on Monday. I felt like I needed to begin painting and then do the finish drawing as I go now because I keep getting lost so adding the color helps to define each area so I can draw within that space. That is what I do every time it is a difficult piece. It really helps you narrow it down to one place and it is easier to focus.
I might work a little bit more today but I might instead go outside and enjoy the weather as it is very sunny out and warming up to near 30 today! It is wonderful after such a long winter.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Iris With Bee

I am calling this done finally! If there is any tweeking that I might do it will be ever so slight and will not change how it really looks.
I have not figured out a name for this yet but surely hope to come up with something that makes sense to me. I have no idea if it should refer to the wildness of the grasses I have made up in the background or refer to the bee. It could simply be The Pollinator I suppose...we shall see.
Well guys I usually have the next one drawn but this time that has not happened. I will hopefully begin working on the drawing tomorrow and in a few days be able to tell you what I plan to paint next.
I hope this demo has helped those of you who like to paint iris or flowers to see how I work carefully in with slow glazing and not until toward the end do I get the intense color so there is no bleeding. I also always have a very good drawing so that I know it is going to look just like I want it.


Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Watercolor Iris Demo #9

Well I have not gotten far but I have been cleaning edges and working on the bee. just a few areas left to work on. What I do notice is that the veins in the wings do not show up so perhaps they are too soft and I need to do more. In person however it seems I see them well so will have to decide that later.
There have been distractions again but still I manage an hour here and there so that helps! I know that I can finish this on the weekend now and so hopefully by Sunday you will see the final pictures!!
I did a close up so you could see how losely I am handling some areas.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Watercolor Iris Demo #8

Well I am home from clothing market in Vegas with my daughter and son-in-law and it was work but fun. I enjoy every minute of it. Think I missed my calling. ha!
I hope that you can see I am developing some areas now...at this point I am really sliding in carefully so that nothing gets too dark too fast unless I want it that way. I have some decisions to make yet but one I made today was to not make the hairs on that front petal defined as it would become the center of attention and detract from the bee. I may still want to put more there but for now I am leaving it alone to make that decision later.
The grasses behind are just a continuous problem because if I darken one it seems I have to darken ten...but that too will resolve itself as I go along.
It was good to finally find some time to paint. After returning home it seemed there were so many other things that needed attention but now I hope I can work on this through the weekend and finish it up...It has begun to buckle on the large petal which is odd to me so I will have to flatten this before it goes to the framers.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Watercolor Iris demo #7

I had hped to have this done but I am getting ready to leave for a week to help my daughter so had to many other things I needed to do. My hubby doesn't cook so that means I get his food all lined up as well! ha! Plus the bird food, cat food and dog food...so you know I have been a busy girl! ha!
When I get back I will finish up the bee which will allow me to then decide the values of the leaves in the background and how dark some need to go yet. I will also look at some of the values on the iris but felt I needed the bee done first to determine how to make it the center of attention or do I want it to be sort of hidden and a secret find to the viewer...we shall see! Have a good week everyone!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Watercolor Iris Demo #6

Well if you have been watching the news you will know that we have had alot of snow that last few days so all I have accomplished is shovel! ha! But I did try to sneak in a little time this afternoon. I had hoped to be done with this painting by Friday but I do not think that is going to be possible at the speed I am going! Seems if there is something to get in my way it will...guess Murphy is working as hard as he can to keep me from completing this. The reason I wanted it done was I was leaving for a week to the Vegas clothing market to help my daughter. I usually go with her and help her with buying for the store and we have so much fun! So I thought it would be nice to be done with this iris but if it doesn't get done it is going to be very close so I just am not going to worry about it right now. What will be will be!
Now Phyl you can really see the location of the bee better. I think that will be the last thing I work on as far as those blacks because they can bleed and I just do not want a problem over there...so I will wait until the very end to bring in the darkest darks.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Watercolor Iris Demo #6

Well again I had hoped for a full day of painting and company arrived! This is life and we just have to roll with it and at least try to get a little time in...every little bit helps! You can now see the area where the bumble bee will sit and I am beginning to define the center of the iris...I am hoping tomorrow afternoon to work that center of the flower and complete it...I will lay in a few values on the bee before I finish those leaves so I have a feel for the values it will require. My hope is to be done by next weekend or before...so we shall see! I guess the older I get the more I realize what will be will be and not to let it bother me as much as it use to. I just need to enjoy the journey!